February 2019 Newsletter

February Meeting Information

Failure: The Road To Success
One of our successfully published member-authors, Jacci Turner, will entertain us with the embarrassing mistakes she made in her writing career with the hope that you will avoid them. What NOT to do is as important (sometimes more important) than what TO do.

Critique Group Update
Not in a critique group? Why not? Our Critique Group Wrangler, Nicole Frens, will give us an update on what groups are available and lead a discussion on what new groups members want, what problems groups might be having, and other group-related issues. Afraid to give another writer a critique? We’ll discuss how to do it without causing World War III.

Character Development
What’s a character arc? No, it’s not a boat or something Indiana Jones hunts for. Jacci Turner will lead a discussion on how to get your main characters from Chapter 1 to THE END. Oh, and to have readers interested in how they get there.

Egregious Errors
Matt Bayan will share with us some of the worst errors he’s seen as an editor. And ask your suggestions on how to fix them. Fun and informative.

First Pages
Bring in the first page of your story or novel! It’s the most important page in your manuscript, so let’s talk about how to get it right. Completely anonymous. Turn in your first page to Matt Bayan at the start of the meeting. Don’t put your name on the page, but please show the title and genre of the work. Print on letter paper, 1-inch margins, preferably 12 point in Times New Roman or Arial (14 pt would help Matt maintain his eyesight).

The meeting will be Saturday February 9, 2019 at the South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway and begins at 10 am. The doors also open at 10 am.


From the HSW President Matt Bayan

Lately, in my professional editing career, I’ve been seeing some shocking examples showing that a growing number of writers:

  1. Can’t spell
  2. Don’t understand dialogue
  3. Don’t understand grammar
  4. And worst of all, don’t seem to care.

Has texting destroyed the English language? Has self-publishing made writers think that any old garbage is acceptable?

The idea that they deserve fat stacks of money for their meager efforts infuriates me.
So, at the February meeting, join me in my orgy of dishing some of the worst examples I’ve seen lately. (No, none of the examples will come from our members.)

 

 

Coming for April Meeting

How to Make Social Media Work for You

So, you have a Facebook author page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts set up and have a small following on them, but you’re not sure what to post to really get them to work for you. How do you use these to grow your readership? How can you turn your handful of followers into people who want to read your books?
 
Luckily, we have an expert who has done that and can give us the skinny on how to make it all work better for you. 
 
On April 13th, Mignon Fogerty, aka Grammar Girl, will present an all-day workshop on social media. So, bring your laptops and power cords and be prepared to harness the power of these often-times elusive platforms.  
 
The morning session (FREE and open to the public) will consist of an hour-long, introductory presentation by Mignon. In the afternoon, she’ll help us navigate through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc so we can better utilize those mediums for promoting/marketing our books.
 
Please note!!! The afternoon session is not for beginners! You need to have at least a semblance of a social media presence in order to make the most of Mignon’s presentation.
 

Cost for the afternoon session is $30 for HSW members; $50 for non-members. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Enos atenoslinda@sbcglobal.net. 

To register and pay for the workshop, go to: http://highsierrawriters.org/workshop-payments/
 

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network and creator of Grammar Girl, which has been named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 best websites for writers multiple times. She is also an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame.

 

Bookmark Mignon’s Q&D Tips page athttps://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl 

On March 9th, please join HSW members, Linda Enos (writing as Lynda Bailey) and Teri Green (writing as Elise Manion) at the GSR for the 7th annual Diva’s Day Out. 

Come and enjoy on-site shopping, entertainment, giveaways and much more. The event runs until 4 pm. 

 And don’t forget to stop by Linda and Teri’s booth, Reno Romance Authors, to say hi!


HSW Author Page

Do you have a book published? 

Would you like to have it displayed on the HSW website on our Authors Page? If so, please send a thumbnail of your book cover, genre, and the link address where people can learn more or buy it, to Rene at ruamor@sbcglobal.net To view the Book Page, go to:
http://highsierrawriters.org/hsw-authors/


2019 Novel Writing Contest

Plan to enter this chance of a lifetime contest?

You now have six months until your completed and edited novel, blurb, and query letter are due at the August 10th HSW meeting.  For all details about the contest, please refer to the contest page at 
http://highsierrawriters.org/2018-2019-novel-writing-contest/


HSW MEMBERSHIP

To renew or join High Sierra Writers, please click on the button below to go to the payment page at the website to see your options. We can accept payments by PayPal or by check. You do not need to be registered on PayPal in order to use your credit card to pay. We can no longer accept checks at the library. Membership is $25 for the year.

RENEW or JOIN HSW 


 

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January 2019 Newsletter

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. In our January meeting,  We have a contact who will be discussing the expected genres that will be hot 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.

For those not familiar with this feature, you may submit the first page of your book anonymously to be critiqued by the group. Please submit double-spaced, 12-point print with the genre at the top of the page.


January 2019 Meeting

The first meeting of 2019 will be Saturday, January 12 at the South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Pkwy in south Reno. The library opens at 10 am and the meeting will start as soon as we get the room set up and run until around noon to 12:30 pm. 

From the HSW President Matt Bayan

climbing mountainOne of the most difficult factors in writing a novel is developing a plot. Some writers outline. Others just start writing and let twists and turns lead to a resolution. That’s a matter of taste. But at its core, a plot is a story which must revolve around characters. The plot becomes the result of choices that main characters make on their mental or physical journey from one state of being to another. The change in the main character – either for better or worse – is the force that drives the plot. Characters, particularly the main character, are inextricably woven together with the obstacles of success and failure that occur in the plot. The choice of “character-driven vs. plot-driven” is largely a false choice.

At our January meeting, we’ll unravel the links between character and plot and help to simplify the process of constructing a novel.

Bring in your questions, whether you’re far along in your manuscript or starting a new project.

Matt Bayan
www.matthewbayan.com


Novel Writing Contest

We’ve talked about it at our meetings and the full information is on the web site, but if you aren’t into the editing process of your novel entry, you’d better get crackin’. Need I remind you that the full novel will need to be completed, edited, and ready to go by the August 2019 meeting (Saturday August 10, 2019)?

