Saturday, May 13, 2017

There is still time to register for the Desert Dreams Conference!

If you haven't registered for the Desert Dreams Writers Conference, there is still time to do it HERE.

On the day of the conference, pick up your badges and envelopes starting on Thursday morning, June 1st, at 9:00am through Saturday. We plan to have the table staffed throughout the conference if you have any questions. And be sure to check out:

- Our *Raffle/Goody Room!* We are raffling off some lovely themed baskets, as well as donations from the writer-specific vendors in attendance.

- Our *Vendor Fair!* Throughout the conference we'll have vendors in the foyer to talk to you about how they can help you get successfully published.

- Our Thursday *Practice your Pitch* event! Pitch your books to published authors for feedback before pitching to our Agents and Editors! (Volunteer "catchers" can sign up at Registration.)

- Our Thursday *Agent/Editor Panel!* Go ahead - ask them the hard questions!

- Our Friday night *Keynote Diana Gabaldon!* We will have a limited number of her first book "Outlander" and her book about writing, "Outlandish Companion," available for purchase and signing.

- Our *Reader Experience!* On Saturday we have 17 authors presenting to readers. This is an excellent opportunity to watch successful authors entice new readers. Attendance is free with your registration, but if you want lunch included the $10 tickets are available here: http://desertroserwa.org/desertdreams . With the purchase of a ticket you also receive a $10 coupon toward ANY purchase at the All-Author Booksigning that afternoon. Win-win!

- Our *Young Adult Panels!* From 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday in Ballroom A, and follow-up with the Booksigning.

- Our Saturday night *Awards Gala!* If you feel like dressing up, now's the time! We'll announce and celebrate the winners of 3 contests: Diamonds in the Desert, Realizing the Dream, and the prestigious Golden Quill for published authors. Awards Gala guest tickets are available for $75; let us
know if you want to bring a guest.

NOTE: The hotel has informed me that their dining room will be closed for remodeling, but the FULL BREAKFASTS and FULL MENUS will be still available in the Lobby Bar and the Patio.

Last of all, one of our featured speakers, Bob Mayer, has graciously offered his FREE ebook "Write it Forward, Writer's Conference Guide" for download at his website: http://bobmayer.com/freebies/

Monday, October 10, 2016

Desert Dreams Conference 2017 is open for registration

Conference registration is now open: $299 Register HERE

June 1-4, 2017

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Scottsdale

4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy South, 
Phoenix, Arizona, 85032, USA 
  TEL: +1-602-765-5800  
FAX: +1-602-765-5890

Click on the hotel link to book your suite and enter the code DRE to receive the $104 per night conference rate. Discounted rates are good for 3 days before and after the conference if you wish to extend your stay.

Full Conference Registration is $299 and includes:

Thursday Evening: Editor/Agent Panel
Friday Dinner: Keynote DIANA GABALDON
Saturday Dinner: Contest Awards Gala:

Announcing the Winners of:
Diamonds in the Desert
Open to any author’s unpublished works
Realizing the Dream
Open to conference attendees only - unpublished works judged by attending agents & editors
The Golden Quill
Open to any books published during 2016

OFFERING SESSIONS IN FOUR TRACKS:
  • The Craft of Writing
  • The Path to Publishing
  • Managing an Author Career
  • Special Interest Presentations
PLUS:
Agent/Editor appointments – 2 per registration
Additional appointments – no charge if available

AND FOR OUR PUBLISHED ATTENDEES:

A chance to meet readers and present your books on Saturday’s ticketed Reader Day.
Registration is available here.


Our preliminary schedule can be viewed here.
 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Get ready for the 2017 DESERT DREAMS CONFERENCE in Phoenix

We are very excited to announce that the next DESERT DREAMS CONFERENCE will take place in 2017, not in 2018.

