Monday, July 19, 2010

Stephen Mettee to speak at the 2011 SCWG Congerence -- Cocoa Beach, Florida

The 2011 SCWG Conference is schedule for Jan 28-29, 2011, at the Palms International Resort and Conference Center in Cocoa Beach. Stephen Mettee is schedule to be one of the speaker. He He will be speaking and taking one-one appointments as a publisher as well as for advice on how to put together a non-fiction book proposal.

Stephen Mettee will be speaking on:

Reality Literature —Writing and Publishing Your Memoir

A great memoir tells as much about the times and the attitude of the people in the memoir as it does about the life of the author. Learn what else makes a memoir successful and why the memoir, once thought to be dormant, if not dead, is hotter than ever. This workshop is often standing room only.

Writing a Successful Nonfiction Book Proposal

Nonfiction book authors have it all over novelists. First, around 85 percent of the books published each year are nonfiction, and, second, most nonfiction books go to contract with a publisher before the book is written even by first time authors!

Learn how to write a successful book proposal from the author of The Fast Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal and jump start your writing career. (You can always write that novel while you’re collecting royalties for your nonfiction book.) To find out more about Stephen Mettee, visit his blog at

For more information about the conference watch

Mette Biography:

Stephen Blake Mettee, founder of Quill Driver Books and The Write Thought ( is the author of The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal and the editor of The Portable Writers’ Conference: Your Guide to Getting and Staying Published and The American Directory of Writer’s Guidelines. All are Writers Digest Book Club selections. The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal has been adopted for use in a number of university publishing courses.

During his fifteen years at the helm of Quill Driver Books, Mettee shepherded two titles into Book-of-the-Month Club selections and one onto the New York Times bestseller list.

QDB’s authors include names such as Irving Stone, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and America’s most popular medical columnist Peter H. Gott, M.D., as well as many first-time authors.

Quill Driver Book’s award-winning titles are distributed nationally and in Canada. Foreign rights to QDB titles have been sold in more than a dozen countries. QDB has been recognized by industry periodical Book Marketing Update as one of the "Top 101 Independent Book Publishers" in the United States and by Writer’s Digest as one the 100 most new-writer friendly book publishers in the U.S.

Every chance he gets, Mettee immodestly points out that this is quite a list of accomplishments for an independent house.

Mettee serves on the board of The Independent Book Publisher’s Association the nation’s leading advocate for independent publishing.

He regularly presents on writing and publishing in a number of venues nationally and internationally.

Mettee has published scads of nonfiction articles on subjects ranging from parenting to business including a chapter in the 2004 Writer’s Market. He has content edited (or rewritten, as the case may be) more than 150 books. He holds a BA in Journalism from Fresno State University and is currently working on a book on fund-raising and a novel set in the first century.

In 2011 The Write Thought will launch the “Classic Wisdom on Writing” digital book series that will revive a number of the best of out-of-print books on writing and publishing. It will also launch a website on which authors, teachers, students, and others may find and share colorful and intriguing metaphors. Plan now to add your favorite ones.

In 2008, Mettee sold Quill Driver Books in order to spend more time on other writing and publishing projects but still acts as acquisitions editor for QDB and, as such, is always in the market for exceptional nonfiction manuscripts.

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