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Meeting reminder: Beth Yarnall Demystifies “Authorpreneurs”

November 3, 2014 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , , ,

9:00-9:50 am:            Doors Open
                                   Ask-an-Author — Jackie Diamond & Pat Wright
                                                Do you have a question that a published author can answer? Then plan to come to the meeting a little bit early. Each month one or two published authors host an informal round table discussion group and you are welcome to sit in.
                                                     Critique of the Month — Debra Holland & Laura Drake
                                                Free for OCC Members Attending the Meeting–Monthly Critique Drawings!  Print out your FIRST chapter and bring it to the monthly meeting! Then add your name to the list of critique hopefuls, located at the membership table.
10:00 a.m.                  Meeting begins; Announcements
10:30 a.m.                  Morning Workshop:            P.A.W. Members
·       All Things Publishing (Self and Traditional) – What are the steps? Deciding what to do yourself versus buying out, etc.
·       Getting Started – Ideas, setting up a manuscript, conquering POV, plot points, etc.
·       Mmmm Marketing (including Social Media) – The must haves, nice to haves and leave behinds
·       Becoming a Professional Writer – Overcoming blocks, managing time, managing money, etc. 
Various P.A.W members will be leading discussions and sharing tips and information on the topics listed above. Tables will be marked by topic; just pick one and pull up a chair!
11:30 a.m.                  Lunch Break
To order a delicious box lunch from the Corner Bakery in Brea, Click here.
12:15 p.m.                  Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.
12:45 p.m.                  Afternoon Speaker: Beth Yarnall
        “Authorpreneurs: Using Multiple Publishing Avenues to Build a Career” 

The term Hybrid Author gets thrown around a lot, but what does it mean? Why would an author want to pursue more than one publishing option? What are the benefits and drawbacks? How does pursuing multiple publishing avenues influence author income? In this one-hour workshop we’ll explore the pros and cons of traditional, digital first, and self-publishing and how an author can use two or even all three avenues to build a strong career and broad reader base.


Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person `died’ in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and even owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website-
2:00 p.m.                    Meeting concludes.
Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, December 13, 2014
A Day With Lynn Lorenz
Morning:“Front-End Load Your Manuscript”
Afternoon: “Plotting by the Seat of Your Pants”
November Online Class: “
“The Amazon Bookseller’s Toolbox: Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know about Selling Books on Amazon… and Then Some”
with Erica Barton
November 10 – December 7, 2014
For More Information on Upcoming Events, please visit us at

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Monthly Meeting Featuring Jacqueline Diamond & Dr. Leeshawn Cradoc-Moore

May 1, 2014 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , ,

OCC/RWA Meeting Reminder
OCC/RWA Chapter Meeting: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Where we meet: Brea Community Center 695 Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821
First-time guests are $10; all visits after are $20
Doors open @ 9 a.m.


KC Burns & Dee Ann Palmer

Author First Chapter Critique:

Patricia Thayer & Nancy Farrier

Morning Session: 

Jacqueline Diamond  â€œYour Writing Career: Mistakes to Avoid”
Drawing on thirty years as a published novelist and her experiences in teaching more than 100 writing students, Jackie will provide a range of cautions to help writers at any stage of their journey sidestep the pitfalls. Topics will include writing skills, professional conduct, attitudes, social media and more. 

Jacqueline Diamond has sold more than 95 novels, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, fantasy, mystery and Regency historical romance, to a range of publishers. A two-time finalist for the Rita Award, Jackie received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times

For more information on her books and her career, please visit Jacqueline Diamond at

Afternoon Session:

Dr. Leeshawn Cradoc-Moore “Relax and Be Fierce Not Afraid”

So your creative genius has released a wonderful novel? So, now, what do you do? It is time to sell your novel, but your fear of public speaking has you terrified. What happens if you are in an elevator or sitting next to a publisher at a meeting and you’re overcome with fear? This workshop will teach you how to quickly shirk the fear, to present yourself strongly and cofidently so you can close the deal within minutes.
Leeshawn Cradoc-Moore, PhD. is an award winning inspirational speaker. As an active Toastmaster and area governor for E4 of District 12, she continues to grow as a public speaker while encouraging her clubs to achieve their speaking and leadership goals.  During her leadership, many of the club members have written and sold books and launched successful speaking careers and businesses. 

