Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Break out those Jammies! OCC/RWA Birthday Bash

We all know that writers stay home in their pajamas all day long, right? And, if you happen to write erotic romance, those nighties turn silky and sexy! Well, break out your cute & comfys because the OCC/RWA Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 13 is bringing back the pajama parties.

Here’s the line-up:

Track One (starting at 7 p.m.):

Jane Porter & Megan Crane: Writing Category Romance in Pajamas
Lou Nelson:  Hooking in Pajamas: Writing Dynamic Opening Lines and First Paragraphs
Jenn Wyatt: Music in Pajamas: Using Music for Inspiration
Beth Yarnall:  The Blackest Black in Pajamas: What’s THE WORST That Could Happen? Is your black moment black enough?

Track Two (starting at 8:30 p.m.):

Debra Mullins: Conflict and Incorrect Core Beliefs in Pajamas
Louisa Bacio: Passion in Pajamas
Debra Holland: Self-Publishing in Pajamas
Erin Pryor: Plotting in Pajamas

** Parties are included with registration with for the Birthday Bash. You must make a reservation for this meeting, a “do not miss” event. The price is $35 for all attendees, includes lunch, and the deadline for the event reservations is Oct. 5, 2012

Highlights of the Day

10:30 a.m.            Special Guest Speakers:  Jane Porter & Megan Crane

              Writing Bestselling Fiction: Using Emotion to Power Up the Story”

An award-winning novelist with more than 5 million books in print, Jane Porter is still a small town girl at heart, never feeling too far away from her roots in central California's golden foothills, oak trees, and miles of farmland.             

After sixteen years in Greater Seattle, Jane has returned to California, and is now making her home in a historic Ole Hanson home in San Clemente, with her surfer husband and three active sons. When she's not on the beach or speaking to writers, she's at her desk working on her next novel. In September 2012, Berkley Trade released her new book, The Good Woman.

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USA Today bestselling author Megan Crane writes women’s fiction, chick lit, work-for-hire YA, and a lot of Harlequin Presents as Caitlin Crews.  She also teaches creative writing classes both online at and at UCLA Extension's prestigious Writers' Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in California, with her animator/comic-book artist husband and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.  For more info visit her at or   

2:00 p.m. Afternoon Speaker: Courtney Miller-Callihan 
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc., Literary Agent

 “The Author/Agent Relationship in Today’s Changing Literary World”

Courtney began her career in publishing at Random House, where she spent a number of years in subsidiary rights sales and in contracts before joining Sanford J. Greenburger Associates in 2005. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she is seeking new voices in women’s fiction, romance, historical novels, and literary fiction. Courtney also looks for non-fiction projects on unusual topics, science, personal finance, business, pop culture, lifestyle books, and craft books.

Just added: Heather Bennett, Executive Editor, Decadent Publishing

OPPORTUNITY RAFFLE: $500 gift card to Apple, Toshiba Excite 10 Tablet, SoCal RWA Conference registration, view the various baskets, critiques, lunches and other prizes. Buy your tickets and enter for the items that you want to win.

3 Pitch Appointments with Courtney Miller-Callihan & Heather Bennett

For more information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012
Embassy Suites
900 East Birch Street
Brea, CA  92821
Doors open 9 a.m.

Hope to see you there!


  1. Am I signed up as long as I paid my $35, or do I have to do something else to sign up? Sorry I'm soooo dense... lol

  2. As long as you're registered for the day, you are totally good to go! We'll hand out locations the day of the event ... and you'll just have to choose which ones to go to!