We have secured a fantastic hotel at an incredible rate for next year's attendees:
4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S 
Phoenix, AZ 85032  (844-276-106)
 

We have negotiated room rates of $104 per 2-room suite per night plus the lower Phoenix taxes (as opposed to Scottsdale taxes) and no resort fees. There is still an open bar from 5:30pm-7:30pm every day, and a cooked-to-order breakfast in their restaurant (not a tent) overlooking their golf course. Parking at the hotel is free, and the hotel runs a free shuttle within a 3-mile radius (Paradise Valley Mall area).
Nearby Paradise Valley Mall


The Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale is a smaller property than Chaparral Suites.
A smaller conference will feel bigger in a more intimate venue. The guest rooms open to inside hallways – not to the outdoors – so they are quieter and cooler. The walk from one end of the hotel to the other is much, much shorter. That said, this property has all the event space that we need.

Access to Phoenix Sky Harbor is easier.
This hotel is just one mile east of the 51 off Cactus. No “city” driving is required when picking up our sponsored guests.

WHAT'S IN THE WORKS FOR THIS NEW AND IMPROVED CONFERENCE AND VENUE: (not everything is definite, yet, but we are working on it):

Every attendee will get 2 editor/agent appointments with registration. (The Editor/Agent Panel will be on Thursday. Appointments will be on Friday and Saturday.) Additional appointments can be made at no charge if space/time is available. This year’s group was so accessible that people were pitching informally all weekend. To charge some attendees for additional sessions while others pitched at dinner for free doesn’t feel fair. So the fee is going away.

We will seek to expand our Vendors to focus on Author Services.
All conference vendors will be required to offer a service to be raffled off on Friday or Saturday night. We are also looking at creating an “Author Resource Directory” with vetted service providers (cover design, editing, stock photos, web design, etc.) which will be given to all attendees.

Hotel Foyer


On Saturday we are adding a "Reader" component.
At every Desert Dreams Conference we have a Book signing which is open to the public, but the public doesn’t generally come. At the 2017 Desert Dreams Conference, we will offer Readers a chance to hear from published authors about their books. We will follow the successful Arizona Dreamin’ model for this:

  • We’ll begin that morning with an Author Speed-Meet for all readers and the participating authors. 
  • There will be 35 “Book Clubs” – 30-minute presentations to readers and conference attendees who chose to hear more about an author’s books. These are very fun sessions and always the #1 component with surveyed AD attendees.
  • All registered Desert Dreams authors are invited to participate on a first-come basis. Up to 17 attending published authors will be allowed to present at least twice, based on demand. There will be no additional charge for a registered author’s participation in the Book Clubs.
  • Both “Realizing the Dream” and “Golden Quill” contest finalists will be given special name tags at the start of the conference so when they meet readers they are designated as such.
  • The Book Clubs will lead directly into the all-author Book signing.
  • Either Reader participation will be free, or Reader tickets will be $10 – and in their goody bags will be a $10 coupon toward any purchase at the conference Book signing. (One coupon redemption per person.)
  • With the $10 ticket option, Readers would receive a cold lunch with their registration, served in one of our conference rooms on the hotel’s 2nd floor.
  • Our goal is to pull in 50 readers.
On Saturday we will also offer a Mini Writing Retreat.
For those authors who don’t want to wait to begin tweaking their manuscripts, start new ones, or polish their requested submissions, we will have designated space and time to do exactly that. Attendees will be able to come and go, and spend as much or as little time as they want in this area of the conference. Sprinting will occur...

At Saturday night’s dinner we will hold a “Red Carpet” Awards Ceremony… for both the “Realizing Your Dream” contest for unpublished works, and for the “Golden Quill” for published works. (We will contact the GQ finalists in time for them to decide if they want to attend.) Basically, we want to make a big commotion over these winners, because they deserve it.

On Sunday morning we will hold optional goal-setting and conference feedback sessions (for decisions moving forward).

NOTE: We will only serve dinner on Friday and Saturday in an effort to keep the early registration fee low ($299 regular price). On Thursday night, Embassy Suites has agreed to offer a flat fee dinner option in the restaurant for our attendees – sort of like the spontaneous Saturday lunch we arranged at this year’s Desert Dreams. Otherwise, there are 60 restaurants within the 3-mile shuttle radius, and fast-food delivery to the hotel.



This promises to be a very exciting conference. Keynote speakers, workshops, agents and publishers will be announced soon.

Hope to see many of you there next year!

 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Desert Dreams 2016 Schedule

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016

5-7pm, Loading Goodie Bags/Party
 
Thursday Schedule
Time      
11:00am Registration Open  
12:00pm Raffle & Vendor Rooms Open
1:00pm Hospitality Suite Open  
  Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
1:00pm SUE BROWER--HOW TO PITCH TO AN AGENT V.S. NELSON--SPRINTING
3:00pm BREAK BREAK BREAK
3:30pm PRACTICE PITCH PRACTICE PITCH PRACTICE PITCH
  SESSION SESSION SESSION
5:00pm BREAK BREAK BREAK
*  *  * MAIN BALL ROOM *  *  *
6:30pm Dinner/Announcements
  AGENT/EDITOR PANEL
  RAFFLES
 Friday Schedule
Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
9:00-9:50am JULIE YORK-- BRANDING LISA KESSLER-- BLACK MOMENTS BARBARA J DUELL-- ALL YOU NEED IS DESIRE
9:50-10:00am  BREAK BREAK BREAK
10:00-10:50am JULIE YORK--BRANDING CONT.  ERIC RUBEN--LEGAL ISSUES FOR WRITERS ERIN QUINN-- BE THE VOICE
10:50-11:00am BREAK BREAK BREAK
11:00-11:50am MICHELLE KLAYMAN-- WHERE TO START YOUR BOOK CARLY WATTERS-- GETTING PUBLISHED IN THE 21ST CENTURY SHARON HAMILTON
11:50-1:00pm LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
1:00-1:50pm AVILY JEROME--ANGELS AND DEMONS AND MONSTERS, OH MY! ALAN BLACK-- WRITING SCI-FI LESLIE JONES -- A MAN IN UNIFORM
1:50-2:00pm BREAK BREAK BREAK
2:00-2:50pm JACQUI JACOBY-- LESSONS OF FIREFLY PAULA C. SCARDAMALIA-- DREAMING YOUR STORIES LESLIE JONES --A MAN IN UNIFORM CONT.
2:50-3:15pm BREAK BREAK BREAK
3:15-4:00pm ALEXANDRA IVY
4:00-4:15pm BREAK BREAK BREAK
4:15-5:00pm ALEXANDRA IVY Q&A
*  *  * MAIN BALL ROOM *  *  *
7:00:pm Dinner/Announcements
8:15pm J.A. Jance
* Agent/Editor appointments 1-5pm
*Raffle Room open 10:00 am
*Hospitality Suite open 9am - closed during dinner entertainment
 
Saturday Schedule

Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
9:00-10:am SHARON HAMILTON & J.D. HART--AUDIO BOOKS ATTORNEY MARIA CRIMI SPETH--COPYRIGHT LAWS JAX TURNER--UNDERCOVER WITH JAX
10:00 - 10:15am BREAK BREAK BREAK
10:15 - 11:15am SHARON HAMILTON & J.D. HART--AUDIO BOOKS JULIE YORK--NECESSARY EVIL - EDITS JENNIFER ASHLEY--BECOMING A HYBRID
11:15 - 11:30am BREAK BREAK BREAK
11:30 - 12:30pm LYNN PETERS--A NEW AUTHOR'S JOURNEY ANNE QUESTERLY--WRITING FOR CHILDREN JAMI GOLD--ROMANCING THE BEAT
12:30 - 2:00pm LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
2:00 - 3:00pm  PAULA CHAFFEE SCARDAMILIA--USING TAROT TO WRITE SCENES THAT SIZZLE, SEDUCE, AND SPARKLE ANDY ADAMS--FAIRY TALES AVILY JEROME--FLASH FICTION
3:00 BOOKSTORE SET UP BOOKSTORE SET UP BOOKSTORE SET UP
5:00 - 7:00PM BOOK SIGNING & SALES BOOK SIGNING & SALES BOOK SIGNING & SALES
 *  *  * MAIN BALL ROOM *  *  *
8:00:pm
Dinner/Announcements
Keynote Speaker ALEXANDRA IVY
***Rocking out with the band SACRED GROOVE***
* Agent/Editor appointments 9am-12:00pm
*Raffle Room open 10:00 am
*Hospitality Suite open 10am - closed during booksale/dinner/evening entertainment 

SUNDAY, April 10, 2016

Breakfast provided by Hotel
Farewells and Goodbyes
All attendees/hotel guests are free to participate in tours, socials or take advantage of resort’s amenities.
* All times are subject to change.
* Raffle drawings will be held at all three dinners.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Keynote Speakers and Worshop Presenters


Desert Dreams 2016 Keynote Speakers:

2016 Desert Dreams Keynote Speakers

Alexandra Ivy
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Alexandra Ivy began her career writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh. Current series include, Guardians of Eternity, The Sentinels Series, The Rapture Series, The Rogue Series and her latest, The Bayou Heat Series.  She is currently represented by Evan Marshall Literary Agency.  You can find more information about Ms Ivy on her website, AlexandraIvy.com


JA Jance
J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. You can find out more about Ms. Jance on her website JAJance.com

 

Desert Dreams 2016 will feature Workshops presented by:

Agent Susan Brower
Agent Eric Ruben
Editor Michelle Klayman
Agent Margaret Bail
Debbie Macomber - Director of publicity Ballantine Books
NY Times/USA Best Selling author - Alexandra Ivy
NY Times/USA Best Selling author - Sharon Hamilton with JD Hart
NY Times/USA Best Selling author - Jennifer Ashley
NY Times/USA Best Selling author - Erin Quinn
Lisa Kessler - San Diego, CA
GD Steele - Tyler, TX
Fiona Jayde - Media Specialist,
Avily Jerome, AZ
Leslie Jones, AZ
KJ Montogomery, MA
Attorney Maria Speth, AZ
Julie York, NV
Lynn Peters, NV
Cover model Jax Turyna
Andy Adams
Alan Black, AZ



Friday, January 29, 2016

Conference schedule

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016

Breakfast provided by Hotel
Registration Open 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hospitality Suite 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Raffle Room 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dinner, Social time 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
A&E Panel 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hospitality Suite 10:00 pm – 1:00 am
*specialized workshops & practice pitch session are scheduled for Thurs afternoon

SATURDAY, April 9, 2016

Breakfast provided by Hotel
Hospitality Suite 9:00 am -
Workshops 9:00 am -
Agent/Editors 9:00 am -
Bookstore Signing 5:00 pm -
Dinner/ Keynote/Band Closing Ceremonies 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hospitality Suite 10:00 pm – 1:00 am

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016

Breakfast provided by Hotel
Registration open 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Hospitality Suite9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Workshops9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Raffle Room 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Agent/Editors1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Realizing the Dream/ Dinner/KeySpeaker 7:00pm – 10:00 pm

SUNDAY, April 10, 2016

Breakfast provided by Hotel
Farewells and Goodbyes
All attendees/hotel guests are free to participate in tours, socials or take advantage of resort’s amenities.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Advanced schedule and keynote speakers for 2016

Announcing the 2016 Desert Dreams Keynote Speakers

Alexandra Ivy
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Alexandra Ivy began her career writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh. Current series include, Guardians of Eternity, The Sentinels Series, The Rapture Series, The Rogue Series and her latest, The Bayou Heat Series.  She is currently represented by Evan Marshall Literary Agency.  You can find more information about Ms Ivy on her website, AlexandraIvy.com


JA JanceJ.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. You can find out more about Ms. Jance on her website JAJance.com

More information and registration HERE