August Meeting Report

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Pat Crew’s Workshop attendees

This being August, we had lower attendance than usual but there was plenty of great news, prompt writing and planning for the 2016-17 season at this meeting.

Last Week’s WordFest 2016 was proclaimed a splendid success by all who attended. Hurrahs to all who hosted, lead events and attended. Please take the poll in the previous post, if you haven’t already!

Member News & Goods

CAROL got inspired at Happy Hour to launch a new poetry project, and a check for book sales arrived!

KAY thanked Cheryl for the Procrastination workshop. It helped her to plan ahead, negotiate with her husband, and prioritize writing on her calendar.

CHERYL – spoke at the Society of Restoration of Port Tobacco MD local authors event – 13 authors, Charles county. Got good and tough feedback on a book almost done.

CARRIE also read at thePort Tobacco book event, selling every book she brought! Her book The Single Minded Prince was especially popular!

GEE  – now has a sample of her children’s book Gro-c-ery Story. She’s holding readings with kids, launched her NEW BLOG, and continues editing on her novel.

TERESA – Held a poignant reading of her book More than my Share of Pain last Friday that was well attended. She reports that the Telecall was especially useful – Dr Briles offers lots of ideas, a podcast and the free call every week.

Prompts: Last & New

Create a travel piece brought out many readers brought existing work for their wanderings. They were engaging, poignant and fun. Great work everyone!

This months Prompt is ‘Back to School’ I failed to announce it at the meeting – but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Consider taking an unusal approach to the idea – rather than reporting on your experience directly, choose an alternate point of view or use a form (poetry, essay, journalism, fiction) that is outside your comfort zone.  Have fun!

New 2016-17 Season:

We have lots of new ideas for the new year! I am excited to see so many members working to create great experiences for AWWG, and wanting to see it grow. Stay tuned, I may call a planning meeting for members before the September meeting.

EVENTS: when you come across events, conferences and workshops you think we’d be interested in, please send them to me or post on this blog.

Book & Writers Conferences & Workshops:

Please keep an eye out and share what you find. Post here or email to me.

National Book Festival
September 24 – Washington Convention Center
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

Baltimore Writing Conference
November 12, 2016 – Towson University
http://www.baltimorewritersconference.org/

 

ACTIVITY IDEAS for 2016-2017 season

Important: if you really want something to happen, make it happen. Ask for help, but be a leader!

  • HandMade book – Patrise
  • October Retreat 1st or 3rd weekend- Gee
  • Rant/Slam – Carol
  • NaNoWriMo! – Patrise
  • Book Discussion – same book, various books
  • Social Media, Video workshops
  • Marketing Day
  • Visiting Authors – Cheryl, others
  • Marketing our Group – PGCC, CSM, local press
  • Public Readings – at our Library or others
  • find/create events Similar to Port Tobacco with multiple authors giving book talks, readings

A WordPress WordCamp is Coming Near You!

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WordPress Blogs are popular. Do you have one? Do you need ‘Tips and Ideas’ to make your blog better?

Fact:

WordPress is the most popular open source Content Management System for good reason. The learning curve is lower than other CMS’s, the back-end, for the most part, is intuitive and easy to use, and the platform is highly extensible with many free and premium plugins available.

WordCamp!

Local WordCamp: Baltimore, MD on Nov 19-20, 2016

Topics:

WordPress topics – it can be about the software itself, plugins, blogging tips, SEO, analytics and more. Our speakers are regular people and most don’t consider themselves experts; they have a passion for sharing something they’ve learned. Remember, everyone is an expert in something!

Sponsors:

A variety of Sponsors—local, national and international

Attendees:

Most are small business owners or entrepreneurs.  The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006. Now, there are 617 WordCamps in 67 cities, 48 countries and on 6 continents.

Local WordCamp: Baltimore, MD on Nov 19-20, 2016

I will keep you posted on the updates, so you can join us. Email me if you are interested in attending.

Cheryl Holloway, Author
AWWG Member

Email     Website        Blog

I thought AWWG WordFest Was Fabulous! Share your opinion:

Here’s a quick survey for attendees and AWWG members to provide feedback on this year’s summer event, AWWG WordFest!

Please let us know about your experience!

Thank You!!

Your Opinions Count

Please leave your suggestions in a comment, below. Or email patrise for a confidential message.

