Lisa Cheever: The Author and the Librarian Relationship
In this workshop, Lisa Cheever will describe the author and librarian relationship. She will discuss strategies that authors can do to raise their visibility/chances of name recognition within libraries. Lisa will explain how libraries choose the books they add to their shelves, and ideas for fostering the author relationship with libraries, including an author’s local library and libraries of other communities.
Since becoming a library director nine years ago, Lisa Cheever has been an advocate for local authors. She believes that every person has a story, and the library community should support our patrons who have an interest in writing, and foster that interest through writing workshops, poetry events, and au-thor visits.
Lisa Cheever is currently the Library Director of the Blackstone Public Library, and the previous Director of the Millville Free Public Library. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in English from Worcester State University, and is an amateur poetess who someday would like to publish these observations of human nature. Lisa has been married to Jeff, the greatest guy on earth, for nineteen years; and she has two wonderful adult children.
BJ Hill: There’s an App for That: Technology That Can Make You a More Productive Writer
Taught by someone who is both an I.T. professional and a freelance writer, this meeting will cover practical computer solutions you can apply to your craft. Topics will include how to make your files accessible across devices, how to restore your data from a crashed hard drive, and how to decipher specs when shopping for a new computer.
The session will exhibit useful apps which will “turn off” the Internet, turn off certain parts of the Internet, and eliminate ads from web sites. Audience participation is encouraged, so please bring your questions and your own favorite tips and tricks. This afternoon will deal mostly with PCs, but most solutions will apply to Mac OS and Android systems.
BJ Hill is an I.T. consultant for several non-profit agencies in the Worcester area. He also writes human interest stories for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, including a recent series on hiking across Massachusetts.
Ashlyn Chase: Writers Be Crazy, Secrets of the Creative Mind
You always knew you were a little different from so-called normal people right? Did you ever wonder why some of those normal types just didn’t seem to ‘get’ you? Or why a group of writers can sit in a box of rocks, and a good time will be had by all?
It’s because we’re hard-wired a certain way. The bad news is, we’re a little crazy.
The good news is, we’re a little crazy—and only another creative mind would get that.
Someone once told Ashlyn, “You don’t think like other people.” She was a fellow writer and didn’t mean it as an insult. She meant it to help…and it did. Ashlyn hopes this workshop will help others who think differently to understand themselves and their unique gift a little better.
Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience. An RN, she holds a degree in behavioral sciences and chose to work in the psych field because the mind is still largely uncharted territory and uncovering its secrets is a fascinating privilege. To keep her creative mind out of trouble she became a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency.
Barbara Keiler: The Writer’s Journey
In “The Hero’s Journey,” Chris Vogler outlines the nine stages a hero goes through to get from the beginning to the satisfying conclusion of a story. In “The Writer’s Journey,” Barbara discusses how our journeys as writers parallel the journeys of the heroes and heroines we create, and also how our journeys are very different from those of our heroes and heroines. She has come up with nine lessons of her own that guide writers from the first step they take onward.
Since her first publication thirty-one years ago, USA Today bestselling author Barbara Keiler, who writes as Judith Arnold, has sold more than ninety traditionally published novels and several original indie-published novels. She’s been a multiple finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award, as well as the EPIC Award for electronic fiction, and she’s won RT Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Awards for best Harlequin American Romance, best Harlequin Superromance, best Series Romance and best Contemporary Single Title Romance. She has also won the New England Readers Choice “Bean Pot” Award for Long Contemporary Romance. Publishers Weekly named her novel Love in Bloom’s one of the best books of the year, and her novel Barefoot in the Grass has appeared on recommended reading lists at hospitals and breast cancer support centers. Married and a mother of two, Barbara lives near Boston in a house with four guitars, three pianos, a violin, an electric keyboard, a balalaika and a set of bongo drums.
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December 6, 2014
Jeanne Paglio: Promotion
Daunted by promotion? As creative people, we tend to dislike stepping out of our comfort zone to bring our work to public attention. Cursing over Facebook and shying away from Twitter because you aren’t comfortable with either of them or how they can work for you, you can take a stand and figure out what types of promotion is painless (or mostly painless). It’s imperative to consider marketing and what you can do to make your mark in the world of readers. There’s more to marketing than Facebook and Twitter.
This informal, and interactive workshop explores the possibilities available to those who seek to increase sales, and to become adept at the what, where,to whom, and the how of promotion. Marketing is as important to you, the author, as it is to breathing air. We mustn’t all be experts at marketing, but we certainly need to be proficient and take every opportunity to promote ourselves and the work we do.
