Date, Time, & Location

Written By: SSWC Writers - Jan• 13•14

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 5501 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks in the Fellowship hall (straight back from the road, through the gate in the white fence) and visitors are always welcome.

Speaker at June Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - May• 08•17

Peggy DullePantser or Outliner? Where do you belong?

Peggy Dulle will be talking about the great question: To outline or not to outline. The essential question to all writers is whether to outline or not. Some of us are outliners, those who make a roadmap of their book before they ever begin to weave the story. Then there are the non-outliners who are often called a “pantser.” Come listen as Peggy Dulle explains the pros and cons of both, then discover how she’s managed to cross genre boundaries and write in multiple categories.

Speaker at April meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Mar• 13•17

Connie Goldsmith (black)Writing for the School & Library Market

Connie Goldsmith will be talking to us about how to approach the School and Library Markets. She will discuss these topics

  • Define markets: trade, mass, school & library
  • Her second career: Moving from nursing, to writing for healthcare professionals, to writing for the teen S&L market
  • How she worked with an editor to move from idea to proposal to book
  • The upside of the S&L market
  • And the downside
  • Breaking in – work for hire vs advance/royalty and  contract vs book packagers
  • Where to be: nonfiction is the place to be today

Connie Goldsmith writes nonfiction books about history, health, and science for ages twelve and up. Counting her fall 2017 book about addiction and overdose, she has written twenty children’s books (with two more in progress). Her five most recent works are, “Dogs at War: Military Canine Heroes,” “Suicide: a National Epidemic,” The Ebola Epidemic: The Fight. The Future,” “Dietary Supplements: Harmless, Helpful, or Hurtful,” and “Bombs Over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster,” about the US nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands after WWII. Her books consistently receive excellent reviews, including starred reviews from Kirkus, and two are Junior Library Guild selections.

She has reviewed hundreds of children’s books for a regional parenting publication and currently reviews teen fiction for the New York Journal of Books. She has written for a number of children’s and adult magazines. She is also a recently-retired RN with a Master’s Degree in Health Care and has written more than sixty continuing education articles for registered nurses on health and professional issues for nursing journals, as well as journals for dental hygienists and physical therapists. She belongs to the Authors Guild and is very active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Visit Connie’s websites at www.bombsoverbikini.com and www.conniegoldsmith.com

Speaker at March Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Feb• 13•17

Constance HaleConfessions of a Hybrid Author

Constance Hale, the author of five books, including the best-selling Sin and Syntax, talks about the ups and downs of her surprising career as a writer. She tells us how ironic it is that someone who grew up on the beach in Hawaii became known as a “language maven” and how that success ended up frustrating her—by making her feel pigeon-holed. She tells the unvarnished truth about the difficulties of making it as a professional writer but also the satisfactions of staying creatively engaged and reinventing yourself with each new book. (She’ll also define “hybrid author.”)

Constance Hale is a San Francisco-based journalist and the author of three books on language and literary style, including Sin and Syntax. She has been called “Marion the Librarian on a Harley” or “E. B. White on acid.” Her profiles, essays, and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Afar, and Honolulu. She has also edited two dozen books for other authors. In 2016, she published a book on the evolution of hula, The Natives Are Restless, and a children’s book, ‘Iwalani‘s Tree.

 

Speaker at February Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Jan• 09•17

Peter BlueberryInside the Mind of a Blueberry

Finding your Silly Gene

Peter Blueberry is a poet, author, illustrator, songwriter, retired architect, and a two-time cancer survivor. He is also a veteran, Vietnam Era. He lives in Citrus Heights, CA, with his wife and soul mate of 49 years. Much of his time is devoted to writing and illustrating poetry and enjoying his 4 grandchildren. He has authored 21 self-published books and, in the past 7 years, has read to over 20,000 people around Northern California. Other than that, he’s not admitting to anything.

Speaker at January Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Dec• 12•16

Kathy BoydChildren’s Author Kathy Boyd Fellure

Kathy Boyd Fellure is a hybrid author of children’s books, a novelist, and a photographer. She began her writing career in journalism and in the non-fiction genres.

Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Management Agency represents Kathy’s novels ~ On The Water’s Edge Lake Tahoe Trilogy. The first novel, The Language of the Lake, releases June 1st of 2017. This contemporary women’s story has a literary and historical bent. Lawton is shopping Fellure’s fourth completed novel, Across the Pond, at NYC Kensington Publishing this month.

All four of Kathy’s children’s storybooks are indie published through Lulu. The four books are set between 1959 and 1969 at Lake Tahoe, California. Kathleen Kresa and Donna Plant are the gifted illustrators for this series. Kathy founded Amador Fiction Writer Group in 2007, and hosts an annual literary read in the Gold Country.

