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Saturday, August 25, 2007


This is the mix and mingle room. A place to meet those at the conference.

Want to talk about the conference, this is the place.

Want to meet new people, this is the place.

Tell us where you're from. We want to know who is the farthest attendee.


Bob Medak said...

I am an unpublished writer of many genres. I live in the mountains of Southern California in a national forest.

projectr.e.a.d said...

NYC Capital of the Literary and Publishing

Carmen said...

Aloha, everyone. My name is Carmen and I am one of the panel members for new writers. I live in Hawaii and look forward to getting to know some of you.


projectr.e.a.d said...

wow carmen ALOHA!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm writing romance, live in Australia. This is good stuff to take on board!

Andrea Paperback Diva said...

Good morning.I'm Andrea. I'm a published aughtor and will be on a couple of the panels. Hope to talk to some of you there.

This is my first time participating in an on line conference. It's exciting!


Anonymous said...

Hi I'm an unpublished romance writer. I live in Australia and at the moment I'm working on books 1 & 2 of a 3 to 4 book series.
I have to say I am finding all the information from the workshops & chats very helpful, so thank you everyone.

T said...

Hello from PA, USA!

Thanks for putting together an easy-to-get-to conference for us!


Anonymous said...

Hello, everyone, I'm Barbara, editor of Night To Dawn. My good buddies know me as Popple. I live in Pennsylvania with my husband Mike. I am hosting the Plotting workshop and I hope this proves helpful to writers.

RhondaN said...

Hi, I'm Rhonda N. I live in metro Atlanta. I'm currently unpublished, but I'm praying that is going to change very soon. I'm working on my second novel a spin-off of the first. I write Christian Women's Fiction. I'm also in a critique group with Dee Stewart. Watch out those who are fortunate enough to work with her. We call her the reaper. :o)

del said...

Hi everyone--
I think I heard about this online conference at Blogging in Black; I think it's a great idea. This is my first time attending.

I'm a freelance writer and have been making a small but steady living at it for the past 11 years. I've done a lot of day-job/pay the bills writing. I've had articles, essays, and short stories published, but my dream is to be a published novelist.

I finished the final draft of my debut novel earlier this year and sent out dozens of queries. After a lot of rejections, one agent requested chapter one (yay!), so I'm waiting word on that. In the meantime, I'm working on novel #2 and short stories as well. I write literary fiction.

I live in Northeast Florida.

Dyanne said...


Dyanne said...

Hello everyone this took a few tries before I got it right. I'm Dyanne Davis and I write romance and now vampire novels. How's the conference?


Shani Greene-Dowdell said...

Hello everyone, I am Shani {pronounced Sha-nay}. I am a debut author with my first book self published in 2007. I will be on the self publishing panel. I look forward to an informative conference.

Shopgurl37 said...

Shopgurl37, Hello I'm from Houston, Texas.

Vicki M. Taylor said...

Hi, I'm Vicki M. Taylor. I'm published in Women's Fiction. I live in Tampa, FL with my husband, my dog, and my parrot.

I'm currently editing one book while I plot ideas for my next book.

This online conference is going really well. I've already found new information in the first day. Thanks to much to all the presenters.

La-Tessa said...

Hi Carmen, I just return from my vacation in Hawaii, Aloha!!

Hello to everyone else participating in the conference as well. I am very excited about this event. As an avid reader, reviewer, and hopefully one day publisher author, I look forward to the workshops and networking.

By the way, is anyone else attending this year from Memphis?

Rudelle Thomas said...

Hi, my name is Rudelle Thomas published in Christian non-fiction. I'm also the Editor/Publisher of Divine Eloquence Magazine and I write devotionals for several electronic and print publications. This is my second Sormag online conference and I love it! If you haven't visited the workshops, please do they are very helpful and informative.

Thanks to all those presenting and those on panels. You are very helpful to us newbies!

Rudelle Thomas
Divine Eloquence Magazine

Rae L. said...

Hi everyone *waves*

My name is Rae. I write speculative thrillers, fantasy and romance. I'm also an artist. I'm currently in Phoenix, Az but I'm a Cali girl at heart and all the way!

Ready to dive into the workshops and fun. I already see some familiar faces, looking forward to getting to know more! :-)

Rae Lindley

Jewells said...

