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WOTS 2020

WOTS at 35: The Online Edition!

Write on the Sound writers’ conference (WOTS) is a small, affordable conference focused on the craft of writing. A broad variety of sessions, workshops and panel discussions are available for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today’s writing and publishing industry.

Write on the Sound will be held at its customary time in early October. What’s different this year is the place.

All live conference activities and presentations will be held online, October 1-4, 2020.

All the information and a link to the list of presenters and the session schedule is on the WOTS website here.

Registration will remain open until September 30, unless all sessions sell out prior to that date.

We at Edmonds Bookshop are happy to be your source for books from the featured speakers and session presenters as well as a few titles they are recommending. We will also have additional books listed: as reference, as inspiration and some just for fun!

Your online bookshop starts right here with Authors and Presenters:

Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days with ALS Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781927366868
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Touchwood Editions - October 8th, 2019

Alison Acheson will present:
A Renewed Look at Journal Keeping for the Writer | Sun. 10/4, 11:00 AM
What is the role and benefits of paying attention to our lives, from times of great change to the banal, especially when we have so little time to write? Why is the habit of keeping a journal so significant for writers?

She teaches in the creative writing program at University of British Columbia.

Visit her on facebook, here.


The House of One Thousand Eyes Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773210711
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Annick Press - September 11th, 2018

There are a limited number of paperback editions available at $9.95. Call us to order: 425.775.2789


My Long List of Impossible Things Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781773213644
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Annick Press - March 10th, 2020

Michelle Barker & David Brown will present:
Murder Your Darlings | Thur. 10/1, 10:00 AM
This workshop shines the spotlight on the editorial process. Geared to writers who want to take their manuscript to the next level.
Representation from an Editor’s Point of View | Sat. 10/3, 4:15 PM
Finding an agent is a huge hurdle for all writers, and yet if you want your manuscript to be read by the top publishers, you can’t get through the door without one.

Michelle holds an MFA in creative writing from University of British Columbia and works as a senior editor at the Darling Axe. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.
David founded Darling Axe Editing in 2018 after working as a freelance editor for more than 15 years. He  lives in Victoria, B.C.

Visit them at www.darlingaxe.com


A Year of Borrowed Men Cover Image
By Michelle Barker, Renne Benoit (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781927485835
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pajama Press - May 3rd, 2016

Revenge in 3 Parts Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781732373204
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Leather Jacket Press - October 15th, 2018

Valerie J. Brooks will present:
The Resurgence of Noir Fiction | Thur. 10/1, 2:45 PM
Noir has an important history, as it captures the ethos of its time. In this interactive lecture for writers of all levels, learn why noir is resurging, what its characteristics are, and how to apply it to any genre.

Raised in Puritanical New England, Brooks was drawn to the gothic, secrets, mystery, and the dark side of human nature. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and a finalist for the Nancy Pearl Book Award.

Visit her website at http://www.valeriejbrooks.com


Tainted Times 2: Novel two in the Angeline Porter Trilogy Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781732373228
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Leather Jacket Press - September 1st, 2020

Waypoint Kangaroo: A Novel (The Kangaroo Series #1) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250081780
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - June 21st, 2016

Curtis C. Chen will present:
Talk Less, Smile More | Sat. 10/3, 2:45 PM
Translating the rhythms of real-life speech into text is always a challenge, especially if one wants to preserve the meaning behind the words. There are simple tools to help with this, and using them can become instinct with practice.

and:

Query Letters That Work | Sun. 10/4, 12:45 PM
You’ve written a novel, or story. Great! Now let’s talk about how to sell it. Query letters are still the best way to get an agent ...

Visit him online: https://curtiscchen.com


Kangaroo Too: A Novel (The Kangaroo Series #2) Cover Image
Email or call for price 425-775-2789
ISBN: 9781250081896
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - June 20th, 2017

Available here at Edmonds Bookshop, call us to order: 425.775.2789.


