FCCFREERADIO 107.3 FM SAN FRANCISCO’S ALTERNATIVE RADIO Lilycat on Stuff Sunday, October 4, 2009 12-2pm Host Melinda Adams chats with Linda Watanabe McFerrin on things dark and delectable, including Linda’s upcoming reading at Writers with Drinks on Saturday, October 10th.
West Marin Review, a literary and art journal sponsored by the Tomales Bay Library Association and Point Reyes Books, is now accepting submissions of literary works and visual art for the 2010 volume. Submissions should be of previously unpublished work. Members of the Review’s steering committee and review boards may not submit works. Submissions for Volume 3 must be postmarked no later than October 7, 2009. Submission Guidelines 1. Prose (fiction and nonfiction) or poetry: Submit written works on 8 1/2” x 11” loose (unbound, unstapled, unclipped) pages. These pages should not show your name or address. Submit prose and poetry using 12-point type, in either Times New Roman or Courier, with one-and-a-half-line spacing. (Remember, no name or address on these pages.) Please number prose pages. Note: Written submissions will not be returned. Length: Longer prose pieces: up to 6,000 words Shorter prose pieces: up to 800 words Poems: up to 25 lines per poem (up to 3 poems may be submitted) 2. Visual art: Submit an individual piece or up to 4 works of art. Works must be submitted as good quality color prints on 8-1/2” x 11” hard copy. (Note: Art selected for publication will require a hi-resolution scan, 300 dpi, sized no less than 8-1/2” x 11”.) Please note: If you wish art materials returned, please provide a SASE of adequate size with sufficient postage. 3. On a SEPARATE sheet than your submission(s), include a cover page with your name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number, and the title of each work enclosed. Remember NOT to put identifying information on the work itself. The cover page will be removed and a number assigned; submissions will be reviewed anonymously by an editorial committee of West Marin writers, editors, and artists. 4. Submissions should be mailed to: West Marin Review, c/o Tomales Bay Library Association, P.O. Box 984, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Compensation for published material will be in the form of two copies of West Marin Review.
LCW member and how-to writer Elisa Southard loves to stir up new perspectives and take the guesswork of out risky endeavors. In October, Elisa’s article, Make Road Kill out of Three Myths for Beginning Riders, will be published in HelmetHairMagazine.com, the online quarterly magazine serving the female motorcycle fan. The author of the Amazon best seller, Break Through the Noise, 9 Tools to Propel Your Marketing Message, Elisa cruised into the California DMV with her Motorcycle Safety Foundation certification just this summer, and now cruises on a Honda Rebel 250. Elisa is also working on her second book, Bring Your Inner Newbie Out for professional women launching into a new sport or pursuit.
What is it about mountains—super-high mountains—that is so attractive? Is it the challenge they represent? The excitement they provoke? The wonder they inspire? Even if it weren’t the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, rising 19,304 feet above the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, would be awe striking. I remember seeing it from a distance on a long-ago trip to Africa when I was writing a story on the Lunatic Express for the San Francsico Examiner/Chronicle travel section. I was reading Ernest Hemingway’s classic The Snows of Kilimanjaro at the time. I’m crazy about mountains, but I never dreamed of climbing Kilimanjaro, so I was delighted to hear about the 2009 publication of Michel Moushabeck and partner Hiltrud Schulz’s book, Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa (Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., 2009). If, like me, you are mesmerized by this particular mountain and have no immediate plans to scale it, you should get the book. Moushabeck’s pleasant, diaristic narrative and Schultz’s well-edited images make you feel as if you are along for the climb. A few years back a dear friend, photographer Alison Wright, author of Learning to Breathe, decided to exercise the body she’d damaged in a major bus accident by climbing Kilimanjaro for her 40th birthday. She called us at a Christmas party where we, her assembled friends, were celebrating many things, one of which was her big day. “Hey, I’m calling you from the top of Kilimanjaro,” she gasped over the phone. I think we were all dazed and impressed. It was hard to imagine her summit: the slow, slow (pole, pole) climb, the altitude sickness, the way your strength is sapped and every step requires tremendous exertion, the exhilaration of making it to the top. Now, thanks to Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa, I get it … in great detail, in living color. The book makes “Kili” accessible. Enjoy the climb. Other favorite books on mountain adventures: Coronation Everest by James (now Jan) Morris Into Thin Air by John Krakauer The Climb of My Life by Laura Evans A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Self-Publishing in the 21st Century Saturday – October 10, 2009, 10 am – 4 pm You’ve plotted, planned, revised, agonized over, edited and re-written three books just to finish one. Still, you can’t find an agent or publisher to carry your project forward. But you don’t want to self-publish, because a “real” writer… a SERIOUS writer… wouldn’t dream of resorting to that. Well, not necessarily. Did you know that many notable writers self-published: Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard’s Almanack Beatrix Potter: The Tale of Peter Rabbit Henry David Thoreau: Walden Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Joyce: Ulysses Richard N. Bolles: What Color is Your Parachute . . .and scores of others, including many of your contemporaries (Dave Eggers, Jeff Greenwald, Louise Hay), some of whom got noticed and eventually picked up by major publishing houses because of their self-published