2.17.15 – Opportunity Knocking–But HURRY!

ZJ Czupor shared the following link this week:


Here’s an excerpt from the link:

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 72 hours starting on February 20!

Pitch Madness is a contest to win a request from one or more of the participating agents.

The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 20 until 11:59PM EST on February 23. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. Make sure to perfect your entry. If you make an error, you may not resend.

You need to write well, write fast, and maintain high hopes.  Only 60 submissions will be accepted and forwarded to the agents.

Good luck to all you finger-worn yet creative souls who make writing the best profession to aspire towards!

2.2.15: A Letter from John Turley

Writing colleagues:
With significant help from many of you in Littleton Writers’ Critique Group, I spent a decade writing a number of novels and collecting a few Colorado Gold accolades along the way. Then, starting in early 2013, I got busy and rarely made a critique session, which is the bad-news part of a good-news story, as follows.

You might know that, after my retirement from Marathon Oil, I researched (based on my career expertise) the cause of the 2010 Macondo blowout—one of the most lethal, costly, manmade, environmental disasters in U.S. history. That research drove me to write (what I know) and self-publish in late 2012 my facts-based novel: “THE SIMPLE TRUTH: BP’s Macondo Blowout.” I self-published because a number of agents/publishers feared the liability of my written words during the (still-ongoing) multibillion-dollar litigious environment of the day. Nevertheless, the published book, in turn, led to my professional speaking platform on the same topic, wherein during the two years that followed, I made almost fifty technical presentations to U.S. and international audiences who care about the cause of the disaster. I don’t make my presentations with books in hand, but I can confirm that speaking engagements and book sales fuel each other.

In the latest development, I’ve been appointed a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecturer for 2015-2016.   My topic will carry the title: “Assessing and Applying Petroleum Engineering Data from the 2010 Macondo Blowout.” As such, I will be funded to make presentations to SPE members in the U.S. and around the world at multiple locations to be agreed.   Lots of planning, planes, people to meet, and perhaps even a few books to sign, through mid-2016.

And that’s why I’ll be away from the SW Critique Group—AKA Littleton Writers—for a while longer, missing all your smiling faces. So, write what you know . . . or make it up.


John Turley


THE SIMPLE TRUTH: BP’s Macondo Blowout

John Turley is a long-time member of Littleton Writers, currently on a nation-wide book tour for his independently published “The Simple Truth.”

1.19.15 Update

The RMFW loop announced Thursday that our own Daven Anderson will be having a book signing at the 2nd & Charles bookstore in Aurora.  Daven’s book, Vampire Syndrome Saga, has been a treat for many of us to read with a down syndrome hero, Jack, learning to survive as a vampire.  Thanks to Kevin Wolf for this update.

ZJ Czopor sent the following links for general review and reflection.  Anyone interested in hosting a discussion of these on Thursday before group?

What traditional publishing learned in 2014:


Why the self-published e-book is no longer the “new query:”


And lastly, can you trust the tag, “New York Times Bestseller” in looking for quality reading:


Have a great writing week, friends, and please let me know if you have news, links, or thoughts to share with the group.

Unknown Writers’ Contest 2015

This note from ZJ:

The annual Unknown Writers’ Contest, sponsored by the Denver Woman’s Press Club, is coming up once more.  Last year, ZJ, was one of the winners in this contest, so be sure to check in with him for more information.

Meanwhile, here’s the link you need to get started. Good luck, and good writing!

Denver Woman’s Press Club Unknown Writer’s Contest