President’s News – February 2012
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a literary dinner with Penny Vincenzi, a very eloquent, and elegant speaker, and multi-million book seller. She spoke of how her initial career in journalism provided her with the discipline to write her first book,and described how she sees writing as a job, as well as a joy. I’ve heard Bryce Courtney and Di Morrissey, also make the same comments. The other notable comment made by Penny was how the conversations she has with her characters can surprise her, and she relies on her reactions to them to drive her stories forward.
I’m including a few bits and pieces through weblinks below which may be interesting or useful to you. Please remember if you come across competitions, festivals, thoughts, quotes, and good ideas that you’re happy to share, feel free to email them to Angelika or myself. We are only as strong as the team we make together.
Somerset March 14 – 16
Letter of the Month
For the dog lovers amonsgst us. EB White’s witty and sweet letter to the ASPCA on his dachshund Minnie http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/02/shedoesnt-answer-phone.html
Tips of the Month
Amanda Hocking: The Author Who Made Millions by Self-Publishing Her Novels wp.me/pvM5p-5xP
Brand-new blog to answer a few questions: Why I went with an indie e-book publisher (and more) nickearls.wordpress.com
Self Publishing A Writers Dream is.gd/akP10N
A book that is written in a way that is appealing to the target audience will have a good chance of getting picked fb.me/QAuNPfrK
The importance of keeping in touch with readers, and how to find them in the first place bit.ly/zguiOS
Top 12 FAQs about Self Publishing ow.ly/7Ogux
The difference between lit agents and editors bit.ly/i5vtc6
Writer’s Showcase http://www.storyhouse.org/