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March 21, 2010Sh
Sharing with Writers
A newsletter that is also a community. Share your ideas. Learn from theirs! Associated with the multi award - winning series of HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, www.howtodoitfrugally.com


From the Desks of
Carolyn Howard - Johnson
and Sharing with Writers Subscribers

In the spirit of the advice I give in the Frugal Editor - - that is to use an extra pair of eyes whenever possible - - this newsletter is voluntarily copyedited by Mindy Phillips Lawrence ~ mplcreative1@aol.com ~ www.freewebs.com/mplcreative. I also tell writers to be patient with other writers when they make editing boo - boos. We're all human. This letter comes out weekly (except when I'm traveling or on deadline) and it's long!
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Contents
Regular Features
~Note from Carolyn
~Letters - to - the - Editor
~Thank Yous (where you also find leads and great resources!) ~Tips and News Galore! (They're scattered, you'll just have to find
them!)
~Opportunities
~On Poetry
~Author Successes
~Mindy Lawrence's Itty Bitty Column, “ Blog or Web Site”
~Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching
~Wordstuff ™
This Issue
~Q&A: Oh, No! Not Italics Again!
~Feature: Should You Pay for a Review?
~Mini Feature: FACEBOOK and Your Fans


Note: You may have better luck with the URLs in this newsletter if you copy and paste. The reason that I leave them long rather than use hyperlinks is because this letter is available in plain text in your e - mail window as well as by .pdf.
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Note from Carolyn


Dear Subscribers:

Never again will I quote the person who said something like “Poets are lucky to make 4 cents an hour.”

That’s because one of my poems just won a wonderful cash prize from Franklin - Christoph, maker of fine writing instruments. Sponsoring a poetry contest is an ideal connection for such a company and they do it every year. It seems writers, including poets, and beautiful pens and scripts just go together. The poem is “Endangered Species.” It is about a sea dragon that is endangered, but in more ways than one. Find it at http://budurl.com/EndangeredSpecies .

The pay was excellent if one considers the hours it took to write that one poem. It is best not to factor in the study time and cost required to develop the craft of poetry. In fact, it is best not to think of poetry and most other arts in terms of income, of fame for that matter.

We all know why we write. We write for the love of it. Those who take it up for any other reason tire of it and eventually disappear from the writing scene. Gone to better things? I think not. Just to something, whatever that may be, that suits them better. I only hope that whatever that is brings them as much joy as writing brings to me.


Happy Writing, Promoting and Editing
Carolyn Howard - Johnson

PS: In the spirit of writers sharing with writers, one of my starving writer subscribers is now tending an ill mother and needs a working laptop (any old one you're discarding will do) to keep up with her writing. A Sharing with Writers subscriber pulled through with a similar request about a year ago. I’m hoping it will work again. Sharing is sure a whole lot better than sending one to the landfill! Send me a note at hojonews@aol.com and I’ll put you in touch with the recipient. Another thank you goes to Allyn Evans who blogs at http://allynevans.blogspot.com/ for helping out last year.

PPS: Our Roman Retreat is filling. The inexpensive room on the lower level is taken. Please, if you’ve been considering it, look again on my blog at http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2010/02/roman - retreat - e - books - and - yes - promotion.html or just go directly to www.budurl.com/RomanRetreat and think harder!


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Q&A a la Ann Landers

Oh, no! Not Italics Again! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Question:

A subscriber writes that she read in The Frugal Editor that she shouldn’t use italics and wondered why she is reading that they are a wonderful tool in other places on the Web. I couldn’t reach her for permission to run her exact question, but here is the answer.

My Answer:

UCLA Extension world - renowned Writers’ Program (my class and all others) discourages use of italics for internal thought. Still we all know that rules were made to be broken. The thing is, there are many techniques that an accomplished writer can use to make it perfectly clear to the writer that a thought is internal. The major ones are the combination of voice and viewpoint. If a chapter is in the point of view of one person, say the protagonist, everything that's being observed (or thought) is really in her head or coming from her head. Thus, italics are redundant.