Also, you need to be working on those blurbs for it. Try to come up with at least three or more for your novel. Try these out with fellow-writers to see reactions and learn which ones work better than others. Use your critique partners to help you tweak them. As defined in the rules, they must be three paragraphs long, no more. 

You will also need your query letter for the editor who, if you are selected the winner, will be reading it. So the query also needs to be polished to be submitted with the entry in August.

Here’s the exact requirements for your entry as presented on the web site from Donna’s handout:

 You must submit pages – in this order — Cover sheet with name and title. Query letter (including word count and genre), 3-paragraph blurb, and the first four pages of your manuscript. Pages are to be stapled, not paper clipped, together.

A reminder of the length requirements — minimum for adult fiction is 70,000; young adult is 65,000 and the maximum for both is 100,000.

For all the rules and requirements, please go to this link at our web site.
http://highsierrawriters.org/2018-2019-novel-writing-contest/


Happy 2019! 
Will this be your breakthrough year? 

Who knows when luck will strike? But in the meantime, High Sierra Writers will continue to help you improve your writing, strengthen your stories, and give you tips and help to get it to the market whether by traditional or independent publishing. 

Like all non-profit organizations, HSW does need a little operating money to help cover the costs of the speakers, contests, and meeting space. Our $25 annual membership fee covers these costs and in return, you get tips, workshops, successful speakers like Michael C. Grumley and Mignon Fogerty, critique groups, and more. Our aim is to help every writer achieve their goals. 

So, please renew your membership in HSW if you haven’t already done so. It’s easy. Just go to the link below and click on the Buy Now button that will take you to PayPal to securely pay via credit card.
http://highsierrawriters.org/dues_payments/

If you don’t have a credit card, you can still send a check or money order to us by mail. Make the check payable to High Sierra Writers and send it to:
High Sierra Writers

PO Box 7825 
Reno, NV 89510

 
Let’s make 2019 our best year yet!


Increase your Income Streams Easily

Self-published authors, do you want to earn more with your books than just what you’re getting from Amazon? While Amazon has the lion’s share of the market, many more distributors and readers are in the fray than Kindle reaches.

At the January HSW  meeting, Rene Averett will provide a quick overview of one of the alternate publishing sites to Amazon. Draft2Digital is an easy to use publishing application that can get your self-published book to multiple other markets, such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and others.

Rene will give you the pros and cons of using other markets than Amazon and will go through a demonstration of how to upload and price your books for Draft2Digital and explain the various features of this program.

If you’ve thought about taking your market wider, then you should be at this meeting to learn more about this tool.


Coming in April!  Mignon Fogerty

Mark your calendars for this workshop with Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogerty. She will be the featured presenter at the April 13 meeting and extended paid session to talk about how to have success using your social media outlets. More details and workshop registrations will be coming next month.


 

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December 2018 Newsletter

DECEMBER MEETING

Saturday, December 08  at 10 A.M. 

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

The High Sierra Writers Meeting is  DECEMBER 08 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. 


YOU WROTE IT. NOW FIX IT!

Whether you’ve been polishing a book for the past year or just wrote 50,000 words participating in NaNoWriMo, how would you like to get tips from people who work as editors? Part of our December meeting will be hands-on editing using your pages. Bring in a piece of dialogue that’s causing you trouble. Bring in a sequence that doesn’t feel right. First Pages? Yes, bring them in too.

Pacing, character development, plot arcs, dialogue, description, and cutting bloat will be some of the issues we attack.

We’ll show you how to break down your manuscript to filter for specific problems, then correct them.

We’ll also show before and after examples of bad writing boosted by good editing and rewriting.

The goal is to get your manuscript as polished as possible.
 

YOU FIXED IT. NOW PUBLISH IT!

Last month, at the Michael Grumley self-publishing workshop, we didn’t have time for the demonstration on how to use Amazon tools to build the final version of your book and then upload it. We’ll do this at the December meeting in real-time and walk through all the steps to upload a book. We’ll show how to classify your book and enter information that will help you sell more books. The live demo will take us to the step where we’re ready to push the “Publish” button.


From the President

Never Do Your Own Editing? – Maybe, Maybe Not

We’ve all been advised to never do our own editing. Even if you have an English degree, that’s probably good advice. But, as is the case with so many things…it depends.
 
Editing is really a spectrum. At the simple end of the spectrum is the line edit, which is a spelling and grammar check. Unfortunately, many new writers think that’s all there is to it. It’s not.
 
Beyond the line edit we get into structural edits which get into character development and plot structure. These are much more complex and involve a back and forth between editor and writer.
 
We can get specialty edits, such as continuity editing. This involves poring over the details to make sure of consistency. You don’t want the hero having brown eyes in chapter 7 and blue eyes in chapter 52.
 
An edit which is frequently overlooked but which I think is one of the most important is where the editor analyzes tiny stylistic elements such as how well dialogue works, or whether the writer is telling vs. showing. This is a sentence-by-sentence scrutiny at the granular level.
 
How much of this can or should you do? Definitely a writer needs to do some of these editing filters before submitting a manuscript to an editor. The more that’s cleaned up before a pro lays eyes on it, the lower the editing invoice will be.
 
At December’s meeting, we’ll show some of the ways you can break the “never edit” rule and come out a winner at the end of the process.


Workshop with Mignon Fogerty

Photo: Mignion FogertyKnown to millions of people as Grammar Girl, Mignon parlayed her grammar podcast into a huge social media success. 

We’re hoping to bring Mignon 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 now April 2019 and we are tentatively planning for that date.. Cost will be $30 for HSW members and $50 for non-members. If interested, email Linda Enos at enoslinda@sbcglobal.net.


CRITIQUE GROUP UPDATES

We have loads of new members looking to join or start a critique group – check our website (http://highsierrawriters.org/critique-groups/) to see if there’s anyone you might be interested in joining forces with!  

We also have a new finish group, for full beta reads, starting up, and no doubt more to open up soon. Email Critique Group Wrangler Nicole at cgwrangler@hsw.org  if you’d like to be added to a waiting list to have your book read, or to be added to the list of those looking to join an on-going group.  2019 is YOUR year to get that book finished, join a critique group now! 
 

Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Finish Group
We have a finish group for Sci-Fi/Fantasy starting in December that has room for one or two more people. If interested, contact Reneruamor@sbcglobal.net for more information.

PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR DUES

Renewal dues of $25 for 2019 are due in January.  
 

Due to a policy of the library, we can no longer accept payments for dues or workshops on their premises. In order to handle this, HSW now has a PayPal account. You can go to our website to pay your dues using the PayPal link. You do not need a PayPal account to pay with your credit card. Simply enter your card number on their secure server, and the payment will be handled. This will also make it easier to track payments with more accuracy.

To pay using PayPal, click on the renew button below then click on the PayPal button for dues. This will take you to the secure PayPal site.

Renew Now
If you absolutely cannot use PayPal to make your payment, you can send a check or money order made payable toHigh Sierra Writers, via mail to High Sierra Writers, PO Box 7825 Reno, NV 89510. 

USEFUL LINKS

While Michael C. Grumley talked about various links that can be useful to the independent author, I added a few to the list. 

One that Michael mentioned the first time around is the Grammarly site for checking your text. I use Grammarly, and I used the free site for quite a while before I committed to buying the subscription to it. Then I discovered that the free site only gives you a small percent of the potential errors in your text. I think it is worth it to spend the money for the subscription to get full access. 
     The program is great at catching punctuation errors, spelling errors, grammar errors, multiple uses of the same word in a paragraph, and suggesting alternate words. It does not replace an editor, and you may often disagree with the suggestions, so you need to apply your logic when using it. But a cleaner manuscript going to your editor will make it easier for the editor to catch the important stuff.
Find it at: https://app.grammarly.com/

Need a professional cover for your independent book? Several sites offer covers that are done by professional graphic artists, and they are within the $70 to $150-dollar range for the eBook cover. The artists charge an additional fee for the full wrap for paperback. 

Self Pub Book Covers is a good one with many artists featuring their work on it. The interactive designer makes it easy to add your own title, taglines, and author.
To check out the covers, go to: https://selfpubbookcovers.com/

Photo: Book marketing examplesAnother place where you can order illustrations, covers, graphics of any kind, like the nice 3-D images of your book cover on a book or an e-reader, is Fiverr. Artists, writers, editors, and others offer their skills on this site for prices starting as low as $5. I contracted with an artist to do the illustrations for my children’s book and ordered 7 full-color images for about $65. Be cautious though as some of these artists aren’t as good as they claim. 

To visit this site: https://www.fiverr.com/

On Facebook, you can like the Book Design Cover Marketplace where quite a few designers post their pre-made designs that you can then contact them to purchase. Most of them also do custom designs, so you can check out more of their covers on their websites and get pricing. 
Find the marketplace at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookcovermarketplace/

Michael also mentioned KDP Spy, which is a tool you can purchase that will help you find the best, most effective, keywords to use when listing your book on Amazon (or any other eBook seller).
To learn more about KDP Spy and order it visit this link: https://www.kdspy.com/


The HSW 2018 – 2019 Writing Contest is well underway now. How is your novel coming? Remember the entry deadline is the August 2019 HSW Meeting. While it seems like a long time, you do need to have a completed, polished manuscript of a minimum of 70,000 words for adult fiction; 65,000 for YA, and a maximum length of 100,000 words. You’ll also need a query letter and a three-paragraph blurb. 

For all the rules, visit the HSW website at this link.

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November 2018 Newsletter

Michael C Grumley Redux at November 10 Meeting

For the HSW November meeting, we are bringing back Michael C. Grumley to tell us again how he gained success as an independent writer in the public morning session. In the paid workshop that follows, he will go into more detail as he takes us step-by-step through how he became a best-selling author. 

As more than one author commented after our August, his story gives us all hope. Seating is limited for the workshop and we have about 10 left, so if you are interested, sign up right away. See Matt’s President column for details. s

The morning meeting will begin at 10:00 am with the open to all session, then continues from 1 to 4 in the afternoon. Michael will be staying in during the lunch break and will chat with people.

The meeting and workshop will be at the South Valleys Library at 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511 beginning at 10 a.m.


From the President

How many of you have a finished manuscript? All that work and now you wonder, “What do I do next? How do I get it out there?”

Maybe you’ve been looking for an agent. Your rejection slips have reached a volume where you could heat your house all winter by burning them in the fireplace.

With digital book sales now comprising over 70% of Amazon’s total book sales, the opportunities for self-publishing are real and potentially lucrative. Want to see how you might do it?

 Enter Michael Grumley. Five years ago he self-publishedBreakthrough and began using his business skills to explore how to market it. Some of his actions failed. Some succeeded. He experimented. He found a way.

Breakthrough is now a 4-book series. Michael quit his job two years ago and has book sales of $50,000 per month. All of his books have several thousand reviews.

Interested in finding how to plot your own road map to self-publishing success?

At our November meeting, Michael will hold a full-day workshop to go into detail on how he attained such spectacular results.

Attendance is limited, and only a few seats are left. Registration is now open for non-members, first-come, first-served. Registration for members is $30 and for non-members $50. To register, send an email to me atmattbayan@aol.com. On the subject line type MICHAEL GRUMLEY WORKSHOP so I don’t miss your email. Include your name, if you are an HSW member, your email address, and phone number,

Due to an issue with the library, we will be using PayPal for the payments. 

The morning meeting (10 AM to noon) is free and open to all. The afternoon meeting is what you’re registering for. Bring lunch if you’ll be at the workshop all day. Michael will be available for discussion during lunch.


IMPORTANT! PayPal Payments for the Workshop

Due to a problem with accepting payments at the library, we will be using PayPal for you to pay your workshop registration. We have set up the account and the payment button on the High Sierra Writers web site. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay it with a credit card. If you do not wish to use PayPal, you may send your payment to the HSW post office box.

In the next few days, you will receive a confirmation for the workshop along with instructions for payment. Do not pay until you receive the confirmation with the amount owed. 

HSW 2018-2019 Novel Writing Contest

If you have dreams of getting your novel to one of the Big 5 Publishers, don’t let this contest slip past you. As announced several months ago, Donna Stegman has made arrangements to get the winning novel in this HSW contest to an acquisition editor at one of those publishing houses. This is an incredible opportunity to jump the slush pile. 

