February Newspost

falling-starsAWWG is such a lively and vital group! Listening to our “News & Goods” each month is inspiring and heartwarming – pat yourselves on the back, dear Writers, and give yourself 5 gold stars, you are shining!


Here are some highlights from February’s meeting:

Facilitators Needed!

Due to Patrise’s NEW JOB we will be rotating meeting facilitators. Watch for the email, we need a facilitator for March and April, ASAP!

Lydia’s Revenge now available!

Libby’s first novel Lydia’s Revenge is now available via Amazon, B&N, and other places. For the moment it’s FREE!

Libby recommends the free service from PRONOUN, that helped her format her book, including creating a cover, book layout, even an ISBN! Great for start-up writers. LINK HERE

Yes, You ARE Working:

Carol B. wasn’t sure she was accomplishing much writing, with everything else going on in life. So she printed that past 6 months work. Resulting in a nice bright stack of pages! Sometimes we need to SEE it to believe it. Watch for Carol’s 2nd Storyweaving Playbook coming soon. First one available HERE and HERE

Charles Co. Library hosts local writers!

Georgette and Carrie are among that local writers celebrated at Waldorf West Library, Saturday Feb. 18th from 2-4. Sponsored by the Charles County Arts Alliance, the conference room was packed with authors and readers, and after presentations we had a chance to visit authors’ tables, chat them up and buy books. Congratulations, Carrie and Gee!

Also, Georgette has a play in development, and met with a local writer who recently saw her work come to life on the stage.

Screenplay submitted!

Pat C. submitted her screenplay, “Below the Radar,” to the Maryland Film Office. We look forward to good news soon!

Written Treasure

Clara’s partner Cynthia passed away last year. While going through things Clara discovered a treasure trove of her poems and writings, inspiring her to write more. What a beautiful tribute.

More Newsbits

Cheryl appeared on Deborah’s talk show, discussing love and romance just prior to Valentines Day.

Sarah suggested we consider a writer’s table at the Reisterstown Festival, a 2-day community fest in September.

Melinda recommends the book Red Notice, non fiction that reads like a gripping thriller. A true story of murder, corruption and intrigue involving Russia. Timely!

And that’s just some of the News from AWWG!

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See you in March

Monday the 13th, when Beverly will be our featured writer. We have room for one more, if you’d like to share your ongoing project work for feedback.





November 14th Meeting: Publishing Presentation

WHAT:   AWWG Meeting
WHEN:  Monday November 14
1:15 – 3:15om
WHERE: Accokeek Library

So, You’re Ready to Push to Publish?

poetrybusinessmanagerSpecial Guest writer and publisher Elliott BatTzedek joins us for our November meeting with a terrific program to help you get your work out there!

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn all about the world of poetry magazines, journals, and online publications, including:

  • how to find journals that are a good match for your work,
  • how to sign up for online submission services
  • how to prepare your work for submission
  • how to avoid wasting money on unnecessary submission fees

Elliott will share professional strategies and practical tools for submission that are applicable to most genres.

Bring anyone who might be interested.
We’re asking for $10 donation for our speaker. 

See you there!

Submit Your Work Workshop begins!!

Join us for the first of a series of Submit Your Work Workshops! 

We’ll meet for the next two 4th Mondays at the Potomac Library (Bryans Road) from 1:00-3:00 pm.

We’re working to develop a regular practise of submitting our work to contests and for publication, or any other opportunities to get our work out there.  Leader will have The Writers Market and latest issue of Poets & Writers magazine

Come with your challenges and successes, and bring work to submit, and ideas or listings to share.


Who here is the least bit surprised?

A male name makes you 8 times more likely to get published, one female author finds.

HommedePlumeSo reads the headline of this article in the UK Independant earlier this month. Author Catherine Nichols received a strikingly positive response to here query letters once she realized what was wrong with her pitch: she was using her own, female, name.

After nearly 50 rejections of her well crafted queries she finally gave it a try: set up a new email under a male name and gave it another go. Almost immediately she received an enthusiastic response, from both male and female literary agents, including several who had previously rejected her book.

In another article about her in the Guardian, she explains:

“Apparently ‘George’ is eight and a half times better than me at writing the same book. Fully a third of the agents who saw his query wanted to see more.”

Read her original essay about this on Jezebel 

Is Your Book Good Enough for Publication? A Cold-Blooded Assessment

by Jennie Nash, reblogged from Writer Unboxed

There are so many good reasons to write. It’s cheaper than therapy, a painless way to escape reality, a fun way to spend a rainy weekend, an easy hobby to pick up when you have small children or aging knees, an ideal way to preserve family history, a fantastic way to express your feelings, a good excuse for spending all day in coffee shops, and the most reliable way that I know to way to make sense of an often senseless world. But here’s the catch: none of the reasons that make writing good for the writer make it good for the reader. Now that the doors of publishing have been thrown open, I believe it is the responsibility of the writer to make sure that they aren’t confusing the two. When you make the decision that you would like your writing to be read by strangers, you are leaving the realm of what writing means for the writer and entering a world where what writing means to the reader must come above all else. What this means, at its heart, is that it’s the writer’s responsibility not to publish a bad book. What it means is that you must assess your manuscript with the cold-blooded focus of a leopard on the hunt.

When you make the decision that you would like your writing to be read by strangers, you are leaving the realm of what writing means for the writer and entering a world where what writing means to the reader must come above all else.

Read the rest at Writer Unboxed, including the list of stages and key questions to guide your decision process.

Helpful Link to the Publication Process

Dear Women’s Pages Readers,

I’m sending along the attached link because it is one of the simplest explanations I’ve seen of a publication process.  Note I don’t say “the” publication process, because I know there are many varied routes.  However, this question has come up several times in the Accokeek Women’s Writing Group, so I thought I would share it here for reference.

This was my first visit to the Larsen Pomada Literary Agency webiste, which includes great information for writers.  Happy writing, all.