We’re in the middle of the June blues in Seattle as the weather toys with us–one day clear and sunny with mountain views, the next overcast and glooming. But July is only a couple of weeks away, promising the usual awesome Pacific Northwest summer of clear days in the 70’s and 80’s and of course, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual conference.  If you write and live in this part of the world, the conference offers a great opportunity to network with other writers, meet agents and publishers, and remember you’re not alone in a room with a laptop, but part of a large community of creative artists. This year I’m looking forward to hearing James Czajkowski. Don’t know the name? You may know him by his pen names:  James Rollins, author of the action adventure SIGMA Force series, among others, and James Clemens, author of a number of fantasy novels.  He’s prolific, he’s successful in the marketplace, and it looks like he’s having a good time. In addition to this keynote, the conference has many workshops about the business and the art of writing, as well as the usual pitch sessions. And while I regard pitching as one of the lower dominions of hell, I have to admit, I found a publisher for my Nick Sibelius series by pitching at the PNWA conference.

Check out this PNWA video about the conference and visit the PNWA site for more information.

If you go, please look me up. My email is below. The more we support each other the better.

Richard Hacker


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