Remember this:

Entry deadline is the August 2019 meeting.
Four finalists will be announced at the September 2019 meeting.
Winner will be announced at the October 2019 meeting.
Open to PAID members of High Sierra Writers ONLY.

Manuscript must be 100% complete by the August deadline, edited and polished.
Minimum length of finished manuscript is 70,000 words for adult fiction; 65,000 for YA, and a maximum length of 100,000 words.

For full details and rules, visit the Contest page on our web site.


 

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October 2018 Newsletter

This month join former HSW president Linda Enos, who writes as Romance Queen Lynda Bailey, along with bestselling author and current HSW president, Matt Bayan, for a mash-up of two essential craft skills: developing micro-tension and replacing description with image.
 
Last month, Lynda presented the concept of micro-tension and how to develop it at the page level. We got a lot of positive feedback so we’ll continue with that this month.
 
Another writing essential is replacing overblown description and flaccid writing with dynamic images. If a picture’s worth a thousand words, let’s get rid of the thousand words.
 
Bring your laptop, tablet, or a sheet of paper with a stub of a pencil. Charcoal and a flat rock will also work. We’ll get under the hood and workshop how micro-tension and image can make your writing more powerful and engaging. Also bring a few pages of your manuscript and we’ll do some hands-on editing.
 
We’ll also work on First Pages with a focus on image and micro-tension.


The High Sierra Writers Meeting is Saturday, October 13 at 10 am at the South Valleys Library. The address is 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511. Come early to get the best parking as there may still be some soccer or baseball games being played on the surrounding fields.

From the HSW President 

Happy October,

In reference to description, Hemingway said, “We’re not interior decorators.” In writing a book, a chapter, or even a paragraph, we are challenged by the need to inform versus the need to not bore the reader. How do we keep a story moving yet give the reader enough information to understand the setting, the characters, and the plot?

October’s HSW meeting will focus on how to take description and develop it into vivid images. If a picture is worth a thousand words, let’s cut out the thousand words and focus on the picture – in this case a verbal image.

We’ll explain how to switch your mind-set to look for the gems of image that lay buried in the bloat of description.

At the same time, Linda Enos will integrate what she started last month – how to use micro-tension – into the discussion of how to replace description with image.

Bring writing samples. We’ll workshop your samples using the filter of micro-tension and specific images to accomplish a tighter, more reader-friendly outcome.

“I see pumpkins.” – Matt Bayan


Critique Group Reminder from the Wrangler


Are you expecting to enter the Big Contest in just over 10 months?

In addition to a polished manuscript and paid membership with HSW, you’ll need a critique group! You CAN wait around and join a finish group in the final 5 or 6 months (remember, it takes at least 4 months to get through a full round of completed novels, plus some time to make revisions, and finish polishing the beast), but an on-going critique group can help you stay/get on track, and support you get as you get to your best draft before the beta readers step in.

Shoot Nicole an email if you’d like to start the hunt for the right group now – cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org

Please check the HSW web siteCritique Group page where the groups that are already formed and those looking for like-minded writers are listed. 


Or is your plot board looking a bit cluttered?

Just a reminder that the winner of this contest will have his or her manuscript submitted to the acquriing editor of one of the Big 5 Publishing houses.
 

This is a spectacular opportunity. So you want to be on top of it. Keep the key information in mind.

  • Entry deadline is the August 2019 meeting.
  • Four finalists will be announced at the September 2019 meeting.
  • Winner will be announced at the October 2019 meeting.
  • Open to PAID members of High Sierra Writers ONLY.

You have ten months to the submission deadline. Where are you on your novel? Where will you be in two months? As Nicole mentioned, use your critique group to begin cleaning up your work and get into a finish group by January to ensure your novel is read, and you have time to work on revisions. 

Check the HSW website to read all the details for this outstanding contest. 


You fail only if you stop writing.

-Ray Bradbury    


NaNoWriMo is coming.

Beginning November 1 to November 30, writers around the world will throw down words like fiends to complete 50,000 words during the month. If you want to try your hand at it, talk to Rene Averett, who is one of the co-Municipal Liaisons for the Reno/Sparks area, for more information. You can email her atruamor@sbcglobal.net or find her on the Facebook NaNa Reno site. 


 

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September 2018 Newsletter

This month join former HSW president Linda Enos, who writes as Romance Queen Lynda Bailey, along with bestselling author and current HSW president, Matt Bayan, for a mash-up of two essential craft skills: developing micro-tension and replacing description with image.
 
Last month, Lynda presented the concept of micro-tension and how to develop it at the page level. We got a lot of positive feedback so we’ll continue with that this month.
 
Another writing essential is replacing overblown description and flaccid writing with dynamic images. If a picture’s worth a thousand words, let’s get rid of the thousand words.
 
Bring your laptop, tablet, or a sheet of paper with a stub of a pencil. Charcoal and a flat rock will also work. We’ll get under the hood and workshop how micro-tension and image can make your writing more powerful and engaging. Also bring a few pages of your manuscript and we’ll do some hands-on editing.
 
We’ll also work on First Pages with a focus on image and micro-tension.


The High Sierra Writers Meeting is Saturday, October 13 at 10 am at the South Valleys Library. The address is 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511. Come early to get the best parking as there may still be some soccer or baseball games being played on the surrounding fields.

From the HSW President 

Happy October,

In reference to description, Hemingway said, “We’re not interior decorators.” In writing a book, a chapter, or even a paragraph, we are challenged by the need to inform versus the need to not bore the reader. How do we keep a story moving yet give the reader enough information to understand the setting, the characters, and the plot?

October’s HSW meeting will focus on how to take description and develop it into vivid images. If a picture is worth a thousand words, let’s cut out the thousand words and focus on the picture – in this case a verbal image.

We’ll explain how to switch your mind-set to look for the gems of image that lay buried in the bloat of description.

At the same time, Linda Enos will integrate what she started last month – how to use micro-tension – into the discussion of how to replace description with image.

Bring writing samples. We’ll workshop your samples using the filter of micro-tension and specific images to accomplish a tighter, more reader-friendly outcome.

