Does your company create book covers?
Do you do private manuscript editing?
Do you have a product or service that would be of interest to writers?
Are you planning a writers’ retreat or workshop and would like to publicize it?
Then we would love to have you as a vendor at OWFI2014.
Reminder – Vendor Tables are not a place for authors to sell books – that is provided through the OWFI Bookstore. See bookstore details if you would like to promote your book at OWFI2014.
If you are interested in reserving a table, please follow these steps:
1. Complete this information:Your Name:Name to be reserved under if different from your name:Night(s) to be reserved:Contact number:2. A check to OWFI for $20/night--so, if you want one table for both nights that will be a total of $40.3. Mail the above information to the following address:Brandi BarnettOWFI TablesPO Box 336Tahlequah, OK 74465Please send a representative to the banquetroom about 20 minutes before event to secure your table and help your tablemates find their way.
This year we are mixing up the autograph signing parties. In years past many have lamented the fact that they were unable to get their friends’ books because they were busy selling their own. So in an attempt to alleviate the “everybody signing nobody buying” syndrome we are having three different/genre specific signing times.
If you would like to be included there are only three steps.
#2. Sign up on the Autograph Board in the bookstore once you arrive at conference and leave your books in the bookstore.
#3. Be sure to promote on your blogs and websites when you will be autographing books. The public is welcomed at this event.
Genre Autograph Schedule
4:30-5:30 Friday, May1st, we will highlight Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Science Fiction/Horror
8:30 ish (after the banquet) Friday, May 1st, we will celebrate Romance/Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction/Young Adult
5:00 – 6:00 Saturday, May 2nd, we will honor Non-Fiction/Humor/Children’s/Religious/Biography/Poetry
If you don’t see your specific genre, pick the grouping that is closest.
OWFI 2014 Pitch Session Appointments
If you're attending OWFI 2014 and are interested in booking an agent/editor/publisher pitch session, Natasha Hanova is your gal.
Things to remember…
- Your conference fee must be paid before you make an appointment with an editor or agent. Click here for online registration or download registration.
- Be sure to put OWFI in the subject line. Please include your phone number and an e-mail address.
- For more information about what type of manuscripts the editor, agent or publisher is looking for, and how they like it presented, go to their websites.
- One-day attendees who wish to make an appointment must state which day they are attending.
- You may make only one appointment with either an agent or an editor. Send a first & second choice for agent or editor in case of scheduling problems. Additional appointments may be available at the conference. Check at the registration desk.
- If you do not receive an email confirmation of appointment within a week of your request, please resubmit. Sometimes e-mail goes astray in cyberspace.
- Appointment times will be e-mailed to you prior to the conference. Please bring this information with you to the conference. Please verify your appointment time at the editor/agent table at check-in since appointments may have been changed to accommodate special needs.
- Please do not ask for a specific time or date in your request for appointment unless you are a volunteer at the conference and need to work around your designated duty roster.
- Do your homework! Practice your pitch before you come, and be certain your manuscript is within the range of work the editor or agent represents.
Good luck to each of you! Here's a list of attending agents, editors, and publishers. Agents
I love finding and developing authors and connecting them with the reader. Book publishing has changed dramatically over the past several years and it’s no secret that the novels that create buzz through their unique writing or concepts are the ones that become bestsellers. Over the past 25 years in publishing, I have done marketing, editing, story development and acquisitions for Zondervan, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Most recently, I was Executive Editor and had the privilege of working with New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kingsbury, Tim LaHaye, Stephen L. Carter, and Terri Blackstock and was named ACFW’s Editor of the Year in 2010. And now I am fortunate to partner with Natasha Kern at the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. I’ve been an avid fiction fan since childhood and love the way stories are able to change lives, heal hearts, and bring joy to readers. Today, I want to read and acquire women’s contemporary, any kind of romance, suspense, mystery and historical novels. I would love to discover the next breakaway author in any of these genres. I am originally from Arizona and now live in Michigan with my hubby, and three furry “kids,” Shep, Ollie, and Pepper.
