Posts tagged “Chapter Events

Nov. 16th, Meet literary legal eagle, F. Robert Stein, & learn how to protect your work

19076Whether you’re signing with an agent, a publisher, or going the self-publishing route, Bob Stein’s legal expertise will help you decode the facts about contracts, copyright, and liability, as well as if and when you need a lawyer.

Bob spent 13 years early in his career thinking he was protecting the largest book publishers from voracious agents and from shiftless and irresponsible writers. Then he changed sides and has since spent 30 years trying to atone for his mistakes, protecting poor benighted writers from arrogant and uncaring conglomerate publishers.

Join us on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at the
New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Branch, 6th Avenue and 10th Street.
Meet and greet: 6:00 p.m. Program: 6:30—7:45 p.m.

Optional dinner follows.

Dramatic Question Theater Benefit Reading with Sisters in Crime

Please join Sisters in Crime in supporting the non-profit Dramatic Question Theatre at our upcoming reading
on Tuesday, October 27th.

Tickets are limited. So, purchase yours now at:

DQT Benefit Reading: Sisters in Crime

Join the Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) for a special event and reading featuring members of Sisters In Crime, an organization dedicated to the professional development of women crime writers.
The DQT is raising money to produce two new plays:
o THE SHOO-IN by Michael Mejias.
Readers from Sisters in Crime will include:
Triss Stein
Lori Robbins
Cathi Stoler

Where: People’s United Bank, 250 Park Ave, NYC
When: 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 27th (Social hour begins at 6:00, followed by readings.)
How much: Tickets are $20 (tax-deductible).
Seating is limited to 40 tickets, so get yours before the event sells out!

The official website of the Dramatic Question Theatre.

Editing Do’s & Don’ts from Mariah Fredericks on Oct. 19th

Meet Mariah Fredricks and learn how to be your own best editor.

img_0152-copyMariah Fredericks is the author of eight novels for young adults, including The Girl in the Park and Crunch Time, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. Her first mystery for adults, A Death of No Importance, will be published by Minotaur in 2018. The head copywriter for Book-of-the-Month Club for many years, she currently works as a freelance editor.

In an era when editors have less and less time to work on a manuscript, writers need to be their first and best editor. Yet it’s often hard for people to step back and see their story with fresh eyes. This talk will address how to read like a reader and not the writer, effective ways to find and cut the flab, the meaningless of “good,” and how to make the most of outside feedback,so you can be Your Own Best Editor.

Chat with Agent Christina Hogrebe on Wed. Sept. 21st

christina-hogrebeJoin  literary agent, Christina Hogrebe of the Jane Rotrosen Agency. With over 13 years of experience, Christina is driven to help her clients achieve their goals–from bestsellers to debut authors, to those in need of a change. Christina will discuss what’s selling and not selling now, plus the value of having an agent. Wednesday, Sept. 21st, The Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL. Meet and Greet: 6:00 p.m., Meeting 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.


Chapter Festivities in Brooklyn

Last Sunday’s Brooklyn Book Festival was a great opportunity for us to get together with other chapter members and enthusiastic lovers of the written word.  The weather finally cooperated and cleared, and I’m sure the previous few days of rainy cabin fever helped the terrific turnout.  There was a huge number of readings and literary discussions going on simultaneously, all free to the public.  Individual venues were scattered outside Brooklyn Borough Hall and within the surrounding public buildings, and the public promenades of Columbus park were lined with exhibitor tables under blue canopies.

As first-timers, we christened the brand new banner you’ll see, and discovered that enough people hadn’t encountered us before that the name alone in huge letters made them curious.  During two-hour slots, SinC chapter authors took turns signing and selling, giving away publisher copies and special freebies.  Over the course of the day, we also sold 25+ copies of last year’s anthology, Murder New York Style, to readers who were excited to support local authors writing about their neighborhoods.  It was a friendly, unabashedly book-loving crowd, and several other local authors and downright luminaries stopped by to visit.

Hopefully the gallery of pictures below gives some sense of the event (click any to enlarge), but if you notice empty sidewalk, that was definitely taken early in the day.  Where there’s 1 Sister behind the table, it’s Robin Hathaway.  The 2 Sisters are (l to r) Lina Zeldovich and Peggy Ehrhart.  The 3 Sisters are K.J.A. (Ken) Wishnia, Cynthia Baxter, and Jill Brock.  Sadly, the Sisters I missed memorializing were Sue Yellin, who volunteers with the Brooklyn Borough offices and who became our indispensable liaison, and also our new(ish) chapter member transplanted from New Orleans, Laura John Rowland.  If we decide to do it again next year, and I certainly hope we will, I promise no one will escape the shutterbugging!