FAW News


            FAW Hosts

     Shelley  Adina


Have you noticed that most books these days are part of a series?

Whether it’s Action Adventure, French Cooking, or Romance, both the public and publishers that are attracted to your book will want  more!  That’s why  Fremont Area Writers will host Shelley Adina, author of over thirty six books, on Saturday June 22nd, to explain “How to Plan your Book Series.”

Why would you agree to write a whole book series?  Because in order to sell even one book, you’ll have to get your public’s attention  with a well planned PR campaign that may cost more in time and money than it took you to write the original book!

Because of those costs, publishers may lose interest in buying if they find out that there’ll be no Books 2, 3, 4 and 5 to ride on the coat-tails of your Book 1.  


So how do you plan a book series?                                               


Shelley Adina’s past experience includes working with major publishers (twenty four books published by Harlequin, Warner and Hatchette), plus another dozen under her own label, Moonshell Books, Inc.  

Shelly has gained high level recognition for her work, including the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel.   

A sought-after  speaker, Shelley Adina is one of Fremont Area Writers’  most popular presenters and has always astonished us with the depth of her research.  Just visiting her web site (https://shelleyadina.comyou can find links to information you’ll need to self publish, from layout to marketing to recommended editors-for hire! 

So before you plan out your next project, bring your questions Fremont Area Writers, at 2PM, Saturday June 22nd at 42 Silicon Valley, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont CA 94555.  This event is admission-free and open to any writer or aspiring writer.

For more information visit  https://shelleyadina.com

This event will be held at 2PM on Saturday June 22nd.

Admission is free to the public ($5 donation is requested from members) and will take place in Room 106  of  42 Silicon Valley (formerly known as DeVry University), 6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont CA 94555. 


President’s Message

President’s MSG 6/2019





***SAD NEWS***

FAW is very sorry to announce the passing of Chris Dews, our Webmaster, Membership Chair and DEAR FRIEND

Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Val and all of his family.


June has arrived, and Volunteerism is in the air!

FAW needs YOU.

We are at the end of a very fast-paced, exciting and event-filled fiscal year, it came so fast I can hardly believe it!

Please consider what you can contribute from your vast resources of talent, that would benefit your fellow travelers on this journey of discovery and growth.

We will be holding elections of officers, as well as positions on committees. Take a look at the website under “Board” at cwc-fremontareawriters.org and give some careful thought to how you can grow and spread your wings while learning by doing in this upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Can you say “Anniversary Celebration”!

It’s here!! July 6 is the date, and Lake Elizabeth is the place…

Come and join us for a day of relaxing and mingling, reminiscing and feasting.

See the invitation on our website and Ink Spots newsletter for the Alphabetized listing of what to bring, and let us know what your dish will be, so we can be sure to have a good mix of delectables to share.

Remember, there is no meeting in July, so please make every effort to come to the picnic and also to join us to support our “2nd Saturday” event at Half Price Books

July 13. (More details can be found in our newsletter and website)



Book Signing at Half Price Books


Fremont Area Writers is now partnering with Half Price Books in Fremont to present “Meet Your Local FAW Authors” monthly readings by FAW published authors on the second Saturday of each month.  Readings will be scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  A different author will be featured each month.  Authors will have the opportunity to read and answer questions about their work, as well as sign and sell their books.

This “free” opportunity is available to FAW members who are published authors with books to sell.  Time slots for the year are filling up—so act now.  Keep an eye on your email for more information or contact Nancy Guarnera

Saturday June 8th 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Half Price Books Fremont Hub

Join author and artist
Jo Ann Frisch for the June FAW “Second Saturday” event at Half Price Books in the Fremont Hub, as she reads from her beautifully illustrated book Plant Uses by California Native Americans Rumsien and Mutsun Ohlone.


FAW’s Guest Speakers for 2019

Information supplied by Knuti VanHoven 

June 22-  Shelley Adina on Planning and Plotting Your Own Book Series

July 27-  no meeting, 10th Anniversary Picnic, July 6, see newsletter for details

August 24- TBD

September 28- TBD

October 26- Andrew Benzie on Marketing

November 23- Kelley Way on  copyright law Q & A

December 28- Potluck, no Speaker

January  25- Lisa Rosenburg San Mateo County Poet Laureate  


Collected by Knuti VanHoven

FAW Moves to Room 106

Here we are in our new location: 


Jan Small nominated for Jack London Award!

