Meet Beth Vogt

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SpLove May 2016 CoverHere at Splickety, we are thrilled to work with bestselling authors right alongside writers getting their first publication credit. Splickety Love’s Love in Chaos issue features award-winning author Beth Vogt. Get to know Beth and then swing over and pick up your copy of Love in Chaos.

Do you have any projects in the works?

I’m plotting a new story, one that revisits the topic of twins, a subject close to my heart since I have a fraternal twin sister.  Family relationships are complicated in both beautiful and painful ways and adding the dynamic of twins, whether identical or not, adds a whole other level of “how do we relate to one another?” into the mix.

What are your must-have theater snacks? 

There are just some must-see-at-the-theater movies, right? Like the new Star Wars movie orGuardians of the Galaxy. And I always tell myself I’m not going to pay the outrageous price for snacks … but for me, the whole experience requires popcorn and a soda. So I always try to go to a matinee and ignore that I just paid as much for my munchies as I paid for my movie ticket.FABethVogt

If your life were a movie, which actress would play your role? 

The movie would have to be a comedy, so I’d need an actress who could do humor well. Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) is too short — she’s 5’2 and I’m almost 5’8”. Tina Fey is only 5’5” — I guess she could wear heels, right? And Jennifer Lawrence is just too young — but she’s got the height. I guess they could have her age, right?

Describe your ideal date. 

Oh, whenever I see this question, I think of the scene from Miss Congeniality, when Cheryl, Miss Rhode Island, says, “Oh, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say it’s April 25. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” But really, my ideal date is one where I’m not watching the clock, thinking I’ve got all these other things that need my attention. I can focus on my husband, talk or not talk, enjoy a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant, and end with a walk where we hold hands and share a few dreams of years to come.

What is the worst way to break someone’s heart?

One of my main values is honesty. So one of the worst ways to break someone’s heart is to lie to them — either to promise them something and not come through on what you promised, or to present yourself as one person and to be someone else entirely.

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Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist, Beth continues her destination wedding series in 2016 with You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and Almost Like Being in Love (June). Visit Beth at bethvogt.com.

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Bolt Flash Fiction :: Love in Chaos Launch

In honor of Splickety Love’s latest release write your 100 word story based on the photo below. Then order your copy of Splickety Love to read over the weekend! Check out our featured story from last week below…

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This week’s featured Bolt Flash Fiction story is “The Pianist” by Bruce A. Stewart. Read it below!

XW7I8E3JO0Emma slowly made her way to the piano. The nurses weren’t surprised. Many of the home’s residents would stop by the old Lauberger and Gloss, bang on few keys and then finally amble on. She’d be no different.
Alzheimers had completely consumed Emma. Robbed her of her thoughts and stolen her memories. Only a shell of what she’d once been, she’d spend the remainder of her life locked inside herself.
Emma began to play and they all gathered around. “That’s Beethoven,” an old man cried out. “Moonlight Sonata.” When she turned and nodded, a solitary tear rolled down her face.

 

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You might be surprised to find romance flickering in the middle of mayhem. Chaos doesn’t always end a relationship. Sometimes it sparks love.

Hearts collide in the unlikeliest circumstances in this month’s contest issue of Splickety Love. A doctor finds love in the psych ward. Coworkers are brought together by a car wreck. A wedding is blown off track by rain and a bitter feud. And a house full of artwork insists on a breakup.

Also, don’t miss “So We Meet Again,” by award winning author Beth Vogt, who shows us that a bad day can turn out really, really good if we allow opportunity, and a little sarcasm, to pave the way to possibility.

Available for Kindle on Amazon and in Print on Magcloud

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Use Social Media to Get More from a Writing Conference

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Many writers have the mistaken idea that social networking is only beneficial online. Or that it only helps when you can’t be at an event. Not true.

