Pennwriters Conference IV – The Agents’ Panel

At any Pennwriters’ conference, one of the best attended sessions is the Agents/Editors Panel Discussion. This is where we writers suck in any and all advice concerning trends, preferences, opportunities, turnoffs, and anything else those agents and editors care to share faster than light near a black hole. Some questions were the same. “What’s the [...]

The Pennwriters’ Conference – Part III – Lisa Scottoline

There’s no other way to express it – LISA SCOTTOLINE ROCKS!!! The best selling author and former lawyer delivered a dynamic keynote that set us to belly laughs, touched us, and galvanized everyone in the room with her tremendous energy. (Trust me, some speeches induce comas.) When she finished, every Pennwriter present stood up in an [...]

The Pennwriters Conference – Part II – The Area 5 Gang

Nothing helps being at a conference like having some of your fellow local writers there. The obvious benefit is having somebody you know to talk to. Since you can’t get to every session, it also gives you somebody to share knowledge with. What’s even better is somebody who has seen, or talked with, an agent [...]

Pennwriters’ Conference – Part I

A primal call sounds every mid-May to bring our species of writer together – The Pennsyvanius writerus or Pennwriter. Think geese returning to their home marsh without begging you for bread crumbs or fouling the sidewalks.  Okay, maybe somebody fouled your particular sidewalk, but it wasn’t me. Trust me, you’d know if it was. I [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – All Things Big & Small

Literally the biggest news on the eReader front is the debut of the 9.7 inch Kindle DX – a large eReader geared to periodical and textbook markets. The announcement leaves me less than excited for a lot of reasons. First is the $489 price tag. Considering that our family just purchased a decent laptop for [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Google vs. The Librarians

Once again, the Google’s Gutenberg project is drawing ire – this time from the American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries. The organizations state that Google won’t safeguard reader privacy and that it would hold a virtual (sic) monopoly on a wide variety of texts. I feel that both associations are crying sour [...]

Happy Star Wars Day!!!

For those of you that haven’t read my bio, I am a Star Wars fan. May 4th is the official unofficial day to celebrate. Why? Simple. May the 4th be with you…