Congratulations to Jan Small, who won Fremont Area Writers nomination for the CWC’s highest honor for local group accomplishment: The Jack London Award.
Jan has been searching out sites for FAW book-signings and organizing everything from setup, take down, author recruitment  and publicity.  She’s even designed the promotional posters.
The Award recognizes outstanding service to a CWC branch and will be presented at the regional meeting later this year.  
Thank you, Jan, from all of us!


Carmen VonTickner has agreed to fill the vital Board position of Secretary. 

Carmen began her new position at the last meeting on January 26, and has hit the ground running. Thank you Carmen!


Remember to bring your used books to the Book Exchange Table at FAW Meetings.

 Books you bring are free to members.  Take any you like, but at the end of the meeting, if yours have not been selected, please take them home and bring them back next month.

If you especially recommend a book, put a marker in it with a brief note to let folks know why it’s special! 

Members  can save a fortune by recycling books instead of buying news ones!


Get Involved with FAW

Fremont Area Writers has lots of great volunteer opportunities! 

If you’d like to to make a positive contribution to these projects please, contact our President.


Send your Book Cover jpgs to webmaster@’this website URL’ for our Members’ Book Display, then check out other members books and if you can give them a 5 star rating, go online to Amazon, Goodreads or other websites and post your review for them.  This is one of the most important ways that we can help each other out! 


Shutterbug Alert!  We have an on-going need for active, in-focus Photos of FAW speakers and events for Press releases and Ink Spots & this website.   Faces should be as large a portion of the photo as possible with expressions of active interest in the project that’s depicted.  If you get a  good shot, send it to webmaster


Elevator-Speech-Polishing Event frequently

Frequently, visitors and new members get an opportunity to practice their 30-second “elevator speech”, introducing themselves and their projects. 

An elevator speech isn’t social chit chat or  a biography.  It’s a quick teaser to use at professional events, like conferences, where agents and publishers are looking for product to sell.  Each of them is looking for specific types of product that they have a market for.  If they don’t need what you have to sell, you need to move on and keep moving until you find your possible connections. 

Once you’ve each introduced yourself with your name and role (Author, Agent, Publisher) you have 30 seconds to let them know what you have to offer: Your book’s genre, target audience, plus a couple of interesting details  and what support you’re seeking.

IF that’s what they’re looking for, you exchange more information.  If not, you exchange quick pleasantries and move on until you find a more suitable match.

You may need to present to many, many people before you meet one who’s after exactly your project.  with the right needs.  While it’s important to be congenial, it’s not time for normal socializing .

After thirty seconds, if you haven’t already moved on, your contact will either be interested or be scanning the room for their next prospect.

THIRTY SECONDS!  You can polish and refine this vital skill and get feedback afterward, at  break.  Going over that time at a conference  risks losing your new contact’s interest or creating a situation where they feel like they can’t get away from you. 

Going over that time at an FAW meeting will only get you buzzed, because, though we love you,  we have other agenda items and only if everyone sticks to thirty second introductions, afterwards we’ll only have 30 minutes of meeting time left! 

So start planning your next elevator speech now.  Time it out, and we’ll see you at the next meeting!


Anyone have a productive Agent that would be a good speaker for an FAW meeting?  We need someone who’s current and can give productive tips to our members about how to choose the right agent, then how to work with them.  Please email Knuti.



Are you looking for fame and fortune? While you’re working on that, how about learning the ins and outs of websites? Please offer to help maintain this site. Training given. Contact the webmaster.




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kudos-nice work

In this area we record writers’ awards and successes. Keep your eye on this page as awards are received all the time.

(Please send shout-outs and Kudos to the webmaster.)


Shout-outs from FAW Members to Other Members



we are all very proud of our members for participating in the current opportunity to have their short story included in the CWC annual anthology, The Literary Review.

