About Writing

San Francisco Writer’s Conference

Over President’s Day weekend I attended the San Francisco Writers Conference. I love conferences, especially those for writers. I enlarged my circle of writer friends with authors and editors, and I pitched Aloha Spirit to agents. I attended sessions on perfecting a pitch, marketing books, and creating a brand for an author name.

My favorite panel talked about creating a million-copy bestseller and featured author Kerry Lonsdale, her agent Gordon Warnock from Fuse Literary, and Danielle Marshall from Lake Union Publishing. The three of them worked together to make Kerry’s books successful. The possibility of finding such a team for myself is inspiring.

At other conferences I’ve heard about the importance of building a brand. Your name has to stand for something. I write historical fiction, stories based on real women from my family’s past. So here’s my brand: telling the stories of history’s unknown women. Like it? Explore my newly renovated website. It features a picture of my grandmother, featured in Under the Almond Trees, reading under a tree. Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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