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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby disgruntledpeony » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:55 pm

Thomas Woodward wrote:I just got a call from Joy Auburn letting me know I got the scholarship - very excited to get the opportunity to go and meet everybody!

wotf010 Awesome! We'll have to arrange a meet-up, for sure.
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Thomas Woodward » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:04 am

disgruntledpeony wrote:
Thomas Woodward wrote:I just got a call from Joy Auburn letting me know I got the scholarship - very excited to get the opportunity to go and meet everybody!

wotf010 Awesome! We'll have to arrange a meet-up, for sure.


That would amazing - looking forward to it! wotf007
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Wulf Moon » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:56 am

I just saw you announced on the 2020 board, Thomas!!! So happy for you and Liz! We shall meet up at Superstars! Congratulations to both of you for winning this prestigious scholarship! It was tough competition, always is, BUT YOU MADE IT!

And I call out again to any ready to make the next step...if you can afford to go to this conference, this is next level stuff. David Farland teaches here, and so do three other WotF judges. All of the speakers are NYT bestselling authors. If you're trying to figure out the business side of advancing your writing career, there is no better seminar.

I hope to see more of you there! And there's always next year's scholarship if this is out of your reach at present.

Well done and congratulations again to our Forumites Thomas Woodward and Elizabeth Ticknor!

SUPERCALLAFRAGALISTIC CONGA RATS!!!

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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Thomas Woodward » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:28 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:I just saw you announced on the 2020 board, Thomas!!! So happy for you and Liz! We shall meet up at Superstars! Congratulations to both of you for winning this prestigious scholarship! It was tough competition, always is, BUT YOU MADE IT!

And I call out again to any ready to make the next step...if you can afford to go to this conference, this is next level stuff. David Farland teaches here, and so do three other WotF judges. All of the speakers are NYT bestselling authors. If you're trying to figure out the business side of advancing your writing career, there is no better seminar.

I hope to see more of you there! And there's always next year's scholarship if this is out of your reach at present.

Well done and congratulations again to our Forumites Thomas Woodward and Elizabeth Ticknor!

SUPERCALLAFRAGALISTIC CONGA RATS!!!

Wulf Moon



Thank you Wulf! Super excited to meet you too!!! wotf008
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Wulf Moon » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:40 pm

Thomas Woodward wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:I just saw you announced on the 2020 board, Thomas!!! So happy for you and Liz! We shall meet up at Superstars! Congratulations to both of you for winning this prestigious scholarship! It was tough competition, always is, BUT YOU MADE IT!

And I call out again to any ready to make the next step...if you can afford to go to this conference, this is next level stuff. David Farland teaches here, and so do three other WotF judges. All of the speakers are NYT bestselling authors. If you're trying to figure out the business side of advancing your writing career, there is no better seminar.

I hope to see more of you there! And there's always next year's scholarship if this is out of your reach at present.

Well done and congratulations again to our Forumites Thomas Woodward and Elizabeth Ticknor!

SUPERCALLAFRAGALISTIC CONGA RATS!!!

Wulf Moon



Thank you Wulf! Super excited to meet you too!!! wotf008


You and Liz better show up for the Filking event Stace Johnson and I host on Gaming Night. :) The more, the merrier!

There's also Whiskey Wednesday where we meet in an Irish Pub for dinner and libations. I have been known to kick up my heels in an Irish jig! (and pay for it the next day, but it's worth it.)

All the beast!

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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Thomas Woodward » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:53 pm

Wulf Moon wrote:
Thomas Woodward wrote:
Wulf Moon wrote:I just saw you announced on the 2020 board, Thomas!!! So happy for you and Liz! We shall meet up at Superstars! Congratulations to both of you for winning this prestigious scholarship! It was tough competition, always is, BUT YOU MADE IT!

And I call out again to any ready to make the next step...if you can afford to go to this conference, this is next level stuff. David Farland teaches here, and so do three other WotF judges. All of the speakers are NYT bestselling authors. If you're trying to figure out the business side of advancing your writing career, there is no better seminar.

I hope to see more of you there! And there's always next year's scholarship if this is out of your reach at present.

Well done and congratulations again to our Forumites Thomas Woodward and Elizabeth Ticknor!

SUPERCALLAFRAGALISTIC CONGA RATS!!!

Wulf Moon



Thank you Wulf! Super excited to meet you too!!! wotf008


You and Liz better show up for the Filking event Stace Johnson and I host on Gaming Night. :) The more, the merrier!

There's also Whiskey Wednesday where we meet in an Irish Pub for dinner and libations. I have been known to kick up my heels in an Irish jig! (and pay for it the next day, but it's worth it.)

All the beast!

Wulf Moon


Sounds like a blast! Count me in wotf007
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby mrtevebaugh » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:15 am

That's awesome you guys! I'll be excited to meet you both.
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby RSchibler » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:55 pm

Soooooo guys, guess WHAT? Joy called me as well and I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TOO! Get this, contributed by Writers of the Future! I can't WAIT to meet everyone! What an amazing opportunity!
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:58 pm

RSchibler wrote:Soooooo guys, guess WHAT? Joy called me as well and I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TOO! Get this, contributed by Writers of the Future! I can't WAIT to meet everyone! What an amazing opportunity!

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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Wulf Moon » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:00 pm

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO RSCHIBLER AND ALICIA CAY! WINNERS OF THE SUPERSTARS WRITERS OF THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP! BOTH WRITERS OF THE FUTURE FORUMITES! WHAT AN AMAZING GIFT FROM WRITERS OF THE FUTURE!!!

I did Letters of Recommendation for both of these members, and I couldn't be happier with the results! THIS IS A BRAND NEW SUPERSTARS SCHOLARSHIP CATEGORY! THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP!!!