Hey all,

I'm Jewells from Charleston, SC. This is not only my first online conference, but my first writing conference period. And I must say, so far, I am loving this.

My first novel is patiently awaiting acceptance. I am also working on novels 2 & 3, as well as a memoir.


V. Smith said...

Hello everyone,
I'm an unpublished Romance/Erotica and poetry writer. This is my first time participating in an online conference. I think it's a great way to share information. I am the Founder/President of Write Way Writers Group. If their are any writers in the south suburbs of Chicago area that are looking for a writers group, we are taking applications.
Please check out our website: www.writewaywriters.00author.com

V. Smith

Amanda Capel said...

Hi everybody!

My name is Amanda, and I write mysteries and young adult. I just started doing some freelance writing, so the novel I'm currently working on may take a little more time to finish than I originally anticipated.

Oh yeah. I'm enjoying the conference from central North Carolina.


Melissa said...

Hi everyone,

My name is Melissa and I write romance, women's fiction, inspirational and I'm giving young adult a try! I've had a few ebooks published and I am now working on a series of related novels.

I am really enjoying the conference and look forward to making some new friends. I'm also on the scout for a good critique group so if you know of one, please let me know. I can be reached at melissa@melissaw.net.

Have a great time!
Melissa Wathington

LaShaunda said...

Welcome everyone.

Glad you all could make it.

D.L.Sparks said...

Hi Everyone!!

I am D.L.Sparks, author of ALL THAT GLITTERS. I am a newly published author and very excited! I joined the Xpress Yourself Publishing family and my debut novel will be released in February 2008. I look forward to getting to know everyone and hopefully making some new friends!

projectr.e.a.d. said...

Congrats - DL

Anonymous said...

hello, my name is Troy L. Thompson, author of The Abstract Griot,a novel written in seven short stories that i self published.i live in the washington d.c. area. this is the first time i've attended an online conference and i'm enjoying the experience. i'm looking forward to learning from the already established and connecting with as many writers as possible.

c.miner said...

Hi everyone! I am Cheryl Miner an unpublished writer working on my first novel. I live in Washington DC and am truly enjoying this conference. This is my first online conference and I must say I am having an adjustment period with time management but otherwise I love this concept!

Shoba said...

Hi Everyone,

My name is Shoba Mano. I'm a writer from Malaysia. So I just might be the farthest participant or at least come close to it. Heh heh.

I have written two romance novels and finishing a third one. Information on my books can be found at www.shobamano.com.

I also write for Malaysia's leading newspaper, The STAR. You can read my articles at this link:


As I live so far away, I can't physically participate in many of the writers' conferences in the US. So I must thank LaShaunda for coming up with this wonderful online conference, giving people like me an opportunity to interact and learn so much from the workshops and other writers.

Ty said...

I'm working on a final draft for my first Women's Fiction novel. This will be the first novel in a three book series. All three books will be ripe with suspense.

There's a Cozy Mystery WIP brewing on my laptop as well these days. I love to read mystery, suspense and thrillers so I'm excited about writing them.

The online conference has been fantastic thus far. Looking forward to the rest of the week.

Anonymous said...

ALOHA, Carmen. My son and daughter-in-law are visiting her parents who live in Hawaii. I'm snuggled in the mountains of Wv with my laptop. I've already learned quite a lot from this conference.
Thanks Barbara for such great writing tips.


Dyanne said...

I'm glad to see people from so many different places. The Internet is a wonderful tool.


Tee C. Royal said...

Hello everyone! Tee C. Royal here, from the suburbs of Atlanta. I'm looking forward to another conference, having enjoyed the past ones held by SORMAG.

I wear several hats, but am most known as founder of RAWSISTAZ. I'm also a literary agent and have done freelance reading, reviewing and editing.

I also have a little literary diva in training, who started reading at four and just started kindergarten a few weeks ago. :)

Looking forward to meet everyone.


Hi, I'm Dee said...

Thanks, Rhonda for that nice comment about me. Hey, Tee C. When are Joy and Selah hanging out? And thanks to all that came to my Beginner Writer's Workshop. I appreciated your comments and have responded to every question you asked me.

Lupe said...

