- SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW -
The Writer's Alliance of Gainesville proudly announces that
it is now planning the 2014 issue of its annual print journal the Bacopa Literary Review.
This means, of course, that it has established open submission dates
for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
General (non-contest) Submissions: January 1-March 31
Contest Submissions: April 1-June 30
Click here for submission guidelines.
WAG members may join critique pods. To improve your writing, contact Pod Coordinator Patsy
Murray and get involved!
Writer's Alliance members are filling the pages of journals and magazines with brilliant works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
See Wag Tales (and below) for the latest.
Good stuff here!
Click here for the latest issue of
The WAG Digest, Vol. 4, Issue 9/10, Sept.-Oct. 2013.
WAG member Richard Gartee will offer a free workshop titled Better e-Book Formatting on Sunday, March 23rd
from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Millhopper Library Branch in Gainesville. The workshop is free, but Richard asks
that attendees pre-register. For additional information and workshop registration visit his web site.
"Some WAG members have found the automated conversion of PDF files to e-book offered by Kindle Direct to be unsatisfactory," Richard says. "With the right tools and a little effort you can produce e-pub files
that do not require conversion and thus give you more control."
According to Richard, the workshop will begin with a brief overview of e-book formats. Then he will proceed
to help you learn to use two free software programs: Sigil and the Kindle Previewer.
"If you can use a word processor to cut and paste," he says, "you already have 90 percent of the skills required.
Richard's book, Lancelot's Grail and three others are available online (and more, he says, are on the way).
How to Host a Book Signing
WAG's Art Crummer held a book signing at the Millhopper Branch of the Alachua County Library on Sunday, January 26th.
The room was packed with 63 people and more than a dozen bought his novel, Wrestling God.
"I just wanted people to have fun," Art says, "wanted them to be comfortable and relate to the characters in the story
through the music." Art relied on several mailing lists - church groups, drama groups, music and writers, plus notices in the
Gainesville Sun newspaper - and carefully designed his flyer to emphasize the fun part! It also helped, perhaps, that
no football games or local festivals were scheduled that day.
"If I had it to do all over again," Art says, "I might do more music and shorter readings."
For others planning similar performances, Art recommends paying close
attention to the venue, and recognizing that the reading experience and the sitting-and-listening experience are very
different. Prepare, practice and then put yourself in the chair as an attendee and ask, "Am I having fun?
If I had to go home right now would I come back to hear the end of this presentation?" Remember that
a public presentation is about entertainment as much as it is about ideas.
The library community room was packed for Art's readings and music.
Art Crummer's first novel is Wrestling God.
Art sent invitations to friends like David and Vicki Evans, members of his music community.
Writers Alliance Writers Are Published Writers!
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Maya Angelou
Very little is more pleasing to a writer than having friends who appreciate their work.
It is important to let authors and - yes, especially - publishers, know that you have read some favored selection,
that you love this writer and her or his work - especially in this day of electronic publication and closing book stores.
We invite all members of WAG to let us know when work is (or will be) published and we will happily refer
others who are fans of this site to read and enjoy.
Check out issue two of Dirty Chai (page 35) for a creative non-fiction story titled Me and the Boys by WAG member Wendy Thornton and learn about her mystery returning Marine veteran, her boyfriend "Rick" and the decision to hitchhike to New Orleans.
"I'm published!" writes WAG member Aileen McCready. "Telling Our Stories Press has published an anthology entitled Reverie: Ultra Short Memoirs featuring a piece I wrote called 'Conversation with my Father.' (When I got their notice that it was being included, I thought it was for a different piece. I completely forgot that I had even submitted this one!)" Read about small things that matter to Aileen at aileenrmccready.wordpress.com. An "independent literary imprint with a focus on the art of short memoir and personal narrative," Telling Our Stories Press is found here. Reverie is available as a paperback and in most ebook formats.
Supreme congratulations to WAG member Larry Brasington, whose sci-fi adventure novel Nell's Tavern ranked high in Amazon's Kindle Store in the War & Mystery, Thriller and Space Opera categories.
Wendy Thornton's poem Cognitive Flame Out was awarded an Honorable Mention in the spring contest of Avalon Literary Review and will be included in their hard cover book published in April. Wendy's poem Beautiful Women, Wretched Lies was accepted by White Ash Magazine, a Canadian publication with the followingnote from the editors: we "... have reached the conclusion that you are exactly the kind of writer we are looking for." Wendy's work begins, "It's easy to imagine beautiful women meeting their just rewards in endless mirrors throughout their lives. But sometimes ..." And you will need to buy the compilation to read the rest. Way to go, Wendy!
Melissa Lee, The Permanent Tourist
Melissa Lee from St. Simons Island, Georgia, spoke to the Writers Alliance on Sunday, January 12th. Artist, author, chef, blogger, agent and soon to be publisher spoke about "Following your creative heart in the new year." She was introduced (photo at right) by outgoing WAG Program Chair Jennifer Grant. (Jennifer has been accepted into an MFA writing program - congrats Jenn!)