Enjoy your rewards! This scholarship is worth about $1000, so this is a big deal, all. It's the best writing seminar for professional spec fic writers in the country! See all of you at the SUPERSTARS WRITING SEMINAR in Colorado Springs this February! And congratulations again to our other Forumites that won the Superstars Writing Seminar Scholarship! You're going to love your new Tribe!

SO HAPPY FOR ALL OF YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN! SEE YOU THERE!!!

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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Thomas Woodward » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:12 pm

RSchibler wrote:Soooooo guys, guess WHAT? Joy called me as well and I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TOO! Get this, contributed by Writers of the Future! I can't WAIT to meet everyone! What an amazing opportunity!



CONGRATS Becky!!! wotf010 wotf010
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Thomas Woodward » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:19 pm

mrtevebaugh wrote:That's awesome you guys! I'll be excited to meet you both.


Sounds good - looking forward to it!
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby RSchibler » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:05 am

Wulf suggested this, but I'm putting it out there - we should all plan to meet for dinner on the night of the 4th so we're familiar with one another before the conference kicks off. Forumites unite! Thoughts? I can't wait to meet everyone!

Liz and I are rooming together, and I am borrowing my dad's jeep for the week (they live in Denver) so I'll have wheels. If anyone needs a ride from DIA, let me know and we'll see how our schedules line up.
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Wulf Moon » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:46 am

RSchibler wrote:Wulf suggested this, but I'm putting it out there - we should all plan to meet for dinner on the night of the 4th so we're familiar with one another before the conference kicks off. Forumites unite! Thoughts? I can't wait to meet everyone!

Liz and I are rooming together, and I am borrowing my dad's jeep for the week (they live in Denver) so I'll have wheels. If anyone needs a ride from DIA, let me know and we'll see how our schedules line up.


Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Becky. This would be the night of our arrival, the night before Craft Day, assuming we all get in at a decent hour for dinner. Late arrivals can meet us there for drinks or dinner while we imbibe--there's a great brewpub right across the street from the hotel, and the food is delicious. Some of you that are more savvy with texting (I lived on an island with little cell service for 12 yrs and never picked up texting) could create a group for us there so we could catch up with our group if our flight is delayed. With sketchy weather that time of year, some of us will likely filter in at later times.

Since you have a vehicle in Denver, if our flights arrive within a reasonable time frame, we should ride together. It takes pressure off the drivers that volunteer to get everyone down to Colorado Springs. And we all chip in for gas, so that helps out as well. Some private communication should begin with arrival times to see what is feasible. Since you'd be the driver, would you like to head this up, Becky?

It will be wonderful to meet all of you in person. I am really happy so many of you took my suggestion on attending this seminar and trying to earn a scholarship. The results have been phenomenal for our Forum! Including the creation of a brand new Writers of the Future Scholarship! It's fun to see those results showing up in your signatures--it's a big deal to be awarded one of these, as many great writers compete for them, and few are chosen.

Go forth and conquer, Chosen Ones. We are cheering for you! Well done!

All the beast!

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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby RSchibler » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:31 am

Absolutely. I’ll ringlead. Friend me on fb if we’re aren’t already friends and we’ll do this thing!
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby mrtevebaugh » Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:11 am

So I asked Dave recently what I should do to prepare. Here were the things he told me:
-Get a flu shot
-Drink tons of water because of elevation (said several people get hospitalized every year because of this)
-Bring business cards and network like crazy
-Make sure to buy the session recordings (I'm not sure how this works with the scholarship)
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby disgruntledpeony » Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:58 am

mrtevebaugh wrote:So I asked Dave recently what I should do to prepare. Here were the things he told me:
-Get a flu shot
-Drink tons of water because of elevation (said several people get hospitalized every year because of this)
-Bring business cards and network like crazy
-Make sure to buy the session recordings (I'm not sure how this works with the scholarship)

Flu shot: check.
Water: Will do my best to remember.
Oh God, business cards? O_o
I think the session cost $40 for us.
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Re: SUPERSTARS Writing Seminar

Postby Wulf Moon » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:42 am

mrtevebaugh wrote:So I asked Dave recently what I should do to prepare. Here were the things he told me:
-Get a flu shot
-Drink tons of water because of elevation (said several people get hospitalized every year because of this)
-Bring business cards and network like crazy
-Make sure to buy the session recordings (I'm not sure how this works with the scholarship)


Good advice.

You can get great deals at Vistaprint on cards. TV500 used to be the code for the special first time discount. Do list your social media platforms on it, and it's a good idea to have your website up with some content--you are in the big leagues there, so look the part. If you've won contests, get that printed on the back of your card. I listed a string of them, including WotF, and I watched agents and editors flip it over and read every one. In pitch sessions, I handed them my card after introductions. "This is me," I'd say, and hand it across the table. It also makes them feel like reciprocating, I believe. You want them to give you their card, and they will if they like your pitch. Handing them your card implants the idea of an exchange. Also, make sure your card looks nice and professional. Unique works too. Kary English designed three cards for Superstars, each very different, each special. I did something different, putting all my special into one.

Another tip. Figure out your author look that will be your look at every public appearance. Find some signature style or item that makes you stand out as unique. Perhaps it's a scarf. Perhaps it's artisan necklaces. Perhaps it's snazzy blazers--Kary does that. Martin Shoemaker does space themed ties. I go with a cool hat, and at cons I'm laid back, so I wear fun Tommy Bahama shirts, mostly their signature embroidered special editions because they make the statement I want to make. First impressions count. Make your attire and accessories say something special about you.

See you soon!

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