Dawn Michelle Hardy has been called a “literary lobbyist” by Ebony magazine for her ability to help authors reach their readership using strategic promotions, win awards and garner national and local media attention. She began her career in publishing in 2002, first as an assistant to a self published turned New York Times Bestselling author, then as an award-winning publicist and author consultant and now as an associate agent with Serendipity Literary Agency led by Regina Brooks. While actively building her client list, she likes memoirists who can capture a larger narrative through their personal story and strong hook, best-in-class professionals in a variety of fields, the relatively unknown that has unique and incomparable life experiences, and the music, sports and pop culture enthusiasts with a ‘hip’ idea from an untold vantage point. Her client list is diverse ranging from a veteran entertainment writer, to a single mother, to a Washington Post award-winning sports journalist. Her first acquisitions as agent included a biography on the Grammy winning pop-star Nicki Minaj (Hip-Pop Moments for Life by Isoul Harris), a previously self published memoir that garnered SyFy Channel docu-series fame (Forgotten Burial: A Restless Spirit’s Plea from Beyond the Grave by Jodi Foster) and a forthcoming narrative inspired by the #2 most shared news story in 2013 on NBA 16-time Allstar Allen Iverson. As an agent she is continuously seeking acquisitions for platform driven general interest narratives that can spark debate and heavy conversation. She welcomes the process of collaborating with editors and authors on topics in the area of sports, pop culture, blog and trend, music, lifestyle, and social science.
Amanda was a 2006 graduate of the acclaimed Professional Writing program at Taylor University Fort Wayne. Since college, she’s made her living as a writer, working as a freelancer for local newspapers and marketing companies, while operating her own writing business. Her love for writing and her ability to think strategically landed her a full time job in marketing at an agency in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Since starting there in 2008, Amanda has written web and print copy for Vera Bradley, Baekgaard, Brecks and Peg Perego. She’s also assisted in marketing strategy for these companies, conducting research, launching social media sites and proposing and working on major projects targeted at the online consumer. Yes, she knows … she’s one of those people. She met Chip at an author signing in Barnes and Noble in 2008. After realizing they had a commonality in Taylor University, one thing led to another, and before she knew it, she was helping him with projects, research, and all the little stuff she now assumes he just didn’t feel like doing. Shortly after, Amanda was hired on as Chip’s Assistant. On board as an Agent since 2010, Amanda brings unique interests to the MacGregor Literary team. She represents general market and CBA projects, and her areas of interest include nonfiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction (all types except historical romance), paranormal and speculative fiction (including steampunk, fantasy, etc), YA, middle grade fiction, and twenty-something/post college-aged hip lit (think Joe Meno, Brett McCracken, Brad Land, JD Salinger). Having lived all over the Midwest, from Iowa to Minnesota to Illinois, Amanda considers the Chicago suburbs to be ‘home’, though she’s currently settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband, Tad.
Maria Vicente from the P.S. Literary Agency Maria Vicente is an associate agent at P.S. Literary Agency. She is a creative and editorial agent, providing support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Maria is dedicated to managing authors' literary brands for the duration of their careers. Her reading preferences vary across categories and genres, which is reflected in her client list. She is actively looking for literary and commercial fiction, young adult, middle grade, illustrated picture books, and nonfiction projects in the pop culture, pop psychology, design, and lifestyle categories. She has affinities for literary writing, strong character development, and original storytelling formats. Maria’s publishing career began as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency. She also interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario, and many years of experience editing and designing literary magazines. She is currently an editor for Underneath the Juniper Tree, a literary/art horror magazine for children. Her blog, I Believe in Story (ibelieveinstory.com), features book reviews, advice for writers, publishing industry articles, and lifestyle posts inspired by literature. You can find Maria on Twitter at @MsMariaVicente.
Mari Farthing is a writer and editor with over 20 years of practical experience in private industry, government, media and publishing. Mari has worked with writers on technical documentation, procedural manuals, memoir, children’s fiction (middle grade, young adult), women’s fiction, suspense and horror.
Mary-Theresa has been at Harlequin for nearly a quarter century—but it certainly doesn’t feel that way. As an executive editor for Harlequin Books, she is surrounded by fantastic stories, terrific colleagues and has had the pleasure of working on thousands of entertaining, enlightening and exciting novels. Mary-Theresa—sometimes known as Matrice—works with authors on both series and single title imprints, and is always eager to talk about books.