Melissa's blog and web site The Permanent Tourist is booming and she is even considering franchising it to every state. It's a remarkable idea, especially for a blog and someone who, just a year ago, was doubting that she could handle the many tasks that she saw ahead.
Then she realized, "I don't know where it's all going, and that's what's exciting."
Melissa's tips: Never burn your bridges. Include your photography. Don't give up. Explore radio and other media. Go within - find out who you are - express that person.
Photo below right: WAG member Mary Bridgman (l) with Melissa Lee.
Photo below: The fast-talking Melissa showed up with her peeps: (l-r) Skylar Lee, Melissa, Glorietta Allison and Carolyn Troupin.
And even more party photos ...
The purpose of a great party is to develop enthusiam among our writing community,
to display (and to sell and promote) the work of successful writers and to share the agony (okay, and the ecstasy) of the clean page, the blank screen. Write on!
The November-December issue of WAG Digest is now online here.
Read. Write. Get smart. Get happy! And more party pictures.
Most Famous Party of All Time?
The most famous part of all time may have taken place in National Lampoon's 1978 feature film
Animal House starring the late John Belushi - "Toga! Toga!" But anyone who says WAG members don't know
how to have fun wasn't present at the December 1 WAG social. Here are a few pictures ... and please help us
fill in all the names with an email to the webmaster!
WAG authors offered books for sale: Darlene Marshall, Richard Gartee, Heman Harris, Carol Ray Skipper, Rhonda Riley and Tad Karamazyn.
Pictured are Kal Rosenberg and guest, Heman "Doc" Harris, Jack "Blimey, a Limey" Owen, Larry "Space Man" Brasington, and WAG President Art Crummer signing his new book.
And there were dancers ... and more books!
Bonnie Ogle and dance partner.
Very smooth, Bonnie.
And someone rememberd how
to do the swing ... marvelously!
Art Crummer at last proposes
to the long-suffering Marie.
Marie Rogers sells copies
of her sci fi novel Fern.
The Pod Thickens
A Special Report to Writers Alliance members and guests about recent Pod activities!
Meeting quietly at an undisclosed location in Gainesville, this group of five writers - all members of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville - sharpened their craft, submitted their work for open critique of attending members and agreed to meet again in a month. All without secret decoder rings, or secret handshakes. Openly and in public, no less. This all took place according to the highest standards of American democracy, a literate and civilized society and the Writers Alliance. To learn more, to find out what all the commotion was about and who attended this free-for-all, click here.
You Wrote It - Now Promote It!
Perhaps it falls under the topic, "No job is done until the paperwork is completed," but three published WAG authors
dish about promoting their work: Kaye Linden, Wendy Thornton and Jack Owen. Did they begin with a plan?
Did they work their plan? Did they hire a publicist? Did it take time and money? How do they distinguish
between their desire to succeed as a writer and the need to "become a brand?" (If you don't know what that
means, please Google it.) So, check WAG Tales and see what these three excellent tale-crafters have to say.
It's only a beginning. They each have a few ideas. But if you have a story to tell, you need people to read and listen.
Perhaps it's time to create Your Brand.
Have you checked the WAG Tales section of your WAG website yet?
If not, dive in right now and check out insightful writing tips from published WAG members:
Linden, Thornton & Owen "You Wrote It - Now Promote It"
Art Crummer "The Writer's Life"
Karen Majorowicz "Top reasons for writing poetry"
Heman "Doc" Harris "Just give me five words ..."
Bonnie Ogle "Luck? No way!"
Rick Sapp "To Fiction or Not to Fiction ..."
Larry Brasington "Science Fiction Lives!"
Stephanie Seguin "Flying Like An Eagle"
Darlene Marshall (Eve Ackerman) about "The Joy Moment"
Jennifer Grant talks about being "ADD about Genre"
Kal Rosenberg on "Good Writing vs. Good Fiction"
Jack Owen about being a "Map Engineer"
Sandra Gail Lambert discusses "Motivation"
Felicia Lee dishes on "Why blog?"
Kaye Linden looks at the long view - "Writing Through a Slump"
Susie Baxter on "Editing & Deadlines"
Wendy Thornton talks about something fundamental to all of us - "Desire"
The Bacopa Literary Review is now alive on Twitter at @BacopaLitReview says Editor-in-Chief Gen Aris. It's
a great way to read up-to-the-minute news and information from this initiative of the Writer's Alliance of Gainesville.
Check out our "Coming Programs" page for the WAG Speaker Series!
and Wag Tales for tips and ideas from fellow WAG writers: "What works for me ..."
The Writer's Alliance is on Facebook! Click here!
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