There is a lot of misinformation being taught on the Web. Things get started with one author and keep ballooning. I have seen internal thought in italics where it is needed. But rarely. Faulkner had whole books in internal thought and nary an italic. ( - :

One more point: We tend not to give readers enough credit for internalizing literary technique. They really don't need that much help!

You can tell this is a favorite topic of mine. Maybe I should write a booklet on it. But nobody would read it. People seem invested in repeating what they're told (however incorrectly) and then what they see in books, however poorly published they are. And then, if they’ve used italics in their own books, they really don’t want to hear that they could have done better.

Using italics for internal thought will continue to take hold, especially among the self - and subsidy - published who hire their old English teachers as editors (English teachers may be great at catching grammar errors and typos but they often know little about creative writing and even less often know anything about publishing, formatting and style choices for books).

One day using italics for internal thought may even be accepted by the writer's departments of major universities, but for now, a writer getting and MFA would have to make a real case to her professor that italics were needed or desirable.
CHJ

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There is a page of contests on the Resource for Writers page on my Web
site: http://www.carolynhowardjohnson.redenginepress.com/contests.htm
Follow the links on that page to other valuable lists on my site, too.
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Letters - to - the - Editor:

Dear Carolyn,

Re: Mindy Lawrence's column on Uncomfortable People in the last newsletter

I just got to the March 5 newsletter. I'm wondering if you might connect with Marshall Cook when you go to Wisconsin in the fall for the WRAW Writers’ Conference? That would be so neat!

Also, I loved Mindy's article on Uncomfortable People. Haven't we all known some of "those"? Just wanted to comment. There's so much good, great information in the newsletters that it's hard to get through it all.
Hugs, Norma J. Sundberg, author An Odd Fable, http://www.cypresspublications.com/index.php/An - Odd - Fable.html or:
http://www.cypresspublications.com/index.php/authors/


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Please paste this little blurb - - perhaps with a little endorsement - - in your newsletter or Web site: To subscribe to Sharing with Writers send an e - mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to HoJoNews@aol.com or go to www.howtodoitfrugally.com for an auto subscribe box. Let me know you did it. I will be able to do something similar for you on my Resources for Readers page at www.howtodoitfrugally.com.
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Feature
Should You Pay for a Review ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Yep, it’s that time again. I am in the review process for the Great Little Last - Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper - Perfect Copy and I ran into the pay - for - reviews or interviews conundrum - - again.
I hadn’t heard about them for a while.
As much as I know how hard it for a new author to get a bona fide review, I’m not in favor of paid reviews. Because they aren’t bona fide reviews and probably never will be bona fide. A real review needs to be trusted
by:

1. The author, who needs review to sell books, certainly, but really needs them for the critique process, that is to learn what they do well and not so well so that their writing improves.
2. The reviewer, who needs to trust him or herself to give an honest review.
3. The reader, who needs to trust that what they are basing their book purchases on isn’t a bunch of biased hooey.

In fact, I advise readers to use other means of getting their information about books than a site or journal where reviews are paid for by the author or publisher. Try MyShelf.com. There is no review - for - pay at that site.

Even reviews like the unpaid ones on Amazon.com aren’t trustworthy. They have been diluted.

1. Diluted by the average reader weighing in on an art it knows nothing about other than what it likes.
2. Diluted by the competitive meanness going on. I’m talking about authors posting biting reviews on a competitor’s sales page.
3. Diluted because the author—in most cases—isn’t getting the advantage of a knowledgeable critique.

Maybe I’m such a tough bean on this issue because of my journalism background. It's an ethics thing. How can someone give/get a fair review if they're being paid? The reader assumes reviews are given with no strings attached. That may be possible for some paid interviews and reviews, but it, by it’s nature, can’t be possible for all. Therefore paid reviews undermine the intent and trustworthiness of the review process.
They even taint the reviews that aren’t paid for. When trust is dead, it’s very hard to revive it.

In the old days of print journalism, the review journal paid the reviewer.
It didn't have to be a lot of money, but that’s where the reviewer’s income came from. That kept the journal, the reviewer, and the author honest.