Boyd Fellure hosted ~ Authors, Writers, Books, and Beyond Show, for TSPN TV from 2012 – 2015, until the station closed.

A Sacramento native, transplanted many times with her USAF and Cal Fire husband Joe, Kathy currently lives with two stand-up comedian rescue dogs, and writes in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills.

Speaker at December Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Nov• 14•16

book coverEveryone is Invited!

Our club’s yearly Christmas Potluck (and book launch) will be the held at our next meeting … on Monday, December 12. Your entire family is invited — spouses, children (future authors?), cousins, siblings, everyone. Please bring a food dish to share. Whether it’s a main dish, salad, side dish, drinks … whatever, come to share and laugh. Since we are also celebrating our anthology book launch that night, the club is buying a cake, so work around that if you plan to bring a dessert. You do not need to bring plates, cups, napkins, or utensils. We will have plenty.

Please plan to join us. Food, fun, family, friends!

Speaker at the November Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Oct• 10•16

cindy-sampleOur speaker for the November meeting will be Cindy Sample. Having sold over 125,000 books, she will be doing a presentation on Creative Tips for Killer Sales.

Cindy Sample is a former corporate CEO who decided plotting murder was more entertaining than plodding through paperwork. Her national bestselling mystery series, described as Erma Bombeck meets Agatha Christie, features single soccer mom, Laurel McKay. The series, set in the California Gold Country, includes Dying for a Date, Dying for a Dance, Dying for a Daiquiri, Dying for a Dude, and Dying for a Donut. Cindy is a four-time nominee for the LEFTY Award for Best Humorous Mystery and a winner of the NCPA Best Fiction Award. Cindy describes Dying for a Donut as a lip-smacking mystery. It definitely involved the most dangerous research!

Check her out on www.cindysamplebooks.com, www.facebook.com/cindysampleauthor, and www.twitter.com/cindysample1.

Speaker at the October Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Sep• 12•16

michael-brandtOne of our own, Michael Brandt, will be detailing information useful for many writers

Michael Brandt is an award-winning short story crime fiction writer and an extreme adventurer.  He has run marathons and mountain climbed on the seven continents and traveled to the four-corners of the world.

He is a decorated retired LAPD homicide detective of 29 years who writes short stories and destination travel articles for magazines and newspapers. His professional career includes writing manuals, training material, and curriculum development for a national anti-fraud investigators academy. He has been a guest speaker numerous times at health care anti-fraud conferences across the nation and multi-state writer’s clubs. He holds a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State and attended grad school at USC.

Michael will be speaking about the differences between real-life police work and TV shows’ perception of police work.

You may visit his website (MHBrandt.wordpress.com) or contact him via email (MHBrandt119@yahoo.com).

Speaker at the Sepember Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Aug• 08•16

Jim AzevedoJim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords, will be speaking on “How to Publish, Distribute, and Sell Your Ebook”

It’s easier to self-publish an ebook than you might imagine. In this jargon-free primer to ebook self-publishing, you’ll be presented an ebook publishing checklist covering everything you need to know to get started. The workshop will begin by providing an overview of the latest ebook market trends, then dive into the advantages of ebook self-publishing, and conclude with detailed guidance on ebook creation, pricing, metadata, retail & library distribution, and more. Attendees will leave the workshop armed with the knowledge to self-publish with greater pride, professionalism, and success.

Jim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published ebooks serving over 120,000 independent authors, publishers, and literary agents. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped authors around the world publish and distribute more than 420,000 titles to top ebook retailers, subscription services, and public libraries. Jim’s career began more than 20 years ago in the Silicon Valley high-tech world. For the past 15 years, Jim has been the drummer for Rivals, a popular San Francisco Bay Area hard rock band (woohoo!!). Jim’s forthcoming book, How to Get Your Band out of The Garage, will be published in 2017.

Speaker at the August Meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Jun• 13•16

Linda Joy SingletonOur August speaker, Linda Joy Singleton, is the author of over 40 children’s books!

She will be speaking on “Publishing in a Changing Market.” She’ll share how she survived losing agents and long periods of no sales but kept working hard. She has four traditionally published books in 2016 with at least three scheduled for 2017. She’ll give helpful tips on selling books and share with us a fun story about how she got her 5th agent.

Linda Joy Singleton is the author of over 40 children’s books, including THE SEER series, DEAD GIRL trilogy, CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB series, SNOW DOG SAND DOG, and Sept 2016 YA MEMORY GIRL. She started writing at age 8 and kept her stories, poems and other keepsakes in memory boxes—realizing even at a young age that memories are precious and fragile. She grew up in the Sacramento area, attending schools in the San Juan District. She and her husband live near Jackson on 28 acres with a lovely view of oaks and pines and a menagerie of animals. For more: http://www.lindajoysingleton.com/