As the cool air drifts in and the leaves begin to change into their blazing hues, one begins to think of hay rides, pumpkins and haunted houses.
Heralding that feeling with gusto, we had guest speaker, Katherine Ramsland, attend our September gathering where she spoke of haunted crime scenes.
We discussed some interesting, local murders and deaths that had taken place in the past and she shared with us her experience while investigating several famous locations, such as the Lizzie Borden house.
Members asked questions ranging from types of deaths to ghostly encounters and we were all left with a lingering feeling of mystery.
This month we had much to celebrate. Besides being able to gather as we so love and see new faces at the table, we also celebrated another PRO pinning. Amy Gale was presented with her PRO pin and flowers, putting us one step closer to our goal to have all members in a minimum of PRO category.
This months workshop “Spell check is so 20th century” was presented by our own Amanda Sumner, who walked us through several available editing software packages and gave us pointers on what to look for when we choose an editor for our own work. It was insightful and members were eager to get to work on their editing, several staying after the meeting to brainstorm and discuss plot points and other fine points of crafting a well developed story.
In all, it was yet another very fulfilling, successful meeting.
With the advent of self publishing and the flurry of new online publishers, having a standout cover is crucial. Writers must stand out in a rapidly filling sea of novels even if their writing is spectacular. We don’t have brick and mortar shops to show off our work, pristinely showcased in a window. Now we must compete with every book available on the internet.
In our May workshop, we discussed what it takes to make your cover stand out. How to choose colors that attract attention and what not to do. Graphic Artist, Robert Mendoza, walked us through several aspects of cover development, where to find legal and free graphics and how to market them so you don’t blend into the plethora of offerings around you.
Members came away with an pivotal guide on how to accomplish this momentous task and how to make their work shine.
Our April meeting was met with great enthusiasm with the induction of member Julie Lemardy into PRO and with the word that several others have started with PRO or PAN proceedings. We also welcomed some new faces and the level of excitement in the air was palpable. That excitement carried over into our speaker event when Terry Lee, Hollywood Producer extraordinaire, discussed in depth the nuances of protagonists and antagonists and their subtle dance around one other. His presentation triggered so many questions and ideas that discussions as to redrafts of heroes and villains is still going on among members.
Next month we welcome Robert Mendoza, who will discuss graphic aesthetics in covers and illustrations. As a long time graphic artist in the New York Publishing arena, his insight will go along way in showing members and guests how to make their work shine.
This month, PLRW “march”ed into Spring with a great workshop given by our own Julie Lemardy on InDesign Software. She gave an excellent slide presentation accompanied by simple instructions to help neophytes and veterans alike navigate the brave, new world of self publishing. I completely understand why so many authors are going this route with their stories. I’m telling you, it can be done. Of course, the main goal of PLRW is to support our members.
So whether your dream is being published by a traditional publisher, a small press, or doing it yourself, we’ll help you get there.
See you in April!