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:

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 


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.




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