 

Cool Twitter #Hashtags for Writers!

from the blog Book Marketing Tools check out:

Twitter Daily #Hashtags for Writers

One way to have personal tweets stand out is by using hashtags. Anyone who uses Twitter for a day knows that hashtags are a way to target a tweet to particular interests, i.e #mystery or #romance.

You can go beyond category hashtags, however, with a whole week of hashtags designed to introduce your content to engaged readers, you could continue to use hashtags only to boost your current Twitter book marketing.

Using the chart below, tweet what is relevant to that hashtag on the specific day:

#MondayBlogs: Tweet a link to a blog post from your blog or another author’s. Ideally the blog is published on that Monday.

#TeaserTues: Tweet a link to an excerpt, with a brief but tantalizing quote from it.

#WW or #WriterWednesday: Give a shoutout to fellow authors, with a short reason for following them. You can list more than one author in a tweet. It’s a nice thing to do, plus a great way to build a following.

#IndieThursday: Tweet a shout or a link for a fellow indie author, or just a link to your own indie-pubbed book.

#FridayReads: Tweet suggested weekend reading. Yours of course, but also books you recommend.

#SampleSaturday: Share a one sentence writing sample, put it in quotes, and add the link to the book.

#Sample Sunday: the same as Saturday but possibly a bit more well known to readers surfing for their next read.

Click on some of these and see what you get. Savvy Tweeters will notice some of these links are accounts (@) and some are Hashtags (#) Often the Account sponsors the Hashtag, and retweets you when you use it.

NEXT WEEK!! WordFest Summer Fun

Check it out! WordFest Schedule is up. If you’re local to Accokeek, you can join us for a week of learning and fun.

The Line-UP

Would you like to learn to find your own ‘Object of Writing’? How about make a promotional video? Come to Happy Hour with a book that inspires the writer in you, and stay for Movie Night- films about women writers. Kick procrastination out the door, learn about social media for writers, and perform your work with passion. It’s all on the schedule for the 2nd annual Summer Camp: WordFest 2016!

Visit the lineup page and click on the last column for contact info or handout for each event.

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AWWG Marketing Discussion

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What: Marketing Day

We’re gathering to share what we know about marketing our writing, and learn new things! Come and hang out and add your twentyfive cents worth!

When: Saturday July 16
Noon-4pm, then Potluck

Where: Teresa’s House
in Fort Washington (contact her for directions, click here)

What if I can’t make it? We’ll most likely do this again – there’s a lot to know. Stay tuned by Following or Subscribing to this Blog.

A Writer’s Gift, a Writer’s Responsibilty

POVAs writers we are gifted

with the ability to communicate. We can spin words into ideas and art. We help people learn, understand, grow or just have a pleasant experience.

There’s another power that is granted to us as writers: the ability to change our viewpoint. Take the statement in the picture, right, and invert it: “As soon as our point-of-view shifts, we are privy to the thoughts and feelings of that character.”

We have the ability see things through the eyes of another. It’s a skill not everybody has – to change how they view the world. I guess that’s why we’re needed – to help people shift their mindset.

The  power we hold is significant, and with great power comes great responsibility.

I love and honor each one of you for your insight and gifts, and for your willingness to share yourself with the world. In these troubled times, I hope that we will all use our gifts to help make the world a more safe, kind and loving place.

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July Meeting and Marketing Day!

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July Meeting: Monday July 11
Accokeek Branch Library

1:15 – 3:15

Come with your Erotic Writing entries (or not!), your prompted writing, your News & Goods! There’s good things in the works for this meeting,  like planning for Summer Camp 2.0, now called WordFest! And, introducing…


How do you market yourself, your book, your services?

Marketing Day: Saturday July 16
Teresa’s house

Noon – 4:00 + POTLUCK

What is this? A chance to share your marketing tips with each other, and learn new things! Each of us has a different idea about what marketing entails. Marketing to publishers is different that selling self-published books is distinct from getting awards. Selling your writing and coaching services is yet another business challenge.

What do you do to get your work ‘out there?’ 

Teresa Duke has kindly offered her lovely home to us for the afternoon and evening. Her address is available upon request, so please RSVP to Teresa in you’re coming. She warns that she has a (non-shedding) dog and two cats, in case allergies are a concern.  (I’ve visited her home: it’s beautiful and clean!)