Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place last night at 6:00 pm. Ten members were in attendance: John G., Art, Donna, Emma, Barb M., Diane, Elizabeth, John T., Dawn and Barbara A.

The group welcomed two new members: Barbara A. and Dawn.

After a quick introduction, Diane shared news that the first book Shadows in the Stone in her fantasy series The Castle Keepers went permanently free at Amazon. She also announced that HalCon tickets were going on sale Thursday May 18th at 7:00 pm. Anyone wanting a ticket was advised to buy one that day as they sell out quickly.

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Meeting Recap – Self-publishing

Meeting RecapThis meeting took place on January 5th. Five members were in attendance: Art, John, Donna, Diane and Barb.

During the meeting we discussed self-publishing in general, as well as the results of 2015 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insights to Help Authors Reach More Readers.

We paid particular attention on the following topics: preorders, giving away the first book in a series, the free book, the price that sells well and ones that don’t, length of books and categories that sell well.

Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapSix members and one guest attended the meeting: Lynn, Diane, Art, John (and daughter), Donna, and Emma.

We began by updating everyone on what writing accomplishments and activities we engaged in since our last meeting (October 6th).

Next on the agenda, we discussed goals and the importance of setting them.

Why Are Goals Important?

  1. They keep us focussed on the task.
  2. They keep reminding us the task needs to be done.
  3. Goals challenge us to do something by a particular date.
  4. Goals keep us accountable. In other words, if I say, “I’ll get this story written some time,” there’s no thought that I didn’t get it done because there was no set date. If I allow a personal deadline to pass without getting the story written, I can ask myself: Why did this happen? Do I really want to do this? If do want to do this, how can I make it happen?
  5. Goals allow us to see how much we’ve accomplished, giving us a boost to do more.
  6. Some people need goals to motivate them to do things.

Everyone wrote a goal on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope and sealed it. Diane gathered the envelopes to hand out at the next writers’ meeting.

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Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapFive members attended the self-publishing meeting: Lynn, Diane, Art, John, Donna and Phil.

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves because a new member was in attendance. We gave a brief summary of our self-publishing history and what we’d like to accomplish.

Diane gave a brief overview of what the group would discuss in the coming months. This included:

  • The focus of this group will be on the business of self-publishing only. Whether this is the first time or tenth.
  • Mini workshops on the steps of self-publishing. Members will provide these on the aspects of self-publishing they are familiar with.
  • Editing: Mini workshops and discussions of the many aspects of editing.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to self-publish a book over the course of the year (to June).
  • Discussions will include topics such as copyright, ISBN, CIP, Access Copyright, library donations
  • Formatting the working manuscript as well as the finished product that goes into book form will be discussed.
  • Marketing: How do you sell your books? This will be an ongoing topic.
  • Print Costs: The wide-range of possibilities. What’s good? What’s bad?
  • Publishing the East Hants Writers’ Anthology.

We expanded the discussion on ISBN, CIP and Access Copyright. We also spoke about marketing and how it was difficult for a lone writer to sell their books. It was agreed a self-publishing co-op would be a good idea, but no plans were discussed on how this could come about.

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September Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapSeven members attended the meeting: Lynn, Diane, Art, Mindy, John, Donna and Emma.

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves because a new member was in attendance. We also shared our writing activities since the last meeting (June).

It was agreed upon to add a second meeting during the month to the group. The new night (the first Tuesday of the month) will focus on the business of self-publishing. Anyone who is interested in or who has self-published a book is welcome to attend.

The current meeting night (third Tuesday of the month) will concentrate on the craft of writing only. Discussions will focus around developing characters, plot, setting, dialogue and similar topics. We’ll also continue to critique a story per meeting.

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June Meeting Recap

Meeting RecapSeven writers attended the meeting: three regulars (Diane, John, Art) and four new members (Maureen, Donna, Stephen, Susan).

We began the meeting by introducing ourselves. We haven’t done this for a long time, and it was a good exercise for all of us. We shared where we were from, our writing history and current projects.

It turns out we are a diverse group of writers: traditionally published, untraditionally published, unpublished, fiction writers, nonfiction writers and poets. We are all in different stages of our writing lives.

We discussed writing in general, some of the expectations for a writers group and what we’d like to see take place during meetings. One suggestion was for meetings to begin with each member providing a report on the progress of their current work in progress. This is intended to keep us on task and accountable.

For the September meeting, please prepare a statement about your current writing project. You can include the title of your project, what it involves, what stage you are at and where the project is headed.

Diane suggested the possibility of two meetings per month: one specifically to discuss the craft of writing and one to discuss self-publishing and marketing. This would give each meeting a specific focus. It would also allow those not interested in self-publishing the option of not attending.

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