April 2021 Zoom only meeting
April 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
GCWA Writing Contest Winners
Winners of the writing contest will be announced and authors will read their winning submissions.
March Zoom Meeting
Speaker: D. L. Havlin
Topic: Building a Platform for Both Non-fiction and Fiction Authors
March 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
What’s a writing platform? It’s not built on the top of telephone poles, but it is a requisite for non-fiction authors and a valuable addition to the fiction writers marketing arsenal. This class deals with the way to build one, a legitimate one, in the field which you wish to write. Is a doctorate necessary? No, but a real, thorough, and defensible knowledge of your subject matter is critical. Ways to construct that “pulpit to preach from” are offered in this class.
DL Havlin is an unretired businessman who has traveled a large portion of the world, having visited over 100 countries. He managed offices in places like London, Singapore, Frankfort, Acala Spain and many more. He has visited the jungles on the Sepic River in New Guinea, the Buddhist temples in Bangkok and the Babi Yar Monument in Kiev. In his travels he has discovered that humans have very similar appearances but their cultures make them as distinct as visitors from another planet.
He’s been writing 30+ years. DL writes historical, literary, women’s mainstream, and suspense/mystery novels. He has ten books published. The latest is Escaping Skeletons, a mystery/suspense series.
February Zoom Meeting
Bob McCarthy, Rick Pullen, Marty Ambrose, Carol Kennedy, Judy Loose
A panel of authors will discuss the pitfalls of publishing (the good, the bad, and the ugly).
February 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Bob McCarthy: All publishers are not created equal. Some homework tips before you sign a contract.
Rick Pullen: The ups and downs of the writing life. You’re on top one minute and plunge to the depths the next thanks to the vagaries of the book publishing business.
Marty Ambrose: Dodging the Pitfalls of Publishing Today:Finding an agent, Working with an editor, and Marketing a book.
Carol Kennedy: Don’t Forget Who Your Readers Are And Don’t Forget Who Will Actually Be Purchasing Your Book
Judy Loose: Lessons learned while working with an agent. Do your research before signing any contracts.