Presidents News – November 2011
As this is my first newsletter post I’d like to begin by thanking Jeannie and the team from last year for all of their work. You will still see Jeannie taking a prominent role, particularly over the next couple of months as I attend to my new grandbaby down south. I am looking forward very much to working with the new committee and investigating some exciting new initiatives.
Thanks also to Diana Hockley for a very entertaining description, at our last meeting, of her book ‘The Celibate Mouse’ and how her next novel, After Ariel, is in the process of procrastination. We always look forward to celebrating the achievements of all of our members so please remember to share them with us.
You might recall that I conducted a small, informal survey at the last meeting where I asked members three questions. The responses were very interesting, and I’d like to share them with you.
1. In response to the question of why people are members of the GCWA, we had comments such as
- to mix with others who share the same interests
- to glean stimulating ideas from speakers and other members
- to improve my writing skills
- to hear other’s experiences of life and writing
- to find people who will be honest with me about my writing
- to gain information about publishing, editing, agents etc
- to learn how to become published
- to feel supported in my writing
- to meet people who have both passion for, and knowledge about writing
2. The question of what else you would like to see improved, included suggestions such as
- More information about new technologies and how they are impacting publishing
- More interest by the monthly meeting in the support groups
- Maybe think about seating arrangements as meetings are sometimes very formal
- Have more members able to speak each month about what they are currently writing
- More workshops
- A mentor program
- More information for people who are just getting started
- Advice on contacting agents, local editors, publishers etc
- I liked having the opportunity to talk to the person next to me about the guest speaker
- Free publication set up by the GCWA
Perhaps we can all give some thought to these ideas and what might be possible for next year.
I’d also like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the recent Festival for Independent Writers and Publishers. Just on $1000 worth of books were sold, with all money going to the authors. We’ve had some terrific feedback and tentative plans are already afoot for a larger event next year (last weekend in October) which it is hoped the GCWA will have some greater involvement in.
November is National Novel Writing Month. Sign up for NaNoWriMo at www.nanowrimo.org
Until next time keep writing. In the words of the inimitable Mark Twain, whose life is about to be immortalised in a movie, “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.”