Author Archives: Jeanie Loiacono

About Jeanie Loiacono

I am President of Loiacono Literary Agency, LLC. I have been a literary agency for four years and have over sixty clients and have sold over 89 books to date.

Fredericksburg, TX, Writers Conference Agent’s Conference November 3rd!    

Fredericksburg, TX, Writers Conference Agent’s Conference November 3rd!    

The Fredericksburg Writers Conference has set the date for their agent conference for Saturday, Nov. 3. Literary agent Jeannie Loiacono will accept a limited number of pitches by area writers for consideration by her agency, which specializes in publishing first-time authors. In addition to taking the pitch presentations from writers, Loiacono will present, “The Writer’s Journey: What Writers Can do to Help Themselves Get a Traditional Publishing Contract.” Four other local authors will also present sessions.

“The conference will also include presentations on self publishing and promotion, how to pitch to an agent, and publication by a university press,” said writers conference spokesman Robert Deming. The conference will be held at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a social scheduled for the evening before. The fee for the conference is $60, with an additional $60 for those wishing to pitch a project to the agent. A limited number of slots with the agent are available and they are first-come, first-serve.

The deadline to secure a slot with the agent is Oct. 1. Attendees may register for the agent conference on the group’s web site, http://fbgwriters.yolasite.com  or email Sally Clark at sally@sallyclark.info  for more information. “Fredericksburg Writers Conference was established four years ago to support area authors and offers quarterly programs featuring writers, editors and marketing professionals,” Deming said. A conference session on pitches to agents will be held on September 20. The public is invited to attend that and all quarterly meetings free of charge.

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4th Annual Permian Basin Writer’s Conference October 13-14, Midland, Texas

A Note from the Chair

We’re happy to have the worst of the summer heat dissipating, but the preparations for the conference are heating up!  In this issue you’ll find important information about the weekend of the conference, as well as blogs from two of our workshop speakers!

I truly believe this conference is the best bang for your writer-buck that you’ll find anywhere. Please tell your writer friends – all you need to do is forward this newsletter, or send them to our website:

https://permianbasinwritersworkshop.org/

Did you know we’re on Facebook? One more way to share with your writer friends:  https://www.facebook.com/PermianBasinWritersWorkshop/

Don’t forget, our website is packed with information about the event, but if you have questions, please email me at: https://permianbasinwritersworkshop.org/contact-us/

Looking forward to meeting y’all in October!

Laura Drake,

PBWW Chair

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OMG Don Quixote & Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age LOL won an honorable mention for humor by the Foreword Indies 2017 Book Awards!

OMG Don Quixote & Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age LOL won an honorable mention for humor by the Foreword Indies 2017 Book Awards! https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/winners/2017/all/

After years of living off their celebrity, Don Quixote and Candide join forces to seek adventure in the modern world. In this re-imagining of literary history, the two meet Cyrano De Bergerac, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, the crew of the Starship Enterprise, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dean Moriarty, Elizabeth Darcy (Bennett) Mr. Darcy and multitude of historical figures, and share unexpected encounters with people from their past. While Don Quixote remains rooted in days of yore, Candide is preoccupied with exploiting all things modern. This rollicking fun-filled tale will entertain the well-educated and erudite reader with tongue-in-cheek humor. You are cordially invited to join Don and Candide on their quest to find truth, justice and El Dorado in the digital age.

Stefan Soto was raised by a Romani Princess and a Ukrainian circus performer. He resides on an English Canal and has no known address. His early works were banned by most right-thinking European powers. The author invites readers to investigate Cervantes’ and Voltaire’s’ original treatments of the title characters.

Stephen Doster was born in England and grew up on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  He is a student of history and has extensively researched the Gullah and Geechee cultures of South Carolina and Georgia. He received a degree in Marketing from the University of Georgia, has recently received his Master of Liberal Arts and Science degree with a certificate in history and is an assistant editor for a peer-review journal at Vanderbilt University.

His works include: Lord Baltimore (John F. Blair), which was nominated for the Pulitzer. Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island’s Past (nonfiction, John F. Blair). Published by Argus Publishing: Georgia Witness (nonfiction), Her Finest Hour (nonfiction biography), Rose Bush, Jesus Tree, Shadow Child and (OMG) Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age (LOL) (penned as Stefan Soto).

