Victors, Villains & Vixens
Keynote Address: Reader’s Block
This year’s theme is about fun and includes a costume contest
emceed by our guest speaker, Damon Suede.
Damon’s talk focuses on the modern romance industry, the radical shifts in readership and fandom and how they’re altering what success looks like for professional authors. Genre fictioneers often grouse about writer’s block but more and more what we encounter is something more akin to reader’s block: an unwillingness to step beyond our ruts or move past the shadow of our steeples.
Romance is the literature of hope, simultaneously the most traditional and most provocative of genres. Our industry is evolving, but not necessarily in the obvious ways. Tribalism and division cost us marketshare and media access. In a world expanding and connecting at an exponential rate, where do books land? Who are the readers of tomorrow? What is the future of love stories and genre fiction careers? Join us for a free-range discussion of the art of heart and the business of happy endings.
October 21, 2017
Embassy Suites – Brea
900 East Birch Street
Brea, California, 92821
(Registration open until October 18th)
OCC Member- $50
OCC Past President- $30
NOTE: Please specify your choice of lunch selections in your Paypal purchase (see drop-down above). Your choices are:
- Chicken Mediterranean Lunch
- Vegetarian Lunch
- Gluten-free Lunch
Additional Note: If you have already paid for the Birthday Bash and have not had opportunity to specify your lunch selection, please email your preference to Treasurer@occrwa.org, and include “Birthday Bash Lunch Selection” in the subject line of your email. Thanks!
Menu note: Chicken Mediterranean is sautéed chicken with roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, basil, garlic, shallots, and a touch of white wine cream sauce.
Schedule of Events
Friday Evening Write-Ins
7:00 pm: Damon Suede (host), 2nd Floor Meeting Room
8:00 pm – whenever: OCC Write-In, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
Saturday – All Day Bash
9:00 am – Doors Open
10:00 am – President’s Welcome
10:10 am – Cover Contest Walk
10:20 am – Book In a Year Presentation
10:45 am – Bestsellers Panel: What Made the Difference
(Debra Holland, Brenna Aubrey, Maggie Marr, Damon Suede)
11:30 am – Costume Contest Walk
12:00 pm – Lunch in the Atrium
1:15 pm – First Raffle Drawing
1:30 pm – Orange Rose Contest Awards
2:00 pm – Damon Suede, Keynote Speech
Overcoming Reader’s Block
3:00 pm – Book Buyer’s Best Awards
3:30 pm – Costume Contest Awards
3:40 pm – Cover Contest Awards
3:50 pm – 2nd Raffle Drawing
4:15 pm – Introducing the 2018 OCC/RWA Board Candidates
Saturday Night Pajama Parties
7:00 pm (Rooms TBA)
Brenna Aubrey – Think Like a Publisher!
Maggie Marr – Writing Sexy Scenes
Louella Nelson – Story Troubleshooting
8:30 pm (Room TBA)
Damon Suede – Character Lab
*** All PJ Parties will have snacks, laughter, learning and FUN. ***
Come dressed as a Victor, Villian or Vixen from your favorite romantic story, be it book or movie. Costumes will be judged by our guest speaker Damon Suede. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded for: Best Villain, Best Victor, Best Vixen, Most Creative and Best Overall.
Book Cover Contest
Enter OCC’s Book Cover Contest- For just $20 you can have your cover made into an 11×17 inch desk-stand poster (yours to keep) that will be entered in OCC’s book cover contest that will take place during the Birthday Bash. Entries will be displayed prominently in the room during the Bash and all attendees will vote for their favorite covers in several categories. Final votes and awards will be announced at the meeting.
Send your hi-res pdf file or JPG that can print on an 11×17 stock no later than September 17, 2017 to: Jill(at)JillJaynes(dot)com.
- One cover – $20
- Two covers – $35
- Three covers – $50
Note: all covers will be returned to you after the meeting.
Opportunity Drawing at the Bash
Win, win, win!
Some of the great prizes offered in our Opportunity Drawing include:
- Kindle Fire
- Free One-Night stay at Brea Embassy Suites
- Publisher gift baskets of books
- Chapter Critiques by award winning/best-selling authors and writing coaches
- Many creative and beautiful gift baskets filled with treats to please the body, soothe the mind and fire the imagination.
We need your Baskets! Donate a basket you’d like to win. Bring it with you to the Birthday Bash in October. Please let us know you are planning to bring one by emailing Jaimee Friedl at Treasurer(at)occrwa(dot)org.