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 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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