Thursday's Children: Flash Fiction from 512 Words or Fewer Cover Image
By Natalie Metzger (Illustrator), Laura J. Mixon (Introduction by), Deeann Sole (Editor)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780615955216
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ckl* - January 17th, 2014

Dark Life Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780545178150
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 1st, 2011

Kat Falls will present:
Writing for Teens | Thur. 10/1, 8:30 AM
Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction are wildly popular and still-growing categories in book publishing that encompass many genres: fantasy, romance, science fiction, contemporary realism, literary fiction, and more. Having published in both markets, Kat will discuss the differences that define MG and YA and share strategies, tips, and tricks for writing engaging work for young readers.
and:
How to Create a Fresh and Vivid World | Sat. 10/3, 9:00 AM
Any story’s setting should be approached as if it is another character, offering obstacles and commenting on the story’s theme. This is even more true for science fiction and fantasy stories.

Kat Falls writes sci-fi thrillers for kids, teaches at Northwestern University and presents at schools and conferences across the country. She lives in Evanston, IL. katfalls.net


Inhuman Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545371018
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - March 31st, 2015

Undaunted (Inhuman #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545371025
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019

Transform Your Fiction: Essential Tools Cover Image
By C. a. Feeney (Editor), D. L. Fowler
$9.95
ISBN: 9780996380515
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harbor Hill Publishing - April 13th, 2017

The Business of Being a Writer (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780226393162
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 16th, 2018

Jane Friedman will be:

Featured Lunch Hour Speaker | Sat. 10/3, 12:00 PM
WOTS is excited to present popular author and speaker on writing and the publishing industry, Jane Friedman, as this year’s featured speaker.

and:

The Art and Business of Author Platform | Sun. 10/4, 9:30 AM
Most working writers have at least one thing in common: they seek to grow the readership for their work. But what leads to readership growth? And what can you do, especially without a publisher’s help (or a large bankroll), to encourage that growth? Sometimes this is called “platform development.”

Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors. She also maintains an award-winning blog for writers at www.JaneFriedman.com.


Publishing 101: A First-Time Author's Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780986312618
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MBA for Writers - December 4th, 2014

Return To Sender Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780990951483
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Better Life Press - October 23rd, 2014

Mindy Halleck will present:
Mermaids, Maidens or Mystics: Eight Female Archetypes Every Writer Should Know | Thur. 10/1, 11:30 AM
Beyond the Hero’s Journey, there’s no denying it, rebellious female characters—from Katniss Everdeen to Olive Kitteridge—dominate literary fiction. This class advances a writer’s creative skill-set by exploring the eight female archetypes.

Mindy is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and writing instructor. She has won short-story writing contests and is a frequent guest lecturer in University of Washington’s fiction writing classes. www.mindyhalleck.com


At the Table of Wolves (A Dark Talents Novel) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481487795
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

Kay Kenyon will present:
Move Along, Folks | Sat. 10/3, 4:15 PM
An agent who gets 10,000 pitches a month says that 95% of rejected manuscripts are paced too slowly. We can fix this! This pacing workshop is for beginning and intermediate-level novelists and exposes classic pacing mistakes, large and small.

Kay is the author of fifteen science fiction and fantasy novels. Her work has been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick award. Her historical fantasy was recently optioned for film. She is a founding member of the Write on the River organization in Wenatchee, dedicated to helping aspiring writers improve their craft and navigate the writing life. www.kaykenyon.com


Serpent in the Heather (A Dark Talents Novel) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781481487856
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 8th, 2019

Nest of the Monarch (A Dark Talents Novel) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534429741
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 14th, 2020

Dystopia: Seven Dark and Hopeful Tales Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781733674607
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Published: Winterset Books - February 28th, 2019

Great Stories Don't Write Themselves: Criteria-Driven Strategies for More Effective Fiction Cover Image
By Larry Brooks, Robert Dugoni (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781440300851
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - November 5th, 2019

Available here at Edmonds Bookshop, call us to order: 425.775.2789.


Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781582979984
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Writer's Digest Books - February 24th, 2011

27 Essential Principles of Story: Master the Secrets of Great Storytelling, from Shakespeare to South Park Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523507160
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 18th, 2020