Monday, April 22, 2013

Robin Tidwell, Rocking Horse Publishing, Coming to the Conference!

Please help me welcome, Robin Tidwell, to our blog and April 2013 conference! Robin is the author of REDUCED and REUSED, and lives in the St. Louis area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in interdisciplinary studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis. Robin and Dennis are the owners of All on the Same Page Bookstore and Rocking Horse Publishing.

MWG: Welcome, Robin, to the MWG conference blog! Why did you found Rocking Horse Publishing and when?

Robin: I self-published my first book, Reduced, in late August 2012; made a few mistakes; decided to re-do the formatting; and was working on my second book, Reused, when I thought, Hey, why not just start a publishing house? I was already doing book consulting and marketing seminars, etc., so it seemed like a natural fit, especially since we’d opened a bookstore in October 2011.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

If This Doesn't Pique Your Curiosity, Nothing Will . . .

Jane Henderson's banquet speech for Saturday night:

"No Need To Send a Condom and Other Tips on Approaching News Media"
Some things (major and minor) a newspaper editor takes into consideration when choosing books for review.

Jane is the book editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It's not too late to register for the conference! We are anticipating a great group of people at this year's event.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sarah Fine, YA Author, Coming to the MWG Conference!

Sarah Fine is a child psychologist and author. Her debut YA urban fantasy novel, SANCTUM, the first installment in the Guards of the Shadowlands series, was published in Fall 2012 by Amazon Children’s Publishing, and the sequel, FRACTURED, will be released in October 2013. Her YA gothic novel, FACTORY GHOST, will be published by McElderry/Simon & Schuster in summer 2014. She also co-writes (with Walter Jury) YA thrillers under the name S.E. Fine; SCAN will be published in May 2014 by Putnam/Penguin. On the web, she can be found at, on Twitter (@finesarah), and at, where she blogs about psychology and YA. 

MWG: Sarah, welcome to the Missouri Writers Guild conference blog. But better yet, welcome to the conference! What will you be speaking about?

Sarah: Thank you! I’ll be speaking about several things, actually. One of the sessions is about how writers can develop thinking habits that help when dealing with writer’s block and rejection, another is about writing teen characters, and then I’m offering a master class about how to “properly” traumatize characters.