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9:00-9:50 am:

Doors Open

Ask-an-AuthorSusan Squires & Skylar Kade
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 MonthLauralyn Thompson & Skylar Kade
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.

10:25 a.m.

Meeting begins; Announcements

P.A.W. (Classroom B)

10:30 a.m.

Morning Workshop: Jenn LeBlanc

“The Cover: From Muse to Magic”

How do you stand out in a crowded marketplace of thousands? Your blurb won't get you anywhere, neither will your title, if you don't get the reader to click on the cover. 

But what if your cover is just another one of those run-of-the-mill covers? How do you manage to stand out without paying thousands for custom design? 

It's entirely possible to get an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM, ONE-OF-A-KIND cover for under $1,000 and even closer to $500. 

With the right designer you can get a completely original and amazing cover for under $200. 

Is it worth it? 

Do you want the first sale? That first click that takes the reader to the page where your book will sell. 

We don't judge books by their covers, but we sure as heck do understand that the cover is the first point of contact: it's the smile, the welcome, the come on in and sit awhile, and it better portray your product in a knowledgeable, complete, and BEAUTIFUL manner without looking like the hundreds of thousands of other covers out there. 

The best covers are no longer reserved for the big publishers. 

Come find out how, learn a bit about cover creation from start to finish, custom imagery, and designers you can hire that work for the Big SIX as well. 

Not for the faint of heart, this workshop includes a full LIVE photoshoot for a custom cover. 

Shirts will be removed... what else entirely depends on the author. 

Join Jenn LeBlanc of Studio Smexy and the Illustrated Romance for a complete workshop, The COVER: from muse to magic.


Jenn LeBlanc is the creator of the Illustrated Romance THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE. She is also the brain and eyes behind Studio Smexy, currently shooting covers for authors world-wide. She lives in Colorado where the winters are confusing and the summers are jealous. Jenn lives and thrives off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

Author Site:
Illustrated Romance:

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

To order a delicious box lunch from the Corner Bakery in Brea, click here.

12:00 p.m.


Booksigning - Jenn LeBlanc

12:15 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Meeting resumes: Chapter Business, etc.

Afternoon Speaker: Farrah Rochon

“New Orleans: It’s More than Just the French Quarter”

New Orleans: It's more than just the French Quarter. Ten ways to make your romance novel set in New Orleans come alive. 
The romance of New Orleans’s famed French Quarter has long seduced romance writers into setting their stories there, but there is much more to the Big Easy than the Quarter. Learn about the city's many unique neighborhoods and traditions that make it a great setting for a romance, and learn how to use the city’s history and culture to breathe life into your story. 

Farrah Rochon, award-winning author of the popular Holmes Brothers series, hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her New York Sabers football series for Harlequin's Kimani Romance imprint. Farrah was named Shades of Romance Magazine's Best New Author of 2007, and her debut novel, Deliver Me, claimed the prize for Best Multicultural Romance Debut. She has been nominated for the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America and an RT BOOK Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award. She spends way too much money on chocolate and Broadway shows.

1:45 p.m.

Meeting Concludes


Next month’s meeting will be on Saturday, August 9, 2014

Morning Speaker: Kitty Bucholtz – “Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing”

Afternoon Speaker: Naima Simone – “Loosing Your Inner Vixen: Writing
Those Scenes”

There is no July Online Class: Enjoy the RWA National Meeting in San Antonio!

August Online Class: “Writing a Short Story for Anthology Call-Out” with Louisa Bacio
August 11 – September 7, 2014

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