Writers’ Mill June 19thminutes
22 writers, including several new members, left their homes on Father’s Day afternoon to attend a Writers’ Mill meeting with local author Ken Baysinger. A fun, inspirational and informative talk was followed by delicious gluten-free snacks from Jean, writerly awards from Karin for the monthly contest, and a fun all-hands-on-deck critique of Matthew’s story. By the end it was clear lots of us could have stayed longer than the usual 2 hours. But the room would be needed for other events, so we finished at 3 and planned to return next month, July 17th, for more inspiration from Wildfire Writer Christie Krug. Continue reading Minutes 201606
Writers Mill Minutes May 15th 2016
21 members attended May’s meeting and listened to an excellent discussion on all things writing, led by poet, short story writer and novelist Jim Stewart. Jim has generously agreed to a return engagement to lead a poetry workshop for us soon. We really appreciated meeting with him, and notes from his talk will be included in a separate post. Continue reading Minutes 201605
The Writers’ Mill Journal, Volume 5, will be released in time for our November meeting.
Writers’ Mill Members will have emailed their (edited) submissions BEFORE THE END OF JULY to
Please send any questions to this address!
Stories, poems, essays, pictures, photos, snippets, etc… to be included in one of the following journal sections – please interpret the section heading as loosely as you wish!
- Murder, Mystery and Mayhem (based on November)
- White (based on December: anything related to white – clothing, weather, peace, Christmas…)
- January’s contest was “A Year” – we’re pretty sure you can find another section in this list for your timely tale.
- Misunderstood (based on the February, It’s not what you think contest)
- Windows (based on March)
- Irresistible temptation (April)
- Switching places (May’s contest was just people, now includes places)
- Home and away (June’s contest was home, now includes travel, time, and any other homes and aways that inspire you)
- Just for kids – Enter your kid-safe pieces to this section
- Just for inspiration – Enter your inspirational pieces here if you’d prefer this to another section. But remember, entries for Joe’s Inspirational Journal should also be sent to Joe.
Please include the following information in your email:
- Title of your piece (story, photo, poem, essay, snippet, whatever…)
- Section to which it is being submitted
- Author name (this is not always clear from your email address!)
Illustrations should include the same information. If you have illustrations to go with your piece, please send them as separate files with the piece (not as part of the word document). Make life easy for us, then we’ll do a better job for you!
Word count limits? Ugh! We’d rather not impose any, but if you keep your total word-count to below 10,000 words, we might avoid ruinous print costs when we put it all together. If we end up with something that takes too many pages, we’ll look forward to your helpful cooperation in fixing it!
At the end of the Createspace process, we’re offered the chance to publish our book to kindle. Createspace sends the cover file, suitably formatted, but recommends we use a doc file rather than our nice pdf. This makes sense. pdf files are formatted. Ebooks aren’t. Continue reading Journal News 2015 – Step 14 – Publish on Kindle
The print price of our journal is $3.75
Postage is expensive. If we get enough orders at our meeting, we can share the postage between us and buy them at $4.50 including postage. But why are they $9.95 on Amazon? Continue reading Journal News 2015 – Step 13 – Price
Createspace is fun, free (if you want it to be), and extremely cool. Try it! Continue reading Journal News 2015 – Step 12 – Createspace
Fine-tuning that print file takes forever, but the aim is to produce something that looks professional, rather than something we simply rushed into print. So here goes:
Page numbers: Continue reading Journal News 2015 – Step 11 – fixing the print file
We’re lucky. We’ve already created two journals on Createspace. Our intent is to make this next one match and improve on the last – learning from our mistakes. Continue reading Journal News 2015 – Step 10 – format for print
Now the editors have had their say, it’s time to get back to the authors. I’ve posted a version of the journal online (let me know if you want the link). Continue reading Journal News – Step 9 – Author approval
Me Print Pretty One Day
Do you want to submit something to an agent or publisher? Do you want to self-publish your instructions on how to deal with difficult people? Or do you want to create a small booklet for your grandson as a Christmas gift? Chances are, even if none of these is you, you do want your writing to be read, by someone, sometime. If so, you want it to print prettily enough that they read the words instead of just looking at the paper. You want to “print pretty.” I’m no expert, but here are some ideas that just might help.
Continue reading Me Print Pretty One Day – taken from Sheila’s talk 09/20/2015