“It Takes a Village to Get Published” with Scott James – 2/21/16 at CWC

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Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 4.45.35 PMThere are more options than ever for getting your book published, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Bestselling novelist and former New York Times columnist Scott James talks about his non-traditional path to publication, including innovations in digital publishing and book marketing, and explains the key role writing communities can play in helping authors succeed at every step of the process.

Scott James is best known for his columns in The New York Times about San Francisco. He’s a veteran journalist with three Emmy Awards for his work in television news.

He also writes fiction under the pen name Kemble Scott, and is the author of the bestselling novels The Sower and SoMa, finalist for the national Lambda Literary award for debut fiction.

Scott is on the board of directors of Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, and is the co-founder of The Castro Writers Cooperative, a co-working space for two-dozen writers.

Visit these sites for more information:

castrowriterscoop.com and
kemblescott.com

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 8.31.26 PMOur featured CWC author this month is James Wiseman, author of Tales of a Wise Man.

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, February 21st, 2016:

12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. – Club Business & Announcements
2:30-3 p.m. — Break & Book Sales
3 p.m. – CWC author James Wiseman
3:15-4 p.m. – Scott James
* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

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1/17 SPEAKER—Michael Larsen “Thriving in the Golden Age for Writers”

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We are excited to kick off the new year with an old and dear friend  of CWC—literary agent Michael Larsen! As directors of the San Francisco Writers Conference, Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada know everything there is to know about dealing with publishers. Michael is as well-known for his comedic presentations almost as well as for his knowledge of the industry.

And we begin this year with great news: Larsen believes this is a “golden age” for writers!

Lots of “NEW” in 2016…

New HOURS: The author support group meets at noon. Our marketing group meets at 1pm. We start CWC Business at 2pm, and the speakers take the stage at 3.

New LOCATION: We are moving our meetings this year to ConneXionJLP near Jack London Square. It is a 13 minute walk from City Center BART, and there is parking on the street and in the garage by the movie theater. (The entrance on Fourth street is ADA accessible.) Check the map!

New FEES: To cover our costs for the new venue, which we believe will be a much more comfortable home-base for all the club’s needs, we will be asking members to pay $5 and non-members to pay $10.

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Kristen launched this book at the CWC!

Our featured CWC author this month is Kristen Caven, author of Perfectly Revolting and The Bullying Antidote. (Check out her end-of-year MUSEletter, recorded by Davie Simmons, at the CWC Holiday Social.)

Meeting Schedule for Sunday, January 17th, 2016:

12-1 Author Support Group*
1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group*
12:30-2 p.m. –Social Hour
2-2:30 p.m. – Club Business & Announcements
2:30-3 p.m. — Break & Book Sales
3 p.m. – CWC author Kristen Caven
3:15-4 p.m. – Elizabeth Pomada & Michael Larsen
* Guests may visit any of our author support groups once before joining.

Click here for more information about location and time.

May we thrive as writers in 2016!

November 15th SPEAKER—”HONORING THE CREATIVE SELF” with Kevin Fisher-Paulson

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Kevin Fisher-Paulson talks about how to honor the creative self within everyone. As Kevin explains, everyone has an autobiography, but not everyone has a memoir. In this talk, Kevin talks about activities, not habits, that usher the individual through the creative door.

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On November 15th, Kevin will talk about his book, A Song for Lost Angels, (out on November 1!) and how the artist must be honest and open and ready to leap, for the net will appear. Kevin says that even the worst day of your life is a path toward creativity, but that creativity, like happiness, must be practiced.

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Karma BennettOur featured member is the wild-minded and wonderful blogger and publicist  Karma Bennett!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Writer Karma Bennett
3-4 p.m. –Kevin Fisher-Paulson

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SPEAKER SERIES—10/18/15 Jim Azevedo of Smashwords— “Best Practices for Self-Publishing”

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Join us on the third Sunday in October, when Jim Azevedo, Marketing Director of Smashwords, will reveal the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published Ebook authors.

Jim will discuss:

  • metadata–what it is and how to use it–
  • leveraging viral catalysts to make your book stand out,
  • using pre-orders,
  • creating covers, and
  • addressing global market opportunities.

Jim’s can-do attitude is also a result of his DIY ethic, cultivated through 10 years of hard work drumming and promoting for the San Jose rock band Rivals. Rivals, about to release its sixth record, has played hundreds of shows, gone on multiple tours, and was recently named a Top 5 local band finalist by Bay Area alternative rock station Live105.

Our CWC Featured Speaker is Lucille Bellucci! Her short stories and essays have won eight first-place awards!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Author Lucille Bellucci
3-4 p.m. – Jim Azevedo

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September 20th SPEAKER — KEVIN SMOKLER on “Criticism, Meet Confidence!”

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The writer’s life comes with triumph and disappointment. You can always count on the disappointment. What writers do with and learn from that disappointment is often the difference between success and near misses. How do you turn bad news and rejection into wisdom and the will to fight another day?

Kevin Smokler is the author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School (2013) and a forthcoming book on 80s movies (2016). His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Buzzfeed and on NPR. He’s lectured at universities, conferences and corporations throughout North America on leading your best creative life. Find him on twitter: @weegee.

Our CWC Featured Speaker is blogger, playwright, YA novelist & past president… Tanya Grove!

Meeting Schedule:

1-2 p.m. – Marketing Group meets
1:30 p.m. –Socializing
2 p.m. – Announcements
2:45 p.m. – CWC Author Tanya Grove
3-4 p.m. – Kevin Smokler

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June 21st—PANEL: “Presenting…You!” Public Speaking Panel Discussion

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Join us Sunday, June 21st for a panel discussion about public speaking! Our panelists are:

  • Award winning author Judith Marshall, member of the CWC Mt Diablo Branch. Judith knows her stuff! When she talks about her novel, Husbands May Come and Go, But Friends Are Forever, it is clear that she has a passion for writing and the industry that goes with it. Image is everything, and Ms. Marshall commands a room when she walks in. She will offer tips on being prepared, speaking with confidence, and perfecting the verbal pitch.
  • Kymberlie Ingalls, President of the CWC Berkeley Branch, who knows what it’s like to be terrified of public speaking. Having to overcome obstacles every day that make this task a challenge, she can relate these experiences and will encourage you to build yourself up and hold yourself steady. This is an important skill when participating in readings, industry speeches, and networking a room. And finally,
  • Roger Ingalls, who comes to us from another industry as a high-tech professional with 30 years of experience in marketing and sales. He knows the power of a presentation and how to get the job done. Ingalls will offer insight to what can make or break a deal.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here for information about location and time.

See You Sunday! Alon Shalev, Serial Fiction, and Club Elections!

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We hope all members can join us on Sunday for a very special meeting, featuring our own Alon Shalev as an expert on serial fiction for youth.

We will also be electing officers for next year. Please be sure to come and vote for our club leadership! Your voice is welcome, and important.

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