Diamond Valley Writers' Guild

Home » Guild News and Info » Summary of March 23, 2019 Meeting

Summary of March 23, 2019 Meeting

Advertisements

Late add: After this summary was published, our speaker, David Wogahn, had a chat with Midwest Book Review’s Marj Charlier. Marj is also, of course, an author and publisher herself, as well as the Guild’s Treasurer. Click here to read that post, and for the rest of the March meeting summary, scroll downward.

This month, the topic was book reviews—how to get them, what kind of reviews to look for, how to use them to your best advantage. Scroll down for more information provided by industry specialist David Wogahn.

But first, the inevitable housekeeping.

.

News and Announcements

.

George Gurney, former VP of the Guild, has scored a great book selling location in Old Town Temecula at the historic jail over the Fourth of July weekend. If you’re a member and would like to occupy a space and sell your books, please get in touch with George at geo.gurney58@gmail.com.

 

.

If you are a published author and looking for a place to speak and sell your books, the Library Committee at Four Seasons Hemet is looking for speakers. The person to contact is Cookie Scott. Send us a request at DVWritersGuild@gmail.com and we’ll forward your email to her.

.

Suzanne Y. Saunders, Author

 

Suzanne Saunders, Karen Robinson, and Eve Gaal are writing a play together. They’ll keep us updated, but I asked Suzanne how she knew about script writing, and she showed me this book which she recommended. Click on the book to see it on Amazon.

.

.

 

Judy Howard will be doing a writing seminar on April 8 in Calimesa. For more information, click here.

.

.

.

 

Ellen Wolfe, Managing Editor at Straitjackets Magazine, has accepted an 18-month contract to address culture and diversity issues for a major hotel chain. As a result, she’ll be stepping down from her editor job, but Cheryl McGuire, one of her team members, will be stepping into the position. Cheryl, Judy Mare’, and JoLynne Buehring will continue to bring you the same high quality you’ve come to expect. Many thanks to Cheryl for taking on this leadership role. If you haven’t seen the new issue, the cover alone will knock your socks off. Thanks to Vicki Allen-Hitt for the gorgeous artwork.

.

.

Programming note: Marj Charlier, Guild Treasurer, will be heading a unique program at our July meeting. Since the mission of the Guild is to bring together writers in a friendly, social setting, this gathering will be dedicated to that purpose, with refreshments and guided discussions. At the end of the session, a prize will be awarded consisting of all the books donated by published members. If you have a book you’d like to donate, please bring it to the May or June meeting.

.

.

Membership reminder! If you have not yet renewed your Guild membership, the 1st quarter grace period will end March 31. At that time, your benefits will be discontinued, and we don’t want that to happen! Benefits include the ability to submit your work to Straitjackets Magazine, the right to have your books featured on our Member Book page, with links to your sales site, a 20% discount on all new books at Cameron Books Hemet, and the knowledge that you’re helping keep the lights on for this great group. So if it slipped your mind or you’d like to join, please click here. Membership is only $20 per calendar year so it’s quite a bargain. Thank you for your support.

.

Jim Hitt

.

Writer’s Circle: Thanks to author and publisher Jim Hitt for our monthly writing tip, the topic of which was the negative and positive connotations of words. For a copy of the handout, please click here.

 

.

.

 

.

March Program: Book Reviews – Your No. 1 Key to Successful Marketing

.

David Wogahn

Thanks to David Wogahn, author, publisher, and marketing advisor, who spoke to us about all aspects of obtaining reviews for our works. David is a great speaker; he’s well-organized, thoughtful, and funny. I thought I knew a lot about the subject, but that one hour taught me there are many more strategies to try. All around me, folks were scribbling frantically, trying to capture tips and tactics. But here’s a better way: David’s new book will be coming out soon and if you go to DavidWogahn.com and sign up for his blog/mailing list, you’ll be notified when the book is available for free download. Thanks to David for the many great tips on increasing our visibility. Thanks also to Marj Charlier for inviting him to speak at our meeting.

.

.

.

Next Month’s Program

Creating Compelling Characters: A Roundtable Discussion

 

.

 

.

At our April Guild meeting, we’ll be utilizing a favorite format: the roundtable featuring YOU. Bring and share one or more examples of great characters, whether from your writing or that of another author. The room will be arranged in a big circle, and we’ll share info about why we become enthralled with particular characters. A team of moderators, led by George Gurney, will facilitate the discussion. The goals is to learn how to make our characters come to life.

Jim Hitt mentioned that the late, great author Gabriel García Márquez, who wrote Love in the Time of Cholera, said all characters have three dimensions: public, private, and secret. Isn’t that intriguing? We’ll discuss that thought and many others at this meeting, and hopefully our writing will improve as a result. That’s April 27, 2019. Mark your calendar.

.

 

.

This blog post was prepared by Lynne Spreen, President of the DVWG. Lynne writes women’s fiction with romantic themes. You may access her website here and her books here.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: