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Sat. June 24, 2017 2-4 p.m
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37408 Fremont Blvd, Fremont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 24th Meeting  2:00-4:00 p.m

Keynote Speaker ,Mark Coker of  SMASHWORDS          

Topic: The Whys, Hows and Trends of Indie Publishing in 2017

This is an historic FOURTH return appearance at Fremont Area Writers, and for good reason! 
For those of you who are new to Fremont Area Writers, Mark Coker and the concept of “indie publishing”,
let us fill you in.

Back in 2005, Mark Coker and his wife co-wrote “Boob Tube”, a novel about the wacky world of TV soap operas. Their dream was to see “Boob Tube” at Barnes & Noble.  
Instead, but the publishers turned them down because previous soap opera-themed novels had sold poorly.

 Mark began to imagine the hundreds of thousands of other writers whose dreams of publication were crushed because traditional publishers have huge production and distribution overheads and can’t accept books they don’t see as likely moneymakers.

He decided the future of books was threatened by this focus on potential profit, and the inherent high costs of producing, publishing and distributing print booksBut what if there was an e-book self-publishing platform to make it fast, easy and free to publish an ebook?

This was the genesis behind Smashwords and the creation of a global publishing platform that can take a chance on every author, at no cost or risk to the author!

Mark’s goal was to give every writer in the world, whether it was the budding novelist or the grandma who wanted her family to have access to her favorite recipes, the freedom and opportunity to publish, and to give readers the freedom to decide what was worth reading.

They launched Smashwords in 2008, and today they help authors publish and distribute over 200,000 titles. 

Mark has also written two more books: the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free), the Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook) and The 10-Minute PR Checklist (helps entrepreneurs and business managers think more strategically about public relations. It’s not written for authors, though some authors find it valuable.)

Is “indie publishing” the best route for you?

Come find out at this inspirational meeting!

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers

President’s Message

June 2017

I’ll keep it short and simple this month. As I wrote last month, it is that time of the CWC year when each branch starts looking for officers for next year. We will hold nominations at the May general meeting and announce the candidates. The positions that need to be filled are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Even though the incumbents for all of the positions, except president, have expresses their willingness serve next year, you can still run for that office if you want to help our branch. Elections will held at our June general meeting with the new officers starting their terms in July. We really need someone willing to take on the role of President for the next year. Please give it some thought we need the consistency of a full term president. You will have a strong supporting cast of experienced officers to help you. Look over the branch Policies and Procedures to see how easy the job of branch president is.

Myrla is in the process of setting up our branch picnic. The event will be held in the picnic area behind the Union City Historical Museum at 3841 Smith Street in Union City on the afternoon of July 8. Myrla will post additional information in Inkspots.

Feel free to contact me either via phone (510-489-4779) or email (ragarf-at-earthlink.net.)

Take care.

Bob Garfinkle

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers
President’s Message

April 2017

It is that time of the CWC year when each branch starts looking for officers for next year. We will hold nominations at the May general meeting and announce the candidates. The positions that need to be filled are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Even though the incumbents for all of the positions, except president, have expresses their willingness serve next year you can still run for that office if you want to help our branch. Elections are held at the June general meeting with the new officers starting their term in July. We need someone willing to take on the role of President for the next year. Please give it some thought we need the consistency of a full term president.

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“Shirley Ferrante, winner of the 2017 Jack London Award”

At the FAW Board of Director’s last meeting (March) we unanimously voted to have Shirley Ferrante be our Jack London Award (JLA) recipient for 2017. When her former husband left us in mid-term a few years, Shirley stepped in to take his place as president and she has taken on many additional positions within our branch. She richly deserves this CWC honor for outstanding service to a branch. JLA Honorees can receive the award once. The award will be presented to Shirley, along with the honoree of the other CWC branches at the Central Board meeting in July. A hearty congratulations from all of us to Shirley Ferrante.

Feel free to contact me either via phone (510-489-4779) or email (ragarf-at-earthlink.net.)

Take care.

Bob Garfinkle

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers

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Kudos…

Three members of Fremont Area Writers have won recognition in writing contests sponsored by the San Mateo County Fair.

Dave Strom took first place in Digital Media Audiobook with The Malevolent Mystery Meat.

Tish Davidson won second place in the Genre Novel First Chapter for the first chapter of her second book,Dogonne Hot: A Nan Heitman Mystery. The prize includes publication in the anthology Carry the Light and coaching worth $150 with Beth Barany, developmental editor.

Cherilyn Jose, FAW treasurer, took second place in a Best Blog Contest for her entry, “My Manta Ray Encounter.” Her blog will also appear in the anthology.

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers

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An Open Mic for writers to read their work is held from 7-9 p.m. at Suju’s Coffee and Tea, 3620 Thornton Ave., in Fremont, on the fourth Monday of the month.

Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the 1,700-member California Writers Club. To find out more, log on to www.cwc-fremontareawriters.org or contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639.