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Success Stories

Members can post their success stories here.  Published book, articles, awards, acquiring an agent, even a "good" rejection!  Be brief.
  • 23 Nov 2014 5:05 PM | Becky Bartlett

    November 23, 2014

    Update on the GLVWG self-publishing project.

    I’m happy to report we had a lot of entries for our anthologies. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough essays for the Why We Write section, so the board has decided to collapse the two projects into one book. If you sent in two submissions, both will be included.

    So far, we’ve completed the following stages in self-publishing: 1.Write and finish something, 2. Get feedback/critique and 3. Commit to getting it into print. Now we’re doing the copy editing step. Authors shouldn’t copy edit their own work. It takes a fresh set of eyes to spot the grammar, punctuation, spelling and other mistakes. Our copy editors are currently reviewing all submitted pieces and should have them returned to the authors by December 15th

    When you self-publish, the quality of the final project is completely up to you. It will be the author’s responsibility to make the corrections and properly format their work to make sure it prints correctly in the anthology. Final submissions are due on January 15th.

    Then we move onto the next stage in the self-publishing process: marketing. If you want to sell books you need eye catching cover art and a catchy title. We’ll be seeking ideas for titles and cover art soon and I’m hoping GLVWG members have some great ideas.

    And remember, ABW!  (Always Be Writing).

     

    Becky Bartlett


  • 06 Nov 2014 12:18 PM | DT Krippene (Administrator)

    Forget PHAs (Potentially Hazardous Asteroids) that might hit the earth.  I'm more worried about the apocalypse beneath our feet.

     

    http://dtkrippene.com/2014/11/06/the-apocalypse-beneath-our-feet/

     

  • 02 Nov 2014 8:49 PM | Becky Bartlett

    Last week submissions for the two GLVWG anthologies were due and I'm pleased to report that we have lots of participants.  Volunteers have been reading through everything to make sure it meets the word count and content guidelines.  If you submitted something, you should have heard back by now. If not, you will in a few days. 

    So what happens now?  Now, we move onto the third step in the self-publishing process: Copy editing.  This is something authors can't do for themselves.  A professional has to read through the work looking for spelling errors, punctuation problems, grammar issues, and pronoun confusion. No one can effectively edit their own work--you need another set of eyes to review what you've written. 

    We have two professional editors who will soon be contacting authors about their work.  After that, it will be the author's job to make the changes and resubmit their essays/stories. When you self-publish, you're responsible for the final product even when you contract out to have it done.

    Thanks to everyone who stepped up to participate and, if we weren't able to get anything written by the due date, don't worry, there are still ways you can get involved.  Details to be posted soon!

    Rebecca Bartlett


  • 26 Oct 2014 10:59 AM | Deleted user

    Castle Alabaster, tales of insanity by Steven Walker.  Collection of short fiction, poetry and original art is now available at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484953789/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_syh?m=A24PL2F0N1WWQJ

  • 25 Oct 2014 3:06 PM | Becky Bartlett

    Midnight tonight (10/25) is the deadline for entries for the GLVWG Self-Publishing Project.  All entries must be submitted to:  glvwgspproject@gmail.com 


    If you sent something in, you should have gotten a response stating we had received it.  If, for some reason, you do not get a return email by Monday (10/27), you can resubmit your piece.  After that, we will be closed to submissions.


    So....what happens now?


    Some volunteers will read through the entries to make sure they are compatible with our guidelines including word count and no explicit sex/violence/profanity, and check membership status.  At this point, you may receive some suggestions about your piece.  (Note: they will merely be suggestions, you are not required to follow them unless it pertains to word count or objectionable content).  We will then contact you with instructions for what copy editor to send your piece to.  It will be your responsibility to make the changes the copy editor suggests, format the piece for publication, and then send it in by the final due date -- January 15, 2016.


    We're very glad to see such an enthusiastic response from our membership and hope to have copies of both anthologies up for sale at the 2016 Write Stuff Conference!

    Sincerely,

    Becky Bartlett

    Self-Publishing Coordinator

  • 18 Oct 2014 6:31 PM | DT Krippene (Administrator)

    It's hard enough to manage social media, being technologically challenged with ever changing program updates, password mania, IPhone debacles ... who can keep up?

    http://dtkrippene.com/2014/10/17/just-ctl-alt-delete-me/

     

  • 06 Oct 2014 8:25 AM | DT Krippene (Administrator)

    What is with graphic art portrayals of warrior women in outfits befitting a harlot?

    http://dtkrippene.com/2014/10/01/the-good-the-bad-and-the-scantily-clad/

     

  • 29 Sep 2014 11:57 AM | DT Krippene (Administrator)
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    Becky Bartlett's Book:

    "How the Demon Got His Knees"


    Now available for free on Kobo,
    and my website: http://www.rebeccabartlettauthor.com/

    http://bit.ly/1rnt7NB

    Find out how imaginary friend, Bill Zeebub, convinces Katie to give him knees for Christmas.

    Happy reading!

    Rebecca Bartlett

  • 28 Sep 2014 3:55 PM | Becky Bartlett

    The submission deadline for our self-publishing project is drawing closer.  You have until midnight on October 25 to send in an essay on why you write (500 words or less) for our “Why We Write” collection or a short story (2,500 words or less) for our fiction anthology.

    This summer, members focused on the first step in any self-publishing venture – writing and finishing something.  At the GLVWG meeting on September 27th, we talked about step twoundefinedgetting critiqued. It’s a good idea to get some feedback from someone you trust before submitting your work.  This has more to do with than pronoun confusion and comma placement. You want to make sure something in your story is connecting with the reader.

    Remember, you can send one entry for each category. GLVWG is assuming all financial costs for this project, but club members have to provide the content.

    We’re hoping everyone chooses to participate.  If short stories and essays don’t get your pencil moving, please consider helping out with promoting the anthologies, designing the cover art or writing an article about the project.

    Hoping to hear from you soon,

    Becky Bartlett

    (GLVWG treasurer and self-publishing veteran)

    Submissions are due by midnight on October 25 2014. All submissions must be sent to glvwgspproject@gmail.comas a doc or docx file  or pasted into the body of the email. 

     

  • 24 Sep 2014 9:29 AM | DT Krippene (Administrator)

     

     

    New article out - Foods likely to survive futuristic dystopian settings; Bacon will likely make the cut, provided Sus scrofa domesticus is still around.

    http://bit.ly/1uKfJ51

     

     

     

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