"I just wanted to tell you how much
I enjoyed the workshop on Saturday. The information I acquired was beyond
what I hoped for. Thanks again for all your hard work and your expertise. I
look forward to your next class... please keep me in mind." - Author
Virginia Nelson - February 2012
"I just wanted to thank you for the
wonderful day I had on Saturday, at your seminar. You were a lively,
supportive, and knowledgeable instructor, a wonderful hostess, and an
interesting person. I look forward to seeing you in the writing community.
Sincerely, Liz Marshall - September 2011
you for a phenomenal workshop. Amazing and intimidating! I left twisted in
knots – excited with all I learned and horrified at all I do wrong." Jayne
Marecek - February 2011
"Very many thanks for an
outstanding seminar yesterday. I learned a lot more listening to you than I
have done by reading books on the subject of writing... thank you also for
the fine food you served. Everything was so well done." Mike Sedgwick -
" Thank you for such an informative seminar and
such an excellent lunch. Your home is very beautiful and I had a
great time. I wish I could have come earlier. The seminar gave me a
lot of useful hints and ideas, and input from an experienced,
published author such as yourself was greatly appreciated."
Patrick Miano - February 2010
"Thank you so much for the wonderful seminar; gosh, I
learned so much!" Katy Cook - February 2010
"Our session was just what I needed to be inspired to finish my book.
Thank you!!" Dianne Gahan - September 2009.
"Just a short note
to thank you for an information-packed, thought provoking Saturday. Worth
every minute and more. Regards," Victor Merkel, seminar returnee - February
"...thank you for such a great workshop. I’ve enjoyed
every one of your workshops and look forward to attending more in the
future. I really like the individual attention that each attendant receives
at your classes. You give a wealth of information and the food is always
great." Mary Keith - March 2008.
"I was almost
overwhelmed by all of the information I received during the day. Vijaya is a
tireless worker who presented a well-thought-out and well-developed program
to help us understand how we ought to market ourselves as the unique writer
that each of us is... I highly recommend any workshop she gives. I'm
certainly looking forward to the next one!" Anne Hall - February 2008.
"If you ever get a chance to attend a seminar by Vijaya
Schartz you will come away with better knowledge and preparation of the
publishing business. She is delightful and wise." Marilou McIntyre -
you for a great workshop. I picked up a wealth of information. Also
appreciate the frank discussion about goal setting. I can't depend on my
industrial sales experience to guide me in the world of writing. I need to
rely on professionals such as yourself." Victor Merkel - February 2008
you for offering the Writers' Block seminar. I enjoyed every bit of it and
came away inspired and energized. I would recommend this class to both
published and unpublished writers. I have only one recommendation and that
would be to record the brainstorming sessions because so many ideas were
flying around, it was hard to take it all in. Good stuff!" Nikki Kimbel -
August 5, 2007
"I want to thank you again for a great workshop! It was
really helpful, to say nothing of fun... I transcribed my notes from the
brainstorming session and I've started work on some of the ideas. I look
forward to another workshop!" Louise Signorelli - August 7, 2007
"I thoroughly enjoyed today... excellent job covering a
wide range of topics and still meet the needs. The small group allowed for
more participation. I feel inspired and can't wait to get writing. Thank
you." Elizabeth Davies
"This workshop met and completely exceeded my
expectations. It was so informative and inspiring. Thank you for sharing
your knowledge with us." Tracy Monaghan.
"This was a worthwhile event for me. The strong points of
the day was the organization of topics - most informative, with a mix of
personal story." Peg Bauernfeind.
"I enjoyed the workshop. I learned a lot and gained insight. I'm looking
forward to future workshops." Author doesn't wish to be named.
Award-winning author Vijaya Schartz writes Girls
with Guns (or swords) and Romantic Science Fiction, as well as Romance with
a Kick, in exotic, historical, fantasy, contemporary or futuristic settings.
With sixteen titles to date in print, e-books and audiobooks, she fomented film interest
in Bollywood for her award-winning novel Ashes for the Elephant God, set in
India. Three more releases are scheduled before the end of next year.
She was President
of the Arizona Authors’ Association for seven years, is a past President of
the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America and of the Valley of
the Sun Romance Writers chapter, a book doctor and a book reviewer. She was
the Editor in Chief of the Arizona Literary Magazine for nine years, and
writes occasional articles for View Highlife Magazine and various eZines.
She also hosted a radio show about the writing craft and the writing life
for three consecutive years.
writes for four different
publishers. After writing a few contemporary romantic suspense novellas for
Sapphire Blue Publishing, her current series for Desert Breeze Publishing is THE CHRONICLES OF
KASSOUK. Her out of print paperbacks are now being reissued in eBook format
with fresh new cover, by BWLPP, a Canadian publisher who also recently
acquired the right to several of Vijaya's new original titles to be
published next year.
writing and promotional deadlines, Vijaya still takes the time to share her
experience at writers conferences, seminars, and with writers groups across
Her books gathered
many awards and five-star reviews. In 2011, Borealis Black Dragon was
nominated for Book of the Week at LASR, Black Jaguar is a finalist in
the Golden Quill Awards. Anaz-voohri, White Tiger, and Relics also won
Golden Quill recognition when
they first came out. A DESPERADO FOR
CHRISTMAS won first place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll
Awards in Short Romance category. ASHES FOR THE ELEPHANT GOD received a 2001 IPPY
(Independent Publishers) Award in Visionary Fiction category.
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