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Writing Workshop: Self-Editing Talk
Book Launch: NEVER SAY DIE

Saturday, July 12, 2 pm: If you’re planning to seek a traditional publishing contract, your manuscript needs to land before an editor as clean as possible and in publishable condition. If you think you’ll be self-publishing, that same novel will need to be professionally edited and copy-edited before it reaches the market. Either way, good editing must be part of the equation. The trouble is that most self-editing material only teaches you how to address the small issues — polishing, in effect. It doesn’t show you how to address the big-picture concepts that might make or break your novel. And freelance editors typically command considerable sums.

But you can learn to do much of the process yourself. Award-winning author, writing instructor, and in-demand editor, Kris Neri, will lead you through the editing process with a checklist of questions that will show you how to tackle both the individual big and small picture issues your novel might present.

Today, Kris launches the re-publication of NEVER SAY DIE, a thriller featuring edgy triathlete, Zoey Morgan. NYT bestselling author William Kent Krueger, author of ORDINARY GRACE, says of it: “…delivers everything a discerning fan of the genre could desire: a tough, engaging heroine, plenty of suspense and romance, and a complex mystery that stubbornly refuses to be solved until the final pages. Add to that the fascinating insider’s view of the grueling sport of triathlon and it’s clear that Kris Neri has penned a winner.”

Kris Neri also writes the Tracy Eaton mysteries, the latest of which is REVENGE ON ROUTE 66, a 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist, and the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty magical series, the last of which, MAGICAL ALIENATION, is a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner. A three-time Lefty Award finalist, Kris novels have also been nominated for such prestigious awards as the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and International Book Award; she is a three-time Lefty Award finalist. Kris teaches writing online for the Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School, the Sisters in Crime Guppies, and in private classes in West Sedona.
 
     
       
  Book launch & talk: Military anthology
Benefiting the Gary Sinise Foundation

Saturday, July 26, 2 pm: A HERO’S JOURNEY is an uplifting anthology of poetry, short stories, letters, music and so much more. With over thirty contributors from across this beautiful country, it is a keepsake for anyone who is either in the military, has a family member serving or knows of someone who does. All profits from this anthology will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors our troops and first responders. A HERO’S JOURNEY also includes journal pages for writing personal thoughts and photo pages for placement of the military hero in the reader’s life, creating a beautiful scrapbook feel to it.

A HERO’S JOURNEY will bring hope to those who have lost it, and an outlet for their pain. It is a keepsake for anyone who is either in the military, has a family member serving or knows of someone who does. Appearing with us will be Erik J. Ekstrom, editor and publisher of A HERO’S JOURNEY, who will talk about the book. A HERO’S JOURNEY is dedicated to the brave men and women of our military and their families who patiently await their safe return home.

As an author for many years, Erik has brought the multicultural flavor and dangers found in big city life to his literary works. The scenery is precise in every detail; his characters are fully developed becoming almost real on the page and his plots twist and turn with each mastered stroke of his pen. His writing has been described as “cinema on paper.” His genres include young adult, historical fiction, and psychological thrillers. He has also produced three fine children’s books.

His book titles include: The Storyteller, Storyteller II: Chicago Blood, Everett Holmes: The Case of the Forged Fingerprint Killer, Everett Holmes Sanctuary of the Damned, Pugs Visit to Santa, Pugs Dream Come True, Pugs First Visit to the Park, and A Hero's Journey.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Gary Sinise Foundation. This is your way to help service members and first responders.