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October Newsletter

  Backspace Featured in Writer's Digest!

The October issue of Writer's Digest Magazine spotlights four online communities that offer unique formats for writing better, getting noticed and staying motivated. Backspace is incredibly pleased and proud to be included. With so many writers' sites on the Web, each offering something of value, it's a real honor to be singled out by such a respected voice in the industry.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the October issue at your favorite bookstore. You can also read an expanded interview with Backspace co-founders Christopher Graham and Karen Dionne at Writer's Digest's website. 
Backspace would like to extend a special welcome to the many new members who have subscribed to the discussion forums after reading about us in Writer's Digest. If you haven't already done so, be sure to read this thread to find out how to get your website listed on the Backspace websites, submit material for consideration to STET! - the Backspace blog, get your book listed in the Backspace newsletter the month it releases, and take advantage of the other promotional opportunities that are part of your membership. We look forward to getting to know you online!
Lorenzo Carcaterra to Keynote at BKSP 2010
We're extremely pleased to announce that number one New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra will present the keynote address at the 2010 Backspace Writers Conference (May 27 - 29). Carcaterra's highly successful career spans more than twenty years of writing for the diverse fields of fiction, non-fiction, television, and film. You can learn more about him at his website.
Registration for the 2010 conference will begin shortly after the Agent-Author Seminar is over.
New Faculty Members at the Agent-Author Seminar
Paul Cirone of the Molly Friedrich Agency, J.L. Stermer of the Donald Maass Literary Agency, and Adam Schear of DeFiore and Company have joined the faculty at the November Agent-Author Seminar, bringing the total number of agents on the program to 25. In addition to the agent workshops and panels, Daniela Rapp, an editor at St. Martin's Press, will discuss the agent-editor relationship and what happens after a manuscript goes on submission with Folio Literary Management's Scott Hoffman.
During the noon hour both days, writing coach Kurt Opprecht will offer conference registrants free sample coaching sessions. Like a personal trainer at the gym, a coach can be there in your corner, lending an ear when you need it, offering guidance when you ask for it, and helping you create a plan of attack tailored to your own personality and goals. More about Kurt at his website.
Agent-Author Seminar Discount Extended!

Due to the current economic climate, Backspace has decided to extend the discounted rate for the November Agent-Author Seminar right up until the week of the event.

We've expanded the venue this year (more rooms! more agents!), and we want everyone who is interested in attending to know there is still room to register. We do ask that you not wait until the last minute however, as we cannot guarantee we'll be able to group you with agents who represent what you write (though we will certainly do our best to accommodate last-minute sign-ups).

This may be your last chance in '09 to meet face-to-face with the agents who can help your writing career, so don't miss out!

As always, any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Chris Graham or Karen Dionne via email, or call Chris at your convenience: 732-267-6449.

The 2009 Backspace Agent-Author Seminar will be held November 5 & 6 at the Radisson Martinique, in New York City - two days of panels, workshops, and small-group meetings in the heart of the publishing world with more than 20 top literary agents on the program.

Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary Management) Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary Management) Jennifer DeChiara (Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency) Colleen Lindsay (FinePrint Literary Agency) Elizabeth Evans (Reece Halsey Literary Agency) Emmanuelle Alspaugh (Judith Erlich Agency) Stephany Evans (FinePrint Literary Agency) Gina Panettieri (Talcott Notch Literary)• Laney Katz Becker (Folio Literary Management) • Diana Fox (Fox Literary) Jason Allen Ashlock (Movable Type Literary Group) • Joanna Stampfel-Volpe (Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation) • Elisabeth Weed (Weed Literary) • Scott Hoffman (Folio Literary Management) • Michelle Brower (Wendy Sherman Associates) • Daniela Rapp (Editor, St. Martin's Press) • Matthew Mahoney (Ralph M. Vicinanza Ltd.) • Holly Root (Scott Waxman Agency) • Jennie Dunham (Dunham Literary, LLC) • Alexandra Machinist (Linda Chester Agency) • Miriam Kriss (Irene Goodman Agency • Janet Reid (FinePrint Literary Management) • Lois Winston (Ashley Grayson Literary Agency) Paul Cirone (Molly Friedrich Agency) • J.L. Stermer (Donald Maass Literary Agency) • Adam Schear (DeFiore and Company)

