23/10/2014 | No Comments »
An interview with YA author, Lissa Price, by Ann Stampler, author of Afterparty by Simon Pulse.
Your debut, Starters, has an unusual premise. Can you talk about it?
So in a future Los Angeles, desperate teens rent out their bodies to seniors, called Enders, so they can be young again temporarily. But one Ender plans to do more than party with the body, she plans to murder a senator. Callie is the 16 year-old girl who’s rented out her body to earn enough money to get an apartment for herself and her sickly younger brother. The first two rentals go fine, but in the middle of the third one she doesn’t wake up in the lab, but in her renter’s mansion. She wants to go back to the company, but hears a voice in her head warning her: “Whatever you do, don’t go back to Prime Destinations. It is dangerous.”
And this was sold as a two-book series to Random House Children’s Books in 2011 as their lead title for 2012. What was that like? Read the rest of this entry »
09/10/2014 | No Comments »
The 2014 La Jolla Writers Conference schedule has been posted. Visit http://lajollawritersconference.com/schedule/ to view the full schedule.
The 14th annual LJWC kicks runs from October 24-26 at the La Jolla Hyatt at Aventine.
Our conference offers two types of classes: Lecture sessions run for 50 minutes and Workshops run for 110 minutes. Each block period will be dedicated to either workshop or lecture style classes. During each block period, there will be approximately 5-6 different classes on various topics from which to choose, allowing for intimate class sizes and personal feedback. For most workshop classes, you are encouraged to bring written work for review and/or participation, though it is not required. Popular classes are repeated to ensure that you have a chance to attend. There will be approximately 80 original classes/topics offered at the conference. Once registered for the conference, there are only three classes that require pre-registration on Saturday morning. Other than those three, you simply choose the class that most interests you during a particular block period and attend. Please note that classes begin at 1:00pm on Friday and end at 4:00pm on Sunday.
7-Minute Pitch: Sign–ups for the 7-minute pitch sessions will begin at on Saturday morning at 6:45am in Conference Central. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be made in person by the participating individual. For the session, each participant will be assigned a private 7-minute period to present their book idea. These sessions are closed to the public and will be hosted by a panel of 4 experts, including at least one publisher and one agent. Only one session per attendee, please. Attendees should be prepared to spend the first 2 minutes providing the following information: what is your book about; what is your platform; who is your target market; why are you the appropriate person to write this book? The last 5 minutes should be left for feedback. Feel free to attend a different class until you assigned time and then return to that class.
Check out our incredible faculty known for their accessibility and personal feedback.
Registration is still open. We hope you will have a chance to join us.
13/11/2013 | No Comments »
After 200+ hours of planning, 120 hours of great classes over three days, and incredible contributions from our wonderful faculty members and attendees, the 2013 LJWC has come to a close.
With no rest for the weary, we are excited to announce the location and dates for the 2014 La Jolla Writers Conference.
We will be hosting the 2014 LJWC at the wonderful Hyatt Regency La Jolla from October 24 -26, 2014. We will be announcing our keynote speakers and faculty shortly.
In the meantime, as a conference that operates as a not-for-profit endeavor, we welcome everyone to take advantage of our Early Bird Registration Special. Between now and November 18th, participants can register for the conference at a remarkably low $295. This is a $90 saving from the normal registration fee and also comes with a wonderful gift of the more than 40 hours of the 2013 selected class recordings and keynote addresses.
Please remember that our conference prides itself on intimacy and that we strictly limit attendance to 200 people, so register soon. We hope to see you there!
14/10/2013 | No Comments »
Lisa Jackson can’t keep away from murderers, especially serial killers. She’s been helping to kill people everywhere from Savannah and New Orleans to San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest—and it’s been worth it as her readers come back again and again, and her novels are fixtures on bestseller lists.
Lisa began writing at the urging of her sister, novelist Nancy Bush. Inspired by the success of authors she admired and the burgeoning market for romance fiction at the time, Nancy was convinced they could work together and succeed. They sat down, determined to write and to be published.
In a nutshell, who is Lisa Jackson? Before she became a nationally bestselling author, she was a woman struggling to keep food on the table by writing novels, hoping against hope that someone would pay her for them. Today, neck deep in murder, her books regularly appear on the New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly national bestseller lists. As those who know her can attest, this funny, smart woman who enjoys making the hair stand up on the back of her readers’ necks, is a mom, a daughter, a workaholic and an amazing writer.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nancy Bush started her writing career with romances but soon moved to her favorite genre, mystery/thrillers. Somewhere in between, Nancy moved from the Pacific Northwest to New York and spent several years writing for one of TV’s most highly-rated soap operas. Individually, and with her bestselling sister Lisa Jackson, Nancy has more than twenty successful novels to her credit.
The La Jolla Writer’s Conference recently had the opportunity to interview Lisa and Nancy. Read the rest of this entry »
27/09/2013 | No Comments »
Sometimes accomplished people can be so understated that we often don’t know who really lives in our own backyard. Bill Gladstone is just such a person. A Yale and Harvard trained cultural anthropologist who traveled the world in search of mysteries, Gladstone is considered an international expert on indigenous cultures and the true meaning behind 2012 and its rippling impact on our world moving forward. Co-producer of the highly-acclaimed film, TAPPING THE SOURCE, as a literary agent, Mr. Gladstone has represented some of the most respected and influential authors of our time, including Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Barbara Marx Hubbard. As a trustee for the prestigious Club of Budapest, Gladstone collaborates with some of the greatest thought leaders of our time. And as an author, Bill’s newest novel, The Power of Twelve (sequel to his bestselling Novel, The Twelve), hits stores October 1st.
The Power of Twelve is a Dan Brown meets Michael Crichton meets Steve Berry.
The year 2012 didn’t mark the end of civilization as many had mistakenly predicted. Rather, it marked a turning point in human consciousness, a shift toward a more humanistic, less violent existence. But not if Arnold Wheeler can help it. Read the rest of this entry »