The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
December 3, 2014
Volume 5 Issue 4
From the President:
Yeah, um, I can't believe it's December already. Where did the summer go? Some of you are probably recovering from the blitz of NaNoWriMo. If that's you, hello! And great job! I hope regardless, that you've been hard at work on your December goals!
-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2014-2015 MWG President
Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, December 4, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30 pm. The presenter will be Joyce Scarbrough: Using Trends and Tropes Without Letting Them Use You. What are tropes, why are they used so much, and are they all bad? We'll talk about the most common ones in every genre and take a closer look at how to identify and avoid them, do the complete opposite of them, or put your own twist on them to surprise your readers. Refreshments are potluck style, so bring something to share if you can.
The Baldwin Writer's Group meeting is Saturday, December 20
(10 a.m. till noon) at the Daphne Library. It will be their holiday party and they will be having an open mike.
The next MWG Open Mic is Wednesday, December 19, at Serda’s Coffee on Royal Street. No pre-registration is required, but we suggest arriving between 5:30-5:50 to sign-up to read. We’ll do as many readings (ten minutes or less) as possible between 6-8pm. You do not need to be a member to read.
Tallahassee Community College will be holding the first annual Word of the South Festival April 10-12, 2015, a festival of literature and music featuring a unique blend of writers and musicians with authors who write about music, musicians who are also authors, authors and musicians appearing together, and everything in between. Confirmed musician/artists include Ann Patchett, the gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock, a joint appearance of the writer Mary Gaitskill with the musician Peg Simone, plus many more writers and musicians. For more info, visit: www.wordofsouthfestival.com
Special Member Opportunity
Our arrangement with the Urban Emporium in downtown Mobile is up and running!
Here are the details: Members in good standing will be able to sell their books through the MWG at Urban Emporium, a retail shop on Dauphin Street in their Mobile Makers section. Urban Emporium will take 25% of the sale price, and 2.5% for credit card transactions. If the organization sells less than $100/month, the fee MWG pays per month is $7.50. If we sell over $100, the fee is $15. They are open 6 days a week, plus during special events. This is a stupendous opportunity to showcase members' books. To participate, you must be a current member, and pay an additional fee of $15/year. If you are interested, please bring up to five copies of your book(s) to the meeting and your checkbook. I will also need an electronic copy of your author bio and photo--please send to email@example.com.
Carrie Cox just got her third full request for FORTITUDE! Way to go! Here's hoping those turn into offers!
Joyce Scarbrough had a guest post on "Writing Fight Scenes Without Melodrama" featured at Janice Hardy's Fiction University blog yesterday, and she's also going to be the keynote speaker for the Metro Mobile Reading Council's Teen Writing Fair on March 14.
Angela Quarles' New Adult Steampunk romance set in Mobile, STEAM ME UP, RAWLEY, won first place in the Unpublished Maggies in the paranormal category, the Georgia Romance Writer's Annual Awards event. She's self-publishing it, and it's now up for pre-order on Amazon and other e-retailers and due out in Jan/Feb.
Continue to send in your writing news and author events to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share your milestones with the community.
Where to find us:
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!