Happy 30th Birthday, OCC! by Jina Bacarr

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By the time my post is up, OCC will have passed the 30 year mark. I can only imagine the whisperings and giggling and story plotting filling the hallways at the Embassy Suites this past weekend. How many bestsellers were born that weekend, we’ll never know.

How many lifelong friendships were born, well, that’s something we do know.

If you’re a member of OCC and/or a reader of this blog, then you’ve got friends. I’ve never known a more supportive group willing to share ideas, information and a hug when needed.

That’s OCC.

Now that the publishing business is in such a flux, it’s more important than ever to share ideas, whether it’s looking for a NY publisher to self-publishing. We will continue to encourage each other to follow our dreams because that’s what we do at OCC.

That’s what friends are for.

Whether it’s helping each other through a rejection (we all get them) or celebrating with a red or pink or white rose, we’re here for you.

Even when you can’t attend the meetings, the OCC newsletter is filled with encouragement and practical information for everyone from the pre-published to the published to the self-pubbed.

No one knows how all this change will work out, but one thing we do know: from print books to e-books to whatever the future will bring, OCC will always be there for its members.

I’m proud to be a member of OCC.



A bit of nostalgia: Here’s a photo I snapped at OCC’s 25th Birthday party showing our newsletters throughout the years:


  • Anonymous
    on October 11, 2011

    Thanks, Bobbie! I've learned so much from our OCC speakers and members over the years. As they say in the commercial "…priceless."

  • Anonymous
    on October 11, 2011

    Well put Jina.


  • Anonymous
    on October 11, 2011

    Thanks for stopping by, Laura. With so many options for publishing now, it's important to have a "go-to" organization where we can find the support and info we need.

  • Anonymous
    on October 11, 2011

    Me too, Jina – I'm so grateful to be a part of such a caring, supportive community!

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