Rhonda Pender is President and co-founder of The Wild Rose Press, a publishing company that publishes books electronically and in print. The company began in May 2006 and is home to over 1600 titles and 500 authors. The Wild Rose Press began as a romance only publishing house but in 2013 opened its submissions to other genres of fiction including erotica, women’s fiction, mystery and suspense including thrillers, and historical fiction. TWRP prides itself on never issuing form rejection letters and on being a kinder and gentler publishing house. Their web site, which is referred to as “the garden”, is truly a community garden where everyone feels as if they have a part in its growth. Writers, authors, readers and editors come together in chats, loops, blogs, and email to discuss ideas, thoughts, concerns and plans for growing the company. The editors and the owners are completely accessible to their writers. Currently they are accepting submissions in all lines and all lengths. All submissions should be made electronically and specific guidelines can be found on their website at www.thewildrosepress.com.
Vivian Zabel has a degree in English and speech. She taught in public schools for 27 years, covering such subjects as English, composition, writing, yearbook newspaper, literary magazine, drama, debate and speech. Vivian has published short stories, articles and poetry until she retired from teaching, and now has 7 published books. Vivian is the founder and president of 4RV publishing, a traditional, royalties-paying publishing house with over 75 authors, including many OWFI members.
Book Doctor Editing Service – Deadline April 1, 2014
What can a consultation with an editor do for you?
More than you might realize. An Editor can provide you with high-level editing advice and analysis to address issues of plot, story and characterization.
After your book has been through basic copyediting and peer review, there may still be story issues or questions on how to improve your project. A book doctor can provide guidance and input, using a fresh perspective to help. Just like a medical doctor will work to diagnose what’s potentially wrong with your health, a book doctor will work to diagnose what’s potentially wrong with your story.
OWFI in conjunction with editor Mari Farthing can give you a jumpstart on editing your manuscript. If you would like to have the first 25 pages of your manuscript edited and have a one-on-one consultation at the conference please do the following.
- Mail your 25 pages – 12 pt font, double spaced to:
Atten: OWFI Book Doctor
2700 SE 94th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73160
- Enclose a $50 check made out to OWFI
- Due April 1st (and that’s no joke)
- Meet with Mari Farthing at OWFI May 2-3 to personally go over what works and what doesn’t with your book.
Famous Author Recognition
Have you had a book publish since OWFI2013?
Are you a member of OWFI?
Are you going to the OWFI2014 conference?
If you answered yes to all three questions, we want to recognize you at the Friday night Famous Authors Banquet. (If you’re not a member of OWFI click on over to the membership tab and join. We’d love to have you as a part of our group.)
Here is what we need from you.
- A short 50-world synopsis (something we all hate to write) about your book as an attached Word .doc
- A jpg photo of your book cover
QUICK CONTACTS TO VOLUNTEER:
Please contact these persons directly to volunteer in that area. More information on each can be found by contacting that person directly or by reading below.
Registration – Jennifer McMurrain
Are you a kind person? A patient person? A helpful person?
Then we need you to help man/woman the registration table.
Registration will open on Thursday evening at five and continue through Saturday afternoon. Our goal is to have enough volunteers so that no one spends more than an hour or two throughout the conference working at the registration table.
OWFI 2014 will be hosted over twenty-five speakers, many of them from out of state. In order to make sure they are well taken care and are at the appropriate place a the correct time we pair each of them up with one OWFI volunteer – known as Shepherds. Shepherding is the best gig (next to being OWFI President) for getting to know the speakers one-on-one.
One of the best perks about attending OWFI 2104 is the chance to have a personal, one-on-one conversation with an agent, editor or publisher. In order for this to run smoothly we need a dedicated crew of people to keep the appointments on time.
BOOK ROOM / READING ROOM:
Authors (or publishers) must notify Doug Kelley, the book room chairperson, by April 7, 2014 of any title(s) they want included in the book room inventory, choosing one of the two options below. Due to limited space, non-speaker titles will be limited to 5 copies on display at any one time. Also, authors of multiple books will be limited to no more than 5 titles on display. (You may, of course, restock as sales warrant.) For more information, check HERE.
Click HERE for all information about the Basket Wars.
Expect something new and different at the conference this year. During the Friday Night banquet, be prepared to meet some of your favorite authors and/or their characters during the first of what may become an annual OWFI Costume Contest.
I am seeking prizes for the winners of the three categories: Best costume depicting an author, best costume depicting a literary character and most creative costume.
We need volunteers scattered all over OWFI’s territory to solicit prizes. We are a 501-C-3 Not-For-Profit and all donated prizes may therefore be tax deductible to the donor.
