Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Author Joe O'Connell

Award-winning author, Joe O’Connell is our featured author this week. Joe’s book, Evacuation Plan, about life in a residential hospice, received the North Texas Book Festival Award. Joe’s also a columnist for both The Austin Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News. His area of expertise is the Texas film industry. In his not-so-spare time, he teaches writing at Austin Community College and St. Edward’s University.

Not long ago I did a series on Conferences and a lot of you contributed by giving some wonderful tips and advice in the comments section. If you missed any of the posts, you can find them in the archives: Why Conferences Cost So Much, Learn Without Going, How to Choose a Conference, There’s More to Schmoozing than Schmooze, and The Party’s Over.

Joe will be here Thursday to put the capper on the series with some truly great advice, especially for those who haven’t gone to a conference because of the cost or who want to give back to others while benefitting from a conference. He’s going to tell you how he did not attend or pay for a conference, yet got more out of that conference than most of those who did.

Check out Joe’s website and blog, then come back here Thursday to read what he has to say.
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15 comments:

  1. I'll check him out and come back Thursday. I like the way you to a two part feature, the basic info first then the meat of the feature. Splitting it up makes it easier for the blog-hopping community to digest, more likely to get read in entirety, don't you think?

    The Old Silly

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  2. I hope so, Marvin. There's a lot of information out here on the web. When I have authors visit here on Straight From Hel, I like to let everyone know that they'll be here and what they'll be talking about. That way, folks will know to come back. They'll be able to ask questions, get some great info, plus they won't have to "listen" to me!

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  3. It's very generous of writers to share their insights. Looking forward to Thursday's post!

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  4. I totally agree, Joanne. I love being part of the writing community. So many writers are willing to share and help fellow writers. I must be hanging with the "right" crowd because I've not met up with authors who aren't generous and fun to be around.

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  5. Terrific! I'm looking forward to Thursday's post. I'm posting a reminder blog Thursday about the Muse Online Writers Conference in October. Its free and there are great classes and opportunities there as well. I love how supportive the writing community is of one another's work by so generously sharing what they have learned.

    Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

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  6. I've enjoyed your posts on conferences and am looking forward to finding out how not to attend and pay for a conference, yet get more out it than those who did. In the meantime, I'll be sure to visit his website and blog.

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  7. I'll be back for sure. I've never been to a writer's conference. looking forward to what Joe has to say.

    Steve Tremp
    www.stephentremp.blogspot.com

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  8. I also loved the posts about conferences, Helen. This is such a great resource for writers. THANK YOU!
    Karen

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  9. I'll be here to read Joe's comments. Thanks for inviting him.

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  10. Cool, will he cover speaking at a conference? I'm hoping to get some tips on that too.

    Bargain with the Devil

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  11. As you know, Helen, Conferences is a new interest, so, I'll be here for sure. Thanks for the flow of information.

    Best regards, Galen

    Imagineering Fiction Blog

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  12. I'm so glad to see there will be lots of people asking Joe questions!

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  13. I will try to make it over on Thursday to see what Joe has to say here. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing his book. Good stuff.

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  14. Hi Maryann. See you Thursday, if not sooner ;-)

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