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Sweet Success for Kelley J.P. Lindberg

Huzzah for Kelley J. P. Lindberg! Her short story, “A Sail of Ash,” was recently published in the summer issue of The Baltimore Review.

ABOUT THE STORY: 

A woman and three friends head to the mountains to say goodbye to more than they realize. Readers can enjoy the story online here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Kelley J. P. Lindberg writes fiction, nonfiction, and how-to books, with short stories and essays appearing in The Baltimore Review, The Citron Review, Frontier Tales, 99 Pine Street, In Layman’s Terms, and others, as well as in the Tellables app for the Amazon Alexa platform. She’s also a freelance/contract writer. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling as far and as often as she can. She blogs about writing craft and the writer’s life on her website: www.KelleyLindberg.com. Make sure to visit her on Twitter.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Terry Odell

Congratulations to Terry Odell on her recent release, TRUSTING UNCERTANITY. Remember T-Bone from PERSONAL ASSIGNMENT? This is his book, and he’s paired up with Chelsea, Emiko’s (remember the rainbow-haired Intel operator?) younger sister. Nothing is working out the way they expected.

Trusting Uncertainty. By: Terry Odell


ABOUT THE BOOK:

You can’t go back and fix the past. Moving on means moving forward. He thinks he can reset the past if he tries hard enough. Travis “T-Bone” Bostwick thinks volunteering for op after op will absolve him of the guilt he carries after a rescue went bad. When he’s sent on a simple ‘search and find’ mission as a favor to a colleague, he has no idea finding the woman will uncover something far more sinister.

She’s determined to be independent. Chelsea Goldman has spent most of her life avoiding her controlling mother hen of an older sister. She wants nothing more than to live her own life, make her own decisions. When she quits her job teaching wealthy middle school kids to move from California to Colorado to work for a new project focused on helping the less fortunate, she’s convinced she’s made the right life choice.

Terry Odell, Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Terry Odell began writing by mistake, when her son mentioned a television show and she thought she’d be a good mom and watch it so they’d have common ground for discussions. Little did she know she would enter the world of writing, first via fan fiction, then through internet groups, and finally with live critique partners.

Now a multi-published, award winning author, Terry resides with her husband and rescue dog in the mountains of Colorado. Visit the author at terryodell.com and follow her on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads. Copies of her book may be purchased here.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

2022 Conference Update

Hi PPWC Enthusiasts!

Hold on to your hats, I’ve got a lot of exclamation points coming your way!

We are well into planning for 2022 and super excited to be back in person!

We can’t wait to introduce you to our new venue – the Colorado Springs Doubletree Hilton Hotel!

We’re thrilled to offer some incredible keynote speakers for you!

  • Robert Crais writes thrillers and noir mystery and is a PPWC alum.
  • Barbara O’Neal writes romance and is also a PPWC alum.
  • Jane Friedman is a stalwart in the publishing industry and we were her first in-person invitation for the 2021-2022 conference season!

Registration will open November 1, so SAVE-THE-DATE!

Are you attending? Save the date!

Do you want to buy a registration for your best writer’s Christmas present? Save the date!

Early bird registration is always cheaper, so save that date.

We are accepting workshop proposals until October 1, 2021.

Do you teach?

We’re looking for all manner of workshops: plotting, publishing, marketing, editing, advertising, character development, world building, you name it.

So if you’ve got one, we want to hear about it!

Click here and tell us everything.

If you want to volunteer, we need you!

Conference never happens without a slew of volunteers and there are many positions to fill.
Click here to see some of the volunteer positions.

Email the Volunteer Coordinator here.

But, COVID?

It’s possible COVID will still be a factor in April.

Don’t worry, we’re planning to be safe than sorry.

We are committed to your safety during conference.

So, in your grab bag will be hand sanitizer and a mask.

We’ll also have distanced seating during workshops and meals.

And, here’s something we’re really proud of.

We’re planning to offer virtual options!

Keep an eye on this page for more information as we develop this concept.

All in all, we are really, really excited about conference in April!

Our theme is “Get in the Game! Let’s get your writing career over the finish line!”

Mark your calendars: April 29-May 3, 2022.

More updates coming when we have them!

2022 Conference FAQ

1- Will there be a virtual option for PPWC? 

Yes, we are working hard to build a fantastic conference that offers both in-person and virtual options. At this time, there is no plan to offer a virtual-only conference.

2- Will an in-person attendee have access to the virtual options?

Yes, in-person attendees will also have access to the virtual option.

3- When will registration begin? 

Registration for in-person and virtual conference begins November 1.

4- Will the virtual conference be the same as the in-person conference? 

We are working hard to provide a stellar virtual option and the details for our virtual offerings will be available soon.

5- What is the refund policy if COVID cancels the in-person conference? 

In the unfortunate and unexpected event COVID cancels our in-person conference due to federal, state, or local pandemic/health regulations, we will offer refunds and/or rollover to the next year. PPWC retains the right to offer an all-virtual conference. If we do decide we can transition to an all-virtual conference, we will make appropriate refunds of the difference in cost between virtual and in-person.

6- What COVID mitigation factors will you have? 

We are committed to a safe environment for all our attendees. Our mitigation factors include distanced seating in workshops and meals, masks and hand sanitizer in swag bags, and we’re asking unvaccinated attendees to please wear masks in accordance with local and Doubletree guidelines.

Fleur Bradley Keeps the Success High!

By: Darby Karchut

And the wonderful news just keeps on a-coming! Fleur Bradley is pleased to announce that her middle-grade mystery novel, MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL, not only won the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Southwest region AND the 2021 Colorado Book Award for Juvenile Literature, but her book is also nominated for the Anthony (mystery) Award in the YA category, the Agatha (mystery) Award in the Best Children’s/YA, and made Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers nominee and Rhode Island Children’s Book Award nomination list.

