August 14, 2010

Lone Star Writer’s Conference

Mark your calendars and sign up online for our annual Lone Star Writer’s
Conference at


October 16, 2010

Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint
255 N Sam Houston Parkway East
Houston, Texas 77060
Telephone: 281-875-4000

$69.00/night - Direct Link for reservations:

Richard Dix
Event Manager
Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint


***First 35 to register will be invited to a special Meet and Greet
Reception on Friday, October 15, 2010.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Randy Ingermanson

Randy Ingermanson was both the class clown and the class nerd in high
school. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley and then went on
to publish six novels and win about a dozen awards for his writing. His
most recent book is "Writing Fiction For Dummies." Randy is known around
the world as "the Snowflake Guy" in honor of his widely used Snowflake
method for writing a novel. He is the publisher of the free monthly
Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, which has over 21,000 subscribers. He
has a wife and three daughters, and works full-time serving the needs of
three tyrannical cats. Visit his web site at

LUNCHEON SPEAKER: Christine Witthohn
Book Cents Literary Agency - “How to maximize your chances of getting
published or staying published in this volatile market.”



Naomi Hackenberg
Elaine P. English, PLLC

Naomi Hackenberg joined The Elaine English Literary Agency in 2008,
where she began by assisting with the agency’s commercial fiction
projects and selling foreign translation rights. She is currently
building her own list and is actively seeking commercial manuscripts
with strong writing, stand-out narrative voices and compelling
characters. In addition to reading (of course!), Naomi likes cooking and
going to baseball games. Naomi’s academic background is in American
Studies and Creative Writing, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree from The
George Washington University and a Master’s degree from The University
of Chicago. She’s an associate member of the Association of Authors’
Representatives and a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers
and Illustrators.

Naomi will be looking for manuscripts for herself and Elaine English at
the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Writer’s Conference. She’s looking
for young adult fiction of all ilk (including contemporary, romance,
dystopian, multicultural, paranormal with a brand-new hook, normal
protagonists in paranormal worlds, etc.); romance (historical,
contemporary, sweet, erotica, dark and gothic, multicultural,
paranormal, etc., but not time-travel or inspirational); women’s
fiction; mysteries of all types; psychological, legal and medical
thrillers with believable characters and well-constructed plots. Naomi
is not seeking non-fiction or picture books. Above all, she’s looking
for a strong narrative voice and unique, well-paced plot that keeps her
up past her bedtime just to find out what happens next.

Amy Boggs
Donald Maass Literary Agency

Amy is an associate agent at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Born and
raised in Utah, Amy came to New York to attend Vassar College and pursue
a career in publishing. During college, she worked at a children's
bookstore, a library, and a quarterly magazine, as well as interning at
a literary agency. After a short stint at a psychology magazine, Amy
joined DMLA as an intern. She is now actively building her list looking
for fantasy and science fiction, especially urban fantasy, paranormal
romance, steampunk, YA/children's, and alternate history. Historical
fiction, multi-cultural fiction, westerns, and works that challenge
their genre are also welcome.

Christine Witthohn
Book Cents Literary Agency

Christine Witthohn is a literary agent and the founder of Book Cents
Literary Agency. She is one of the main sponsors of the International
Women’s Fiction Festival held annually in Matera, Italy, and has strong
ties to the international market. She is member of AAR, RWA, MWA and is
actively building her client list. She is on the hunt for well-written
commercial and women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and would love to
find some great new YA projects. Christine is looking for: middle
grade, young adult, mystery/suspense, thrillers, romance: contemporary,
rom coms, paranormal, fantasy.

Christine is NOT looking for: inspirational, westerns, sci fi, horror,
erotica, or poetry.


Don't forget the first 35 to register will be invited to a special Meet
and Greet Reception on Friday, October 15, 2010.

Sign up online for the Lone Star Writer’s Conference at


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