ANNOUNCEMENTS: We have a booth at the Thursday Farmer's Market on Water Street in Henderson. Feel free to come by, visit, and sell your books if you'd like. The group is covering the fee for the booth.
We may have a new location in Henderson and go back to alternating the location of our weekly meeting. Stay tuned.
BRAGS: Our brag this week comes all the way from Ohio. Congratulation to Henderson Writer's Group member Judy McFadden. Her story "Great Scott" appears in the September release of "Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can't Believe My Dog Did That!"
QUOTES OF THE NIGHT: Here are two little tidbits from Darlene and Jo that I found interesting:
Did you know Word has a feature that will highlight passive voice and show you what percentage of your writing is in the passive voice? To find it go to Tools, Spelling and Grammar, then Readability and Statistics.
A short story is considered to be 7,000 words or less. 7,000-40,000 words would be called a novella. A novel is between 40,000 and 85,000 words, unless you're writing fantasy, which can be up to 160,000 words.
(Unless you're Robert Jordan, whose books come in around 300,000 words each, or Brandon Sanderson. His "Way of Kings" is a hefty 387,000 words long. Tolstoy's "War and Peace" is about 580,000 words, Hugo's "Les Miserables" is about 530,000 words.)
UPCOMING MEETINGS: Our next meeting is Monday October 22nd. The next monthly West Side meeting is October 24 at the CLAIM JUMPER (not Round Table Pizza). For more information on our meetings see the calendar.
"What do these famous authors and their novels listed here have in common? Mark Twain- Huckleberry Finn, John Grisham- A Time to Kill, Walt Whitman-Leaves of Grass, Richard Paul Evans- The Christmas Box , Beatrix Potter- Creator of The Peter Rabbit series and Julia Child- the Joy of Cooking. These are among the many famous authors who self-published their works first then went on to become best sellers. These writers never gave up after receiving numerous rejection letters from publishing houses. So they took a stab at it an did it themselves. What followed for them was that once they self published, the publishers took note and picked up their self published work.
So what have I learned from self publishing verses traditional publishing? Well for one, I had an editor assigned to help me polish my work and I thoroughly enjoyed it because it helped me see my writing in a new light. I also lost the fear of having my project scrutinized by the editor’s professional eye and realized she was there to help me take my writing to a whole new level. When I self published I had no idea what to do to market my book. Now, I am being trained by Tate Publishing so I can learn how to get my book out there. They invested in me so now they are going to do their best to make sure I do well because if Salsa! Succeeds it’s good news for them.
Self publishing gave me a tremendous confidence that I never had before and traditional publishing took that confidence I already had to a whole new level.
- EVA SANTIAGO copyright 2012"