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Summary of April 27, 2019 Meeting

At Saturday’s meeting, we brought back our Round Table format to discuss Creating Compelling Characters.

Moderated by George Gurney, many of told of our favorite characters, whether invented by us or another author. We shared the reasons why characters get under your skin, why you keep thinking about them after you finished the book. Thanks to all who participated, and if you missed it, CLICK HERE to download a copy of George’s worksheet for creating three-dimensional characters.

Writer’s Circle

Thanks to Sandy Schuster-Hubbard, writer and Guild Vice President, for our monthly writing tip. The topic was rather counterintuitive: that good writing involves knowing the benefit of showing AND telling. Everything Sandy said made sense. For your copy of the handout, please click here.

Book Donation Reminder



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.




Next Month’s Program

So You Want to Find a Traditional Publisher

with Pam Sheppard



Are you tired of the hassle of trying to market and sell your self-published books? Do you want to find a traditional publisher to give your book the legitimacy readers and reviewers look for? Have you been unsuccessful in hooking an agent or a publisher on your terrific manuscript?

If you struggle with any of these issues, you won’t want to miss hearing Pam Sheppard speak.   Currently a consultant and editor, she has years of deep experience in book publishing that few can match.

“Finding the right fit—with agent and publisher—is key,” she says. “No matter how you choose to approach publishers, through an agent or directly to smaller publishers, your queries are your first contact.” Pam will help us put our best foot forward when approaching literary agents or small publishers.

Pam has worked in sales and marketing for Big 5 publishers for more than 20 years. She has also worked for 40 mid-sized publishers as a commissioned sales representative and for a distributor that represented 250 small publishers. Now a full-time publishing consultant, Pam guides writers along whatever publishing path they choose, through the tsunami of information ready to drown both aspiring and accomplished writers.

Come with your curiosity, your goals and your questions, and see what Pam can do to help! That’s May 25, 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.

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