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CAPA University 2010
7th Annual Writers Conference
May 8 at the Hartford Steam Boiler Convention Center, Hartford, CT
Doctors Henry Lee & Jerry Labriola
“Writing True Crime”
The writing team of Drs. Henry Lee and Jerry Labriola work
together to create stories that cronicle of some of the most puzzling
crimes of all time. Dr. Henry Lee, internationally known forensic
scientist is the author of thirty books, three of them co-authored with
Dr. Jerry Labriola, CAPA’s co-founder and retired doctor and professor
of medicine. They have built their partnership writing about true crime,
recent and those that have fascinated readers down through history.
Their three books to date are: Famous Crimes Revisited, Dr. Henry Lee’s
Forensic Files and The Budapest Connection. Dr. Labriola also is the
author of seven mystery novels, the most recent being The Strange Death
of Napoleon Bonaparte.
CAPA-U Workshop Sessions Feature
Writing, Publishing and Marketing
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brian Jud
will not be able to speak. However, we are honored to have
Eric Kampmann, president of Midpoint Books, to take his place in Session
The fifteen one-hour workshops at CAPA-U cover a variety of topics of
interest to everyone in the world of books. They are divided into three
sessions from which attendees may choose one per session or a total of
three for the day.
Session 1 - 11:30 am — 12:30 pm (choose one of the
Harris - Writing Mysteries Need some help putting mystery in
your writing? Rosemary Harris will help solve the case. She’s the author
of Pushing Up Daisies, the first novel in the Dirty
Business Mystery series. Born in Brooklyn she has been a bookstore
manager, a video producer, and a television executive. She and her
husband split their time between New York City and Fairfield County,
Connecticut, where she is a master gardener and where she grows the
ideas for her mysteries. Visit her Web site at
Albrizio - Writing Poetry - Is there enough poetry in your life?
Eileen Albrizio is a writer of poetry and prose and will help bring out
the poetry in your writing. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary
journals and publications. She is the author of three volumes of poetry:
Messy On The Inside, Rain – Dark As Water In Winter, and
Perennials: New & Selected Poems (Nominated for the 2008 CT Book
Award). A recitation of her poetry on CD was produced in 2003. She has
also penned several plays, two novels, and is currently working on a
compilation of short fiction. She is a 2003 and 2008 recipient of the
Individual Artist Fellowships from the Greater Hartford Arts Council,
she has taught creative writing in several colleges and cultural
institutions as well as the York Correctional Institute, CT’s
maximum-security prison for women. In 2005, Albrizio left a 12-year
career as a radio news host and broadcast journalist, working primarily
for National Public Radio and its Connecticut affiliate. During her
broadcasting career, she was repeatedly awarded 1st-prize honors from
the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists
Webb - Writing Young Adult - Do you need guidance in writing for
a young audience? Shirley Webb takes her experience as author of
numerous books for young reader to help you understand this genre. She
is the author of Tales from the Keeper of the Myths: Cherokee
Stories For Children and Cherokee Love, Dance In The Rain
and Song Of Love, a three novel Howell Women Saga for
Young Adults. Well known throughout the U.S. for her school sessions,
Shirley has developed a one-hour long program called The Muse Plus The
Mouse Equals the Magic. The stories in Tales of the Keeper of the Myths
are stories her Cherokee grandmother told her when she was a young girl
and reflect the myths of her ancestors.
Gaffney - Do It Yourself Publishing - Do you want to earn $1 per
book or $20? Has the search for a publisher discouraged you? Do you want
your book done your way? If the answer is “Yes!”, Peggy Gaffney can show
you how. Author of Do It Yourself Publishing Nonfiction In Your
Spare Time and seven knitting books for dog lovers, she knows
how hard the business can be if you have a small niche market for your
ideas. Publishers can’t afford to produce books that won’t sell in the
millions, so if your book has a smaller audience, consider publishing
the book yourself. As self publisher, you do the work, you keep the
control and—the best part— you get the money!
Marketing Outside The Box - Eric Kampmann is one
of the three original founders of Midpoint. From the beginning Midpoint
has focused its talent and energy on helping independent publishers
build successful publishing programs in the trade marketplace. Midpoint
has worked with several national bestsellers, but the sales people at
Midpoint take special pride in working with back list titles. Midpoint
currently works with more than 250 independent publishers. Many of
Midpoint’s largest publishers have worked with Midpoint for nine years
or more. Eric is the author of The Book Publishers Handbook: The 7
Keys to Publishing Success published by Beaufort Books, Inc in
2007. Eric has also taught book publishing courses at Harvard, Columbia,
Hofstra and New York University. He has also served on panels at PMA
University, SPAN,and other venues.