“I see pumpkins.” – Matt Bayan


Critique Group Reminder from the Wrangler


Are you expecting to enter the Big Contest in just over 10 months?

In addition to a polished manuscript and paid membership with HSW, you’ll need a critique group! You CAN wait around and join a finish group in the final 5 or 6 months (remember, it takes at least 4 months to get through a full round of completed novels, plus some time to make revisions, and finish polishing the beast), but an on-going critique group can help you stay/get on track, and support you get as you get to your best draft before the beta readers step in.

Shoot Nicole an email if you’d like to start the hunt for the right group now – cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org

Please check the HSW web siteCritique Group page where the groups that are already formed and those looking for like-minded writers are listed. 


Or is your plot board looking a bit cluttered?

Just a reminder that the winner of this contest will have his or her manuscript submitted to the acquriing editor of one of the Big 5 Publishing houses.
 

This is a spectacular opportunity. So you want to be on top of it. Keep the key information in mind.

  • Entry deadline is the August 2019 meeting.
  • Four finalists will be announced at the September 2019 meeting.
  • Winner will be announced at the October 2019 meeting.
  • Open to PAID members of High Sierra Writers ONLY.

You have ten months to the submission deadline. Where are you on your novel? Where will you be in two months? As Nicole mentioned, use your critique group to begin cleaning up your work and get into a finish group by January to ensure your novel is read, and you have time to work on revisions. 

Check the HSW website to read all the details for this outstanding contest. 


NaNoWriMo is coming.

Beginning November 1 to November 30, writers around the world will throw down words like fiends to complete 50,000 words during the month. If you want to try your hand at it, talk to Rene Averett, who is one of the co-Municipal Liaisons for the Reno/Sparks area, for more information. You can email her atruamor@sbcglobal.net or find her on the Facebook NaNa Reno site. 


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August 2018 Newsletter

August HSW Meeting 

 

Learn How to Get New Readers and Reviews with Michael C. Grumley

How does a self-published author get 8,000 reviews on his first book? How does he develop a series that has gotten several thousand reviews on each release? Ask these questions (and many more) of Michael C. Grumley at our August meeting.

If you’ve wondered how to kick-start your book sales, you’ll have a chance to meet someone who has done exactly that and in a big way.

He’ll be our guest and will make a presentation on his career, followed by an interview and Q & A session.

About Michael C. Grumley

For years, Michael C. Grumley dreamed of writing thrillers the way he thought they should be written; complex, multi-genre stories with unique plots that ‘move’. Enter BREAKTHROUGH, AMID THE SHADOWS, and THROUGH THE FOG: all deeply human stories with endings you will never see coming.

Michael C. Grumley lives in Northern California with his wife and two young daughters where he works in the Information Technology field. He’s an avid reader, runner, and most of all father. He dotes on his girls every chance he gets.

His website is http://www.michaelgrumley.com. Check it out for more about his books.

He is currently working on the next Breakthrough story.


The August High Sierra Writers Meeting will be on Saturday August 11th at the South Valleys Library on Wedge Parkway. (The yellow building surrounded by ball parks.) The meeting begins at 10 and runs until noon. Matt will be doing First Pages at this meeting.


From the President, Matt Bayan

Many of you attended our meeting a few months ago where Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl) gave us a taste of how she has become hugely successful by mastering major platforms of social media. If you weren’t at that meeting, Grammar Girl has spawned numerous bestselling books and has a following in the hundreds of thousands on major social media platforms. All of this started by her creating simple podcasts over a decade ago.
 
Many of you voiced interest in having her come back and conduct a full-day workshop. The goal of the workshop: train us on the step-by-step method we can take to use social media to increase book marketing success.
 
To do an all-day workshop, we need to pay her. So, we’d like to get a head count of how many of you would be interested in attending this workshop (probably in March) if we charged for it. We need at least 20 attendees to make this work.
 
So, how much would you be willing to pay for this all-day workshop? And don’t say $10 because that just won’t work. I think somewhere between $30 and $50 would make this possible. HSW will kick in money to subsidize the event, but the more people sign up, the lower the ticket price can be. So, give us an idea of what the workshop is truly worth to you and email us the highest price you’d be willing to pay.
 
We may open this up to the public, but we want to be sure our members have first dibs.
 
Please respond ASAP so we can either schedule the event or forget about it. Send your response to: enoslinda@sbcglobal.net

Matt


Critique Group Update

Critique Group Wrangling is now online and <mostly> self-service!  If you’d like your name added or deleted from the ‘looking for a group’ list, or your group added, deleted, or status change (open/closed), be sure to email Nicole atcgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org.   

Contest info:  it takes a month or longer on average to get people into new critique groups, so don’t dawdle when you’re ready!  This will be especially true for all of the expected ‘finish’ groups (full novel beta reading) for the contest next summer. You should get on the ‘looking’ listing and indicate when you anticipate being ready to join a finish group a month or more in advance of being ready. Finish groups typically consist of 4 members who read one manuscript a month. You’ll want to get in on that at least 6 months before the contest so that IF your novel is the last one read, you still have some time to make your edits (again).


The “i before e” Controversy

Maybe you heard the rule when you were a child: “I before e except after c or when sounded like a as in neighbor and weigh.”

While this axiom handles most of the spelling issues in English regarding the sequence of these two letters next to each other in a word, many exceptions do exist. In fact, this rule only applies to about 75% of the words we use with ie/ei combination.

Merriam Webster points out numerous variations that buck up against this rule; such as words that have a sh sound like glacier, or words that appear in superlatives like fancier. Don’t forget the combo has an sound in height.

If you add ing to a root word ending in e, it may remain before the i, as in cueing. Then you have the random exceptions like science and weird.

Your best bet to get these right is to turn on your spellchecker and let it do the work.

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July 2018 Newsletter

NY Times Best Selling Author
 Will Speak at HSW Meeting!

July 14 Meeting Features New York Times #1 Bestseller, Ellen Hopkins

Ever want to question how a New York Times #1 author got there? Here’s your chance. Our July meeting will be devoted to one of the biggies: Ellen Hopkins.

Join us for a discussion on craft, Q&A, and what it takes to become a wildly successful author. Starting with the massively successful novel, CRANK, we’ll discuss how her career developed into her worldwide popularity.
 