  Conference Video Library
Backspace members can now view ELEVEN full panels from the 2009 Backspace Writers Conference thanks to our new online conference video library. If you wanted to attend the conference, but couldn't make it, or if you did attend, but missed some of these panels, now's your chance to check them out:
What Literary Agents Want - Colleen Lindsay, Alexandra Machinist, Matthew Mahoney
The Ticking Clock - S.G. Browne, David Morrell, Jonathan Maberry
What I Know Now - Joseph Finder
Getting Your Book Reviewed - Sarah Weinman, Caroline Leavitt, Clea Simon
The Rejection Letter That Got Me Published - John Searles
Why Are You A Writer? - David Morrell
The Agent-Author Relationship - Jeff Kleinman, Karen Dionne, Liz Rosenberg, Jenny Bent
Writing the Fight Scene - Jonathan Maberry
When an Agent Asks for Revisions - Michelle Brower, April Eberhardt, Kristin Nelson
Non-Fiction That Makes Editors Take Note - Natalee Rosenstein, Neil Nyren
Writing the Series Character - Clea Simon, Charles Ardai, Jason Pinter

Please note: the full video library is available to forum subscribers as an extra benefit of  Backspace membership. Password and login instructions are posted at the discussion forums.

A selection of panel excerpts is available to the public on the Conference Videos page on the Backspace Homepages. Members can also access the video library from this page.


New Content on the Backspace Homepages

Getting Started on Twitter: A Quick Guide for Kid/YA Writers by Mitali Perkins

How many copies must a book sell to be considered a success? by Noah Lukeman  

Why I May Have Rejected Your Query Letter by Colleen Lindsay

Will being published by a small press help my career? by Noah Lukeman


Members' News 
Book Deals

Steve Paul's CAN HORSES CRY? will be reissued this fall by Virtual Tales.

Simplified Chinese rights to Jack Kilborn's AFRAID sold to Shanghai Literature and Art, by Big Apple Tuttle-Mori on behalf of Dystel & Goderich.

Bryan Chick's THE SECRET ZOO, when a group of friends investigates strange activities at their local zoo, they discover that each exhibit holds a hidden passage to a secret zoo kingdom; working together with animals from the zoo, the children enter this mysterious world, and embark on exciting adventures in the first book of a series sold to Steve Geck at Greenwillow, in a three-book deal, for publication in May 2010, by Bill Contardi at Brandt & Hochman (World).

Linda Gerber's CASS AROUND THE WORLD, featuring a tween celebritant and vlogger, whose parents' popular travel show takes her around the world, mixing it up with the natives, sampling the local flavor, and finding trouble in the most unexpected of places sold to Angelle Pilkington at Puffin, in a very-nice deal, by Elaine Spencer at The Knight Agency.

Agent Signings
Eileen Cruz Coleman signed with Manie Barron of the Menza/Barron Agency.
Jeffrey Richards signed with an agent he met last spring at the 2009 Backspace Writers Conference - the second conference attendee to do so!


Joe Moore has been elected to the board of directors of the International Thriller Writers Association as co-president to serve a two-year term beginning in October, replacing James Rollins. Karen Dionne has assumed Joe's previous position as managing editor of ITW's The Big Thrill newsletter and will also serve as ITW Website Chair.
Randy Susan Meyers was recently selected as a Red Room rising star.
Christina Gombar's memoir of working for AIG, "Elegy for an Organization," was chosen as runner up in the Manhattan Media Contest.
Kristina Riggle's REAL LIFE & LIARS has gone into its second printing.
Mark Bastable's "Flick Book" has been selected as an editors' choice in the Third Quarterly Review in the category Short Stories.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted's CRAZY BEAUTIFUL was reviewed in Girls Life Magazine (Oct/Nov issue): "This modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale charms you until the very satisfying end."

