The last meeting of the Guild’s third year was bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s over. We’re done for the year. Which means…
…we won’t be seeing each other until January 26, 2019. (Although there IS the fact that some of us are doing NaNoWriMo, and then there’s that Winter Planning Meeting of the Board in a few weeks…)
But on the positive, look at what we’ve accomplished since our launch in January, 2016:
Thirty programs. Nearly ninety paid memberships this year. Books and books published. A dozen issues of Straitjackets, our literary magazine. We’ve instituted the practice of having lunch together after the meeting, which encourages fellowship. At our “accomplishments” segment of the meeting, more and more of you speak, which inspires the rest of us, and helps us feel as if we know you.
We are getting to know our fellow writers in the literary community of the San Jacinto Valley and beyond. This is our mission, our driving force. It’s very exciting to see a dream turning into reality.
In the Wheelhouse: Your Board of Directors, Advisors, and Contributors
Special thanks to George Gurney, immediate past Vice President for Membership, for running our 2018 elections. The new board will consist of:
- Lynne Spreen, President
- Sandy Schuster-Hubbard, Vice President for Membership
- Marj Charlier, Treasurer
- Melissa Eiselein, Recording Secretary
- Michelle Bassett, Member-at-Large
In addition, we want to recognize the contributions of:
- Vicki Allen-Hitt, Artist-in-Residence
- Wendy Knepp, Advisor
- Dixie Ayala, Advisor
- Ellyn Wolfe, Publisher and Editor of Straitjackets Literary Magazine
- JoLynne Buehring, Editor of Straitjackets Literary Magazine
- Judie Mare’, Editor of Straitjackets Literary Magazine
- Cheryl McGuire, Editor of Straitjackets Literary Magazine
- Jim Hitt, for Hitt’s Tips on Writing
To be honest, at our meeting I planned to skip a couple of our regular features in the interests of time. I wanted to give our speaker, Teresa Burrell, her due. Plus we were running elections. But Daniel Kuttner wasn’t having it. My encouragement to you folks to take hold of the mic and speak up is bearing fruit. Daniel started off the member announcements segment with a mention of his recent publishing accomplishments, which led to another dozen members grabbing the mic and talking about their own.
I am so proud of you all. Not only that you are striving and doing, but you’re willing to take that mic and share your efforts with the rest of us. It’s very motivating. Thank you for your contributions.
Our Speaker, Teresa Burrell
Most of us write whether we’re making money or not. We love it. We can’t NOT write. But how sweet it is when a few bucks roll in as a reward for simply doing what we love.
So it was really exciting to hear Teresa Burrell share her top seven tips for achieving monetary success as authors. Although I can summarize the very basics, you’d be better off buying her book, $0 to Six Figures: A Writer’s Guide to Financial Success. Her tips included making sure your book has a good editor and cover design. Create an audience, using an email list and newsletter. Develop your marketing plan, use social media and street teams, do ads, and create marketing materials and swag to hand out. As I said this is a very minimal summary, and I would recommend buying her book if you want to know more. I did, and I’m looking forward to pawing through it forthwith. As much as it’s possible to paw an ebook, anyway. Thanks to Teresa Burrell for a great program. You can see all her works here.
We’re now accepting membership signups and renewals for our 2019 program year. If you haven’t already joined as a member, please do. Click here to see member benefits. You can join via PayPal by clicking here and then the Buy Now button. Alternatively, send your check for $20 to DVWG, PO Box 1154, Hemet CA 92546. Or you can bring cash or a check to our meeting on January 26, 2019. Your contribution helps us keep the lights on. Let us know if you have any ideas for topics or speakers, or if there’s any other way you’d like to see The Guild improve services to members.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.