Order lunch from the Corner Bakery-Brea

Online Class: “Show and Tell” with Shannon Donnelly May 12 – June 8, 2014 click here for more information.

The 2014 Orange Rose Contest entry deadline has been extended to May 12, 2014. For more information, please go to the contest site here.

Hope to see you on the 10th!

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April Meeting Features Shannan Albright & Saranna DeWylde

April 1, 2014 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , , , , ,
OCC/RWA Meeting Reminder
OCC/RWA Chapter Meeting: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where we meet: Brea Community Center 695 Madison Way, Brea, CA 92821
First-time guests are $10; all visits after are $20
Doors open @ 9 a.m.

Skylar Kade & Jewel Quinlan
Author First Chapter Critique:
Linda Carroll-Bradd & Skylar Kade
Morning Session: 
Shannan Albright “Foray into Worldbuilding”
Shannan Albright takes you on an interactive journey of worldbuilding. For both plotters and pansters, worldbuilding can be simple, or as complicated as you wish. For writing in all genres from elaborate sci-fi sagas to sweet hometown contemporaries, you will find worldbuilding as integral as GMC and Character Sheets.
For more information on Shannan, please visit her website at
Afternoon Session:
Saranna DeWylde “How to Craft Compelling Villains”
Villains seems to be a common theme among workshops that many industry professionals have in their arsenal. So what makes mine special?
I am a romance writer, but I’m a former corrections officer and I worked with the baddest of the bad day to day. The prison is where they lived, so you could say I was in their home every day. I observed their behaviors and interactions with other predators and those they saw as prey. So come learn what makes a villain and villain, why we need to give them voice and how to do it in such a way that makes the reader root for them just enough to keep turning the pages. 
To learn more about Saranna please visit her at

Order lunch from the Corner Bakery-Brea

Online Class: “Social Media for the Confused and Terrified” with Elena Dillon April 14 – May 11, 2014 click here for more information.

Hope to see you on the 12th!
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October Birthday Bash ~ October 12, 2013

October 1, 2013 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , , , , ,
OCC/RWA Meeting Reminder for the Annual Birthday Bash, Saturday, October 12, 2013. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites-Brea.
Please drop off your Birthday Bash Basket between 8:30 a.m. & 9:00 a.m.
When: Doors open at 9 a.m. to get your opportunity tickets, network with the other attendees and pick out your table!
Where: Embassy Suites Brea, 900 East Birch St, Brea, CA 92821. Telephone: (714) 990-6000
 Morning Session: 

Victoria Dahl

 â€œUnsympathetic Heroines and the Real Women We Love”
She’ll be speaking about how boring our lives would be if we demanded goodness and perfection from our actual friends, and she’ll question why it’s hard to find acceptance for romance heroines who are as flawed as our well-loved difficult heroes.
Please go to the Birthday Bash page make your reservations now. There are three lunch options. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. as part of your reservation for the day. After lunch there will be a book signing and then Wendy Crutcher, Orange County Head Librarian & Book Buyers Best Top Pick Judge announces the winners of the 2013 Book Buyers Best Contest for Publishes Authors, and winners will be announced for the 2013 Orange Rose Contest for Unpublished Writers including OCC’s first “Charlotte” Award.
Afternoon Session: 

Heather Bennett of Decadent Publishing 

“Anatomy of a Successful Romance”
How you find the market for your romance and the promotions that work.
Then in the evening, you can partake in our famous “Pajama Parties”. These are fun and fabulous workshops that begin later that evening at the hotel. The room assignments will be available that day at the Birthday Bash. If you want to know who is teaching what, please go to this page
OCC-RWA’s next Online Class begins the Monday after the meeting.
October 14 – November 10 , 2013:

“Preparing for Contests”
Nancy Farrier
For more information, or to register, visit
Meeting information can be found at

Hope to see you on the 12th!
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