Summer Eclipse Dining
The weekend preceding the total summer eclipse on August 21 is going to be a very busy weekend, and finding a good dinner spot will be challenging. We offer ocean-front dining, guaranteed seating at 7pm with no waiting. Stop by the hotel to see the daily menu or give us call at 541-265-5428 to see what is on offer. We take reservations up to 5pm unless we are full. Don’t delay, as seating is limited.
Arts & Culture Events
The Newport Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season includes a 15% discount on tickets for Sylvia Beach guests at the symphony’s concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 16 and 2 p.m. Sunday, September 17, featuring the incredible symphonic photochoreography of Westwater Arts multi-media artist Nicholas Bardonnay. Find out more about the September performances at newportsymphony.org; contact us for details on claiming your discount on tickets. Season and individual tickets are available online or at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office (or call 541-265-2787) beginning August 1.
We’d like to our visitors to be aware that a major renovation involving construction and painting is scheduled for the month of October 2017; this means that the three Classic Rooms (the Mark Twain, Colette and Agatha Christie rooms) will be closed for that month. Workers will be active six days a week during that month, and the hotel will still be open, but will not be as quiet and peaceful as usual!
We are excited to announce that from October 9 to October 19, editor/author Jaimee Garbacik will be our very own editor-in-residence at Sylvia Beach Hotel! For 10 days, Jaimee will be living at the hotel while working on a novel. She’ll also be taking meetings with any authors or aspiring writers STAYING at the hotel who would like feedback on their work.
For those of you who love a good writer’s retreat, consider how that experience would be enhanced by having a professional editor on hand to guide your pen. If you hit a stumbling block, need inspiration, or just want to know if your first few pages will generate interest from an agent, Jaimee’s room will be right down the hall.
This is your opportunity to write side-by-side with someone who has worked in a literary agency, and has experience on both the editor and author’s side of the desk. Ms. Garbacik is known for her candor and ability to take a manuscript from a fledgling draft to a bestseller. We at Sylvia Beach Hotel suggest you dust off that manuscript you’ve had sitting on the edge of your desk, and get ready for exclusive access to one of the publishing industry’s most trusted editors!
Hotel guests can email her directly to book an individual face-to-face consult while you are visiting.
In a 60-minute consult ($100), you can ask Jaimee to:
• Discuss your story, essay, or novel excerpt.
• Evaluate a book proposal concept or manuscript pitch.
• Offer feedback on works-in-progress, advice on specific technique issues or roadblocks in your current work, or coach you on developing a writing process and schedule.
• Make line edits and offer notes on an agent query letter.
This is a chance to establish rapport and build a relationship with a professional in the industry. Break through that writer’s block you’ve been having! And maybe even book a future developmental edit for your manuscript…
About Our Editor-in-Residence:
Jaimee Garbacik is a developmental book editor with an agency background and a decade of experience helping authors turn early manuscript drafts into award-winning books. Over a ten-year career in publishing, Jaimee has been privileged to edit for New York Times bestselling authors, Caldecott Honor and Emmy Award recipients, and some of the world’s foremost scientists. Before freelancing, she handled editorial development for a major New York literary agency, serving more than 200 clients worldwide.
Jaimee is also the author of Gender and Sexuality For Beginners (For Beginners), a widely taught critical examination of the sex-gender system and the evolution of gender roles, as well as the curator/editor of the celebrated Ghosts of Seattle Past anthology (Chin Music Press) and its traveling art exhibit. She graduated cum laude from Boston University, where she studied with world-renowned editor and literary critic Sir Christopher Ricks. Jaimee holds a certificate in editing from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, and former programming chair of The Vera Project.
Her editorial mission is to enhance authors’ innate voices while never pummeling sentences for sport.
“Jaimee has impressed me with the depth and precision of her insights. She knows what publishers want, and knows how to communicate those expectations to writers. If you’re looking for an excellent editor, look no further.”
– Damon DiMarco, New York Times bestselling author of Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices From the Front Lines in Iraq (Citadel); coauthor of “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counter-Revolutionary with Baiquiao Tang” (Prometheus)
“Working with Jaimee Garbacik has been inspirational. More than just an editor, she has become a treasured confidant who made me rethink both my storytelling skills and writing style. Her criticisms are always insightful, constructive, and right on the money. She’s helped me sharpen my characters and plotline and rework the core meaning of my first novel to better reflect my true inner voice. Her style is strong, straightforward, and clearly conveyed in both her written notes and telephone conversations. I value her suggestions and know her editing skills will make any book oh so much better!”
– Jeffrey L. Diamond, six-time Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer, journalist and creator of Dateline NBC,
author of “Live to Air” (Greenleaf Book Group)
“I sure am grateful for Jaimee. She took my words out for a spin, and when she came back, my book had received the wax, oil change, and tune-up I didn’t even realize it needed. There are very few editors out there that really take the time to empathize with the emotional connection authors have to their writing, but when she edits, Jaimee seems to live with the words, almost inside of them. She heard my voice pulsing in there, snagged it, and yanked out the best version possible. She rocks. Period.”
– Buddy Wakefield, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, author of “Gentleman Practice” and “Live For A Living” (Write Bloody Publishing)