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kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 10:29pm
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This just in!!!


Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the  6th Annual National “Best Books” Awards

The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco with Jerry Clark


From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco—using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark—tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

Forced by Northcott to...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 8:28am

Our conference schedule has been up for months now, courtesy of our wonderful WebWizard Dale McGladdery. You can access it via the '2009 Schedule' link on the website, broken down by date and time.

But this year we did not create a full brochure, so it's not in printable format. Instead, as registrants arrive, you'll receive an abbrievtiated version of what's on the website, plus a summary of the bios of our presenters, along with your other conference information.

No need to print anything off, then -- when you arrive you'll find all the information you need in your registration packet.

Our registration desk will be open in the main lobby of the Vancouver Sheraton Guildford hotel [pictured here] from noon on Thursday and...

kcdyer, Sunday October 18, 2009 - 3:10pm

Here we go! In a few hours we'll be in conference week.

Of course, things don't really get started until Thursday afternoon with the Master Classes -- but don't fool yourself ...we are HOPPING here at SiWC central!

I'm going to request, as of this posting, that any changes you require to your Pitch or Blue Pencil appointments be made at the conference. We will have EXTRA staff on our  Appointment Desk to help deal with your requests.

Let me add that there are still tons of appointments left, even for those who have booked already. Once we ensure that everyone has had a chance to get at least one appointment, we open up the doors for repeat appointments. This is why a weekend conference pass is such a deal -- at most other conferences appointments...

kcdyer, Saturday October 17, 2009 - 7:37pm

We've just added a new author and agent to our line-up for this year. Let me introduce you!


This is Sharlene Martin.

She is the Founder of Martin Literary Management, a nonfiction agency located in Seattle. She specializes in highly commercial nonfiction genres including memoirs, prescriptive (how to) parenting, health, business (entrepreneurial driven) true crime, celebrity related books and pop culture.

She is the co-author of the upcoming Writer’s Digest book: Publish Your Nonfiction Book: Strategies for Learning the Industry, Selling Your Book, and Building a Successful Career.

You can find out more at her website, here:


kcdyer, Saturday October 17, 2009 - 1:47pm

Okay...we've had Room Sharing, Ride sharing...

and now, Ferry Sharing!

[Unlike Fairies or even Faeries -- BC Ferries are made for sharing!]


If you are looking for a ride from Tswwassen Ferry, why not share your info here? We've got a bunch of Islanders coming -- share the gas, save the fare and save the air!

Leave your contact info in the comments -- and let's share that ferry*!


*No actual fairies were involved in the writing of this psa.



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kcdyer, Friday October 16, 2009 - 11:31pm
Sean Cranbury, plugged in social media guy runs a live radio show called 'Books on the Radio'. The show runs live Wednesdays on CJSF 90.1 FM.   Past shows are available as podcasts on his site. And this week, he's put up an interview he did with me regarding the conference this year.   Check it out HERE.   We sat in the sun on Commercial Drive last week and watched the world go by as we chatted.      Enjoy!   ~kc also blogging as leftwriter sweetly tweeting @kcdyer & @siwc2009
kcdyer, Sunday October 11, 2009 - 9:47pm


Sharing the link love on this Turkey Day...

 Kamloops This Week Hearts Diana Gabaldon and mentions sending writers our way.

SF writer and wunderkind John Scalzi stops taunting the tauntable for long enough to laud SiWC success story Janice Hardy's new series. [and  she hearts SiWC along the way...!

In other news...

have you got your antennae yet?



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kcdyer, Sunday October 11, 2009 - 10:47am
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kcdyer, Saturday October 10, 2009 - 8:29pm

This week we're continuing with our series of presenter introductions, combining old friends who are returning to us with new faces to the SiWC experience.

Today's newbie is Annabel Lyon.

Annabel is the author of work in quite a variety of genres, but this year has really been her chance to shine. She's just found her name on the shortlist for the Giller Prize, as well as the Writers Trust awards, so we are very excited to have her join us.

If you check out the presenter page on our site, you'll find that Annabel is the author of Oxygen (short stories), The Best Thing for You (novellas), and All-Season Edie (juvenile novel).

Her first novel for adults,...

kcdyer, Friday October 9, 2009 - 6:45pm


We've talked about this wonderful new website before, but now our own Don McQuinn's endeavour is up and running, and they've got their first newsletter out.

I've had a peek and it is loaded with information. You can learn the basics about available  webinars, how to apply for Advanced Classes, and a look at upcoming speakers [including SiWC 2009 presenter, author Terry Brooks].  Be sure to check out the website at or to email for more information.

Even better, come to the conference and talk to Don McQuinn about his new endeavour in person!



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