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Summary of April 24, 2021 Meeting with Robert Martin


Robert Martin of City Limits Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee was our guest speaker, and he had a lot to say about the book publishing industry.



Jim Hitt, President of the DVWG, opened the meeting. Of course we’re really meeting only on Zoom right now. This photo is from the old days when we used to meet at the Hemet Public Library. Hopefully after the state opens back up on June 15, we’ll be able to schedule future meetings there again.

After our attendees spoke of any successes they were enjoying, Greg Porterfield mentioned how impressive is the Guild Member Books page. It speaks well of our organization that we have so many published authors.

Cheryl McGuire, Editor of Straitjackets Magazine, pointed out that the latest edition now available (click here). 

Valerie Eitzen said that the critique group, Interrobangs, is meeting virtually on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until noon. If you’d like to participate, please send an email to DVWritersGuild@gmail.com, and we’ll forward your request to Valerie.

Sandy Schuster in her regular presentation for Writer’s Corner spoke about using moral dilemmas to make stories better. A character must face a tough moral decision and have a belief that matters. Give them two equally strong convictions that are in opposition to each other.

Sandy Sandy’s tips are always thoughtful and well-researched. 

This Month’s Speaker


Our guest speaker was Robert Martin, founder of City Limits Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. He spoke with us about the challenges of publishing in the current era where proliferation of easy publishing has led to ever more fierce competition and a deterioration in standards. Small presses must use creative business models to handle the tsunami of digital publishing. Any publisher, including City Limits, is required to utilize extreme agility and creativity in order to survive. In spite of those challenges, City Limits Publishing is experiencing great success.

To watch the video of the presentation, please click here.


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  1. Russell Nash says:

    Did he talk about how he scammed all of his writers, lost his business, and went into hiding?

    You can read more here: https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2021/06/author-complaints-at-city-limits.html


    • Hi Russell, this is a sad development. We also have books with CLP but fortunately didn’t suffer monetary loss that we can see. The article in your link is helpful and comprehensive. Apparently this wasn’t his first rodeo. Hope your losses are negligible.


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