Session 2 - 1:45 - 2:45 pm (choose
one of the five speakers)
Andrews - Writing Paranormal Romance - Toni Andrews will guide
you through the world of the paranormal and talk about what it takes to
create these books. She likes to say it's easier to list the jobs she
hasn't tried. From lifeguard to lounge singer, bartender to bill
collector, door-to-door salesperson to corporate business analyst--Toni
has been there and done that. Then, she decided that what she really
wanted to be was a writer. After fifteen years in Southern California
and seven in Miami, Toni has recently returned to the lakeside cottage
in Connecticut where she spent her childhood summers, where she writes
full time. Some of her books are Cry For Mercy, Beg For Mercy
and Angel Of Mercy. Toni also writes romance novels under
the pen name Virginia Reede.
King - Entering Contests - Think you’ve got what it takes to win
a writing contest? James King wasn’t sure he did, but he won the 2009
Amazon Annual Breakthrough Novel Award with Bill Warrington's Last
Chance. He earned a publishing contract with Penguin and a
$25,000 advance. James King is a corporate-communications specialist,
but has wanted to be a writer since he was a child. He was born in Ohio,
and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and children. King
wrote most of Bill Warrington’s Last Chance while earning
a Master of Arts in creative writing from Manhattanville College
(Purchase, NY). James’ novel beat out 9,999 other entries from all 50 US
states and 21 foreign countries. He’ll tell you about his
experiences—and what you should be prepared to do to improve your
chances of winning.
& Jim McGoldrick - Breathing Life into History - Learn how to
research your historical novel and brushstroke it in living color across
the pages of your novel. How to use plotting techniques that make your
pages practically turn themselves. How to make those historical
characters breathe…and breed, if desired! From the submarine shipyards
of Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and the clubs of Rodeo Drive,
to the forges of Pennsylvania and the electronics manufacturers of
Massachusetts, these two have spent their lives gathering material for
their novels. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, and Jim, who has a Ph.D. in
sixteenth-century British literature, have written 27 novels and two
works of nonfiction. Writing historical novels as May McGoldrick and
Nicole Cody and contemporary suspense thrillers as Jan Coffey, these
prolific and popular authors have been the recipients of numerous awards
for their work. They now reside in Watertown, Connecticut.
La Porta - Publishing with a Local Small Press - Tired of being
rejected by big publishers? Rich LaPorta will show you what a local
publisher can do for you to get your book published. Husky Trail Press
LLC provides high quality educational books and materials to Teachers,
Educators, Administrators, Students, Children, and Parents. In addition
to publishing its own titles, Husky Trail Press LLC distributes for
Penguin Putnam, Hachette, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, and Harcourt.
Rinker - How to Get On Radio Shows - After listening to Harry
Rinker, you'll learn exactly what to do to get your book on mainstream
radio stations. Rinker hosted seventy-eight (78) half-hour episodes of
Collector Inspector, a weekly show devoted to seeking out antiques and
collectibles in private homes, on Home & Garden Television (HGTV).
Rinker is a frequent television and radio guest. His television credits
include Oprah, Home Matters, Martha Stewart Living, Inside Edition, Wall
Street Journal Report, the NBC-TV Today show, the ABC-TV Good Morning
America show, the CBS This Morning Show and Sunday Morning, CNBC-TV
Market Rap, and MPT Wall Street Week With Louis Rukeyser, along with
many regional and local talk shows. Rinker is the host of WXCI, 91.7 FM
Meet the Author program in association with Western Connecticut State
Session Three - 3:00 - 4:00 pm
(choose one of the five speakers)
Stone a.k.a. Abby Drake - Writing Women’s Fiction - Who
is Abby Drake, and what is women’s fiction, anyway? Abby Drake, a.k.a.
Jean Stone, is a native New Englander whose 15 novels are set in
locations from Martha's Vineyard to Manhattan. Drake writes about
women…their laughter, their lives, and their men who come and go and
occasionally stick around, whether they're wanted or not. Each of her
stories focuses on the connections between women with vastly different
families, careers, and issues, but with a common problem that bring them
together. In Good Little Wives, the problem is murder; in
Perfect Little Ladies, the problem is panties! Lavender
lace panties. They have been kidnapped. A ransom note has been received.
And Elinor must dig up a half-million dollars for their return before
all of New York, Washington, and maybe the world finds out.