Instead of giving away our work, repeatedly slamming people with our book(s) on Facebook, we’ll discuss various venues that are free or have some cost attached to them and take less time than we ever imagined. In view of the reader’s marketplace, there are a number of efficient and less “time” costly ways to use promotion as a way to acquire readers.
Bring your notebook, have your questions ready, and plan on sharing the most effective way you’ve found to promote your work.
Jeanne Paglio writes fiction as J.M. Griffin, and non-fiction as Jeanne Paglio. She is a hybrid author, and an artist, who has been down the business road many times and still manages to find new and interesting ways of promoting her work. Published in magazines and having taught at RISD and at art conventions throughout the country, Jeanne is the author of ten published novels and eight art books.
As a business oriented author, Jeanne has spent many years perfecting ways in which to reach the public and make them aware of her work. While she has no business or marketing degree, Jeanne is tenacious and avid student in the art of business and how to market her work. She has been the President and also served as the First Vice President of The Little Rhody Rembrandts painting group in Rhode Island.
Jeanne currently lives in Scituate, Rhode Island and spends her time working on the next project or two, whichever one strikes her fancy.
No meetings in July and August
Next meeting: September 6, 2014
Estate Planning for Authors
Have you ever thought about what will happen to your stories after you’re gone? What about your website, social media accounts and contracts with digital distributors like Amazon and Smashwords?
At our May meeting, Gin Jones will share the basic steps you can take to protect your intangible assets after you’re gone, including the seventy-year lifetime of your copyrights, and your “digital afterlife” (your on-line presence).
The workshop will cover the basics of estate planning, while focusing on the unique elements of an author’s estate: the seventy-year life of copyright, appointment of literary representatives and management of the author’s digital afterlife.
Gin Jones is a licensed attorney with more than ten years’ experience in the general practice of law. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and a member of Sisters in Crime. She has written two non-fiction books, Estate Planning For Authors and Business Planning For Authors. Gin’s first cozy mystery,Nursing A Grudge (Gemma Halliday Publishing), will be released in June 2014. For more information, visit thewritegin.blogspot.com
NOTE: This month’s meeting is being held on the second Saturday rather than the first so as not to conflict with the RWA New England Chapter Conference on May 3.
Mary Rubino, CH: Visions, Vision Boards and Hypnosis: Tools for Success
Ever think of your mind as a tool?
An ally that can learn to help you achieve your highest potential?
Join Mary Rubino, Certified Hypnotist, as she guides you through this process of using vision boards to create your ideal vision and put you on the fast track to reaching your goals.
***** Raffle for free private hypnosis session with Mary *****
NOTE: Instructions on how to create vision boards, no materials provided.
Mary R. Rubino, CH (Certified Hypnotist) is a 2010 graduate of Thomas Institute of Hypnosis. She is certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists. Mary believes her services can work in partnership with mainstream medical care in providing a pathway to greater health, wholeness and healing. Mary holds private sessions nights and Saturdays at her office located in Franklin Back and Joint Care in Franklin. Mary is a resident of Medway, has two grown daughters Colleen and Frances, and a grandson Jared.
Cynthia D’Attilio: Writing under the Skin: going beneath the surface of your character’s experience
Have you ever gotten a rejection letter (or a review) that reads something like:
“The writing is solid, and your characters are well-drawn, but I just didn’t fall in love with it”?
After cursing the writer of the letter/review out, did you ask yourself: How do you make a reader fall in love with your story? One answer: by letting them be a part of it.
Many writers (experienced as well as newbies) write good scenes and call them complete. But further exploration reveals they’ve missed the opportunity to go deeper into the good stuff that hooks a reader—and creates a compelling story they’ll want to recommend to others.
This interactive workshop explores how to bring a character’s experience to life for your reader by using tips on points of view as well as a discussion of action and reactions. It attempts to teach writers how to get under a character’s skin and into their heads so that readers can live in them and through them and more fully immerse themselves in their story world. Bring a pen, some paper, and be ready to write and share in small groups!
Cynthia D’Attilio has too many pseudonyms. She writes as Cynthia Selwyn for Breathless Press, has edited as Cynthia Blackburn, Cynthia Brayden-Thomas and Veronica Swift, and is currently working on a book to be self-published under the name Marnie Blue. She also writes fanfic under the name GrammarDemon.
Besides a tendency towards multiple personalities, she is the mother of three,(under the name “Mom”) pack leader of two (as “Wuff”) and wife of one (as “Hey Honey, Have You Seen My Car Keys?”). She’s been a sporadic member of RIRW (see motherhood, previous sentence) since 1995 and has served the group as Newsletter Editor and as President. Cynthia currently lives in Cranston, and spends most days trying to remember what to call herself.
You can email her at email@example.com; it’s the only email address programmed into her phone.
There is no regular meeting in February. The next meeting is March 1.