Military Writers’ Conference Scheduled for Sept 12-14, 2012 in Denver

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Sponsored by Victor Ian LLC, conference geared for people who are interested in writing military thrillers, current affairs, historical, biographical and memoirs.

Victor Ian LLC, a military media and gaming company, will host the inaugural Sangria Summit: A Military Writers’ Conference from Sept. 12 to 14, 2012, in Denver, Colo. Drawing from successful writers in the military genre, the Conference will connect established writers with aspiring writers seeking to develop their craft in this niche market. The format will consist of an intensive workshop led by established writers of fiction and non-fiction books. Beyond the workshop there will be panel discussions on writing, self-publishing, traditional publishing, selling your book and author readings.

In an effort to meet the new demand for online and self-publishing, the Sangria Summit will also address digital-focused writing for e-publication on the various mobile devices.

Bob Mayer
New York Times Best Seller author Bob Mayer will lead the workshop. Mayer, a West Point graduate, served in the Infantry and Special Forces commanding an A-Team and as a Special Forces operations officer, and was an instructor at Fort Bragg. Mayer sold 347 e-books in January of 2011. In just six months, by July 2011, he was selling over 65,000 e-books a month. By the end of 2011, he sold over 400,000 e-books. Mayer is the CEO of Who Dares Wins Publishing ( which has grown into a seven-figure indie publishing house in just two years. He has authored books in different genres, including thriller, science fiction, suspense, romance and non-fiction.

Caitlin Rother
New York Times Best Seller author, Caitlin Rother, will be leading a workshop on how to bring life to your characters. Rother has written or co-authored eight books, including "Poisoned Love," "Dead Reckoning," "Twisted Triangle," "Deadly Devotion," The best-seller "My Life, Deleted," and her first thriller, "Naked Addiction." Rother teaches journalism, interviewing and creative writing at University of California, San Diego Extension, and also works as a book doctor/editorial consultant. She is also the founder of the authors group San Diego Writing Women and its blog,

Kelly Kennedy
Keynote speakers include USA Today reporter and Army veteran Kelly Kennedy. Her experience in Somalia and Iraq allowed her to return as a combat reporter and write the story of the hardest-hit unit in Iraq in her well-received book "The Fought For Each Other." Kennedy has written for Army Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, NASA, The (Boulder) Daily Camera, The Denver Post, The (Portland) Oregonian, The Salt Lake Tribune and The (Ogden) Standard-Examiner.

Gina Cavallaro
Gina Cavallaro, who co-authored the book "Sniper," will speak on the process of writing and getting a book to market. While at Army Times, she covered U.S. military operations in Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Germany and dozens of Army posts in the United States. She embedded with the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq several times. Today, Cavallaro is Marine Corps Times’ senior reporter.

Nate Brookshire and Marius Tecoanta
Also speaking will be Army Captains Nate Brookshire and Marius Teconanta. Their fiction book "Hidden Wounds, A Soldier’s Burden" brings insight from a World War II perspective of what we now term PTSD. Additional authors will be announced once they have confirmed their attendance.

Several book agents and editors will be on hand to critique works of aspiring authors, as well. There will be sufficient time to meet other authors and spend time talking about writing during the two-day conference.

The Conference will begin with an informal reception at the Denver Press Club from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 12, 2012. The workshop, which includes lunch, will be at the Denver Marriott City Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13-14, 2012. Two special dinner gatherings with the authors will be at the Denver Press Club.

“Just as there was an explosion of successful writers after World War II who wrote about the war, there are thousands of stories to be told by a new crop of writers after 10 years of fighting the War on Terror,” said Conference Director, Isaac Cubillos. “Today there are many avenues available along with the traditional hard-cover book publishers.”

Cubillos is the author of Military Reporters Stylebook and Reference Guide. He has covered the military as a reporter and editor for the past 20 years. He is the editor of Lanterloon Military Writers Magazine (, a Victor Ian LLC publication.

“We hope to help in the development of a new generation of writers who could be the next Tom Clancy ("Hunt for Red October"), William Manchester ("Portrait of a President," "Good-bye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War") or Chris Kyle ("American Sniper"),” Cubillos said.

The Sangria Summit is designed for writers of military stories – fiction, non-fiction, current affairs, historical, biographical, and memoirs. This is an ideal conference for active-duty military personnel, veterans, and civilians interested in this genre. It is a chance to meet like-minded people, and rub elbows with accomplished authors.

Victor Ian LLC is a military media and gaming company located in Aurora, Colo. The company is devoted to supporting writers of military works through its online publications and conferences.

The Conference will be at the Marriott Denver City Center, In Denver. A special group rate has been arranged with the hotel.

To Register for the conference, visit

Isaac Cubillos, Conference Director

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