Friday, April 26, 2013

OWFI, Here We Come

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




Christine Jarmola said...

You're right, it's going to be a great conference. See you in six days - what only six days? I have got to get my act together.

4RV Publishing said...

Yes, just six days, and my wide printer won't work, and I have six things/posters that must be printed. Aggggghhhhhh

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Have a great conference, everyone. Sounds like fun.

4RV Publishing said...

Bev, the conference is always great and tons of fun.

However, I really don't have time for it this year, but that's not going to stop me from going. Nope, not a chance all this stuff around me is going to stop me.

Melanie said...

Have a wonderful time. It sounds like it's a lot of fun. I'd be there in a heartbeat to help out if I lived closer.

Is there a Staples/Office Depot/UPS Store close by that can do the printing for you, Vivian, if you take the files to them on s USB stick? And most importantly, don't charge an arm and a leg to do so?

4RV Publishing said...

Melanie, I know you would if you could.

Aidana told me what to do to make my printer work. She has one, and occasionally it does the same go-on-strike. The printing is finished. Yea!!!