Upcoming Events and Meetings

For 2017: Regularly Scheduled Events:

 


On the Fourth Monday of Every Month: Open Mic at Suju’s,

7 to 9PM , corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator.   

Authors read their own material.


Almost Every Tuesday: Jay Swartz’s Writers Rendevous, Inquire at meetings


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June 24th Meeting  2-4 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!


FAW CALENDAR:

June 26th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator

July 8th Annual FAW Picnic! will be held in the picnic area behind the Union City Historical Museum at 3841 Smith Street in Union City.

July 24th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator

 

August 26th Meeting    

  Keynote Speaker: Shelley Bates (Adina)

Topic:  “The Business of Writing”

   Author and lecturer Shelley Bates will talk about the nuts and bolts business of the writing business:  time management, business models (hobbyist, sole proprietor, LLC, S-Corp), how to write a business plan; even estate planning! Nobody tells writers about this stuff, so Shelley does! She’ll  also include a section on sideline businesses, e.g. writing back-cover blurbs and series bibles for people, editing, hosting writing retreats, and other ways to use our skills that don’t necessarily include books. 

 

These are strategies that apply equally to both indie and traditionally published people, so plan to be there!  

 

August 28th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator

September 23rd Meeting         

  Keynote Speaker: David Kiehn 

Topic:  “Cross-Continental Sleuthing for Hometown History”  Or  “How I researched my book on Essanay Studios”

David Kiehn has spent most of his life working in film-related jobs. But it wasn’t until he made a remarkable discovery – and was featured on “60 Minutes” – that he gained national attention.  

For years, Kiehn knew about a 12-minute silent film, shot in San Francisco from a cable car and dated to 1905, but Kiehn suspected otherwise.  Through meticulous detective work, he proved that “Market Street” was in fact shot four days before the great earthquake of April 18, 1906.

Suddenly, the film took on a haunting poignancy: We now look at the San Francisco newsboys, carriage jockeys and women in elaborate hats, and know that earth-shatttering disaster awaits.  But “A Trip Down Market Street” wasn’t Kiehn’s only research coup. He’s identified several lost films and assembled the long-forgotten history of a silent film star in his 2003 book, “Broncho Billy and the Essanay Film Company.”

How does he do it?  He’ll give us a look into the methods he employs in this fascinating research.

 

September 25th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator

 

October 23rd  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator

October 28th Meeting   

  Keynote Speaker Rick Acker

Topic: “An Author’s Roadmap to the Publishing Industry”  

    Fellow author and lawyer Rick Acker, who recently gave us a double session on Authors Law 101 and 102, has agreed to come back, bringing us another of his useful and well researched presentations.  This is an overview of the structure and workings of the Publishing Industry, as it effects authors.  It’s information you can’t afford to miss.

 

November 25th Meeting  

Keynote: The Grammar Diva: Arlene Miller 

You may know Arlene as a best selling Amazon Author.  She’s a lady who understands the mechanics and traditions of the English language.  She’ll be giving us interesting historic background as to why things work the way they do (or don’t) and what aspects of accepted grammar have changed in recent years.  (Don’t you hate it when you know how to do something, then they change the rules on us?)  Arlene will be here to let you know what to watch out for!

November 27th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator

 December 2nd, Saturday  FAW Book Signing at Alameda County Library, Fremont Main.

  1:00 – 4:00 pm   Authors will do readings from, sell and sign their books.  Genres include children’s, religious, historical fiction, native plant lore, mystery, poetry, and more!  Open to the public and absolutely free admission! Jan Small, Organizer,  2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont

December FAW Christmas Party 

 

2018

 

April 28th Meeting

Keynote Speaker:  Linda Lee 

Topic:  “Building Your Own Writer’s Website”