SiWC Blog

Dale, Thursday June 26, 2008 - 2:50pm

The conference schedule is up and available for your viewing pleasure!

I'm very pleased to offer expanded viewing options this year. Last year there was only a generic overview with a detailed daily view of the workshops. This year each day has an overview with summary details and links to detailed information. There's also improved linking of speakers and workshops.

To everyone that's requested a grid view of the workshops, I'd love to have one, too! But with 10 concurrent workshop tracks (!!!) it's quite wide requiring title abbreviation and very small print, making the result less useful than one would hope. It's my hope the summary (just titles and speakers) and detailed list combination communicates the information equally as well or better. Please let me know...

kcdyer, Wednesday June 25, 2008 - 10:56pm

Cor blimey, there's a lot happening around here in SiWC land lately. We've got a complete roster of presenters now gracing our website, and WebWizard Dale has been working his magic...have you checked out the schedule, lately? It's now on the website for all to share! (Click here to see for yourself: SiWC 2008 Schedule.)

We're closing in on completing the brochure, so hard copies will be available soon. And the registration re-structure is humming along like a rufous in the sangria.

Time for a newsletter, methinks, to spell out all the details. Look for it tomorrow on an email server near you!


kcdyer, Tuesday June 24, 2008 - 11:30pm

Just a quick follow-up to yesterday's post -- the Surrey School District (our patron sponsor) is establishing a new registration gateway for us to use this year. They have all the information in place, now, and are working on configuring the new system as I type. (Yes -- at this very moment!)

All this to say that, while SiWC 2008 registration will open (as noted yesterday) on July 17, 2008, we shall have the registration details up well before that. As soon, in fact, as they are available from the hard-working programmers who are setting up the system.

In the meantime, a couple of reminders.

1. Long before the conference sells out (which it has, over the past 3 or 4 years, at least) the Sheraton Guildford gets completely booked. If you are planning to come...

kcdyer, Monday June 23, 2008 - 10:52pm


Registration will open for SiWC 2008 on....


July 17, 2008.


The race is on! Who will be first in line?



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kcdyer, Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:04pm

Webwizard Dale has come up with yet another interesting twist on our new website -- it's called 'SiWC In the Media' and you can find it under the yellow News & Media banner on the content menu of the home page, or by clicking here.

This new page will essentially list links to stories that appear about SiWC in traditional and new media -- in newspapers, blogs, podcasts -- if we can link to it, you'll find it there. We are not planning to add an RSS feed to 'In the Media', but will add a little note in the 'What's New' section (which does have its own feed) when anything new is added.

Right now you'll...

Dale, Thursday June 19, 2008 - 8:37pm

An interesting post at Writer Unboxed about creating a promotional video for your book: Creating a book trailer.

Author Sophie Masson borrows the term "trailer" from the movie industry. I wanted to say "needlessly borrowed", but besides the budget there is an arguable distinction in the kind of video she's discussing versus your typical promotional video. Perhaps calling it a "trailer" is worthwhile for discussion purposes.

For non-fiction I can imagine lots of possibilities, but have doubts about how well a "trailer" style might work for fiction. Trying to capture the written word with...

Dale, Wednesday June 18, 2008 - 1:27pm

This blog post involves a book, a search, two strangers with the same goal, and a dash of serendipity. And the police. But it's not what you think!

So what does one get the first woman Commissioner of the RCMP, Beverly Bussom, for her retirement? Her neighbor and friend Verna Brown thought The Red Wall by Jane Hall (one of the first female members of the RCMP) might be appropriate. She'd spotted Jane and her book at a book promotion, but didn't make the buy thinking surely her friend owned a copy. To her surprise she was wrong.

If a book is good, an autographed copy is even better! But could she contact Jane Hall in time for a signature before the retirement party?

Unbeknownst to Verna, Jane Hall...

kcdyer, Tuesday June 17, 2008 - 8:18pm

Having trouble getting inspired to begin your magnum opus? I just found a VERY cool article about a new idea sweeping Japan, and now creeping across the Pacific to inspire techies on this continent...writing a story by Twitter!

The story is written in tiny pieces -- 140 characters or less -- on a new software program called Quillpill that is still in its testing phase. You can read the full article here on Tech Crunch.

Imagine writing -- and publishing -- a story you pounded out on your cell phone! I think this would be a terrific way to...

kcdyer, Monday June 16, 2008 - 4:14pm


Okay -- this is not really Janet. This is the image she sent me for our website -- the Great White Shark, still chomping away on her latest victim's legs.

This is the image she LIKES having out there.

Janet Reid came to SiWC for the first time last year, and was an instant hit. She fit right in -- just gets the whole vibe of what the conference is...and tries to be.

Janet is one of the stellar agents at FinePrint Literary Management in New York City, where she specializes in crime fiction. She's an incredible agent, AND I happen to know that she liked what she saw at SiWC so much last year, she's coming back to us again. We...

kcdyer, Friday June 13, 2008 - 4:10pm

 Something new on the horizon -- one of this year's stellar list of presenters has created a blog -- with a twist.

 Chris (CC) Humphreys is well-known as the author of a number of swash-buckling adventure stories -- but before he put pen to paper, he spent a lot of time treading the boards. If you click here you'll find his new blog, chock-ablock with all things adventurous from Dracula's Castle. He has plans to blog about the whole writing process, and a ready-made link for you to set up in your Reader. But if you click here, you'll find him putting his oratorial skills to work, with a podcast paralleling...