Georgia Stories on My Mind
Come visit Georgia within these pages as you read heartwarming stories shaped by local traditions and legends. The characters live life to the fullest through joys and hardships. Inhale the essence of Georgia’s revitalized small town squares while eating hand- scooped ice cream on a park bench. Each town has its own magic. Sometimes the most real things in life are things we cannot see but those that deeply touch us, as the folks in these tales learn. Share smiles and shed tears as you travel the curving road of life with these Georgia characters. Are you ready for an unforgettable experience of hope, faith, trust, reconciliation, and love?
Print Length: 259 Pages
Genre: Short Story Anthologies
Publisher: Touch Not the Cat Books
Georgia Stories on My Mind is available to purchase on Amazon.com.
About the Author, Jackie Rod
“A good book transports me to another time and place. It lets me feel the sensation of heroes and heroines— dark loneliness, deep passion, a father’s pride and a mother’s grief.” Jackie Rod is a fiction writer, loving wife of a legal beagle, and mother of three children who has blessed her with seven fantastic grandchildren. After Jackie retired from teaching, her love of words and stories led her to begin writing fiction. Reading and traveling enrich her life and she jumps at the opportunity to teach a workshop or attend a writing conference. She belongs to five writing chapters/groups. Jackie’s work can be found in twelve published books on Amazon, in several Metro Atlanta libraries, and independent bookstores.
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Importance of Writing Conferences
I love, love, love writing conferences. I urge everyone to invest the time and money to attend one or more. They can benefit your future. Conferences are invaluable for learning the craft, meeting editors and agents, and making connects within the writing industry. I attend writing conferences as often as I can.
The Romance Writers of America national conference is the largest one I have attended, but I would not necessarily recommend a conference of that magnitude for beginning writers. The crowd can be overwhelming. Veteran authors thrive on large conferences.
RWA raises thousands of dollars for literacy organizations with its mass book signing. This is a huge contribution to literacy across the country.
The education and information workshops are numerous and phenomenal. Plot Structure, Character Development, Dialogue, Point of View, Show—Don’t Tell, Body Language, Using the Senses, Male Voice v. Female Voice, and How to Build an Audience, Create a One Sheet, Write a Query Letter, Write a Synopsis, etc.
My guess is that veteran authors concentrate on the Value of Social Media, Indie Publisher v. Large Publisher v. Self-Publishing, and How to Launch a Book, Market a Book, and Maintain a Presence.
One of the first super successful self-published YA authors, Amanda Hocking, made over two million dollars simply with eBook sales.
Veteran writers interact with editors, agents, publishers, venders, retailers and other publishing professionals. There are so many choices on how to utilize your time. Veteran authors know how to earmark the events that suit their own needs. Novice writers could be hard-pressed to pinpoint their needs. The offerings at large conferences are so numerous that no attendee can do all of the events.
Networking with other writers, agents, publishers and readers is a great take-away. Bonding with available others while you are there is essential. Don’t sit at a table with just friends. Socialize and meet new people, exchange ideas and business cards. Make new friends for life.
An example of a good sized Conference is Moonlight and Magnolias hosted by Georgia Romance Writers in Atlanta, GA. They draw high professional Keynote speakers, teachers for workshops, and host an awards ceremony for the winners of each year’s writing contest. In 2019 Pamela Vanardo won the Maggie Award after she had won the Golden Heart in 2018 at RWA’s national Conference in Denver.
Bottom line: writing conferences are great sources of education, inspiration, networking, friendship, and fun. I want to encourage you to put a writing conference on your calendar. You will be glad you did.
If you have a minute, tell us about a writing conference you’ve attended. National and local conferences for all genres are available, Sleuthfest, Worldcon & North America Science Fiction, Christian, etc.
Please share any “genre” writing conference you found beneficial.