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At our April meeting, Charity Samora will lead the group in a discussion about the how-to’s and benefits of running a blog.  More details to come.


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Marshall Public Library
May 17, 2014   4pm-6pm

Greetings writers:

We’ve had a request to cover websites as our next meeting topic, so I will do my best to share what I know about the basic essentials of an effective author’s website.

However, the potential is unlimited when it comes to custom-designing a website that meets your own personal needs and artistic sensibilities.

Please come to the meeting, and feel free to share your own expertise and advice about websites.  In the meantime, see you on our Facebook Open Forum.

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I just put our group out on the  THE WRITER’s  online directory at writermag.com/groups.aspx?page=list  I noticed some other Idaho groups listed as well.  Don’t know if it’ll draw any new members or not.  But you may find other groups on the list of interest to you. -Sher

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You may have noticed that the menu at the top of this page has three new tabs labeled Critique 1, Critique 2, and Critique 3. These spaces are to be used for posting short stories, poems, excerpts, or articles for which our authors are seeking feedback from other members.

If you want an online critique, please select a critique space that is empty or available, then copy & paste your work in the comment section of that page. Other members will provide friendly feedback by commenting on your post. Postings will be erased every couple of months to make room for new critiques.

This new tool also can be used to enhance our monthly in-person Critique Workshops at the library. A writer seeking group feedback at a first-Saturday meeting could post their work online beforehand, thus giving their reviewers a chance to look at, mull over, or print off the work in better preparation for the meeting. I think this would make for much better feedback and discussion at the meetings. However, this must be optional, as not all of our members have online access.

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How can you use the Internet to support your writing? Here are some of my own ideas:


Online, there’s no genre left unwritten. Thanks to the proliferation of blogs, groups and forums, it has never been easier to connect with people in your own genre.

And it’s probably one of the best things you could do for your writing career. For example, after I joined the Travel Memoir Writers group (now on Facebook, started by Alexis Grant), I discovered that many literary agents actually treat memoir like fiction, and thus require the entire manuscript to be completed. This is COMPLETELY different from other nonfiction works, where you normally just do a book proposal. And, actually, to make it even more confusing, some agents want both a proposal AND a manuscript.

We have also done some online critiquing — by e-mail — which has been super-helpful!

How do you find these groups? Sometimes you can find them through major blogs within your genre, sometimes through a quick and dirty search in Google or Facebook or even Twitter.

Understanding the Publishing Industry

Before the Internet and the rise of blogging, the publishing industry was almost as mysterious as the vast cosmos itself. But nowadays, industry insiders have stepped up to give writers the scoop on what they’re looking for — in the form of blogs and guest articles and more.

There are a lot of voices out there, but here are a few you can start with:

Editorial Ass. While Moon Rat closed up shop on this one several months ago, her blog is still a rich repository about all things publishing, from landing an agent to working with an editor.

Guide to Literary Agents Blog. The definitive blog on all things agents. It’s also a fantastic place to discover newly minted agents, who are hungry to represent new writers. Additionally, they have a literary agent database, and a blogroll brimming with even more agent and publishing related websites.

Nathan Bransford. A long-time literary agent, now author and tech industry worker. But he still delivers some of the best insights out there into the world of agents and publishing.

Query Shark. An agent dissects real queries sent in by authors.

The Book Deal. Written by Alan Rinzler, a consulting editor and veteran in the industry, this blog covers everything from the craft of writing to publishing.

Writer Unboxed. One of my favorite blogs, “all about the craft and business of genre fiction.” (UPDATE)


Here are some helpful websites to keep in your writer’s toolbox:

Poets and Writers Magazine. Not only a great magazine, but also offers an online directory of literary magazines you can submit to.

Newpages. Another directory of literary magazines, with a blog introducing the latest and greatest new mags.

Wordhustler. This site helps writers submit to literary mags, but also has a searchable directory.

Writer’s Market Online Database. Like the Writer’s Market book, but now a searchable online database.

Writing Prompt Generator. Not sure where to start writing? This site offers a random prompt to get those creative juices flowing.

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Hi Fellow Writers,

This is just a quick reminder about our meeting on December 18, 4-6pm at the Marshall Public Library. We’re going to discuss online writer’s resources — I’ll bring mine, you’ll bring yours, and we’ll talk about some ways you can leverage the Internet to improve your writing and more.

In the second hour, we’ll open up the floor to readings. As always, up to THREE readers get 15 minutes, and you should bring about 10 hard copies of your piece so we can follow along and provide written feedback. We already have Donna Jordahl and Andrea signed up to read, so there’s still one more spot available. Interested? Leave a comment to this post to say you’d like to read. First come, first served.

See you Saturday!

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Hi Fellow Writers,

So great to see everyone who made our May 15 meeting. Missed it? Sherrie Goff gave a super-professional presentation on everything you ever wanted to know about creating a free author’s website through WordPress. Not even my flash intro to social media could compare to Sherrie’s time and effort. Let’s give her a another virtual thanks for volunteering to help us all step into the 21st century!

We also had Gail Spencer and Judy Brutz read some enjoyable and informative works of prose. Thanks to both of you for sharing!

So what’s coming up on June 19? (more…)

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