Marina Marchese - Your Book Promotes Your Business and Your Business
Promotes Your Book - Does your small business need more
customers? Do you want to learn the most inexpensive way to market your
small business? Do you want to use your book to develop a new business?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these three questions, then you won't
want to miss this engaging talk by C. Marina Marchese. “Although I’ve
been a beekeeper for a long time, I will never forget my very first
taste of fresh honey straight out of the beehive." So begins
Honeybee, in which C. Marina Marchese considers herself
accidental in the art of beekeeping, but smart in using writing to build
Bear - Speculative Fiction - Speculative fiction is a
fiction genre speculating about worlds that are unlike the real world in
various important ways such as science fiction, fantasy fiction, horror
fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian
fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate
history. Elizabeth Bear is the winner of the 2005 John W. Campbell Award
for Best New Writer, the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for "Tideline,"
and the 2009 Hugo Award for her novelette "Shoggoths in Bloom.” Her
first novel Hammered was published in January 2005 and was
followed by Scardown and Worldwired in the
same year. The trilogy features Canadian Master Warrant Officer Jenny
Casey, who is also the main character in the short story “Gone to
Flowers”. Hammered won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2006.
She’ll help you find the “What if” in your writing.
Shel Horowitz -
Grassroots Marketing - Do you need marketing help? Shel
Horowitz has been assisting businesses, services, authors and
publishers, and nonprofits with marketing for over 30 years. The author
of eight books (four of which won awards), he's an expert in frugal,
ethical, and effective marketing, including major media publicity,
social networking, powerful joint ventures, and much more. A
popular speaker and media guest, Shel just co-authored a book on green
and ethical marketing,
Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green, with Jay Conrad Levinson (originator
of Guerrilla Marketing)--which became a category bestseller on Amazon
within two weeks of publication. Shel is also the author of a whole book
on book marketing:
for Authors and Publishers.
Annesi - Making The Most Of Your Work - From Blog Post to Story—
Ever wonder how to make more of your writing and gain visibility at the
same time? This seminar by award-winning writer and CAPA publicity
chair, Adele Annesi, will show you how to take something as simple as a
text message or blog post and leverage it into a monthly column, short
story, kudos on LinkedIn and publicity on Twitter.
Follow Up Session - 4:00—5:00 pm
Meet all the presenters and chat.
Have your favorite speaker or author autograph copies of their books in
the CAPA-U Bookstore.
Drawing will be held at 4:00 pm.
1st. Prize—Refund of your CAPA-U registration fee!
2nd. Prize—Membership in CAPA for one year!
Meet With Agents
Ann Collette spent 15 years as a freelance writer and editor before
joining the Helen Rees Literary Agency ten years ago, a background that
comes in handy when developing first novels. Her fiction list includes
literary, horror, mystery, women’s fiction, and crime novelists,
including Steven Sidor and Vicki Lane. Her non-fiction interests include
memoir, biography, pop culture, and military (particularly Vietnam and
anything set in the Asian theater).
Jennifer Didik - Before joining Loretta Barrett Books, Inc., Jennifer
Didik was a Department Manager with Barnes & Noble in Central New Jersey
where she purchased books faster than she could read them. She attended
Boston University and graduated from New York University with a B.A. in
Art History and American Literature. Novels that successfully blur the
line between commercial and literary fiction are her favorite reads.
While she mostly reads fiction, her nonfiction interests include
history, memoir, current events, politics (and of course political
humor), and baseball.
Jeanne Fredericks has run her own literary agency since 1997
specializing in quality adult nonfiction by experts in their fields.
Jeanne has represented more than 75 authors to more than 50 publishing
companies. Most of the books she represents are practical popular
reference. Her favorite categories are health, lifestyle (especially
“green”), psychology/relationships, science/nature/pets, gardening,
business, cooking, elite sports, parenting and travel.
Mollie Glick - Foundry Literary & Media. Mollie's list includes literary
fiction, narrative non-fiction, and a bit of practical non- fiction.
She's particularly interested in fiction that bridges the
literary/commercial divide, combining strong writing with a great plot,
and non-fiction dealing with popular science, medicine, psychology,
cultural history, memoir and current events.
after the brochure had gone to press.
