Category Archives: Newsletter

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 … Continue reading

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February 2018 Newsletter

From the President: QUERY LETTERS “My mystery/thriller, JUMPING JACK, will be as big as any John Grisham. You’ll make a lot of money with my book.” Agents love queries that start this way. My mother loved it. Check. I worked hard … Continue reading

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HSW News & Information for January 2018

From the HSW President  No, I’m not going to talk about New Year’s writing resolutions or how to find the time to write. Instead, I want to talk about a coincidence that brought into focus an issue near and dear: … Continue reading

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December 2017 Newsletter

From the HSW President  Particularly because of looking at entries for the short story contest, I think it would be helpful to contrast two key elements of a story: setting and immediate scene. I’ve talked about immediate scene before; it’s … Continue reading

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November 2017 Newsletter

From the President YOUR QUERY CHECKLIST So you’ve done your research, created a list (or a spreadsheet if you’re a paragon of efficiency and organization) of agents you want to query, and think you have everything you need. Your query … Continue reading

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October 2017 Newsletter

From the HSW President USE THE HOLIDAY SLUMP TO YOUR ADVANTAGE Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Year. The next three months will suck you away from whatever writing routine you may have. Don’t lament, don’t cry, don’t panic. … Continue reading

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September 2017 Newsletter

From the HSW President There’s no THERE there. How to engage readers with active verbs. Whenever you see “there” you usually have a passive verb, except when “there” is a place, as in “over there.” Word search for “there” and … Continue reading

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August 2017 Newsletter

From the HSW President Happy August, Well, unfortunately, August is the month that New York editors and agents go on vacation and the publishing industry takes a deep breath and rests. If you have a place in the Hamptons, you … Continue reading

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July 2017 Newsletter

From the HSW President: Traditional Publishing Versus Self-Publishing Since I’ve done both, Donna suggested I talk about the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. A lot depends on your resources, both physical and financial, your stamina, and why … Continue reading

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June 2017 Newsletter

From the President Happy June! I can’t attend the June meeting, but I’d like to share recent experiences that relate to this month’s topic. Kindle Scout You can go to their website for all the details, but essentially this is … Continue reading

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