Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pitch-In Postponed

Our NaNoWriMo pitch-in celebration for tomorrow has been postponed. We will discuss at the December 18th meeting the possibility of moving it to the January meeting.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Group Reminders

Just a few quick reminders about the group:

Group members are responsible for reading submissions BEFORE each meeting.
  • Submissions are due by the 2nd Thursday of the month. Generally submissions will be emailed out to the group the next day. That gives everyone a little less than a week to check their email and prepare for the meeting.
  • Group members should print out or bring an electronic device on which they can access the submissions. Printed copies are preferred so that you can give your edits and revisions to the writer at the end of the meeting.
  • Going forward there will not be extra copies of submissions available at the meeting.
Out of respect for the time of your fellow group members, please only submit for a meeting if you will be in attendance.
  • While we understand that emergencies happen, if you submit for a meeting it is expected that you will be in attendance.
  • If you miss a meeting that you submitted for, please get in contact with Kelly ( regarding your submission. If we do not have a lot of submissions we may be able to move it to the next meeting, but it will be at the bottom of the list. Your submission will not be automatically moved to the next meeting.
Discussion of submissions is to be treated anonymously. The writer should not participate in the discussion and group members should not directly ask the writer questions or otherwise engage the writer.
  • It is very important that these meetings be comfortable and non-confrontational. If the writer interjects or is otherwise engaged in the discussion some members might feel the need to hold back during feedback.
  • To that end, going forward all submissions will be anonymous. Please help me out by not including your name on the work. Obviously, over time we will get to know one another's writing styles and content. But we will still treat each work as anonymous and only acknowledge the author after EVERY group member has had the opportunity to speak at least once. I will know who submitted what and will know to skip over the writer.
  • At the very end I will ask the writer of the piece if he/she would like to respond to anything that was brought up during the group discussion.
These rules are not meant to be harsh or rigid. Rather, they are important for us to function in an orderly and respectful manner. So far things have been going very smoothly. These guidelines will ensure that things continue to go well in the future.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upcoming Writing Contests

Below are a few upcoming writing competitions. This is just a small sampling.
More upcoming contests can be found on: The database on the Poets and Writers website allows visitors to search by genre, submissions fees and other criteria.

Tampa Review - Danahy Fiction Prize
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee: $20       
E-mail address:
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review is given annually for a short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of 500 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Tampa Review, by November 30. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Prairie Schooner - Sillerman First Book Prize
Deadline: December 1, 2014
E-mail address:
Sponsored by the African Poetry Book Fund in partnership with Prairie Schooner, a prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal will be given annually for a debut poetry collection by a poet who was born in Africa, is an African national or resident, or whose parents are African. The African Poetry Book Fund editorial board will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of at least 50 pages by December 1. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Friends of American Writers - Literary Award
Deadline: December 10, 2014
A prize of up to $4,000 is given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction published during the previous year by a writer who is a resident of the Midwest (or who previously resided in the Midwest for at least five years) or whose book features a Midwestern setting. The prize may be split if two winners are selected. Writers who have published up to three books are eligible. Authors or publishers may submit two copies of books published in 2014 and an author bio by December 10. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Sarabande Books - Bernheim Writing Residency
Deadline: December 15, 2014
E-mail address:        
A two- to six-week residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, will be given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer. The resident will also receive a $500 stipend and lodging in a private cottage, and will be required to give one public reading or discussion during the residency. Submit a writing sample of 10 to 20 pages, a letter of intent, and a curriculum vitae by December 15. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Coming soon to MCPL - Monrovia: "Writing Down the Bones"

The Monrovia branch has ordered Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones." While it is not a
new book on writing, it is an important one. Unlike many writing books, this one does not focus on technique. Rather the emphasis of this book is on motivation and inspiration.

Each chapter is only a few short pages. It is an easy book to read completely in one sitting. It is also structured in such a way that one chapter could be read a day for inspiration.

This book will be an excellent addition to the writing books currently available at the Monrovia branch. Please also remember that with your Evergreen card you can request books from any library in the Evergreen system.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Release: The Indie Author Power Pack

Today the kindle version of "The Indie Author Power Pack" was released on Amazon. The bundle will be available for a limited time only. Below is information on the three books contained in this download:

WRITE. PUBLISH. REPEAT.: The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success
- Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant

In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In WRITE. PUBLISH. REPEAT., they tell you exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable, future-proof career with their writing.

LET'S GET DIGITAL: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should
- David Gaughran

The internet has revolutionized every business it has come into contact with, and publishing is no different. These changes are handing power back to the writer. It's up to YOU if you want to profit from them. With practical, hands-on publishing advice; best practices on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing; and effective marketing strategies that won't eat into your writing time or budget. And that's just for starters...

- Joanna Penn

Get to grips with marketing! Learn the values and marketing principles that will help your long-term career as a writer and encourage you to think more like an entrepreneur, while using short-term tactics to kick up immediate sales. Includes recommendations for branding, content marketing, social networking and working with the media. With methods to take you beyond the book into professional speaking, making money from other products and creating new opportunities.