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty non-fiction titles, three novels for adults, and thirteen NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to wine-growing. Ellen is a regular speaker at schools, book festivals, and writers’ conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.

If you want her to autograph a copy of one of her titles, bring it with you. Just don’t steal one from the library shelves. They get prickly when we do that.

Photo credit: Ellen Hopkins at the 2011 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, United States. Larry D. Moore (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Hopkins#/media/File:Ellen_hopkins_2011.jpg
Photo & book graphic design by Rene Averett

From the HSW President

In previous HSW meetings, we’ve sometimes discussed the relationship of poetry to prose. Mostly we’ve focused on how the intensity and compression of poetry can be used to develop short, crisp images to replace rambling description.

Our July guest, Ellen Hopkins, has taken poetry into an even more difficult area. She has successfully used poetry to shrink prose to its absolute narrative core. She captures the interactions of characters in a distillation that is amazingly powerful in the sparseness of its approach.

I read her first novel, CRANK, in preparation for her visit. Apart from the gripping nature of the work, I got schooled on how bloated my own writing now seems in comparison. If you don’t attend another meeting this year, attend this one on July 14.

Matt 


Membership Renewals

A reminder that if you are joining or renewing your HSW membership by mailing in a check, please include your email address on the check or on a note in the envelope. This way, we can ensure that you get on the newsletter email list. 

If you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so soon to continue all the great benefits of being an HSW member. Thanks!


Critique Group Shakeup!

Get excited, everyone; we’re going to try something new in the land of Critique Group Wrangling! 

We will now have all of our current groups, as well as those looking for a group, listed on the website. There are two parts to our new system: 

1. The current groups (whether open or currently closed to new members) are listed so the leader of an open group can be contacted directly by a looker.

2. There will also be a list of those looking for a group, and they can contact each other and either choose to stay on the list as a looker, or form a group and be taken off the looker list and put on the ‘group’ list (as either open or closed). 

So head on over to the website and check out the lists. And if you have a group to be added (or deleted or altered), and/or if you’d like to join the list of those looking for groups, (either a finish group or an on-going group), let Critique Group Wrangler Nicole know!
cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org


New HSW Writing Contest

At last month’s meeting, Donna Stegman announced this year’s writing contest and it is something special. If you weren’t at the meeting and haven’t gotten the word, the information and rules are posted on the High Sierra Writers website at www.highsierrawriters.org. 

Look for 2018-2019 Novel Writing Contest in the Menu bar at the top. Or click on this link: 
http://highsierrawriters.org/2018-2019-novel-writing-contest/

This will be a great opportunity for the winner, so check it out.  Image: checkmark

 


Your Book on the HSW Website

Just a reminder, if you are an HSW member and you’ve published a book, we are happy to add your book cover and a link to the sales page on the HSW website. We are proud of our members who publish and would like to highlight their achievements. 

If you have a book or books to list, please send a cover image and the address link to Rene at ruamor@sbcglobal.net 

While you’re at it, peruse the listings at:
http://highsierrawriters.org/hsw-authors/


Quick Grammar Tips

Grammar can be a big stumbling block for writers, particularly when words sound the same but are spelled differently or are used in more than one way. I’ll be posting a quick tip each month to help you figure out when to use what word.

This month: Is it toward or towards? Or backward or backwards?

If you’re not sure which one to use, you’re not alone. I used to ponder over that question myself, but it isn’t as hard as it seems. The rule applies to toward, backward, forward, and most any other -ward word. It’s a basic preference in usage. The only difference is the s. Most Americans prefer to omit the while most Europeans use the s. You can use the one you prefer.

There is an argument that the word without the is an adjective and with the s, it’s an adverb. But that’s only a guideline, not a rule. 

The real rule here is consistency. Whichever style you chose to use, stay consistent with it in your writing. At least, for the book you’re working on. Feel free to change it for a different book.


 

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June 2018 Newsletter

High Sierra Writers 2018 Writing Contest 

 

Win a Chance to Change Your Future

Would you like to jump the publishing slush pile and get your book on the desk of a publisher?

That is exactly what the 2018 High Sierra Writers contest will do if you are the winner. This is an amazing opportunity and one that has the potential to get your book published. You don’t need to query an agent in order to get your book seen by eyes that could green light your novel.

Want to know more about it? Come to the June meeting of the High Sierra Writers to get the details. Donna Stegman will be providing all the contest details and answering any questions about the process.

Donna has acquired information on what the top publishing houses are looking for in trends and genre. Want to know what they expect will be the hot genres for this year? She has that information and is willing to share it at this meeting. She will be doing a short question and answer session, so come prepared with specific questions you might have about publishing and what you, as an author, might expect. If there’s any publishing question you’ve been dying to ask, this is your opportunity to ask.

Donna will be running her Blurbs Critique for the only time this year. Find out if your book teaser is catchy enough to grab readers. To participate, bring in your book blurb, typed in at least 12-point print, without your name on the page. She will read it to the members and encourage feedback to help improve it. 

The High Sierra Writers Meeting is June 9th from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511. With the sports fields next door in full swing, come early to get a good parking spot, even though the library doesn’t open until 10 a.m.

See you there!


FIRST PAGES AT JUNE’S MEETING

Matt will be hosting First Pages at the June meeting. To get feedback on your first page, bring a hard copy printed in 14 point font\ and double-spaced. Use Times New Roman or Arial type to make it easier for Matt to read aloud. Do NOT put your name on it, as these are anonymous, but you can include the book title and the genre at the top of the page. Hand it to Matt or Rene at the sign-in table at the beginning of the meeting. 


From the HSW President

TITLES

Of the seven basic story elements, the first a reader encounters is THE TITLE. (Include agents and editors as readers.)

“Don’t judge a book by its title,” we often hear, usually from writers with crummy titles. The horrifying reality is that titles really matter. They draw readers and agents to books.

I’ve personally witnessed several cases where an agent asked to read a manuscript solely because someone’s elevator pitch offered an interesting title.

Several years ago, a Hollywood producer friend told me how the pitch session went for a movie titled, “Snakes On A Plane.” It lasted one minute and ended with a Hollywood executive offering a greenlighted contract to the writer on the spot.