Really enjoying the conference so far. So much to learn! I also like the fact that I'm finding out about some great new books out there. Thanks.

Lupe M. Gonzalez

final-draft said...

Guess what? This is the year I'm writing a NOVEL! I'm a newbie to the conference. I heard many great things about SORMAG over the past year. The information here will help me with my endeavours, I just know it!

Writing in Texas ;)

Fon James said...

Hey, it's Fon James. I am a new author and I look forward to the conference and meeting new people. I recently finished my first novel, Back and Forth, a mature young adult Christian fiction novel. I am well on my way with plans to self-publish and release November 2007!

Shelia E. Lipsey said...

My name is Shelia E.lipsey. I am a Christian fiction writer & the author of the novels Into Each Life & the novel Sinsatiable. I reside in Memphis TN with my 17 year old and my 2 cats!


Hello everybody,

I'm Dr. Linda Beed. I am an author, educator, speaker and Children's Minister. Looking forward to sharing more with you during the 'Meet the Christian Author' segment of the conference.


Stacy Hawkins Adams said...

Hi Everyone,

My name is Stacy and I'm one of the panelists for the confernece. I'm the author of three Christian fiction novels, with the third, Watercolored Pearls, due out in October. I'm looking forward to answering any questions you have about writing faith-based fiction or about the writing process in general. LaShaunda, thanks for hosting this conference and giving all of us a chance to connect!

Stacy Hawkins Adams said...


I failed to metion that I'm sending you greetings from Richmond, Virginia. :)

And yes, as a published writer I can spell "conference." My brain was moving faster than my fingers during my previous post. Let's just consider this part of Writers 101 - Always, always, always triple edit your work before hitting the "Send" button to an agent, editor or online conference. Looking forward to connecting with many of you!

Makasha Dorsey said...

Hi. My name is Makasha Dorsey. I write Christian Fiction, Devotionals, Short Stories, and Poetry; I ghost write fitness articles.

My first love is marketing and public relations -- ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS WRITING! Sorry for screaming. I just love business writing.

C. said...

I'm late to the party here as usual. ;)

Hi my name is Cindy and I write everything from children's fiction (a Christmas picture book) to erotic-romance featuring vampires and time travelers... and a lot in between!

I'm a copy editor and freelance manuscript evaluator by day, too. If you need any editorial help with a current writing project, feel free to drop me an email.

http://www.cindyappel.com (Non-fiction, children's fiction and editorial services)
Cynthianna--contemporary romance

Patricia W. said...

Missed Sunday and jumped right in yesterday, forgetting to introduce myself.

Hi All! I'm Patricia from Central FL. I write romance, multicultural and inspirational, sometimes combining the two. I've published short stories but I'm currently working on my first novel completion (many false starts).

I blog perodically for Romancing The Blog, as well have maintain my own blog at http://readinnwritin.blogspot.com.
I also write book reviews for FreshFiction.com and SORMAG.

This is my 3rd SORMAG online conference. Aren't they great?

Shelia E. Lipsey said...

This is actually my first online conference with Sormag and only my second online conference! This one is so much fun, not to mention informative and creative. It's better than attending some of the face to face conferences I've participated in during the past. Bravo and kudos to LaShunda. I am amazed at all of the participants and where everyone lives. People all over the country are attending the conference and this is awesome!

Shelia E. Lipsey said...

I just posted a comment but failed to mention my name. My name is Shelia E. Lipsey and I'm a Christian fiction author. I have two novels that were recently released this year, one is entitled Into Each Life and the second one is Sinsatiable. They were both released through Kensington/Urban Christian Books. I reside in Memphis, TN with my two siamese cats (Rogue and Storm), and my 17 year old son. I have also self published two books prior to signing on with Kensington/Urban. One is a self published inspirational novel titled Always, Now and Forever that was self published in 2000 and the second self published is non fiction and titled A Christian's Perspective - Journey Through Grief. I love writing. I believe it is a gift that God endowed within my spirit long before I was formed. For that I am truly thankful and blessed

Dave said...

I'm Dave from Hawaii. Carmen is my inspiration and coach. I write xian nonfiction. Capacity building for churches is my thing. I wrote a book about our church of 100 members that raised 3 million dollars(30x our annual budget).

