President’s Report – December 2012
Greetings from sunny Melbourne. We are safely ensconced here after another eventful road trip involving a close shave in the Blue Mountains, brake failure, and a highwayman! The stuff that stories are made of.
I hope you enjoyed Hanabeth Luke’s talk at our last meeting. I found her story and the work she is now doing to be quite inspirational.
Thanks to all who have contributed so far to this year’s Wisdom book. More entries are welcome until the extended date of December 10. It will then be ready by the next meeting. Don’t forget the winners ebooks from the festival and GCWA competitions are also up on the website for you.
We’ve had a terrific number of new members join in recent months, so welcome all.
The annual Christmas Party will be held on the 15th December. Everyone is reminded to bring along a Kris Kringle gift valued at a maximum of $5.00 and any short pieces including skits what you would like to perform. Please coordinate with Angelika to ensure fun and games for all.
No doubt you have your Christmas reading planned. Below is a collection of bits and pieces that may be of interest/assistance to you.
Neil Gaiman’s eight rules of writing: http://bit.ly/NV8c0J
Provocative but interesting. Book publishers have long been playing into Amazon’s hands http://gu.com/p/3bgyb
Good how-to post on getting exposure for your book: http://bit.ly/TD9z33
Stop worrying about book deals and write. Just write: http://bit.ly/RLJyOf
Allison Green, CEO of Panterra Press on writing, pitching and publishing: http://bit.ly/RIN3UF
Podcast with Joanne Harris, author of wonderful novels including Chocolat is now up: http://bit.ly/RHeJei
Meaningful writing happens when you only have 140 characters to get your message across. Try it.
“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.”― Christopher Hitchens
Judi Sutherland asks, “What’s wrong with poetry?” http://fb.me/2zgIHoHC1
Have you read The Life and Times of Chester Lewis yet? It has a $2000 short story comp: http://chesterlewis.net/fan-fiction-competition/
Check out the Stella Prize thestellaprize.com.au/news/post/the-stella-prize-2013-entries-now-open/
Best wishes to each of you and your families for the holiday season. I hope you are each blessed with health and happiness, and I do hope you enjoy the Christmas Party.