Thursday, November 3, 2016

Speaker: Catharine Bramkamp

Catharine Bramkamp Website

Catharine's Workshop Handout.

Catharine Bramkamp:  Author of 15 books, co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns, dynamic writing coach and Chief Storytelling Officer for Winesecrets.

Review Snippet:  Katniss Everdeen, step aside. There's a warrior of a different sort on the scene and she gets to use her smarts and her heart as her best weapons.

Conference Workshop: A million other voices -  Social Media. How to start, how to stay, how to conquer. Session 1, 10:50 - 11:50: 

Lunchtime Author Round table, 12:00 - 1:00

Workshop Description: One of the more overwhelming aspects of marketing your book is managing social media. Think of Social Media as an exponential tool: focus on creating 100 fans, and those fans will share with their 100 fans, and those fans will share . . . well, you get the idea.  Since there is no such thing as the best social media channel, learn which one will work best for you and your project.  We will also discuss what to say, how to say it, and most importantly - why do this at all?

Catharine's books include the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, The Future Girls series (Caliburn Press) and the poetry chapbook Ammonia Sunrise (Finishing Line Press).  Look for her new book on writing, based on her podcasts; Don’t Write Like We Talk – what we learned from four years interviewing agents and authors, publishers and poets.
She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct university professor. description:

On October 10, 2145, eighteen-year-old Charity Northquest's whole future is ahead of her--and the future sucks.

On October 11, 2145, she unexpectedly has a chance to fix it. When Charity's best friend is reported killed, but then re-appears the next day as an old woman, everything Charity has been taught is called into question. Even if she does not believe in time travel, she has little choice. So the ill-prepared Charity travels back to the mysterious and captivating 21st century where her single purpose of changing the future fades with the increasingly more urgent question of whether she can survive the past.

Highlighted Review:

on February 15, 2015
This book gets 5 stars from me because it's everything it intends to be. It's an interesting twist on the time-travel motif. The story lauds the influence and power of women and girls, but is also a cautionary tale against passivity and blind obedience to authority and the potentially dire effects of getting complacent and accepting what governments and the media say without question. This is a suspenseful story with a main character we can root for and villains that take a variety of forms. Lots of fun social and political themes (global environment, feminine power, corruption, sexualization of women, religion, media manipulation, , e.g.) addressed in creative ways without being overly dogmatic or preachy.

My very favorite thing about this book was that it didn't disintegrate into a corny romance where they guy fixes everything for the helpless girl and she has to give up everything important for romance. The heroine is necessarily naive because of the sheltered experience of her life in the future, but she's not a fool…and she learns and grows along the way. Guys are there as allies, partners, helpers, and sometimes villains, but they don't upstage the heroine's role.

The book is a stand-alone, but I can see the seeds for the series and will surely read those when they arrive on the scene. If Hollywood is looking for movie material, here it is. Katniss Everdeen, step aside. There's a warrior of a different sort on the scene and she gets to use her smarts and her heart as her best weapons.

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