CHJ


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It includes a segment of frugal ways to help our troops and veterans. I'd love to have you leave a comment. www.warpeacetolerance.blogspot.com
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Author Successes

(The author successes segment is here to praise, laud, and encourage but the success of one author may give you a resource for another. So, applaud, certainly. But also learn.)

Aggie Villeneuva Named Cohost at PhotoNetCast . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Writer and photographic artist, Aggie Villanueva, founder/director of Visual Arts Junction http://www.visualartsjunction.com and host of the Visual Arts Junction Radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/visualartsjunctionradio, has been appointed as a new cohost at the ever - growing PhotoNetCast company http://www.photonetcast.com, where every aspect of photography is explored via podcasts by a group of hosts and guests in roundtable - type discussions.
PhotoNetCast is a podcast produced in cooperation between several of the top photography bloggers across the world; Antonio Marques http://www.photonetcast.com/marques, Martin Gommel http://www.photonetcast.com/gommel, Jim M. Goldstein http://www.photonetcast.com/goldstein and Brian Auer http://www.photonetcast.com/auer.
Aggie is the author of two novels, originally published by Thomas Nelson, Chase the Wind and Rightfully Mine, http://www.aggiev.org/rightfullymind
and her Hot Authors, sees photography as a perfect aid for writers. They need great art for their book covers and sometimes for the interiors of their books. You may purchase licenses to Aggie’s photoart to be used for book covers, etc. at http://www.aggiev.org/aggielogic/2010/01/license - aggies - photo - art - for - your - book - covers.html



Connie Gotsch Is the Winner . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

. . . of Best Juvenile Fiction Book Award in the 2010 New Mexico Press Women Communication Contest for her novel for juveniles, Belle’s Star.

Written from a dog's point of view, Belle's Star empowers children ages 8 to 12 to build new lives after escaping bullying and abuse or other difficult situations. The book is illustrated by internationally known artist John Cogan and published by Artemesia Publishing (www.apbooks.net).

Award winning journalist and retired Farmington, New Mexico elementary school counselor Margaret Cheasebro has designed an activities booklet for Belle's Star. The booklet is available in downloadable form upon purchase of the novel at apbooks.net.

The New Mexico Press Women’s Communication Contest recognizes excellence in all aspects of journalism, advertising, photography, and public relations. First place winners in each category are eligible to compete in the National Federation of Press Women’s Communication Contest (www.nfpw.org).

In addition to the New Mexico Press Women Juvenile Fiction First Place (www.newmexicopresswomen.org ), Belle’s Star received a 2010 Mom’s Choice Silver Award for Juvenile Fiction, and a nomination for a 2009 New Mexico Book Award for Juvenile Fiction.



Eileen Granfors Opens Writers’ Web Site . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . to promote literary events in Southern California (readings, book
fairs) and to highlight enjoyable, unusual books, both old and new. She says, “My own publications lead off so that people can get to know me as I try to break through with my first novel.” The Web site is www.eileengranfors.com.
She also has a blog that should interest subscribers at www.eileengranfors.blogspot.com that features longer book reviews, linked poems, and grammar or etymology lessons.


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Opportunities

Fr ^ ^ Critique Group in Glendale, CA . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Chevy Chase Writers and Critique group meets from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Chevy Chase Library located at, 3301 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, CA 91206. This is a support group I founded a few years ago and is now lead by Christine Alexanians who many of you who have participated in the LA Times/UCLA Book Fair booth know. She is a fine poet and memoirist and has much to offer those who live in the area and can make the meetings. Christine says, “The group is for writers of all levels and genres. With the understanding that all writing is unique and valuable, criticism will be offered as opinion only.” For more information, please go to http://www.christinealexanians.com/chevy_chase_writers__critique_group
http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/library/writers_support_group.asp



Master Author/Marketer Seeking Help . . . ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I’m looking for an intern to help me with my marketing business. I am willing to pay a small amount as they learn the business of marketing books. I’m looking for a bright self - starter who knows a bit about writing and a bit about marketing books and who wants to learn more about both. The pay will be by task completed and you get to set your own hours; the finalists for the job will need to complete a sample exercise of the type required for the job. If this has appeal to you, please send your resume and a 100 - word paragraph about why you would be perfect for the job. Email to carol@carolwhitemarketing.com. Please feel free to visit the website www.carolwhitemarketing.com to learn more about what we do.


