April 10, 2019 - Hint Fiction
For the April meeting, members learned the basics of Hint Fiction. The most famous Hint Fiction was by Ernest Hemingway with 6 words, "For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn." Hint Fiction is 25 words or less that paint an entire story in the least amount of words. After some examples by Robert Swartwood, members shared their work and we described the stories generated from the HInt Fiction. Members were given the link to submit their work to the Robert Smallwood blog for the chance of winners cash prizes or be included in his book.
June 13, 2018
Timothy Jacobs combined two of his presentations into one. "Your Writing Is Your Business" and "I've Written My Book, Now What?" he will cover making writing your business. If you want to succeed as a writer, you need to treat your writing as a business. You’ll learn a variety of tips, ideas, and things you must do to turn your writing into a business. Then he will go in-depth on what to do after you’ve finished the fun part of writing your book. He’ll discuss all the steps involved leading up to searching for a publisher or agent, and the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing. Also, tips on how to market your book.
March 13, 2019 - 6-8 p.m. - Anne Dalton
ANNE DALTON HAS OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE as an attorney and legal counselor to businesses and individuals in all stages of business and creative development. Her practice also includes legal assistance to photographers, visual artists, videographers, writers and other creative artists, art co-ops, foundations and museums.
Her legal experience includes stints as Senior Attorney for Radio City Music Hall in New York City and as Legal and Business Affairs Counsel for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Network News Division and ABC NewsMagazine “20/20”.
She is the proud recipient of an Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a CLIO Award for her services to the American Broadcasting Company.
Anne has mediated over 6,500 court-ordered and private disputes. She is a qualified arbitrator and has significant quasi-judicial experience as General Magistrate, Court Commissioner, and Hearing Examiner.
In addition to frequent speaking engagements, Anne develops and conducts competitively priced workshops for business owners, professional societies, school districts, visual artists, writers, photographers, and other creatives.
November 14, 2018 - Karna served 6 years in the (Reagan) White House - first as Deputy Press Secretary, later as Senior Director of the National Security Council. Now she is the author of 5 international thrillers (that have hit #1 in Thrillers on Amazon). Her new novel, TRUST BUT VERIFY, out Sept. 25, 2018, features the Director of the White House Office of Homeland Security teamed with an FBI Special Agent who race to unravel a plot that targets financiers and would tank stock markets worldwide. Author Lee Child comments, "Bodman's hard-won insider information and sheer storytelling talent make this a book to remember."
Her publisher also re-released updated versions of her previous four thrillers, CHECKMATE, GAMBIT, FINAL FINESSE, and CASTLE BRAVO.
She and her husband maintain homes in Washington, DC, Naples,FL and Rancho Santa Fe, CA along with their two Labradoodles, "Gambit" (named for her second book) and "Cammy" (the heroine in that story). There are photos of the pups -- along with pictures of Karna and President Reagan, her event schedule and contact info on her website: www.karnabodman.com
July 11 and August 8, 2018 Meetings
Michael Mequid will be conducting the next two month programs about writing queries and proposals.
A full 75% of what is submitted is sent in by people whose qualification for writing fiction is identical with everyone else in their town, and so is viewed as unreadable.
Of those remaining, all but three are viewed as less than professional.
Of the final three, two are seen as not right for that house because the author didn't do their research.
That one out of a hundred is invited to submit the full manuscript. But out of those so honored only one in from ten to thirty is thought to have the potential to recoup in sales, the expense of bringing it to market. Hence the importance of "the numbers"
So why do they reject the work? In 97% it is because the author did not invest the time and expense to learn their profession. And by expense I don't mean four years at the university, I mean a few books on the basics of scene and structure, perhaps a workshop or a retreat, a bit of mentoring, etc.
My point is that until you get into that one percent that stands a chance of selection the reason for rejection is identical.
It's about the writing. It's always about the writing.
Broadly the same as what makes a publisher say "no".
The fact that numbers are even being considered means that you're past the stage of what we would consider "own goals", which is always nice. "Own goals" overall are the main reason we say no.
Numbers are used in lots of ways. The physical cost of production and distribution. Cost of marketing/publicity. Projected sales based on a number of calculations including - but not limited to - what is on the market already that's similar; internal projections of where the market is (and is not) likely to go over the short, medium and long-term terms; previous sales history (if any); what retailers are buying, what they're not buying, and so on and so forth. Other numbers related questions - do we think people will like what's on offer enough for us to risk the resulting financial loss that we'll incur if they don't like it? What can we do - if anything - to minimize the risk of making a loss?
Numbers matter a lot. It's all about costs vs. projected profit while factoring in a huge element of risk assessment, for want of a better phrase.
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No September meeting
May 9, 2018
Review of three great literary works. We read and discussed the style of The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (1894), A Clean Well-Lighted Place
by Ernest Hemingway (1933) and Letter to my Daughter - Home by Maya Angelou (2008). We compared them to the 6 point rubric we are now using to examine our own work. After this discussion, three members read pieces of their WIP (Works in Progress): Mershon Neisner, Dennis Albright and Rich Goldhaber
February 13, 2019 - Joanne Tailele presented "How to Get your books on Audible" with hand-outs by Clayton Jones and ACX
narrator, Sarah Sampino.
January 9, 2019 - Dr.Dolores Burton presented a PowerPoint presentation on how to do research for your novel or non-fiction book.
October 10, 2018 6-8 p.m Mackle Park Community Center
D.L.Havin presents: “I’ve met the enemy and he is me.”(Pogo paraphrased) An assemblage of tips and mistakes to avoid, for all writers. Whether the participant is a new-bee or an experienced author these are suggestions that make your work readable, credible, enjoyable and salable! From tactics to strategy and imagination to research this course covers the things DL Havlin has done right and the errors he’s had to correct in twenty-plus years of writing so you can profit from them.
April 11, 2018
"How to get more book sales" A panel of four of our members will talk about their sales techniques and how they have been successful in increasing book sales. The primary focus will be on how their sales at the Farmer's Market increased by using certain techniques. However, sales is sales, once you know how to sell your books, you can sell them anywhere. There will be plenty of time for questions and comments from the members and guest.
We will also spend some time discussing the new ideas for next year's anthology. New guidelines have been recommended but are subject to the approval of the members. To have a voice in this decision, be sure and make this meeting.