November was our final meeting for 2014 and as tradition holds, we held our pot luck lunch. We also had our speaker, Terry Lee, Hollywood Producer extraordinare, present his Antagonist Bootcamp to those who attended.
Though we battled through several techincal difficulties with bandwidth at the library, we were able to muddle through the presentation and once again, we learned so much from his program and hope to have Terry back in the future for more on antagonists and protagonists.
We also discussed 2015 and what changes were in store for us. PLRW has many exciting new items on its agenda for the coming year and we can’t wait to get started.
Our October meeting was a difficult one for us. As with everything in this world, changes are made every day and with RWA becoming the corporation that it is, that means we are having to change with them.
New membership guidelines were presented that could change the way our chapter runs and our general meeting was a long, difficult one with questions of our survival and how we will manage through the coming years.
PLRW is an old, strong chapter. We have been through many twists and turns as the publishing world changes with technology and we have managed to not only survive, but thrive. It is what we do best and we will continue to do so. Chins up, ladies, we are here to stay no matter what the future holds for us!
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.