Thursday, October 18, 2007

Network with Us- October 2007!

Here are the announcements for October 2007 Writers in the Sky Newsletter:

Author Interview. In case you missed Yvonne Perry's interview with Phil Harris on his show "All Things that Matter," you may access the audio file at on Phil and Yvonne walked chapter by chapter through RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America to highlight some of the things covered in Yvonne's educational book.

Kathryn Struck, Publisher says, “We are open for novel submissions (for 2009)! Check our Submissions page (menu item at our site) for details: .
Dorice Nelson and her husband, Shel Damsky, also a writer, will be selling their novels at the huge Chronicle Book Fair on October 14th in Glens Falls, New York.

Local Authors Day at Chelmsford Library on October 25th from 7-9 p.m. Elena Dorothy Bowman will be speaking about and signing her books for sale.

Muse Online Conference - Nikki Leigh with Arline Chase & Dorice Nelson - Will offer a one hour workshop and forum for questions about choosing real life settings and incorporate location and historical facts into your books. What advantages and disadvantages are there in the creation and promotion of your books. Meet us on Tuesday October 9 at 6:00 pm EST to discuss this topic and visit our forum during the week to share your thoughts and questions.

To register to attend any of the programs for the conference, visit

Nikki Leigh will be participating at Book Em writer's event in Waynesboro, VA on Saturday October 20, 2007. Visit For information about Nikki Leigh -

New Releases –

Journeys of a Lifetime - Anthology from the Readers' Station will be available in ebook and print in October 2007. For more information, visit

Book Promo 101 - Basics of Book Promotion by Nikki Leigh ( will be available in ebook and print in late October 2007.

NaNoNational Novel Writing Month is a special writing competition that is held each November 1- 30. You will find tips and suggestions to help you participate, survive and win the NaNo writing competition at or visit the NaNo Web site at ( for more information about the competition.

Announcing the First Writing Show New Year’s Poetry Slam!

We are looking for poets, judges, and sponsors for the event, which will be posted online at on January 1, 2008. A poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. Writing and performance both matter!

  • Each poem must be of your own construction.
  • You must hold the audio rights to your poem. If you haven’t given them away, you own them.
  • Each poet or team gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read.
  • No props or musical instruments.
  • One entry per person or team.
  • English only, please.
  • Any type of poem is okay.

Remember, your performance is as important as the writing. To submit, send an email to that includes:
* The name of your poem.
* The text of your poem (this will not be published).
* Your contact details, including name, location, email address, and phone number (we will use this only if we have trouble reaching you via email. We will not give out any of your personal information without your permission except your name and location, which will be available to our audience).
* A link to your performance in .mp3 or .wav format.

Entries are due October 31, 2007.The Writing Show will select 20 contestants, whose poems will be posted on January 1st. Winners will be announced in mid-January. Cash prizes TBD. The Writing Show

You are cordially invited to join author Sydney Molare her four month Global Blog Tour. You can post to Sydney's site, interview her on yours, share tips for aspiring writers, post excerpts, host contest and much more. This is a great opportunity to expose your work to new readers of all genres. Make sure you are on board this exciting Cyber Tour today. To join, please send an email to, put Global Blog Tour on the subject line. A date will be appointed to you within one week.

Are you looking for a way to promote your book through Promotional Blogs?

Visit any or all of these sites and click on "HOW TO SUBMIT" to learn the simple steps to submit information about your books. These are FREE promotional blogs. Nikki doesn’t charge for the exposure, but she appreciates anyone who wants to spread the word about these blogs.

First Chapter Blog - Share the First Chapter of Your Book

Share Details About the Best Friend in Your Book

Share Your Book Cover and the Story Behind the Cover

Tell Us More About the Setting of Your Book

Share Details About Your Heroine

Share Information About the Hero

Tell Us About Your Bad Guy or Bad Girl

Start With the Facts - For All Non Fiction Books and many Fiction

From Books to Movies

In Detail with Nikki Leigh

Promote Your Book through Current Events
Submit an example of an article which ties the content of your book with current events.