Why? The executive said he could see the whole movie from the title.

It’s true that publishers will usually change a writer’s working title, but that’s more incentive to come up with an irresistible working title. One thing to realize is that before a manuscript gets published, it runs through a gauntlet of more than editors. That manuscript also gets evaluated by people in sales and marketing. They’re asking questions based on what is selling right now and what they estimate will trend in the next year. 

The editor who is championing your book has to convince sales and marketing that your book is different than what is out there. But not too different. Though publishers say they want “new” ideas, in fact, they want something with a new spin on an idea that’s already selling.

When urban fantasy was the rage, publishers wanted more urban fantasy, but with a twist, or more high concept. Throw in a lesbian vampire or bi-racial magicians and you were on your way to an advance.

Back to titles. Publishers want writers to submit various title ideas so that marketing has options. The internal forces are looking at how many words should fit on the book cover. If an author is new, the title is larger than the author’s name. If the author is famous, then we may have to hunt for the book title because the author’s name is gigantic. Look at recent releases from Lee Child for example.

As you’re writing a book, a strong title can help you focus on what should happen in the story. So can a strong blurb. Both can be touchstones so that if you start to stray into the world of extraneous, but oh-so-lovely writing, you can look at your title and blurb and realize your extra subplot isn’t really helping to lift the story.

Different genres have different flavors of titles. When Robert Ludlum was at his peak, the spy genre was afloat in clever word juxtapositions that frequently didn’t make much sense. Start with The Bourne Identity as an example. An informal game began making the rounds among writers in which you chose a random word from each of two columns of random words to come up with a title. The Moscow InversionThe London GameThe Parsifal Confession. You get the idea.

Remember, everyone who considers your book WILL judge it by its title, so act accordingly.

‘Nuff said.
Matt Bayan


Quick Grammar Tips

Grammar can be a big stumbling block for writers, particularly when words sound the same but are spelled differently or are used in more than one way. I’ll be posting a quick tip each month to help you figure out when to use what word.

The word for this month is it.

It is a pronoun that refers to an object or something not human. While we often refer to pets as he or she, they can also be referred to as it, especially when the gender is unknown.

The bigger problem comes with the possessive form of it. Usually, a possessive is created by adding an apostrophe and an s to the noun. Examples: Ray’s hat, Mary’s car, cat’s tail.

When you use it as a possessive, you don’t put in the apostrophe. For instance, I watched the paper plane fly on its journey.
 

The reason for this irregularity in use is that the conjunction of it and is becomes it’s. So when you see it’s in a sentence, train yourself to think it is and that will usually stop you from using it’s as a possessive.
 

Rene and Nicole set up a display at the TMCC Writers Conference in April. The table set up wasn’t fancy, but it drew quite a few local area writers over to ask about it. Some showed interest in coming to our meetings. A few were surprised we had a writers’ group in Reno. We were happy to see several HSW members at this conference.

In May, Rene took all the information to the Barks and Badges Benefit, which promotes and earns money for the Washoe County K-9s to provide training and equipment that is not included in the budget. She set up the table in the photo and our sign and handed out flyers, bookmarks, and business cards to local readers who stopped by. Several potential writers also chatted for a bit and we hope to see them at the next meeting. Again, people expressed surprise that we have a writers’ group in town. 

 

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May 2018 Newsletter

From the HSW President

Marketing 102

At a previous meeting, I explained push/pull marketing and promised to get back with more information on “pull” marketing, which can best be described as market research. Specifically, I want to show how market research can help find the right agent.
 
A lot of my editing clients are first-time novelists. They make two huge mistakes in trying to get signed by an agent. First, they give up their querying far too easily, when they don’t get a quick, positive response. The need for instant gratification causes problems. Realistically, even if a writer has cranked out fifty queries, that’s not unusual. It’s important to wait; agents usually take months to respond, if at all.
 
Let’s apply market research. Worst-case scenario, you send out twenty queries over a two-week span. Let’s say two months later, you’ve received zero responses. Not even rejections. The market is telling you something. You may have written a brilliant novel, but a crappy query letter. Is the letter short? Short is better.
 
Did you follow the agents’ instructions? If they ask for the first three pages, only send the first three pages. Don’t squeeze in a couple more with the belief that the more the agent sees, the more he’ll just love your work.
 
Change the focus of your letter. Try to capsulize the basic conflict of the book without trying to explain the whole plot. Three or four sentences should be enough. Agents usually say they only want a one-page letter. That doesn’t mean you cram every word possible into that page. Shorter is better. You’re trying to whet their appetites not force-feed them.
 
Maybe your writing is not up to par. Yes, your mother and your friends love your manuscript, but they’re not editors. If this is the problem, it may be why you haven’t received responses. More and more agents just ignore a query they’re not interested in rather than waste time to send out a form letter rejection.
 
Have you put your manuscript through a critique group? That’s a free exercise. Other writers will very quickly see the flaws in your work. Or hire an editor. Get feedback from people who are published instead of friends and family, who have no experience in publishing, editing, or writing.
 
I find that I get the best feedback from other writers who don’t like me, because they will find every last tiny molecule of imperfection in my work. You’ll find your enemies eager to help.
 
My point here is that if you’re not getting responses from agents, it’s not the agents’ faults. Something you’re doing has to change.
 
The second mistake new writers make is wasting time and effort contacting the wrong agents. Here again, market research is the key. I’ve heard tales of woe from many writers who have sent out skadey-eight zillion queries but can’t get an agent interested.

Before starting a new query campaign, it’s important to marshal good resources. Two I recommend are The Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and QueryTracker.
 
AAR agents are the cream of the crop. AAR requires certain qualifications to become a member: ethical conduct, experience, and a minimum number of book sales, among others. These are usually the most established agents and those with the most thriving practices. You can use their agent search engine at www.aaronline.org. You can use key words such as mystery or romance to find the agents who handle those genres.
 
Another search engine and great tool to track the queries you send out is QueryTracker. They currently have a database of about 2000 agents, which are searchable by all sorts of filters (more than AAR), such as genre, location, gender, and whether they’re closed or open to queries. As you send out queries, you can enter the contact info in QueryTracker and they will keep track for you, showing how long the query has been in play, rejections, requests for partial or full manuscripts, etc. The basic service is free.
 
