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Next HSW Meeting 

December 11th at 10 am at Scheels in Sparks. 
We will also use Google Meet.

Join Code for Google Meet: meet.google.com/rkb-kohd-kvu
Phone In #: 650-670-8388‬

Have you used Book Funnel? Do you know what it is?

If you don’t know about it and want to know, then this next meeting might interest you. Rene Averett, who is still fairly new to using it as a writers’ tool versus a reader’s tool, will attempt to give you an overview and show you how the program works.

For the uncertain, Book Funnel is a subscription service that connects writers with potential readers in many ways. Some of the services include:

    • Landing Pages
    • Book Pages
    • Distribution to ARC Readers
    • Promos
    • Author Swaps
    • Print Codes
    • Bundles

So, if you want to know more about this service, join us in December, either in person or on Google.


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  December 10th 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. 

How to Connect with Our Google Meet meeting

Here’s the simplest way to join the meeting no matter what hardware you are using:
Go to Google.com (from any browser) and click on the menu of Google services.
Click on the icon for Google Meet. You’ll see a box: ENTER A CODE OR LINK.

Direct link to the Google Meet:rkb-kohd-kvu

On the right of the box, click JOIN.
You will enter Google Meet. On the right, click on ASK TO JOIN.
On the lower left, make sure your audio and video is on. The default is MUTE, so you need to activate audio and video.
For those with an Apple phone, our understanding is that if you go through Google.com, you should be able to enter.
If you do a dry run anytime between now and the meeting to be sure you’ll be able to connect. You’ll get to the meeting screen, but you’ll get a message: YOU CAN’T JOIN THIS CALL. That’s because nobody is in the room to let you in. If you succeed in getting this far, you should have no trouble entering on the day of the meeting.


We have the results of the competition and the winners will be announced at the next meeting. We didn’t have any entries for children’s category so it was eliminated. The Short Story 1st place winner will receive $100 and the 2nd place will receive $50. In the Flash Fiction, 1st place will get $50 and the 2nd place $25. Both 3rd place winners will receive a one year membership in High Sierra Writers. 

Many thanks to our judges, Mark Bacon, Dakota Orlando, and Jean Booth. They did an awesome job!

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 . 

This month, we feature a new release by Rene Averett. Splintered Time, was released in November under her Lillian I. Wolfe pen name.

Splintered Time is the second book of the Time Threads trilogy. In this book, Mali Harper, a time adjuster, is left behind after a failed mission to the 18th century. Now she must decide if she needs to stop the changes to the timeline or let them go to create a better future. Ultimately, will she be able to return to her own time or will she be erased?
    The book is available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. 

Please support our authors by reading and reviewing their books. 


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

 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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