Fiction: Children's, Historical Fiction,
Literary, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, Women's Fiction, Young
Adult/Juvenile. As for Non-Fiction: Art, Architecture & Photography,
Biography, Business, Science & Technology, History, Home & Garden,
Parenting & Family, Politics & Current Affairs
Evan Gregory is an Associate Agent
at the Ethan Ellenberg Literary agency, and is currently seeking new
clients. He attended Pratt Institute and cut his teeth at the
Susan Golomb Literary Agency (Jonathan Franzen, Marisha Pessl, William
T. Vollman etc.). In addition to servicing his own clients, Evan
manages the subsidiary rights sales for agency clients such as John
Scalzi, Mary Janice Davidson, Christine Warren, Gail Martin, and Eric
Rohmann. He recently negotiated a deal on behalf of his client Adam
Harmon for a business management book which will likely be released by
Portfolio next summer. He currently resides in Brooklyn.
Miriam Kriss joined the Irene Goodman Literary Agency just as she was
finishing her master's degree in Fine Arts at New York University in
early 2004, and quickly became one of the hottest young agents in town.
Miriam's focus remains on commercial fiction and she represents
everything from hardcover historical mysteries to all subgenres of
romance, from young adult fiction to kick ass urban fantasies, and
everything in between. If it's fun to read, she probably represents it.
She doesn't look for specific stories, focusing instead on finding a
voice she can fall in love with and champion. This strategy of taking on
only clients she's passionate about has lead to six-figure deals for
first-time authors and numerous clients appearances on the USA Today and
New York Times bestseller lists. During one memorable week, she had two
authors appear on the Times list at the same time.
Linda Roghaar has been in the book business since 1974. She worked in
retail bookstores, and for many years was a publishers' rep who sold
independent and university presses to bookstores, chains and
wholesalers. This experience prepared her well for her career as an
agent, which began in 1996. The Linda Roghaar Literary Agency represents
authors with substantial messages and specializes in nonfiction. Linda
sells to major, independent, and university presses. Linda is a
generalist, but does not handle romance, horror, or science fiction.
Jessica Sinsheimer has
been reading and campaigning for her favorite projects since 2004.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she went east for
college and stayed for the opportunity to read soon-to-be books for
a living. Now an associate agent at the
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency,
she's developed a reputation for fighting office members to see
incoming manuscripts first—and for drinking far too much tea. Her
most recent sale is Falling Under, a Young Adult paranormal
romance, and its sequel. Always on the lookout for new writers, she
is most excited about finding women's, literary, and Young Adult
fiction--and psychology, parenting, and works that speak to life in
the twenty-first century.
Dr. Uwe Stender
Dr. Uwe Stender, founder of TriadaUS Literary Agency, is a Full Member
of the AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives). Our best known
clients are former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan, bestselling author and 2001
NAACP Image Award Recipient for Outstanding Literature in Fiction Omar
Tyree, bestselling author Michael Konik, BET’s Jeff Johnson, bestselling
author and relationship expert Dr. Joel Block, legendary NBA referee Bob
Delaney, and author Dan Fante. We are open to all submissions in
nonfiction and fiction. In fiction, we are particularly looking for
literary fiction, women’s fiction, YA and mysteries.
7th Annual CAPA-U
May 8, 2010
Keynote: Drs. Henry Lee and Jerry
Labriola on Writing About Crime
Registration & Breakfast begins at 8:30 followed by the
Keynote at 9:30 am
10:30 - 11:30 there will be panel discussions with all of the agents.
Pushing Up Daisies
The Big Dirt Nap
Messy On The Inside
Rain – Dark as Water in Winter
Dance In The Rain
Song of Love
12:30—1:45 Lunch Main Café
“Do it Yourself
Do It Yourself
Publishing Nonfiction In Your Spare Time
Handbook: The 7 Keys to Publishing Success
Writing Paranormal Romance
Beg for Mercy
Angel of Mercy
Winner of the Amazon
first novel contest.
Nikoo & Jim
The Thistle and the Rose
Dreams of Destiny
Benefits of Publishing with a Local Small Press
Husky Trail Press
How to Get On Radio Shows
"Meet the Author"
Sunday at 9:30 on 91.7 FM or on www.WXCI.org
a.k.a. Abby Drake
Writing Womens Fiction
Author of the following series:
Second Chances Wedding
Martha’s Vinyard Books
Abby Drake Books
C. Marina Marchese
Your Book Promotes Your Business and Your
Business Promotes Your Book.
Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper
By the Mountain Bound
All the Windwracked Stars
A Companion to Wolves
4:00—5:00 Networking and Finale
Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First
Making The Most Of Your Work - From Blog Post to Story
Workshops that challenge you to find success...
Agents who are eager to find that
future best selling author...
Attendees who are looking for ways to
make their books better...
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