Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Word Harvest News

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please join us for a special evening - A TRIBUTE TO TONY HILLERMAN -featuring dramatizations of some of Hillerman's famous stories of Navajo Country read by actors Wes Studi, Kate Burton and Isaiah Sheffer. The show is Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. at the Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco Street. Tickets,$10, are available by calling 505-988-1234 or at www.ticketsantafe.org
Thanks to Santa Fe Community College and Symphony Space from New York for organizing the event!
Anne and Jean

Juicy updates from WORDHARVEST
Our August workshops - Interactive Internet Marketing with Ellen Barone and Six Degrees of Separation with Sandi Ault - drew rave reviews. Some of the presenter's great tips are featured later in the newsletter.
Sandi Ault and WORDHARVEST's Anne and Jean are brainstorming a new project that would allow our talented-but-unpublished students to get their foot in the door of the publishing world. Stay tuned for more developments.
The Tony Hillerman Writers Conference: Focus on Mystery will not be offered this year. The winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery will be announced Nov. 20 at the New Mexico Book Awards dinner. The previous weekend (Nov. 13-15), Anne Hillerman will be signing her new book about her Dad, Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn at the Weems Arts Festival at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque. Jean Schaumberg will be there, too. Come by and say hi!
Have some good news you would like to share? Please send it to us with Good News in the subject line for a future newsletter.

Tips for Interactive Internet Marketing
In her day-long workshop, Ellen Barone talked about innovative and creative ways to use the web promote yourself, jumpstart new sources of revenue, and have fun! Santa Fe Community College co-sponsored the class.
• Ellen stressed that you don't have to do it all yourself, and referred to the website elance.com as a good place to find help.
• Before you build/expand/revise your presence on the Internet, think about who your audience is. Don't use a scattershot approach. Tailor the look, message and focus of you work on the web.
• If you are considering buying a domain name, i.e. Annehillerman.com, do it, even before you know exact what kind of a website you want. Search engines give extra points for longevity.You can park your domain name until you're ready to use it.
• Overwhelmed by the time you spend checking email? Put a notice on your website about your schedule for answering mail: morning and evening, once a day, twice a week or whatever you choose.
• Set up a guest book on your site to garner email addresses from people who would like more information about you and your events.

Tips from Six Degrees of Separation
In her recent WORDHARVEST workshop, Sandi Ault highlighted essential skills every writer needs, from creating story lines to polishing the work.
• She started her session by asking participants to put the actualization of their dream on paper--- "I am a New York Times best-selling author" or "My children have copies of my memoir and they love it!"
• From there, she advised, work backwards, logically, step by step. She noted that in writing, as in life, goals get accomplished when they are seen in do-able increments.
• Like Ellen, Sandi stressed the role of both creative thinking and a disciplined approach in meeting a goal. Sandi reminded the group that we are better writers than we think we are and know more about most things that we give ourselves credit for.

And finally....
Please join Anne and photographer Don Strel for the launch of Tony Hillerman's Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn. The book is a beautiful combination of Tony's descriptions of Indian country scenery from the Chee and Leaphorn mysteries, Don's fantastic photographs, and Anne's poignant memories of her dad and thoughtful non-fiction commentary It will be released Oct. 27, 2009 by HarperCollins. If you'd like an invitation to the benefits, email Anne your contact info. Here's a calendar of some of our first events:

November 1, 2009 Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ.
November 5, 2009 University of New Mexico Student Union in Albuquerque, NM (Benefit for Hillerman/McGarrity Scholarship)
November 8, 2009 Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe, NM (Benefit for the Santa Fe Public Library)
November 13 - 15, 2009 Weems Arts Festival at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque

Anne will sign Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes:
September 19 Santa Fe Farmer's Market, 9-11 a.m.
September 26 talk and signing at the New Mexico Women's Book Festival on Santa Fe's Museum Hill - 1 p.m. (The Festival features many fine New Mexico authors including WORDHARVEST faculty Elaine Pinkerton, Joan Logghe, Pari Noskin Taichert, Susan Slater, and Christine Barber. winner of the 2007 Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery, and writing student, Karen McKinnon.) Here's the complete schedule.
November 13 - 15, Weems Arts Festival at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque

Connie Gotsch www.conniegotsch.com Host Write On Four Corners KSJE FM, Farmington NM www.ksje.com Author two award winning novels Snap Me a Future and A Mouthful of Shell available www.dlsijpress.com

Always in Print ‘Cuz They’re Print on Demand!

And now out! Belle’s Star,’ a youth novel from Artemesia Press at http://www.apbooks.net and amazon.com, and through your local book store.

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