Due to the possibility of inclement weather,
The OWFI board meeting
has been postponed
until Sunday, March 9.
Be a part of the OWFI 2014 Team
Although the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a great read, in real life wallflower-dom isn’t that fun. It’s watching the world go by and wondering what it would be like to be a part of the action. At OWFI everyone is encouraged to join in the action and the easiest way to do that is to volunteer.
Many do not realize, but volunteers run the entire OWFI organization. We gather together four times a year in person, and then email, call, Facebook and text continuously the rest of the time, planning (sometimes plotting) our best ideas for the upcoming contest and conference. We can only accomplish this with the help of our band of helpers. At conference the volunteers have the advantage of not being mere wallflower observers, but true participants in the running of the show.
If you would like to be a volunteer don’t wait for someone to ask you, tell us. Here’s a list of positions that need helpers, so whether for thirty minutes or the whole conference you can be a part of making it happen.
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.
After the closing banquet of OWFI 2013 a very nice man, tried in a very nice way to ask me what qualified me to be the new president of OWFI. Since he was curious, I think others might be too. So, I’ll take advantage of this blog to tell you why I’m your new OWFI President.
I said yes.
Simple as that.
OWFI is different from many other writers’ conferences in that it is run by volunteers.
Forty-five years ago, when the original members gathered to draw up the bylaws, they decided to run on a volunteer basis so that all members could participate and prices could be kept low. That principle is still applied in all that we do today.
Through volunteerism, you can actively participate in the conference and truly get to know the speakers rather than sit by the wayside and observe. Anyone who is a member of OWFI can volunteer; you don’t have to be someone at the proverbial popular table.
Also through volunteerism, we can provide the best conference at the least possible price. Check us out and compare what you get for the money at OWFI to other conferences around the country.
Back to me, which is hard, because I’m not a good self-promoter which is a major drawback in profession that requires us to do just that.
I am mom to two, a wife to one, a theatrical director to many and a writer. I’m also a second generation OWFI-er, as I said in my inauguration speech. My mother, Charlotte Smith, has been a member since the 1970s, and the rule at our house was never schedule anything for the first weekend in May as that was, and still is, OWFI weekend.
I have been a member of both the statewide organization and my local WordWeavers group for years. Through both I’ve been given motivation and education in the writing world. I’ve won numerous writing contests including placing many times at OWFI and finally winning a first this year. Believe me, that was quite a thrill.
Just like most of you I have submitted and been rejected more times than I would like to count. I have one book on Amazon, Murder Goes to Church, am a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us and have stories in my our WordWeavers’ Anthology Seasons Remembered. (Blatant self-promotion.) I have a blog that I enjoy being heretical on at www.cdjarmola.com. And like most of you, I have two completed manuscripts sitting on my computer at this time still waiting for someone from the big six NYC publishers to call me up and beg to publish them.
I give major credit to two things that have molded me as a writer: First my mother (maybe shouldn’t have used the word “things”); and second, the fact that she took me to my first OWFI conference. Without those two I would have been like the million other people out there who say they’re going to write a book but never do.
Until then be sure to write—that’s what makes a writer a writer.