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Summary of February 23, 2019 Meeting

An author isn’t just a writer. A successful author is a businessperson as well. One of the most crucial keys to success is the visibility of one’s work. How do we achieve such visibility? (more…)

Summary of October 28, 2017 Meeting

I still can’t believe the Guild just wrapped up its second full season.

It seems only a few months ago that a dozen or so of us were sitting around thinking, Hmmm, I wonder if there are writers in the local area who’d like to get together once a month?

If you build it, they will come. – Field of Dreams (1989)

The answer: as of now, we have 79 members. The Hemet library had to move us upstairs to their big meeting room. We normally have a minimum of 50 people at our meetings.  (more…)

Summary of July 22, 2017 Meeting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi everybody. I’m writing this from a hotel room in Bend, Oregon. Looking forward to tubing the Deschutes River around lunchtime, but right now I have a few hours to put this summary blog together.


How Do Books Become Bestsellers?

Jane Friedman, indie pub, amwriting, book publishing

Jane Friedman, publishing industry expert

What is the best path to publishing success? Is it critical to land an agent and traditional publisher, or should you go with an indie publisher or do it yourself? (more…)

Summary of March 25, 2017 Meeting


Two aspects of Saturday’s meeting stick with me today as I reflect. One, it was smaller and somehow more intimate and personal. And perhaps because of that, several people mentioned challenges they’re facing in life. I was moved by their candor, and by the warmth they received from the group. This is the richness of the Guild, to my mind. (more…)

What’s Your Book About?

If you’re an aspiring author, get ready to hear that question approximately 10 billion times. (more…)

Hot Tips for Your Author Bio

old typewriterWriting is a business, make no mistake. One aspect of the business is your author biography.  (more…)

That’s What I’m Talkin’ About

coffee-1276779_1920The March meeting was a great success. Our speaker, award-winning author Jim Hitt, was a hit. He shared helpful writing tips with his trademark speaking style: witty, smart, and kind. And here’s the best part. (more…)

The Guild is Live!


Congratulations to the new Diamond Valley Writers’ Guild! Our first meeting was held at the Hemet Public Library on Latham Street. (more…)

You Finished Your Book. Now What?

dog with specsA writer approached me at a conference. “I just finished my manuscript,” he said. “But I don’t know what to do next.” (more…)