Celebrating The Book Store:
Book Room Guidelines for 2014 OWFI Conference
by Doug Kelley, 2014 OWFI Book Room Chairman
Gather a group of writers and it won’t be long until someone tells of the influence books have had on his/her life – and the thrill of entering a library or a bookstore. Sadly, the thrill of a brick and mortar bookstore is rapidly become as rare as a landline phone. But, for OWFI 2014 we want to recreate and celebrate the bookstore as a place to gather, browse, and be inspired.
Best of Books of Edmond will once again operate the Conference Book Room. All OWFI members and conference speakers are eligible to participate. Authors who want their books available for sale must conform to the following guidelines.
Authors (or publishers) must notify Doug Kelley, the book room chairperson, by April 7, 2014 of any title(s) they want included in the book room inventory, choosing one of the two options below. Due to limited space, non-speaker titles will be limited to 5 copies on display at any one time. Also, authors of multiple books will be limited to no more than 5 titles on display. (You may, of course, restock as sales warrant.)
Option No. 1: Best of Books will order your books from Ingram or your publisher if they are returnable and the bookstore receives the standard retailer discount. Best of Books will not purchase books via the Internet, self-published books, or electronic books. (See Options 2 for books published by those methods.) Best of Books will split profits of this option with OWFI. Neither Best of Books nor OWFI will assume responsibility for delays in shipment, short ships or publisher/shipper errors.
Option 2: Authors provide the books to be sold by Best of Books. Books will be sold at retail price, which will be provided by the author, along with quantity delivered, author name, address, and return shipping information. Of this retail price, the author will receive 70% and Best of Book will collect 30%, of which 10% will go to OWFI. Those using this option should bring in their books to the book room starting Thursday evening (during Best of Books’ set-up time) or Friday morning or whenever you arrive at the conference. Unsold books must be picked up at the end of the session Saturday afternoon. If the remaining books are not picked up, the author will be billed shipping to have them returned.
Authors may ship their books directly to the Embassy Suites to arrive between April 21 through May 1, addressed to: OWFI Book Room, Embassy Suites Hotel, 1815 South Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK, 73108. The hotel phone number is 405-682-6000.
Finally, please remember that Best of Books is in the book selling business, and despite the many books sold during the conference they don't make a great deal of money considering all the work they put in. Please treat their staff with the respect and courtesy with which they treat us.
See you in May.
What are you doing May 1st at 7:30?
Watching another rerun of Big Bang Theory ...
Or attending the early add-on session of OWFI 2104 with Andrew E. Kaufman?
If you need help deciding, answer a few questions.
Have you thought about self-publishing?
Have you ever wished that you could be on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers List for more than one hundred days?
Have you wondered how it feels to have your combined sales reach the six figure mark?
Have you wanted to be picked up by one of the new Amazon imprints?
Would you rather see a rerun of Leonard Hofstadter and Penny break up and get back together?
I thought so.
So join us Thursday, May 1st, 7:30 p.m. in OKC for OWFI2014 and hear Andrew E. Kaufman – a true Amazon success story because he has self-published, been on the Amazon 100 for 100 days, reached a combined sales six figure mark, and been published by the new Amazon imprints.
(But he has never dated Penny.)
You must preregister to attend.
All membership dues for affiliates and members-at-large are due immediately.
We appreciate your confidence in our organization to bring you the latest news, trends and information about the writing world. We look forward to your continuing to be in membership with OWFI.
May 1-3, Embassy Suites,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
OWFI is two days jam packed with presentation by authors, editors, and publishers. On top of that we also like to squeeze in as many extras as possible. Here is a list of some of the highlights for OWFI 2014. Keep in mind, this is only a partial list.
Famous Authors Banquet. Each year we like to celebrate the accomplishments of our fellow OWFI members at our Famous Authors Banquet. Some of the highlights of the evening will include.
Wonderful food (and an evening that I don’t have to cook.)
Each table centerpiece will highlight an OWFI member’s book, blog, or any aspect of their writing they want to highlight. See Heather Davis’ Centerpiece tab on the OWFI.org site for information.
Individual recognition of OWFI members who had books published since our last conference.
46th Annual Conference May 1-3, 2014
Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Board Meetings dates:
September 8, 2013 at 2 PM
December 1, 2013 at 2 PM
March 2, 2014 at 2 PM
May 3, 2014