So, what do you do with these tools? They are valuable sources of market research. Instead of sending out a mass of queries in a shotgun approach, chances for success are greatly increased if you send to the specific agents who would be most likely to want your work. This takes research. I suggest at least a half-hour for each query.
 
Let’s say you have a mystery. In QueryTracker, you click that genre. Maybe you want to first try for agents in New York City. Click that location. And so on. You make sure the agent is not closed to queries. If your book has a lot of violence, you might also winnow down the agents by gender. Male agents would probably be more interested than women. The reverse holds true for romances.
 
As you investigate an agent, click on the link for the agency website. If there are a half-dozen agents in the agency, read the information on each agent. One of the other agents might be a better match than the first one you read.
 
Many agents post links to their blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Check these out. I’ve seen a lot of blogs where agents say exactly what they’re looking for right now. This information is much fresher than what’s on the agency web site, which might not get updated for months or years.
 
Now, as you query from a short list, you’ll reach agents who have the greatest likelihood of signing you.
 
This process is ongoing. If you’re not getting results, evaluate your query letter, revise, try again. Same with your manuscript. It should be a feedback loop. The market is constantly giving you feedback, whether negative or positive.
 
Try something. Stir, rinse, repeat.
 
And most of all: Don’t give up. 


 MAY MEETING PROGRAM

From Podcast to Best-selling Author

When you don’t know whether to use who or whom, or whose or who’s, where do you turn for answers? Grammar Girl, of course. Next meeting, we have the Grammar Girl herself as our guest speaker.
 
On May 12th, author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips and The Grammar Devotional, Mignon Fogarty – aka Grammar Girl – will talk about how she went from doing a podcast in her bedroom closet to being featured on Oprah and becoming a New York Times bestselling author. Mignon will give tips and tricks on how she increased her audience, a few dos and don’ts about podcasts as well as her ever witty, practical and easy-to-remember advice on grammar. You don’t want to miss this meeting! Doors open at 10 a.m.

Mignon Fogarty was the chair of media entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, NV. She hates the phrase “grammar nazi” and loves the word “kerfuffle.” She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University.Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. She strives to be a friendly guide in the writing world. Her archenemy is the evil Grammar Maven, who inspires terror in the untrained and is neither friendly nor helpful.

Find Mignon at her website:   https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

FIRST PAGES

We’ll also read First Pages, so bring in your material in hard copy. Please help Matt out by doing the following: Print in 14 point font; double space, use Times New Roman or Arial; put the book title on the top line with the book’s genre. Hand it to me at the beginning of the meeting. Matt has some from the last meeting and he promises to get through all of April and May’s at this meeting.

The May Meeting will be Saturday May 12 at the South Valley Libraries on Wedge Parkway. (The big yellow building next to the soccer fields.) It begins at 10:00 a.m.

Parking was at a premium last month with the game season now started, so come early to get a parking place.


Overcome Writer’s Block

HSW Member and writer Paula Riley is presenting a class on Tuesday, June 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. that explores techniques and tools for breaking through creative roadblocks.  The course fee includes handouts. 

To learn more about it, go to TMCC’s Workforce Development and Continuation Education website.

If you have questions, email Paula at fictionista@sbcglobal.net or visit her web site www.pjoriley.com


Annual HSW Contest Coming in June

Mark your calendars for the June meeting now.  Donna Stegman with be announcing all the particulars and the prize for the 2018 Writing Contest at our meeting on Saturday, June 9th. This will be one contest you want to enter ’cause it may change your life. Donna will also be critiquing blurbs at this meeting… only time this year, so get yours ready to go.


Is Your Mailing List a Potential Violation?

Many writers have a mailing list of fans and potential book-buyers. It’s a great, personal way to market books. You collect the mailing list from your website, Facebook, and other online sources then store in a database. If you’re actively promoting, you may be mailing out a newsletter a month or even more frequently with updates and general chat to entice your readers to look at your book.

However, if you have people on your mailing list who are in the European Union, a new law going into effect on May 25, could affect you. Called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), its purpose is to provide more security and moderation of online data gathering. In conjunction with this, the EU is requiring a double opt-in for email sign-ups and the opt-in must state the purpose of the mailing list, such as book information only, general newsletter, etc. The person opting in needs to have a confirmation response that they do, indeed, want to be on the list.

Failure to comply with this can lead to a significant fine from the EU. So, take a look at your mailing list opt-in. If it isn’t clearly stated what the data is used for, change it. Also, check to see if it is set to a double opt-in.

Learn more about this change at this web site:
https://litmus.com/blog/gdpr-what-europes-new-privacy-law-means-for-email-market


Get A Professional Book Review and More Exposure

The LeRue Review-A Publisher’s “Three-Chapter View”

Writers! Get your book reviewed (with a thumbnail image of the book).
Review cost is $10. All you do is send 3 chapters to us with a cover image to our specs. We will post the review in What’s the Story, (2500 distribution plus online).


What kind of review? It’s brief and to the point from a publisher’s perspective. One of the features is a scale of the likelihood we would publish (if we were open to submissions in that genre/topic). This is not a solicitation for new manuscripts. We love to encourage authors and want to provide a review service that is unique and helpful to readers and to you.

You can use the review AFTER it is published in What’s the Story? as long as you give LeRue and WTS attribution. Deadline: 1st of the month. You will usually see your review in the following month’s issue. (Example: Received by May 1st, published in June issue). We will notify you of your anticipated publish date.

Why wait? Get your review now! Contact lrp@lrpnv.comInclude LRR-3 Chapter View in subject line.

Reprinted with permission from Janice Hermsen at LaRue Press.
 

From the Editor: To clarify the submission, it is the first three chapters of your book, double-spaced and 12 point Times New Roman. You can send either a WORD doc or PDF file.

Missing an issue of our newsletter? The most recent issues can be found in the archive by clicking the View this in your browser link at the top of this email. From there, you can select the previous issues. this is a new feature at MailChimp and the archive will continue to grow to 20 previous issues over time. Issues for this year thorough August are also available on our website www.highsierrawriters,org
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