Movin’ on, movin’ up

The big news today is that I have a new agent. My previous agent is a very nice lady and I wish her all the best, but I felt I wasn’t getting the attention I needed. So I’ve moved on. I have a verbal agreement and will be getting a contract soon from Lantz Powell of The Literary Agency for Southern Writers. I look forward to this being the start of a great, long-lasting relationship that will be financially beneficial to both of us.

The first thing Lantz told me I need to do is get my Blog in gear to work for me. If you’re a regular here, you’ve already noticed the different look. I’ve also made numerous changes to my settings. Another big change will be the elimination of a separate blog for my Steven Says column. When I have a rant — and I have a few building right now — I’ll simply post them to this blog. The Steven Says link will be going away on my Web site menu bar soon.

I got confirmation this past week that I will be a presenter at the 2005 Oklahoma Writers Federations Inc. conference. This is Oklahoma’s biggest gathering of authors and it’s a real honor to be asked to speak. My topic, of course, will be writing horror. I’m going to reveal the secret of making stories scary.

Next year should be the year of the con for me. I’ve been asked to do OWFI in late April. I’ll be at the Oklahoma Centennial Book Festival in June and have a tentative invitation to do FenCon in September. I was asked to submit proposals for the Red Dirt Book Festival and I’m trying to worm my way into Conestoga and ConDFW. And I’ll be at one of the Horrorfind conventions, either in Baltimore or Phoenix.

That’s it for now. Thanks for sticking with me.

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