See You Sunday! Featuring dynamic duo Lloyd Lofthouse and Alon Shalev.

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We’re so proud to feature our very own Lloyd Lofthouse as our speaker this Sunday. Lloyd, the author of the award-winning My Splendid Concubine historical novels and much more, has years of experience in successful self-publishing. He is also a generous mentor to the club, keeping up the club’s marketing blog as a dual member of two branches.

But wait, there’s more! Alon Shalev, author of five novels (several of them published by Lloyd’s publishing house, Three Clover Press), will be our featured club author who opens for Lloyd.

Both Lloyd’s and Alon’s literary success are tied to the club, as the two of them founded our Marketing Success Group. This group meets on Sundays at 1pm before the meeting, and like all of our support/critique groups, guests are welcome to audit one meeting before joining the club.

We hope to see you Sunday for this exciting celebration of good writing and successful publishing. Lloyd’s talk is entitled, “You CAN Get Published,” and this duo is proof of that. The meeting is from 2-4:30, with plenty of time for networking with other writers, and the location is the Oakland Public Library (enter on Madison Street).

“You CAN Get Published” with Lloyd Lofthouse on April 21st

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Need help getting your writing into print? Lloyd Lofthouse, our featured speaker for the April 21 meeting, is a good person to ask for advice. A past president of CWC’s Berkeley Branch, he helped launch our marketing group and has mentored fellow writers interested in self- publishing.

Lloyd’s own self-published work has attracted recognition. His short story, “A Night at the ‘Well of Purity,’” was a finalist in the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. That same year, his first novel, My Splendid Concubine, earned honor-able mentions in general fiction from several book festivals. Currently, he’s revising and preparing to publish Running with the Enemy, a novel based on his experience as a Marine in Vietnam.

After his military service, Lloyd earned a BA in journalism, attended the UCLA writing program for several years, completed graduate work at Cal Poly Pomona, and later earned an MFA in writing. In 1999 he married Anchee Min, who introduced him to China and to the importance of Robert Hart (1835- 1911). A British consular official who helped modernize the Middle Kingdom but hid his private life, Hart became the main character in Lloyd’s books. Lloyd is a prolific blogger on veteran’s issues, teaching, writing, and China.

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