Writers! Authors! Agents! Publishers! Editors! Books!
Next week, May 2-4, is the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Conference at the Norman, Oklahoma Embassy Suites. So far, I've been able to attend the conference every year for the past 11 or 12 years, and I'm looking forward to this year's event.
No, I'm not a speaker. No, I wasn't invited to be on a panel, not even the small press panel. No, I'm not included in those taking pitches -- at least officially. Yes, I have tons of work to do: BasketWars, the 4RV Publishing table, and as a judge for the poetry slam. Yes, I won't get to attend sessions, even though I earned a full registration and paid for a hotel room.
Yes, I'm still excited and want to go. I may be able to squeeze in part of one of the sessions I want to attend. I may get to visit some of the people who are speakers, such as Jordan Dane, Jack Dalton, and Mark Coker (founder of Smashwords). Of course, I'm always glad to see the people I don't get to see otherwise. We may be once-a-year friends, but we're still friends.
This year, the conference is offering exhibitor tables for people, businesses, etc. to rent for Friday and Saturday (set up Thursday). 4RV will have a table, and several of our authors will man the table in shifts, therefore giving the attendees and public the chance to buy their books and to have the books signed. Some of the books attending will not be accompanied by their authors but will be available because their writers helped make the event possible. Also, four books will make their debut: Tales from Mike's World by Mike McNair; A Wandering Warrior by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.; Boo's Bad Day by Penny Lockwood; and Building Your Life by the Owner's Design by Danny Von Kanel.
Vehoae, with her book Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia, will be at the table both days. Suzy Koch will join Vehoae Friday afternoon (Being Jacob: First Day of School and Being Jacob: A Day at the Zoo). Other authors include Wayne Harris-Wyrick (Why Am I Me?), Tony LoPresti (My Cat), Kathleen Gibbs with her new novel Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior, Janet Brown (Victoria and the Ghost), Jacque Graham (contributor to Walking the Earth), and me (Stolen, Midnight Hours, Prairie Dog Cowboy, and two Base Stealers books). Helping us will be Rita Durrett, who has a book coming out next year, and Vickey Kennedy, who is a 4RV editor.
Books by other 4RV authors will also be avaible: Stephanie Burkhart, Holly Jahangiri, and Beth Reinke.
I hope anyone anywhere close will come by and visit us. To know more about OWFI and the conference, visit the website http://owfi.org.