Archive for April, 2009

April 20, 2009

Booth Keynotes Maryland Writers’ Association Annual Conference

Robert L. Booth is confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Maryland Writers’ Association 21st Annual Conference: “Writing Your Success Story.”

Keynote speaker Robert L. Booth, former Managing Editor of National Geographic, is newly retired from the magazine after a 35-year career. He joined the editorial staff as an intern in 1974, writing captions for its famed photographs. He subsequently wrote by-lined articles that took him from the Canadian Arctic to the South Pacific, and over the years has circled the globe several times on assignment.

As an editor, Booth worked closely with both staff and freelance writers and ultimately became involved in the overall planning and production of the magazine, which today is published in more than 30 languages around the world. On his watch, National Geographic garnered a small herd of “Ellies,” the coveted National Magazine Awards, including the top prize for “General Excellence.” Most recently, he has been editing special single-topic issues of the magazine designed exclusively for the newsstand. The latest edition, Energy for Tomorrow, is available now. A native of Washington, D.C, he grew up in Maryland and makes his home in Arlington, Virginia.

The MWA’s Annual Conference, which draws writers from across Maryland and beyond, takes place on Saturday, May 9, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. In addition, celebrate a year of writing with your fellow MWA members and friends at the Writers’ Banquet, Friday, May 8, 2009. Both events will be held at the Maritime Institute of Technology Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.

Join local experts and established writers for an opportunity to hone your craft in sessions led by established authors, instructors, and experts. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s plenty for you at the conference. Come explore the many worlds of writing.

To register, or for more information, visit the conference page on the MWA website.

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April 15, 2009

Publishing for Kindle

Webmaster’s Note: This is the first in what I hope will become a regular series of posts written by Maryland Writers’ Association members discussing the art, craft, and business of writing. If you are an MWA member and would like to contribute a feature to this blog, e-mail me. Authors retain all rights to their work published here.

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Greetings! My name is Carol Plotnick. I am an MWA member, free-lance writer, and small business owner. Recently, Paul Lagasse invited me to write about my Kindle publishing experience with Amazon.com. The following is an account of my journey into cyberpublishing:

The economy made me do it! Good excuse, but not totally accurate. When banks went belly up and the stock market took a dive in October 2008, I was on the verge of publishing my novel Flying Wires in paperback. However, with belt tightening now part of my business plan, I decided to publish a PDF. When I announced the release of my book in December 2008, a friend said she would buy my novel if it came out in Kindle format. At that time, Kindle was about two years old, but from what I’d read in the September 2008 issue of IBPA Independent – the journal of the Independent Book Publishers Association – it sounded like another avenue, albeit a road less traveled, for my self-publishing company to explore.

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