President Report – November 2012
The Gold Coast Writers Festival has come and gone. For those who were involved in the
organisation, thanks. It was a highly ambitious exercise that took a small group most of the year to plan and facilitate. The aunt of unpaid time and energy that these events takes is considerable, and can be quite stressful.
Most feedback has been extremely positive, with people glad of the opportunity to be engaged and involved.
There were opportunities to hear from a wide variety of people available at the festival. Please ket us know if you would like a particular person to be invited to a GCWA meeting as a speaker, or to conduct a workshop for us.
I’m sure most of you will have been watching the storm which devastated most of the American east coast over the past week as well. One of the interesting facts to have come out of the whole sad period was that many people lost access to electricity, and therefore their technology – phones, computers, etc. So they had to resort to reading paper-based books again. e.g. one woman tweeted ‘If I read my NOOK now and the power stays off, I may have to resort to paper books tomorrow and hold a flashlight.
New York Mayor Bloomberg also tweeted at the height of the storm ;Common sense says, spend the afternoon indoors reading a good book.’ To which one wag responded ‘BUT YOU THREW ALL OUR BOOKS AWAY!’ Perhaps a salutory message for publishers who continue to struggle with the way forward in today’s world.
Most competitions for the year seem to be winding down and unfortunately these have just closed, but it is worth bookmarking them, and preparing early for next year.
Here are some more international competitions which may be of interest.
Links for you to explore this month
Getting Agented http://kidlit.com/2012/09/26/ getting-agented-in-multiple-categories/
How I Became a Travel Writer http:// www.writingbar.com/2012/10/writing-tips/how-i- became-a-travel-writer/
I also note that books of writing by the winners of the various competitions are in the process of being prepared and will be available by the end of November at latest.
Finally, don’t forget, I challenged you all at last month’s meeting to write, or prepare some words of wisdom for your children and grandchildren. As I indicated this is not a competition, it is envisaged simply as a collection of wise words which will be compiled into an Ebook and published on the GCWA website as a Christmas gift from all of us. Please note anything you submit will be published as provided, ie make sure you do your own editing and proofing before you send it in. I need to receive these by December 8th to get the book ready by
the Christmas Party.
I look forward to seeing you on November 17 at our next meeting.