Meeting Recap

The regular writing craft meeting took place last night at 6:00 pm. Eight members were in attendance: Lynn, John, Alice, Barb M., Barbara, Dawn, Kat and Diane.

We had a short discussion about writing and the publishing industry to begin the meeting.

Diane announced a second meeting during the next three months focussed on self-publishing only. Anyone interested in learning how to publish their own book is welcome to attend. Please, let Diane know if you’d like to attend by emailing her ( The room can accommodate only 14 people.

The dates for the self-publishing meetings are:

  • Thursday October 12, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  •  Thursday November 9, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday December 14, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We critiqued Lynn’s chapter 3 to her leprechaun story using the new critiquing format.

The following will submit stories to be critiqued for the next four months:

October: Barb M.

November: Dawn

December: Barbara C.

January: kat

Members read stories written by other members as homework.

Homework for October Meeting

At the end of the meeting, each member drew a character name, tool, weather condition and situation from the Story in a Box. Members will write a 500-word story using these keywords for the October meeting. Please bring the stories in a readable font for other members to read. Do not put your name on your story.

Our next meeting is October 17th.


Meeting Recap

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

We had a short discussion about writing to begin the meeting, then we critiqued Diane’s submitted short story The Remaining Zest Within.

Then members read stories by other members. This was our homework, where we wrote a story with the five words we picked at our May meeting. We ran out of time, so the last three stories were read from the comfortable seats in the lobby.

Homework for September Meeting

Will be sent around soon.

Our next meeting is September 19th. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and manages to get some writing done.

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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