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Members can post their success stories here.  Published book, articles, awards, acquiring an agent, even a "good" rejection!  Be brief.
  • 13 Jul 2014 3:49 PM | Becky Bartlett

                 Ideas to get your pencils moving

    One of the anthologies GLVWG members can submit to is a collection of essays entitled “Why We Write”.  Why do you write?  You must have a reason. This isn’t a hobby you get rich on (typically).


    Here are some quotes from writers about what writing means to them.  See if one of them kick starts an idea you can use for an essay.


    Note to members: While you are encouraged to work on things over the summer, we won’t be accepting submissions until fall.  Stay tuned for dates.


    “The first job of the citizen is to keep your mouth open.”  Gunter Grass


    “We have it in our power to begin the world again.” Thomas Paine


    “The secret of having good ideas is to have a lot of ideas, then throw away the bad ones.” Linus Pauling


    “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Agatha Christie

    “The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • 09 Jul 2014 11:00 AM | Bart Palamaro (Administrator)

    Lois Spengler will be reading her story The Fort on Fourth St. at the Palmer Library on July 9th at 11:00am.

  • 04 Jul 2014 7:31 AM | Becky Bartlett

    GLVWG member, Steve Sora, has graciously provided some prompts, to help people get started on their stories/essays for our self-publishing project.

    Here are some accurate, but not widely known, historical facts.

    1) Blue eyes were unknown until 10,000 years ago. A single mutation then occurred in the Baltic sea area. Today 500 million people have them.


     2) The Etruscans started the custom of breaking the chicken's wishbone.


    3) The painter Vermeer went from healthy to dead in two days. At age 43 he died broke having gone three years without a sale. His wife sold "Lady Writing a letter with her maid" and "The Guitar Player" to pay a 600 florin baker's bill ($80)


    4) A dead man’s hand is 2 aces, 2 eights and the queen of hearts. James Butler aka "Wild Bill" Hitchcock held these cards when he was gunned down in Deadwood SD.

    5) Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) and CS Lewis (Narnia) died the same day JFK was killed.

  • 02 Jul 2014 8:48 AM | Becky Bartlett

    The first step in self-publishing your book is to write and finish something.

    Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  Well, a lot of people stall right here.  Fortunately members have GLVWG to lean on. We’ll be posting prompts – short ideas/sentences to help you get your pencil moving. If you’re struggling, check in and see if one of these prompts sparks an idea. 

    Still can’t get the words flowing?  GLVWG members will be hosting writing get-togethers this summer. Come and find support among your fellow writers.  We hope to see everyone at the September meeting with a work in process.  There we’ll be discussing the second step in the self-publishing process: getting feedback. 

  • 02 Jul 2014 8:41 AM | Becky Bartlett

        GLVWG’s Self-Publishing Project
    Admit it, you’ve thought about self-publishing. Everyone has. Even authors with contracts fantasize about putting their books out themselves and skipping the aggravation which comes with editors, publishers, and cover designers. All that’s stopping them, and you, is the process of actually doing it.
    Admit it, you’ve thought about self-publishing. Everyone has. Even authors with contracts fantasize about putting their books out themselves and skipping the aggravation which comes with editors, publishers, and cover designers. All that’s stopping them, and you, is the process of actually doing it.
    Well, this year GLVWG is going to show you how it’s done, walking members through each step of what’s required to self-publish. To participate, you must be a member in good standing with GLVWG, but anyone interested in learning what it takes to produce and market your own work is welcome to follow our progress on-line.  Feel free to weigh in with an opinion – this is going to be a learning process for everybody. We want to know what worked for you and what didn’t.
    GLVWG will be putting out 2 anthologies: a collection of short stories and a collection of essays entitled “Why We Write”. We plan to have copies available for sale at our Write Stuff Conference in March 2015.


    Happy writing!

  • 28 Jun 2014 7:44 PM | Phil Giunta

    Just a few bits of news:

    1. On August 1, along with 7 other writers, I will be launching a new anthology of SF, Fantasy, and Paranormal stories published by Firebringer Press. Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity will debut at Shore Leave 36, a SF convention in Hunt Valley, MD that I have been attending for 20 years.   

    2. I'm making final revisions to a paranormal novella to be submitted to my publisher, Firebringer Press later this year. 

    3. I just submitted a synopsis to an "alternate" Sherlock Holmes anthology. In other words, Sherlock with a twist. We’re encouraged to go completely off the wall, like making Sherlock a woman, or an alien, or whatever.  Will post an update as soon as I hear something.


  • 18 Jun 2014 11:00 AM | Bart Palamaro (Administrator)
    Phyllis Palamaro will be reading her children's story Farmer Bonnie and Sally the Sad Sow on June 18th at 11:00am.
  • 17 Jun 2014 3:15 PM | DT Krippene (Administrator)

    Every author wants to find that perfect header graphic that best captures the brand.  While researching the graphic for my site, Searching for Light in the Darkness, I stumbled on photographer Lori Nix's, The Library, where a tree stretches to the broken roof of a derelict library in search of better light.

    http://dtkrippene.com/2014/06/16/lori-nix-my-8-x-10-life/

  • 17 Jun 2014 3:05 PM | DT Krippene (Administrator)

    Anne R. Allen offers essential tips on creating and managing an author's blog. With so many "how to" articles geared toward businesses, this is truly author oriented.

     

    http://bit.ly/1pa0m3X  

    Anne R. Allen offers essential tips on creating and managing an author's blog.  With so many "how to" articles geared toward businesses, this is truly author oriented. 

    http://bit.ly/1pa0m3X   

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