Publishers Weekly also reviewed her novel, calling it "a fast-paced and intense read."
Randy Susan Meyers' THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTERS was reviewed in Publisher's Weekly: "This solid novel begins with young Lulu finding her mother dead and her sister wounded at the hands of her alcoholic father.......the psychologically complex characters make Meyers's debut a satisfying read."
Karen Dionne's FREEZING POINT was reviewed recently at Mick Halpin's "Unruly Reviews": "Freezing Point is a refreshing, thought-provoking dialogue on an important ecological matter, colorfully illuminated with plastic explosives."

  Short Stories/Poetry/Anthologies 


Sharon Reamer's short story written for a Backspace contest "How Daphne Lost Her Hero" sold to Polluto Magazine for their identity theft Issue.
Mimi Rosen's poem "Melancholy" was accepted for Vagabond Press' upcoming anthology CRAZY DAYS; AN EXPRESSION OF DEPRESSION.
Josh Peterson's science fiction short story "Salt Ice" is available as a pdf at The Opinion Guy. Another short story, "The Beekeeper's Wife," is now online at The Rose and Thorn.


Naseem Rahka was interviewed about her debut novel THE CRYING TREE by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Backspace member Sharon Ford also interviewed Naseem about her writing process and her inspiration for THE CRYING TREE on "Birth of a Novel."
Karen Dionne was interviewed at Poe's Deadly Daughters, and at Critical Mick on "the top five writing lessons she learned from the original MC, on how her debut novel Freezing Point was completed, on Backspace, on a Chilean volcano, and on whether some marketing drone at Berkley / Penguin should be fed to a carnivorous rat."
Therese Walsh was a featured debut novelist in the October issue of Writer's Digest, in a section called "First Impressions." This monthly feature is written by Backspace member Jordan Rosenfeld.
Tasha Alexander talks about her newest novel TEARS OF PEARL in Shelf Awareness.


Ira Rosofsky's essay "Old people to America: Drop Dead" appeared recently in Salon. 

Therese Walsh's essay, "Leaping into the Fray: A Writer's First Year with an Agent and Editor" was published in the 2010 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS (pp 73-75).


   In This Issue:

  • Backspace Featured in Writers Digest
  • Lorenzo Carcaterra to keynote at BKSP 2010
  • New Faculty members on the Agent-Author Seminar
  • Seminar Discount
  • Conference Video Library
  • New Content on the Backspace Homepages  

 Members' September Releases



Amy MacKinnon - TETHERED: A NOVEL (paperback)




Backspace Websites: 

 Backspace Homepages
With regularly updated articles from industry insiders, the Backspace homepages are your first stop to a career in publishing.  

writers digest magazineBackspace featured in October 2009 Writer's Digest Magazine!

Pick up a copy at newsstands or read the online interview with co-founders Christopher Graham and Karen Dionne.

If you've been looking for a large, diverse group of talented writers who talk about writing and the challenges and successes involved in getting published in a private, ungoogleable corner of the Internet, this is it.

•    Well over 1,000 members in a dozen countries.
•    One-third of the membership is agented and/or published.
•    Nearly 200 members log into the discussion forums every day.

Here's how to join.
"Backspace [is] an incredible online writers community THAT YOU SHOULD JOIN IMMEDIATELY! GO! NOW!" - Colleen Lindsay, FinePrint Literary Management
STET! Articles on writing and publishing posted daily.

A searchable database with links to 2,459 Internet book promotion services and opportunities, and 83 articles that explain how to use them.


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You may also telephone Chris at (732) 267-6449.  


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