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Upcoming Event

 If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please email Programs at programs@highsierrawriters.org.

 This event is free from 10 am to noon and open to the public.  The remainder of the workshop is paid. Read on for details.

JANUARY 2019 MEETING

Saturday, January 12  at 10 A.M. 

At the South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511)

The High Sierra Writers Meeting is  January 12 from 10 a.m. to noon  at the South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511. Come early to get a good parking spot, even though the library doesn’t open until 10 a.m. (The time may be extended for this meeting. Check back for details.)

PLOTTING? – NEW YEAR, NEW BOOK
AND HOW TO GET THERE

Plot-driven? Character driven? Sounds like “what came first the chicken or the egg?”

Matt Bayan, HSW president, will unravel the connections between plot and character and offer tips on how to get from Page One to The End.

 

DRAFT TO DIGITAL

Last month we did a live demonstration on how to load a book and cover to Amazon’s KDP site. But other platforms exist: Apple, Google, Barnes & Noble. Instead of uploading a book to each of these platforms, our Communications Guru, Rene Averett, will show how to load a book to all of these platforms at the same time. Live demo. (We are getting SO techie.) Presenter: Rene Averett  website: http://pynhavyn.com/writers/

WHAT GENRES ARE EDITORS BUYING FOR 2019/2020?

For those of you who are querying, right now is a good time. Agents have returned from holiday vacations, and with the new year, they have acquisition targets that they need to achieve for the new year. At our January meeting,  we have a contact who will be discussing the expected hot genres in the coming year. 

THE HSW FRONT-OF-THE-LINE CONTEST

Donna Stegman will also explain the rules and deadlines of this unique contest. The winner of this contest will get an opportunity to to skip the agent, skip the slush pile, and capture the eyeballs of an editor who can actually buy your work. Don’t miss Donna’s presentation unless you have no interest of leapfrogging to the front of the line.

FIRST PAGES

Last month, we ran out of time and didn’t get to some of the submissions. If you’re one of the writers who didn’t get feedback, please bring in your work again and make sure to tell Matt your status. Your pages will go first.


GRAMMAR GIRL – MIGNON FOGARTY – WE ARE BRINGING HER BACK!

And don’t forget, we’re are planning to bring Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty, back for a hands-on, all-day workshop centered around social media and how to use these media to market books. Her availability window is April 2019. Cost will be $30 for HSW members and $50 for non-members. If interested email Linda Enos at enoslinda@sbcglobal.net.

 


 CRITIQUE GROUPS

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 to see which groups might have an opening or to get on the list to be placed in a group. This is a member benefit.

Contact Nicole, your Critique Group Wrangler, to join a Reno-based group in 2018!  cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org