While it’s true that social networking can help you plug in when you’re not at a conference or event—many miss the benefits of networking online before and during the conference.WW51116

Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll find:

  • The ability to connect with others who’ll also be attending the conference. This can make coming to a huge event more like a reunion than a reason for anxiety medicine.
  • The chance to find out what industry professionals are looking for in advance. It can also give you the opportunity to find out the way to interact with others and even some of their pet peeves.
  • The opportunity for the faculty, staff, and other attendees to get to know you in a positive way. If you take the time to introduce yourself online and interact, you can already be ahead of the game when it comes to being remembered after the conference is over.
  • The inside scoop. It’s an unwritten rule that the bigger the conference, the more last minute changes occur. You can be one of the first to know what’s happening and already have a plan in place before most of the attendees know what’s happening.

So how do you make these valuable pre-conference connections? There are several ways and I recommend you use as many as you have time for. Not everyone is on all the social networks, so utilizing more than one can give you better results.

The very first place to start is on the conference website. As a conference director myself, I’m always amazed at the number of people who don’t take advantage of the resources we have on our site. It will definitely make you stand out in a good way if you take the time to read the info on the site.

So what info is valuable for social networking?

  • First and foremost the conference blog. Frequently there’ll be guest posts from faculty with extra, valuable information. There also may be posts about the culture of the conference. By that I mean the expectations of those on staff and attending. What is the expected attire of attendees, are there any special events that require or expect attendees to dress up, even how many people will be there.
  • e-Loops. These are email loops that provide the opportunity for attendees to interact with each other and/or the staff and faculty. Some conferences have different loops for different genres, others have one general loop, and still others offer something for first-time attendees. You’ll never know what’s available unless you look.
  • Conference Facebook Page. This is another opportunity to connect with attendees and faculty. Be sure to Like the page to take advantage of all the networking options.
  • Conference Twitter Account. This is a great account to follow on Twitter because of the information that can be gleaned. You’ll also be able to find out what the conference #Hashtags are. (A hashtag is a number sign in front of a group of letters, numbers, and/or words. There are no spaces within a hashtag and this designation makes the hashtag searchable anywhere within the Twitter universe.)
  • Faculty Page. On this page you should be able to find the websites and blogs of the faculty. Or, if they’re not listed, you’ll at least get the correct spelling to make your own research easier.

So once you’ve exhausted the info on the conference site, then what? Why it’s the faculty and staff. Here’s what to look for:

  • Blogs and Websites: I start here because this is where most people go to find out about the faculty of a conference. Read the blogs and leave comments. The comments section is also a good place to eavesdrop and find other commenters who’ll be attending the conference.
  • Facebook: Most people who have a blog have a way to connect with them on Facebook there. I don’t recommend you make professional relationships by Friending someone (requesting they become your friend on Facebook). It’s better to let the professional take your online connection to the next level. So Follow their personal page or Like their professional page. You can comment on things they post there and continue the conversation you started on their blog. Once again, don’t neglect to notice who else is on there and whether or not they’ll be attending the conference.
  • Twitter: With Twitter, the etiquette is slightly different, so it’s a good idea to find all the faculty and Follow them on Twitter. It’s always a compliment to be mentioned on Twitter, so spread the word about blog posts and comments that have helped you.
  • Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc: All of these are good secondary routes to network prior to a conference, but I recommend them as a second line strategy rather than the first things you go to.

While You’re at the Conference

Not all the value of social media occurs before the event. Social media is a great way to share the experience with tweeting and sharing pics on Facebook and Instagram.

  • It will also cement you as one of the crowd, when sharing valuable quotes from others at the conference.
  • As mentioned above, most events have an event hashtag and by following it, you can stay up-to-date with any schedule changes or announcements.
  • You can also follow new contacts on social media while you’re with them at the conference.

While all of these things take time, they can exponentially increase the value of a single event. You’re spending good money to go a conference, take the time to get everything you can from it.

Meet the Author

Edie MelsonEdie Melson—author, blogger, and speaker is a prolific writer with years of experience in the publishing industry. In addition, her popular blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands of writers each month. She’s the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, the social media director for Southern Writers Magazine, and the Senior Editor at Novel Rocket. You can connect with Edie through Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

 

If you’d like to hang with Splickety we’ll be visiting the following conferences this summer:

Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, May 13-14, Bellevue, WA

PenCon, May 19-21, Colorado Springs, CO

Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, May 22-26, Asheville, NC

Realm Makers, July 28-30, Villanova, PA

Oregon Christian Writers Conference, August 15-18

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