Saturday, March 19, 2011

Share and share alike

Pete Green, Linda O'Connell, Brad Cook, Photo: Courtesy of Lynn Obermoeller

I recapped my St. Louis Writer's Guild panel presentation in my previous post. I would like to thank everyone who came to hear what Pete Green, Brad Cook and I had to say. I do believe that St. Louis has a huge literary pool, and I also believe that we should be inclusive rather than exclusive, and readily share our knowledge.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to my new blog followers!

Peter Green discussed independent presses and "author-subsidized publishing". Self-publishing is not the way to go for everyone, but if you are intent on getting your manuscript published, there are avenues other than traditional publishing. Check out his book, Dad's War With the United Sates Marines on his website and read about his newest, upcoming release.

Brad Cook gave a thorough overview of local conferences and the wealth of knowledge one gains from attending. He has been pumped ever since returning from New York.

The Missouri Writer's Guild Conference is coming up April 8-10. There is still time to register, or if you just want to schmooze and dine and hear keynote speaker, hometown sweetheart, author and former Post-Dispatch columnist, Elaine Viets on 4/9/11, please go to MWG.

Some of St. Louis's literary finest were in the audience. I was proud to see Dianna Graveman, local author who will be presenting at the MWG conference. Becky Haigler, editor of Silver Boomer Anthologies was also in attendance, and Diane Jennings Willis from Washington University.

Please feel free to email me on any topic, and I will help in any way that I can.


Bookie said...

You have really been busy,Linda. Makes me feel like a slug as I am busy here but with what??? :) You are right there does seem to be a lot of writers in the St. Louis area, in Missouri. So many times I visit a blog or have a visitor and then find they are from somewhere in the Midwest.

Linda O'Connell said...

Hi Claudia,
Yes we are a busy group, but there are so many literary events going on here on Tuesday nights nobody can make it to all of them.

Tammy said...

Sounds like a wonderful event! Plus I have heard you speak, and you speak the way you write--in a warm and lyrical voice that's almost musical.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda---I meant to say something. You have a very distinctive voice. It sounds like there is a bit of an accent (not midwestern) but I could be wrong.

It WAS a wonderful event. Thanks for doing it.

Linda O'Connell said...

Hi Tammy and Sioux,
I hate the way I look and sound. Folks have asked if I am from WisCONsin or North DakOta, but nope, right here in St. Louis. Maybe it's from raising ad lowering my voice so much with preschoolers for 34 years.

Lynn said...

Linda, I can't believe you say you hate the way you look and sound. If I was there, I'd slap you. Okay, I wouldn't really slap you, but girl you're gorgeous and you have a lovely voice! You all did a great job that evening! I like the picture :-), thanks for the plug.

Unknown said...

Hi Linda,
How do you do it? Please let me know what kind of vitamins you're taking so I can get some!
Congratulations on your presentation. I bet it was great!
Looking forward to seeing you at the MWG conference next month.

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,

Sounds like a great conference experience. Thanks for sharing it.

Linda O'Connell said...

You are my kick in the pants, smack in the head friend. That's what I like about you! And I'll bet YOU CAN dance!

It was half an hour of my time. Took me longer to prepare than to speak :) I just think we should all do what we can to help one another.
Energy? UGH. I wind down early, like 8-9 p.m.

Karen Lange said...

Sounds like it was a great day! Thanks for the links! :)

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