==================================================== Social networking is one of the best ways to make valuable contact and build a list of readers.
The most supportive and interactive one I know with an associated site for displaying fiction to the movie industry is iFOFO. Subscribe at:
http://www.ifogo.com/buy/order_chj.html
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In the News: A couple of issues ago I reported that Kirkus, the revered journal for book reviews, was biting the dust. According to an announcement made by the managing editor, it looks as if they have been rescued. So I don’t have to go to update my list of reviewers in the Resources for Writers section of my Web site, www.howtodoitfrugally.com.
Yay! Sometimes it pays to be slow.


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Podcasts are a great way to learn (and be refreshed) on everything from craft to poetry to promotion. Find many f r ^ ^ ones on the sites of those who support writers. You'll find a list of my most recent ones at:
www.budurl.com/WritersResources You'll need to scroll down, down, down.
That's OK. You may scroll through other resources you need, so read as you go.
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Tip: INDEPENDENT BOOK STORE LIST:
http://www.newpages.com/bookstores/default.htm. Be aware that bookstores are going out of business quickly, so expect to get returns.


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No part of this newsletter is paid advertising. If you would like to advertise to subscribers, display ads are available at http://www.carolynhowardjohnson.redenginepress.com/advertising.htm at less per year than most sites charge for a single month. Find classified there, too.
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In the News: Amazon is busy competing. The Kindle now has an application that allows users to read Kindle books on their PC. That means that if you make your book available on Kindle, you effectively have also made it an e - book that people can read on their computer screens.


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Subscribers who have websites or newsletters of their own may be interested in the F r ^^ Articles 4 Readers and Writers on my site, www.budurl.com/FreeContent . I try to add new articles to it frequently.
If you don't see what you need for your blog or newsletter, just ask.
HoJoNews@aol.com.
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In the News: - Amazon has dropped those living in Colorado from its associates program because of the intricacies of a new law imposing taxes on those from that state who buy merchandise online. It has already dropped those living in North Carolina for a similar reason and is involved in suits that revolve around the same issue in New York and other places. Thanks to subscriber Nadine Laman (www.NadineLamanBooks.com) for sending this.


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Fun and F r ~ ~: If you purchased the Frugal Book Promoter or the Frugal Editor, I'd love you to review it on Amazon or BN.com. Make it simple; just tell what part of it you found most valuable. If you do, send me the review link (URL) and I will send you a handout from one of my UCLA classes. As a thank you, of course. HoJoNews@aol.com =====================================================


On Poetry
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This is a running feature for the poets among us and those who would like to try writing poetry but feel, well, inadequate about the writing or the promotion. Please send in your poetry tips and resources for this section.

One of my poetry critique partners is now a host at KPFK’s Poet’s Café, streaming live at www.kpfk.org on Wednesdays at 2 pm. It is available as a podcast at http://timothy - green.org/blog/poetscafe/ or, if you live in Southern California, find it at 90.7 fm in Los Angeles and 98.7 in Santa Barbara. The host is a poet in her own right, warm and wonderful Lois P.
Jones, and on March 10 her guest was be Taoli - Ambika Talwar. If you would like to reach her for comments about the show, send an e - mail to poetscafe@kpfk.org.


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Endorsement: I wanted to tell you how your workshops, reading your newsletter, and just chatting with you has been a great help to me. I have a background in marketing from the fashion world and even though it has helped me get my foot in the door, I honestly have to say that after getting to know you, reading your books, and everything else I just said has truly helped me put Stories for Children Magazine on the map. ~ VS Grenier, Founder and Editor - in - Chief Stories for Children Magazine.
http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org.
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Tip: My husband has a book published in China. He’s on a promotion roll and wants to know why I’m not placing my books in all the publishing industry’s tradeshows. There are lots of people who’ll do that for a reasonable price, he says.