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.

Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.

Fleur Bradley

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Fleur Bradley is passionate about two things: mysteries and getting kids to read, and she regularly speaks at librarian and educator conferences on reaching reluctant readers. Originally from the Netherlands, Fleur now lives in Colorado Springs with her family, and entirely too many rescue animals. For more information on Fleur and her books, visit her at ftbradley.com and follow her on Twitter.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Ghosts of Downtown Story Submission!!!

  1. Stories must be no more than one page (11-point font) in length.
  2. When possible, stories should be linked to a specific historical figure or landmark in the Downtown district (roughly, the area between Acacia Park and the Pioneers Museum, bounded by Shooks Run to the east and Monument Valley Park to the west).
  3. Stories must be told in the voice of a tour guide relaying a historical tale to a crowd of would-be ghost hunters, but can cover any period of Colorado Springs history.
  4. Stories can be gruesome and scary or ironic and funny, but please avoid references to sexual violence, animal abuse and violence against children.
  5. Deadline for story submissions is Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Submit to ipp@pikespeakwriters.com.
  6. All writers submitting stories for this project will be thanked with two (2) complimentary ghost tour tickets (a $20 value).
  7. Stories selected for inclusion in the tour will be compensated an additional $30 by way of honorarium – we know this is small, but we’d like to share a portion of our tour revenue with the writers.

Sweet Success for Darby Karchut

Hats off to Darby Karchut! Her middle grade contemporary western, ON A GOOD HORSE (Owl Hollow Press, November 2020), is a finalist for the 2021 High Plains Book Awards. These awards celebrate “…regional literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains and evoke a special connection to that singular landscape.”

On a Good Horse

ABOUT THE BOOK

Alex Nash dreams of being a soccer star. Or a graphic artist. Maybe both. But being a cowboy? Nope and no way. Not if it means being anything like his seldom seen father.

Then, out of nowhere, tragedy shatters Alex’s world, and when he thinks life couldn’t sucker-punch him again, it does. He’s forced to live with Roberto Nash, a father he barely knows. Or wants to know.

Until Alex finds out his dad has bought him a peace offering of a sort, one with a red coat, lightning speed, and a fighting spirit. A spitfire of a horse that just might heal Alex’s heart and reunite father and son.

Darby Karchut

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darby Karchut is an author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words. Her middle grade books include the DEL TORO MOON series (Colorado Book Award), ON A GOOD HORSE, and the FINN FINNEGAN series. Visit the author at www.darbykarchut and follow her on Instragram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Darby also coordinates the Sweet Success column. If you have a success story to share please send it here.

PPWC 2022 – WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

If you’ve got a workshop on craft, publishing, marketing –   Submit it now! The proposal portal is open now to October 1, 2021.  Workshops will be selected in October 2021.

Go to https://pikespeakwriters.submittable.com/submit/119316/ppw-proposal-portal to enter your workshop ideas.  We prefer a minimum of three workshops per person.

If you have questions, contact Karen Fox at programming@pikespeakwriters.com.

Sweet Success for Jim Tritten and Sandi Hoover!

By: Darby Karchut

Congratulations to Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten! Their novella, PANAMA’S GOLD (October 2020, Sydnie Beaupré) was awarded second place in the category of Fiction for Adult Readers (Novella) at the 2021 National Federation of Press Women’s 2021 Professional Communications Contest awards ceremony on June 11, 2021

Panama's Gold

About the Book

Chen Zhou, the protagonist, represented his company and a Chinese gang in Panama in 2018. His objective is to secure an economic advantage for his country with raw materials critical in manufacturing smartphones, digital cameras, computer parts, and in the renewable energy technology industry, military equipment industry, glass-making, and metallurgy. Chinese gangs are running investments and infrastructure development in Panama. Lanny Mitchell, a youthfully American retired environmental lawyer as the antagonist, revisits Panama, to test her idea of becoming a resident ex-pat. She unexpectedly encounters ecological issues and the activities of the gangs… Finding the answer to environmental and economic concerns and helping friends drive the action to a surprising finish, with enough clues to hint at a follow-on adventure.  Copies of the anthology may be purchased through Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten reside in Corrales, New Mexico. They have collaborated on multiple short stories and three novellas. Follow Sandi on Facebook and visit her author Amazon page, and visit Jim’s author Amazon page as well as follow him on Facebook.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.
Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.

Sweet Success for Carly Stevens

By: Darby Karchut

Carly Stevens is pleased to share a wonderful milestone! With the release of KINGDOMS ON FIRE (YA fantasy, July 2021), she published her first complete series entitled The Tanyuin Academy series. The trilogy includes FIRIAN RISING, INTO THE UNREAL, and KINGDOMS ON FIRE. Early readers say book three is the best one yet, and she couldn’t be more excited to share it with one and all. Congratulations to Carly!

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

For the ones they love, Firian and Kiria will give everything to make things right, even if it costs them their lives. Brace yourself for a jaw-dropping finale full of twists and action. Be brave. Be dangerous. It’s time to fight for the future. With enemies-to-lovers romance, royal battles, banter, and magical mental powers, this YA fantasy series is the perfect summer read. Copies may be purchased through Amazon, and everywhere books are sold.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Carly Stevens lives and writes in beautiful Colorado, where she drinks coffee and teaches high school students about Hamlet and A Tale of Two Cities. Her adventure-filled fantasy novels feature characters with courage and hope. Visit the author at www.carly-stevens.com and follow her on Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.


Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. Visit her website for information on her publications. Click here to submit your Sweet Success Story.