Summer in Words

Writing Conference

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Summer in Word Alumnus

Hi Jessica,

I attended your Conference last summer at Cannon Beach. I just wanted you to know how much I gained from it. I thought your teaching was so encouraging, and I’ve recommended your books many times to friends, lecture attendees, and clients. All your guest speakers were so inspiring, too. I was fascinated with Chelsea Cain’s success, and I did a study of all her books to see what she was doing right. The other person who had a profound effect on me was Cathy Lamb. Sometimes you’re just ready to hear things, and her emphasis on a daily word count made the whole concept finally sink in. I started writing 2K words a day, with the result of having three books in my Tala Chronicles, a paranormal romance series, accepted by a small, independent publisher. The first one, The Wolf’s Daughter, will be released soon.

My cozy mystery novella, The Celtic Crow Murders, is available for free Kindle download on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. The website is I had published it about five years ago, but I rewrote almost every sentence in the past year, although the plot is the same. Fortunately, people can learn a lot in five years, and I think the quality is better than the original.

So thanks again for a wonderful conference. I hope I have the opportunity to attend another one in the future.


Patricia La Barbera