Didalynn said...

Hello. My name is Candida and I live near Glacier Park in the beautiful state of Montana . I am married with 2 step-children, 2 cats, and right now we have 11 dogs (8 of those are puppies and boy are they cute). I have always had an enthusiasm for reading books. When I find a book I want to read over and over again, I get the urge to write my own short stories. But other than a poem or two, I have never had anything published. However, recently God has laid it upon my heart to put my passion for books to His use. My goal is to write something that will bless others.

This conference is a blessing and I look forward to learning all I can from it. It's is a pleasure to meet you all.

God Bless!!

Donna D said...

Hi all! I'm Donna from Chicago. I'm a writer of Christian fiction. I've completed my first novel which is currenlty being shopped to several publishers. I'm also working on my second novel as well as being a wife and mother to a rambunctious 3-year-old.

I am truly enjoying this conference. I hope to meet all of you one day, especially if you'll come to the Black Writers & Reuion Conference next year in Tampa!

Pam said...

This is my first online conference. It's great.

Beverly said...

Hi all! I live on the Central Coast of California and love it (except for the earthquakes!) I'm trying to break into the writing business as a romance writer. I need lots and lots of help!

l.cote said...

Hi, Lyn Cote here!
It's exciting to read so many posts from all over the world--literally.
So happy to hear about everyone's successes and enthusiasm!

Abigail said...

Hello Everyone,
Abigail from Florida here!

Shelia said...

Just dropping by...having a ball at the online conference.

Stormi said...

Hi Everyone,
Just thought I would stop by and see how everyone is liking the online conference. I am loving it, I am learning a lot of good information, I can't wait to go to the ACFW conference next year. (found them to late to go to this years)

Good luck with all your WIP's

scaramouche9999 said...

Just saying hi to all the pubished, self-published, and unpublished authors who are mingling together. Hopefully everyone is finding what they wanted and needed at the conference. I've never been to any kind of writer's conference before so this is cool.
God bless one and all.
Donald James Parker

Anonymous said...

Hello Everyone! My name is Cheryl Robinson. This is my first online conference and I am intrigued by all of the great information and wonderful comments. I live in the Washington, DC metro area. I am the author of a Baseball Book, A Forgotten Negro League Star, A Personal Look At Al Burrows. I am also a workshop leader, How to Get Booked On Radio Talk Shows. I look forward to more fantastic workshops and lively discussions.

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

LaShaunda and Everyone, I'm Vanessa A. Johnson, aka VeeJay and I'm in Louisiana (west of New Orleans) and I've been perusing through the conference pages, and am kicking myself for missing this year's online conference. Seems like it's be a great conference again, and will certainly do everything within my power to be front and center at next year's conference.

Love & Peace,

Shaun said...

My name is Shaun Williams aka Shaboogie2. I am in Metro Atlanta area. I write Women's Fiction because my book cant necessarily be categorized as romance or christian womens fiction. My first book title is "A Labor of Love" and the sequel that has been floating around in my head is called "Love's One True Flame". Ive attended LaShaunda's online conference before and it is a fantastic group of workshops.

donnah said...

Hi I'm Donna Hill. I am published author as well as a publicist. I live in Brooklyn, NY and currently write for St. Martins Press and Harlequin. I write romances, womens fiction, chick lit and a bit of erotica every now and again. As usual, I'm behind the 8 ball with this conference and just showing up. But I wanted to show my support to LaShunda who does a phenomenal job!!!

Dyanne said...

Hey, Donna,

Nice having you here. Better late than never. Have a good holiday


Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi Donna, LaShaunda and Everyone,
I'm Vanessa A Johnson, and I self-published my first book, When Death Comes a Knockin', a self-help, inspirational book about loss and grief in 2005. I've completed my 2nd book, Sacrifices In The Name of Love, a coming of age story about two teenagers, an AA male and a Caucasian female, who ultimately will learn what it means to sacrifice for love. I'm in the process of querying agents and publishers, while working on book number 3 and 4.
Donna, you're not alone. I only logged on yesterday and am still kicking myself for missing this conference. From reading some of the previous days schedule, I can see that I missed some very worthwhile discussions. I'm just disappointed that I'll have to wait TWO years for the next conference.

Love & Peace,

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