Red Chair Press acquires Carl Watson’s mid-grade/YA novel, Silent Journey!

Red Chair Press acquires Carl Watson’s mid-grade/YA novel, Silent Journey, an inspirational, uplifting drama about a deaf fourteen-year-old boy and his dog who dreams of a day when he and his father can have a home of their own.

Scott has been deaf for eight years following an accident that took his mother’s life. His father’s job often takes him out of the country, leaving Scott to stay with one relative after another. Proficient in doing all things those in the hearing world can do, through signing and reading lips, he excels in gymnastics.

When his father has to go overseas for an extended time, he has to live with his grandmother in Kansas. The first friends he makes is an abandoned German shepherd, Runt, and a redheaded girl named Rustie. Together, they innocently, naively, unintentionally get into situations a fraction against the law. Frustrated, his grandmother sends him and Runt to his uncle, Todd, in California. There he learns about gliders, that friends are family you choose, there is a reason for everything, and love has no boundaries, labels, or limitations.

Carl Watson  is a former regional advisor for the North Texas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators where he received the SCBWI Haynes Award. An outstanding educator, he earned his master degree in education administration from Texas Wesleyan University (ME) and North Texas State University and received a Fellowship from the Fort Worth National Bank to continue studies in creative writing. He has also organized children’s book writers’ conferences, taught creative writing in public schools, assisted in writing a syllabus for Social Studies in the Fort Worth Public School System, and published articles and stories in both adult and juvenile magazines as well as church school stories for the Methodist Publishing House, Child Life, and in True West Magazine. On top of all that, he’s volunteered on national and local levels for the Boy Scouts of America, was instrumental in writing a Leadership Training manual for them, and has traveled extensively on their behalf.

His first novel, Kid Clay (W & B Publishers, 2017) is a historical, western, adventure novel for middle graders based on his grandfather’s (Henry Carleton Clay) memoirs in which he describes his experiences as a teen cowboy during the time of the National Cattle Trail from 1880 to 1887. It won the Texas Authors Historical Fiction YA 2018 award. Kid Clay – A Cowboy’s Life on the Range,.

Watson’s latest, Silent Journey, is published by Red Chair Press and scheduled for release in 2020. Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

 

Just released! A Stone for the Journey by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields!

Just released! A Stone for the Journey by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields!

A Stone for the Journey by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the companion coffee table book for the Havah Gitterman series — Please Say Kaddish For Me, From Silt and Ashes, and As One Must, One Can Havah Cohen Gitterman’s journey from 1899 to 1909 is chronicled in Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ critically acclaimed novels Please Say Kaddish for Me, From Silt and Ashes, and As One Must, One Can. Following her survival of the pogroms of Eastern Europe to her immigration to the United States, Havah’s saga is an unforgettable story of courage and love in the face of insurmountable struggles. For art lovers who enjoyed Havah’s trilogy, Wisoff-Fields’ coffee table book, A Stone for the Journey, is the perfect companion, replete with novel excerpts that coincide with original illustrations by the author, bringing words to life. For those who haven’t read the series, the art will whet the appetite to learn more about Havah and the true history behind the series.

Barefoot, wearing only a flimsy nightgown, sixteen-year-old Havah Cohen alone escapes the brutal massacre by the Czarist tyranny that destroys her home and slaughters her family on a frigid November night in 1899.

Love ignited, lost, and found, insurmountable struggles and challenges, Kishinev’s Jewish pogroms and all odds against them, Havah and her soul mate, Arel, withstand the storms of life in this unforgettable story of a time and place rarely spoken of, and romance and courage so profound as to be rarely experienced.

From Kishinev to Kansas City, Wisoff-Fields takes us to a time and place, through an atrocity we are not taught in school via vivid, majestic prose and tumultuous emotions.

A Stone for the Journey is a compilation and visualization of the people, places, and events in the trilogy, bringing the stories alive as seen by the author who gives us a glimpse into the scene from which the painting originates. A special gift unto itself, having the trilogy and its companion is priceless.

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Now you, the reader, have the same opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind Rochelle Wisoff-Field as well. Send her a photo and she will paint your portrait or landscape! Portraits by Commission  Here is an example: