Monday, January 30, 2012

Update: Professional photographer at the conference

The latest news coming over the transom is that we are going to have a professional photographer at the Desert Dreams Conference, taking author portraits for websites, book jackets, and other promotional material. She will sell 3 images for $20 and give all the rights to the author.

Her business is Diane Graham photography. She is from Tucson. Here is her website link:

What an opportunity to get photographed in professional attire, with your make up on and all decked out. The price is unbeatable, and the advantages of updating your professional face, priceless.

If you like, she will also take buddy pictures of you and your friends during the conference.

She will have a professional set up on the premises, and you'll be able to sign up in the registration lobby anytime during the conference for your personal photo shoot. She will take pictures Friday afternoon and Saturday all day.

I know I need new portraits. I definitely plan to take advantage of this opportunity.
This conference is getting more and more exciting.

Hope to see many of you there.

Vijaya Schartz, Desert Dreams Conference Blog
Blasters, Guns, Swords, Romance with a Kick

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Answers to often asked questions about the Desert Dreams Conference

Do you need to register for each workshop upon arrival?

No. The main events take place in a very large room where everyone will fit. As for the many other workshops, you can pick and choose as you go. Some will be better attended than others according to topic and speaker, but you do not need to make a decision in advance.

The program you receive will have a brief description of each workshop to give you a chance to help plot out your weekend. However, you might get into a workshop and decide it's not what you had in mind or it covers material that doesn't quite fit your needs, so you are free to get up and move to a different workshop. We just ask that everyone be courteous as you move between rooms.

Do we get handouts?

When you get your goody-stuffed bag at registration, you will also have a CD that includes all of the handouts that everyone receives when they attend each workshop. That way, even if you don't go to a workshop, you'll still have the handouts to take home with you.

CDs? How about recordings?

We will be selling CDs of all the workshops. We have a wonderful company, VW Tapes, that records sessions for us. The quality of these recordings is fabulous, by the way. They really do have great information on them and the company offers a discount if you should decide to buy the entire conference recording set.

Here's a link to the past 3 conferences and the sessions from those (all of which are still available as either CDs or downloadable MP3s):

Please note that NOT every session is recorded. Some speakers prefer not to record their sessions. Those will be CLEARLY listed in the program, so that you can make your decisions based on that information.

Hope to see you there.

Vijaya schartz
Blasters, Guns, Swords, Cats, Romance with a Kick

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Only a few days left to enter the REALIZING THE DREAM contest

I wanted to remind all of you who already registered that you still have a few more days to get in your entry for the Realizing the Dream contest. This contest is ONLY open to registered conference attendees. You are guaranteed to get your entry before one of the editors/agents at the conference. They are the only judges, so they read every entry. It's a great opportunity that you won't find anywhere else. We still have slots open (we take up to 50 entries), so register now if you haven't, and get your entry in now.

The Realizing the Dream contest requires a 10-page submission, plus a 3-page synopsis and is open to both published and unpublished authors, as long as they are registered for the Desert Dreams Conference.

For all of the details, check out the website:

If you have any questions, contact Linda Style, our contest coordinator, at

Good luck!

Susan Lanier
2012 Desert Dreams Conference Coordinator

Friday, January 13, 2012

Our blog has been nominated for a SWEET BLOG AWARD!

Author Vijaya Schartz, one of our speakers again this year, nominated our blog for this Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Thank you, Vijaya. She writes Blasters, Guns, Swords, and Romance with a Kick. Visit her website at:, and her blog, where she nominated us, at:

As part of this nomination process, we have to nominate in turn ten worthy blogs, and tell our readers seven things they might not know about us.

Here are the nominated blogs:

Martha Alderson "The Plot Whisperer"
Bob Mayer's blog:
Erin Quinn "Quinn's Essentials"
Tawny Weber's Sassy Romance:
Erin Kellison's blog:
Maggie Shayne's blog:
Marin Thomas:
Writers in the Storm:
Denise Domning's blog :
Donna Hatch's blog:

And here are the seven things you should know about us:

1 - The early bird deadline to register is over, but the price of this conference is still very competitive, and you would be well advised to register ASAP to make sure you don't miss this incredibly affordable and very worthy conference.

2 - The organizers of this conference are right now looking for promo items from authors for the raffle and the goodie bags. Even if you are not attending, if you have trinquets related to your spring releases, promotional pens, emery boards, refrigerator magnets, or any other gizmo your are burning to distribute, send them right away to:
Desert Dreams Conference
36148 W. Vera Cruz Dr.
Maricopa, AZ 85138

3 - The schedule of events is now posted  HERE Check it out.

4 - You only have a few days to enter the contest reserved to attendees. These ten pages will be read and judged by an agent or editor in your genre, so don't miss this opportunity to get your work in front of the professionals. Must be registered to enter.

5 - The list of agents and editors is changing slightly. More opportunities for you. Check it out HERE

6 - The weather is wonderful in April in Scottsdale. Bring your bathing suits. The pools are divine.

7 - The best part is to be able to meet agents and editors in a friendly atmosphere, at the bar, by the pool, at your table during meals... They are relaxed, happy to listen to your pitch, and you should really be there. Many an author has found an editor or an agent, and got published because of this conference.

Good luck.