Here’s my frugal answer. No price is reasonable if the odds are (big
odds!) that nothing will happen. For something good to come from one of these shows, you’d better tag along with your book to pitch it and let ‘em see your smile.


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A general marketing rule is that a product must be seen seven times before it is purchased. That is just as true for books (because they are products, like it or not!). Let people see that book cover image! To do that, you are invited to advertise as a site sponsor at www.howtodoitfrugally.com for only $25 to $35 a year. Yep, the frugal way!
Click on the Advertising tab at the top of the page or contact me personally at hojonews@aol.com.
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Tip: SCREENWRITING.com - A comprehensive site for novice screenwriters.
http://www.screenwriting.info/


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Mini Feature

Facebook and Your Fans
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Should you have a Fan page? Before I start, know that once your friends on Facebook reach the thousands, you hit a limit. Then you may have to move to a fan page whether they are as good as the regular Facebook interface or not.

I personally don’t join fan pages. To me they seem redundant to a person or business’s regular pages. And I don’t have a fan page, at least not yet. That’s because every social network you add means more work for you, if you keep it up. Fan pages seem like a duplicate effort to me. So, until I reach the magic number (I think it’s 4,000) on Facebook, I won’t do a fan page. Besides, it seems a bit arrogant to call my friends (even my
acquaintances) fans.

If you’d like to “friend” me, though, find me at www.facebook.com/CarolynHowardJohnson

Here’s what Facebook says about using Fan pages:

Pages are for organizations, businesses, celebrities, and bands to broadcast great information to fans in an official, public manner. Like profiles, they can be enhanced with applications that help the entity communicate with and engage their fans, and capture new audiences virally through their fans' recommendations to their friends.

You can create and manage a Facebook Page for your organization from your personal account. You can create a Page here (http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php). Please note that only the official representative of an organization, business, celebrity, or band is permitted to create a Page. http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=14259
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Thanks to Paul Bruno, the History Czar, for sending me this information.



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I highly recommend Jozette Aaron's f r ^ ^ DeSilva's News for writers:
http://jozette.webs.com/ not just because I write a column for her.
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An Itty - Bitty Column on Writing

Blog or Web Site? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ By Mindy Phillips Lawrence


A writer I know wanted information on how to build a Web site. He has three self - published books, a completed manuscript and a new project he is writing but no name recognition. Not yet, except for those who know him. He’s an intelligent man with no knowledge of Web design. My suggestion to him was to build a blog. For now, that’s probably all he needs.

Writing is an odd business. It is lucrative for only a few. It’s mostly time consuming and gut wrenching for the rest of us who wonder how in the world some people get “lucky” when they seem to be no better at the craft than we are. There’s usually a reason. My point in saying this is that unless you are breaking through with a recognizable name in the industry, other than just friends and relatives as your fans, for now a blog is fine. Later on when you find yourself with readers beyond a personal and regional sort, you would do well to build a Web site, or have one built for you. This doesn’t have to be expensive but help comes in very handy.

Writers don’t have to know everything. There are free Web sites available that allow neophyte web builders to create a site. These can be expanded later by going to a paid model or by establishing a domain name and building a site there. You don’t have to own your domain name, although it is nice to do so. You don’t have to do anything fancy. All you want to do in the beginning is have a place in which to point readers—as in:
http://mplcreative.webs.com.

NOT PUBLISHERS OR EDITORS! For publishers and editors, you need to take time to send what they need to them directly and not just tell them to click and they will find it. That’s somewhat lazy on the writer’s part.
Normally, a lazy writer is an unpublished writer.

So, blog for now unless you already have a following. Build a Web site after readers start coming. Eventually, I hope you need BOTH!

Disagree? I’d love to hear from you. Send your point of view, kindly written please, to mplcreative1@aol.com. Let’s get to the bottom of this.