books. In today’s world of publishing, the advent of the Internet (not to mention the other mind-boggling computer advances) has revolutionized the options for publishing, PR, and marketing. Self-publishing is no longer a dirty word; it’s simply another way, as viable and as valuable as any other, to get your work out into the world. So how do you go about it without making major mistakes? During Self-Publishing in the 21st Century, we’ll discuss manuscript preparation, book layout & design, cover design, printing methods (including print-on-demand), binding choices, ISBN, marketing and distribution, fulfillment services and the associated costs. The workshop covers the role of new media marketing opportunities such as social networks, websites and other online marketing tools for self-publishing writers. Lowry McFerrin learned to love the smell of printers’ ink as a teenager while working for his family-owned, San Francisco-based lithography company. He has served as VP of Distributor Sales for a barcode label manufacturer and today is President/CEO of ProForma Mactec Solutions, a printing and marketing services provider. In addition to supplying these services to publishers such as Lonely Planet Press, Travelers’ Tales, Hunter House Books, Birdcage Books, and Left Coast Writers, Lowry has helped numerous authors self-publish and market their books. A successful self-publishing journey begins with a small investment in the basics. Space is limited. To reserve a place please respond by return email to firstname.lastname@example.org Directions will follow. Comments from past workshop participants: I…wanted to personally let you know how much I enjoyed the class and your honesty about the whole process. I can see I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it’s better than watching re-runs all night!—Dorothy C., Writer What fun to be your student! I really learned a lot and your guidance will be invaluable as I (cautiously) make the leap from the wee chair to the brave new frontier of cyber-self-pub, or whatever of the dizzying combinations I end up choosing. It did just what I wanted it to: it gave me a good overview of the options and a sense of the pitfalls for various kinds of “do-it-yourselfing”.—Joanna B., Teacher/Writer Very, very useful and inspiring! All my questions were answered.—TC, Author
Literary luminaries will join members of Homeward Bound’s creative writing groups to present a special fundraising event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at The Next Key Center. “How I Became a Writer … An Afternoon of Inspiration” will feature readings and commentary by a stellar lineup of Marin’s published talent along with residents of Homeward Bound programs who participate in focused writing groups that work on journaling, poetry, and more. The speakers include Sheldon Siegel, writer of bestselling thrillers. Tickets cost $50 and include refreshments by Fresh Starts Catering, a program of Homeward Bound of Marin. You may purchase tickets at the door or call 415-382-3363 x211 for advance reservations. For more information, please contact Homeward Bound at (415) 382-3362 ex. 211 or visit www.hbofm.org.
Do What You Love and Make a Living Learn how at the Simplie Indie writer’s workshop this weekend on September 19, 2009. Four panelists will cover the information essential to achieving your writing goals in a new, fast paced, internet based environment. Bill Walker on new publishing Jennifer Bourn on personal branding Jerry Kennedy on sales Stephanie Chandler on tricks of the trade. Panelists include Social Networking Strategist Peter Lang. Register Today: simplieindie.com/writer-event.html When: September 19, 2009, 8 am to 5 pm—includes rolls and coffee and catered lunch. Where: The Clubhouse at Woodcreek Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd, Roseville, CA Questions? Contact Roxanne Dodge at 916.531.3470 or roxanne.dodge@SimplieIndie.com All attendees receive a goodie bag containing books, CDs, and coupons worth hundreds of dollars.
The deadline for this year’s Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year is just a few days away. To enter this year’s competition, go to BestTravelWriting.com and follow the instructions. As of today, competition is light in the following categories: * Animal Encounter * Cruise Story * Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers * Elder Travel * Love Story * Men’s Travel * Travel and Healing * Travel and Shopping * Travel and Sports * Young TravelerTr All entries submitted before midnight, September 21 will be eligible. Entries submitted after that will be entered in next year’s competition. The Solas Awards are an annual competition to find the best writing being done about the world today. The Travelers’ Tales editors will choose winners in 21 categories ranging from adventure to humor, from destination to memoir, and everything in between. The grand prize category has cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500; all other category winners receive a certificate and a copy of the most recent edition of The Best Travel Writing or The Best Women’s Travel Writing. Plus, winners may be published in Travelers’ Tales books. Check out BestTravelWriting.com for details of the awards and more.
Don’t miss tonight’s event at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Plaza as Left Coast Writers Paul McHugh, Maria Finn, Diana Kelly, Marylou Schram and Linda Watanabe McFerrin read tales of “Trauma and Drama” at 5:30 pm. Colette Obrien hosts. Join some of the readers after the event for a toast and literary chat.
Ayelet Waldman’s presentation Tuesday eve was terrific. She read from the new bestselling book and talked about FAILURE. And guess what … it was enlightening and uplifting. I love a woman unafraid. Great night at the ol’ Left Coast Writers Literary Salon! For a dose of more drama and … trauma, join the group at Book Passage in the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco as writers, Griffin Dix, Maria Finn, Diana Kelly, Marylou Schram and Paul Mchugh share tales of wonder and woe.