Los Angeles' Cat Writers Writing Conference is Cat’s Meow (and a Steal), Nov. 2 & 3

For more information, contact:
Sharon Melynk

Su Ewing, President, Cat Writers' Association

Conference info: www.catwriters.org/annual-info.html
Cat Writers’ Association home page: www.catwriters.org
Hotel reservations: 800-228-9290 or 310-337-2800

A star-packed writers’ conference loaded with professional seminars by nationally known speakers will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 - 3, 2012 in Los Angeles – and it’s an extreme bargain. Sessions cover writing for (and publishing on) the Web, social media, self publishing, blogging, photography and more (partial menu below). For registrations made by Sept. 15, the cost for both days is $125, including dinner Friday and three meals on Saturday (single-day registration is $55). The conference, organized by the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), a nonprofit group, is open to anyone interested in writing.

The fun includes a book signing party on Saturday, November 3 – open to the public – just in time for holiday gift buying. Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell,” will be there autographing his new book, "Cat Daddy." So will veterinarian Dr. Karen Halligan, author of Doc Halligan's "What Every Pet Owner Should Know," and Bob Walker, whose spectacular photo books highlight the home he and his wife transformed into The Cats’ House, the ultimate kitty playground.

In addition, on Saturday night CWA will present cash prizes totaling $10,000 for the year’s best writing, broadcasting and graphic arts about cats.

All events take place at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel (Marriott), 9620 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at a discount rate of $105.

“It’s a two-day pep rally for writers,” says Su Ewing, President of the Cat Writers’ Association. She explains that the conference is inexpensive because speakers are not paid. “All of them want to share,” she says. “That’s what our organization is all about. The conference is our once-a-year time to get together to learn, network, be recognized, be inspired and celebrate.”

Founded in 1992, the Cat Writers' Association, Inc. (CWA), is an organization of professionals writing, publishing and broadcasting about cats. Members receive a quarterly newsletter plus access to the e-group. Besides the annual conference, CWA runs a mentoring program and a yearly contest.

Conference speakers include:
-Arden Moore, award-winning author and podcast host, on how to land deals for websites, radio, TV and being hired as a media consultant and professional speaker (appearing with Zeki, a feline ambassador)
-Patricia Fry, literary and manuscript consultant, editor, public speaker, teacher, and author of 35 books (and executive director of SPAWN [Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network]), on self-publishing
-Sandy Robins, whose work appears on MSNBC.com, TodayShow.com, AOL's Pawnation and regularly in multiple national publications, on rewriting and reselling the same topic to different markets
-Lee Wardlaw, award-winning author of close to 30 books for young readers, on writing for children, tweens and teens
-Melissa Kauffman, Website Editorial Director for the websites of 16 BowTie Inc. publications, on website management
-Amy D. Shojai, certified animal behavior consultant, co-founder of Cat Writers' Association and author of 24 nonfiction pet books, on e-publishing and "Kindle-izing” books
-Marilyn Krieger, certified cat behavior consultant, owner of The Cat Coach, LLC®, Web and magazine columnist and award-winning author, on changing unwanted cat behaviors through clicker training and other gentle methods (appearing with her Bengal cat)



Bruce Conte Needs Help (Tower of Power's recent and original guitarist)

A note from Tower of Power's Web master, Brian Rachlin

I am sending this email to all of the people in my address book that have any connection to me regarding music.

Former Tower Of Power Guitarist Bruce Conte has been diagnosed with Leukemia. He is in treatment and his condition seems to be stabilizing with some very expensive medication. To complicate things, Bruce has been an insulin-dependant diabetic for many years and has been unable to maintain suitable health insurance due to his condition. We all know about insurance companies and pre-existing conditions.

I have set up a Facebook Page to make people aware of Bruce's condition and financial need. Right now, there are two ways to donate funds:
1. PayPal. If you have a PayPal account, log on and send money to " bruceconte@towerofpower.com ".
2. Go to this Tower Of Power page, and click DONATE: http://www.towerofpower.com/news-and-updates/
3. Mail donations payable to Bruce Conte to: Bruce Conte c/o Brian Rachlin
4201 Neshaminy Blvd #223 Bensalem, PA 19020

Most importantly, please spread the word by visiting the Friends Of Bruce Conte Facebook Page and clicking "like" and send the link to your friends on Facebook as well as forwarding this email.

Any help in any amount will be appreciated!

Thank you,
Brian Rachlin
Web Admin For Tower Of Power