In December’s meeting we discussed what topics we might like to hear more about. These included (in approximate order of popularity – PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT if something’s missing, or if you feel something important hasn’t been emphasized enough).
- Creating believable characters/character development
- Story arc/story development
- Point of view, including distant and close
- Turning fact into fiction
- Historical research and authenticity
- Thinking outside the box
- Book promotion
- Websites (including WordPress , ipages)
- How to get into non-traditional locations – e.g. Starbucks
- Getting published
- How to get short stories published
- Finding a publisher
- How to get poetry published
- Genres and book length
- Query letters
- Self-publishing and Ebook publishing
- How to read like a writer
- Editing fiction
- Editing poetry
- Becoming a productive writer – a chapter a week perhaps
- How do you finish and how do you know you’ve finished
- Difference between novel, novella, short story and other forms.
Last Friday and Saturday, 4th and 5th December, Amelia, Beki, Karin and Sheila manned our table at the Oak Hills Holiday Bazaar, where we sold Writers’ Mill Journals and other books written by or contributed to by members of the Writers’ Mill. Thank you to all who helped make the event a success, especially those who stopped by our table to encourage us (and even to buy books!).
On Sunday, December 6th, Sheila was one of the authors at the Oregon Historical Society Holiday Cheer event.
If you want to be an author there next year, you need to publish a book sometime during 2016. Join us; it’s great fun (and there are Dickensian singers too!) It’s always on the first Sunday of December, and I can give you the contact information.
And for all of us, whenever or however published, don’t forget the Beaverton Library Author Fair. It took place in April last year, so watch out for more information (and please let me know when you hear anything).
Mary Jane E
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The following members will advertise and maybe even sell their books at the Oak Hills Holiday Bazaar, Sunset Presbyterian Church, December 4th & 5th. Just email SheilaD to join them.
And if you do have books for sale, make sure you send Sheila the info so she can add them to our book page.
We’ve done it! The journal is now available from Amazon at $9.95
or from Amazon Kindle at $1.99 (where you can even “look inside”)
Give the library a boost – buy copies direct from Createspace and more money goes to the library (but you have to pay postage):
Find Volume 3 at https://www.createspace.com/5037718
and Volume 2 at https://www.createspace.com/4068825
Don’t miss October’s meeting where you’ll have a chance to order copies at cost (plus postage).
I’m still cleaning up that file – lots of details to look out for: Continue reading Journal News 2015 – Step 5 – file cleaning
Don’t miss this! Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers off the street! Writers’ Mill authors will read excerpts from the Writers’ Mill Journal Volume 3, on Sunday May 3rd, from 1 – 3 pm, at Cedar Mill Library, in the meeting room upstairs. Come and join us! Then borrow a copy from the library, or buy your own. Profits go to the library, so support your local library and your local authors, both at once!
If you are one of the members who would like more frequent meetings than our regular, third Sunday of the month meetings at the library, this is your chance to suggest when and where you would like such meetings to take place. Please keep your suggestions short and simple, as they will appear as options for other people to vote on after you make them. And don’t forget, you can come back later and add more suggestions or vote on suggestions that other people have added.