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Next HSW Meeting 

June 12 at 10 am via Zoom. 

Tim Maleeny will be at this meeting!

See you on the second Saturday of the month! Zoom information will be sent out on the Thursday before the meeting. 

Our guest for the June meeting is author Tim Maleeny. In an interview format, Matt will discuss the publishing landscape and how Tim broke into the world of mystery novels. Tim is skilled at working humor into tense situations while maintaining the drive of the narrative. TIM MALEENY is author of the award-winning Cape Weathers series of mysteries and the bestselling comedic thriller JUMP. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this meeting.

Rene Averett will also do a short presentation about Kindle Vella, the new format from Amazon KDP. Set to go live in July, this new option for getting your work to readers gives writers an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new delivery format using episodic writing. Rene will go into a little more detail and show you how to set up your book on Vella.


Matt will be doing First Pages at this meeting.  If you have a first page you would like feedback on, please send it by Friday, June 11 to MattBayan@aol.com  For easy reading, please use 12 point Times New Roman and double space.  Do not include your name on the page, but indicate the genre. 

ZOOM Meeting Information



  • Announcements and Shameless Self-Promotion
  • All About Kindle Vella with Rene Averett
  • Special Guest Tim Maleeny
  • First Pages with Matt Bayan 

Zoom Contact Information

     Per Zoom, all meetings will need a passcode to join. 

Topic: Monthly HSW Meeting
Time: Jun 12, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Passcode: 755982

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See you at the meeting!


Looking ahead, our planned speaker for the meeting on July 10 is Anne Hawley from Pages and Platforms. You may remember Anne from the The Story Grid presentation she and Rachelle Ramirez did two years ago. This time Anne will cover an editorial topic:

Pages & Platforms presents: “Can You Edit Your Own Novel?”

Anne_Elizabeth HawleyJoin certified developmental editor Anne Hawley of Pages & Platforms for a one-hour presentation about editing your own book. This presentation explores the levels of editing, and focuses on understanding and solving the most common problems authors have in developing and structurally editing their own work.

Anne will cover:

  • The three most common structural problems she finds in her clients’ work: Story Type confusion, pacing problems, and manuscript length.
  • The 7 Story Types that are essential for editing your book;
  • Scene analysis techniques to help you find where your story isn’t working and where you can cut;
  • Tips and tricks for calculating the right length for your story.

Anne will also provide a downloadable packet that includes:

  • The Pages & Platforms Guide to the Story Types
  • The Scene Structure cheat sheet
  • The S.H.E.G. (Super Hardcore Editing Group) Manifesto, for establishing your own editing group
  • A suggested reading list

Anne Hawley is a developmental editor certified in the Story Grid method. She specializes in literary historical fiction, action stories in fantasy and science fiction settings, and indie screenplays. With her Pages & Platforms colleagues Rachelle Ramirez and Sue Campbell, she has developed the Story Path course, which provides clear, practical steps to help authors develop, write, edit and market their stories. 

Anne is the author of the historical love story Restraint, and the forthcoming The Footman. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

New Book Release!

High Sierra Writers has quite a few published writers in the group. We have a page featuring the various books grouped by author under genre. These are under HSW Writers link. As our authors release new books, we’ll feature them here . 


Please send any snail mail payments or correspondence to: 

High Sierra Writers
PO Box 12241
Reno, NV 89510


Looking for a group of writers to read and critique your work? Willing to reciprocate? Then we might have a group for you.

Please check out our Critique Groups page for more information. This is a member benefit.

Contact Linda, your Critique Group Wrangler, to join a Reno-based group this year! lynda.r.bailey@gmail.com. 


Do you have a finished manuscript which needs just one more round of critiques before being sent off to the agent? Then contact me, Linda Enos, at lynda.r.bailey@gmail.com asap! Two other members are ready and willing to participate in a finished manuscript group. 

 As a reminder, in a FM group, you take a month to read/critique a story, sharing your comments and suggestions at the end. Each story gets one month. 

If you have any questions, let me know!



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