From over 2000 members that could enter, only 28 were selected for inclusion, and our FAW branch had 5 that made the “shortlist”, and 2 that were included!

WAY TO GO, Anita Tosh and Art Carey (included), and Chris Dew, Evelyn De La Torre, and Nancy Guarnera!

you made us PROUD.


Respected recipients-  

I’d like to post a shout-out for Nancy Guarnera’s inspirational work in infusing energy and innovation into the FAWG organization, in particular, her transitional affiliation with Half-Price Books, where she has founded second-Saturday Local Writers Reading meetings, as well as her work on renovating the FAWG logo, webpage and public persona. 

Tony Pino 


KUDOS to FAW Members


Tish Davidson has been selected to judge the historical nonfiction and regional nonfiction categories for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This is an international competition sponsored by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group. Books written in English from small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors are eligible. Winners are recognized with cash awards and review by a literary agent at a ceremony in Washington, DC during the American Library Association Conference in June.

Penelope Anne Cole has had three pieces published in the Tri-Valley Writers Anthology: Voices of the Valley.  Her published pieces are a poem, “Captive of Love,” a memoir, “Escape from Honolulu,” and a short story, “Roamer’s World.” She is most proud to have been so honored.

Jan Small was nominated by FAW board for the Jack London Award on January 26.

Shirley Ferrante won 3rd place for her piece “Togetherness” in the Half Price Books Flash Fiction Contest held on the 22nd of September.  (Check out Shirley’s contest winner in the FAW Writers’ Corner of the October2018 issue of FAW’s newsletter Ink Spots.)

Nancy Guarnera won 1st and 2nd place in the Half Price Books Flash Fiction Contest held on the 22nd of September.  Her “Home Coming” took 1st place and “Three Times” took 2nd place.   (Check out Nancy’s contest winners in the FAW Writers’ Corner of the October2018 issue of FAW’s newsletter Ink Spots.)

Art Carey’s modern, tongue-in-cheek version of Jonathan Swift’s classic satire, A Modest Proposal, appeared in an August issue of The Satirist, America’s Most Critical Journal (Since 1999).

The following authors who participated in the FAW Book Signing at the Newpark Mall on Saturday, July 14thArt Carey sold 1 book; Penelope Cole sold 11 books; Paul K. Davis sold 1 book; Chris Dews sold 3 books; Jo Ann Frisch sold 5 books; Urmila Patel sold 4 books; Jan Small sold 2 books and 1 art print; Dave M. Strom sold 1 book; Anita Tosh  sold 1 book; and Helen Vanderberg sold 3 books.  A total of 32 books and 1 art print were sold for total sales of $402.  Sales per author ranged from $2 to $95. 

Chris Dews has recently published a new book – Antler Jinny and the Raven, and has revised and republished his previous book, The Druid and the Bracelet.  His books will be available at Coastside Books and Ink Spell Books in Half Moon Bay. You can also find them online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Evelyn LaTorre, an FAW founding member, will have her memoir titled, No Guardrails, From Montana to Machu Picchu, A Peace Corps Romance, published in 2020 by She Writes Press. 

Clevermag.org has notified Evelyn LaTorre that her piece about her recent trip to Ireland, “Is Ireland Really Heaven,” will be published in the Fall 2018 issue of their e-zine.

Dave M. Strom recently updated his book, Super Holly Hansson in Super Bad Hair Day to roughly 120 printed pages of stories, audio scripts, and Super Holly artwork.  At Worldcon, the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) recently held at the San Jose Convention Center, Dave shared a table with authors from the South Bay Writers branch of CWC.  He sold nine paperback copies and one Kindle eBook.

A long-awaited anthology about the life of a dollar bill has been published by South Bay Writers. FAW’s Dave Strom was an editor and has a story in it.

Tish Davidson’s non-fiction piece “Miss Tish and the Okree Ladies” has been published in the 2018 California Writers Club Literary Review.

Evelyn LaTorre’s non-fiction piece “The Potato Caper” has been published in the 2018 California Writers Club Literary Review.

Judy Taylor’s poem “A Trail of Pap Crackers on the Beach has been published in the 2018 California Writers Club Literary Review.

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers


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.