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Next HSW Meeting 

Saturday January 9th at 10 am via Zoom. 

Our next HSW meeting will be a Zoom meeting due to the restrictions on meeting in large groups. The code for the meeting will be sent to all members in a news blast by the Thursday before the meeting.

If you have not used Zoom before, it is easy. Just click on the link that we will send and post and it will take you to the web site where you can download the application. You do not need to be on video. We hope to see  you at this meeting.

Details on joining the Zoom meeting will be mailed the Thursday prior to the meeting (Jan. 7). This will include the link to the meeting and the passcode. The information will also be posted on the HSW website and on the Facebook page.


Topic: High Sierra Writers Monthly Meeting
Time: Jan 9, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 930 6180 3195
Passcode: 896497

We had planned to discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing at the December meeting, but we got into a different discussion about membership. Rather than rescheduling that pros and cons discussion for the January meeting, we’ll have a couple of speakers.

Paula Riley has a couple of news articles to share with the group that might prove interesting. The Author’s Guild’s recent newsletter included updates about “Hot Markets and Empty Book Shops” and two lawsuits against book pirates that she will talk about. She has also been involved in a negotiation with a publisher, and she’d like to share that experience.

We also have Kitty Turner from Daily House Media, a new member of our group, who is doing a presentation on Self-Publishing as Your First Choice.

Jeff will be filling in for Linda to speak about Critique Groups. If you’re looking for a critique group and want to know more, here’s your opportunity to ask. 

These topics are relevant and beneficial to all of us, so plan to join our Zoom meeting on January 9th at 10 am.

First Pages

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 January 8th 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. 

New Book Releases

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 support our High Sierra writers by reading and giving an honest review of their books or stories on the platform where you downloaded or purchased it. Your reviews help bring the the book to the attention other readers and helps the author to gain more visibility on the sales platform.

Post Office Address

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.