Views on POD, Print on Demand Technology
By Michael Lee Johnson

I used iUniverse Publishers, to publish my book of poetry, The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom. I attempted to contact traditional publishers of chapbooks and small press publishers specializing in poetry, and other non-main street venues, but I soon found out that most were associated with contests once a year to generate funds for the one publication printed per year; or no real interest since poetry as a general rule doesn’t generate money for the publisher. It appears that self-help books and the occasional novel stand a better traditional chance of selling and making profit. Since I’m 59, soon to be 60, I didn’t want to invest more time into seeking out the slim hope of finding a traditional publisher, so I looked to POD, Publishing/Printing on demand. PODs print books as they are ordered. The wholesale cost is higher than a traditional publisher, but you are not stuck with inventory under your bed. Prices and services vary greatly from one POD publisher to the next, but most have a format or procedure they follow and most provide a rudimentary distribution process through wholesalers to get your book at least listed with some key players like, Barnes and Noble,, Baker and Taylor, Ingram, etc.

Unless the author promotes the book his own efforts, the book is likely to die without sales. You must market yourself right from the start if you have any hope of sales, especially on your first book as a relatively unknown author. One key benefit to POD is that the author keeps control over his work. My book was published and assigned an ISBN (0-595-90391-6) which is critical for creditability. Some POD publishers are Author House, who recently merged with iUniverse, Book Surge. A more complete list with pricing and comparison of services can be found at:

Overall, POD suited my needs to get established and retain ownership with a quick and easy procedure. My printed book and eBook is now Listed at and
Increase Your Creativity Seminar!

Meet your inner Muse face to face! Improve your out-of-the-box thinking! Find solutions to stubborn problems! Break through creative blocks!

You may have heard the statement: We use only 10% of our brains. Curious about what the other 90% has to offer? Now’s your chance to find out!! Whether you’re a songwriter or visual artist, a playwright or actor, a housewife or entrepreneur, improved creative ability can speed you toward your dreams and goals.

In this three-session workshop geared to all levels of creativity, from daily challenges to masterpieces, you’ll learn right brain/left brain techniques to access your “inner muse”---anytime, anyplace. The workshop includes experiential and guided visualization work as well as information to help you take your creativity to the next level---or two! You’ll leave inspired and energized, with tools that will last a lifetime.

Three Tuesdays, November 6, 13, and 20, 2007, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. $75. (Some scholarships available.) Seating limited to 12, so reserve your place today! Call Batya at 615-299-6525, or email

Seminar presented by Passion-for-Life Psychotherapy and Personal Coaching, a division of LifePositive. Batya D. Wininger, LCSW, MA, CSC, Rev., has been a psychotherapist and group leader for 15 years, a life coach for more than 20, and a writer since age 8. She recently opened LifePositive, a practice encompassing psychotherapy and life coaching for individuals, groups, and small businesses, focusing on the creative life and its special needs.
Goal Setting & Achievement for the Creative Person
Turn Creativity into Success through a Three-Week Goal Attainment Workshop

Led by Life-Coach and Psychotherapist Batya Wininger, LCSW, MA
Oct. 11, 18 & 25 (consecutive Thursdays), 6-8 p.m.
Hosted by the Songwriters Guild of America Foundation
SGA Nashville office, Suite 321, Cummins Station, 209 10th Ave. S.

Do you find that your everyday responsibilities get in the way of your writing dreams? Do your creative endeavors take a back-burner to everything else on your list? Are you wondering if you are as creative as you used to be? Do you need help returning to your creative path?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should enroll in this new workshop. Deveopled specifically for the creative writer, performer, or visual artist, participants first be guided in establishing and prioritizing their specific goals. The next step, organizing and determining actual “doable” steps, leads participants to a system that provides continuing motivation and feedback. Within three consecutive Thursday evenings, workshop attendees will be well on their way to achieving their creative dreams.

Reserve your seat now! Seating for the three-week workshop is limited. Please call Kimberly Maiers Shaw at SGA (615) 742-9945 or email Tuition for all three sessions is only $70 for SGA Platinum/Diamond members; $75 for SGA Gold Members; and $80 for non-members. Tuition increases by $20 after Friday, Oct. 5. All classes will be held at the SGA office, Suite 321, Cummins Station, 209 10th Ave. S. Nashville, TN.

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