HSW December 2021 Newsletter

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. 

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.

Linda Bailey is our Critique Group Wrangler. Let her know what genre(s) you write and if you prefer an in-person or online group. She will try to match you with a group or help you start a new one. This is a member benefit, so you must be a paid member to join a group.

Contact Linda to join a Reno-based group this year! lynda.r.bailey@gmail.com. 

Have a Finished draft? You might be Ready…

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!


Book Brush Video

Last month, Kathleen Sweeney from Book Brush presented a great overview of this program. If you missed it, you can view the recording at our new HSW YouTube Channel. This is a private channel, but anyone with the URL can access the video. As a reminder, Kathleen offered a non-expiring 15% discount code to HSW members. The code is in the video. 

HSW Writing Contest Winners!

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. 


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