LINKS
Free Web building site (Possible expansion) www.webs.com

WEEBLY (Web site and blog)
http://www.weebly.com/

Google Sites
http://www.google.com/sites/help/intl/en/overview.html

Free Flash Websites
http://www.wix.com/

Flash Web site Templates
http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/

Free Blog
https://www.blogger.com/start?utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en - ha - na -
sk&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=free%20blogs&gclid=COaK78 - 5yqACFQkhnAodRl_dag

Free Blog
http://wordpress.com/

BraveNet ~Free Blog and Web site
http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/journal/


~ Mindy Phillips Lawrence, www.freewebs.com/mplcreative, is the author of the poetry collections One Blue Star and Above and Below. She is co - author of The Complete Writer and a publicist and literary agent. She is in the process of researching a novel titled Alone is Where We Begin.
Blogging at: http://mplcreative.blogspot.com/.
Her specialty is helping writers with their media releases. Reach her at mplcreative1@aol.com.


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Yes, I do consult. I tailor my fees to your needs - - everything from coaching to full edits (sorry no partial edits) to hour consultations to help you with your marketing campaign or your path to publishing.
http://budurl.com/carolynsconsulting
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Tip: You are going to love this blog that includes a video tutorial on creating a f r ^ ^ banner! http://budurl.com/FreeBannerInfo


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Visit one of my blogs. Experiment a bit with the little green Tweetmeme logo if you haven't used one before. And, please let me know if mine is working for you. I think the one at www.thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com is working. I used the second offering down on the tweetmeme site and replaced the suggested code with the address of my blog.
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Thank Yous

Thanks to The History Czar . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . Paul Bruno for interviewing me on my family history. My genealogy was the basis for This Is the Place, a multi award - winning novel. Listen to the interview at http://www.careerczar.com/mp3/career030510.mp3. And contact Paul if you can find a history slant in your own book!
PaulBruno@cs.com.


Thanks to dehanna bailey . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . for posting my release on the publishing of one of my poems by Manzanita journal. It includes contact information in case you would like to submit your creative work. Find it at http://dehanna.blogspot.com/ http://www.keybusinesspartners.com/2010/02/24/author - interview - carolyn - howard - johnson/


Thanks to Aggie Vallaneuva . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . . .who really knows how to decorate a blog. She ran a piece on Eve Caram’s and my Roman Retreat. Please go by and say, Hi.
http://www.visualartsjunction.com/?p=7189


Thanks to Gifts and Tableware magazine . . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ . . .for mentioning my participation in the National Stationery Show:
http://www.gifts - and - tablewares.com/issues/story.aspx?aid=1000363037


Thanks to Jozette Aaron of DeSilva’s News . . .
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Tip: If you are sending out queries as a speaker, consider the titles of the seminars or speeches you are pitching. It must appeal to two
audiences: The meeting or convention planners and the needs of the audience who will eventually hear you speak or attend your workshop. You were aware of the second, of course. But the planners of the event have an agenda that must be met, too. What is it?


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Unsolicited endorsement from a reader: I read The Frugal Book Promoter early last year and became an instant fan. Your common sense, easily accessible and easily implemented tips were a godsend as I entered the promotion for my second novel. You have so much knowledge to share! I wonder if you would be interested in an interview on the blog AuthorCulture, for which I write? ~Katie Weiland, Author of Behold the Dawn and A Man Called Outlaw, http://authorculture.blogspot.com/
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Tip: If you have trouble coming up with titles for your nonfiction, buy a couple of magazines like The National Enquirer and Reader’s Digest. (The cost is tax deductible if you’re using them to better your career.) Notice the titles. The subtitles. The little blurbs underneath the titles called “decks.” And the teasers. ( - :


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This is an example of one of my Twitters: "FrugalBookPromo New trend?
Borders will buy nonreturnable books from HarperStudio in return for a deeper discount." My tweets cover everything from news to more tips and resources, all in 140 characters or less. If you don’t want to tweet, at least follow me. Make a profile page and invite me at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo.
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Tip: If you write nonfiction books, know that considerations for the titles have changed. The title must appeal to two groups of people. The same old crowd you used to have to consider like people who see it in a bookstore or hear it on radio and TV and the new media crowd who search for books using keywords. Thus, your title (and/or subtitle) may have to be longer than ever so it will include keywords that appeal to all the niche audiences your book is designed to appeal to.


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The New Book Review is a f r ^ ^ service of this newsletter. It allows authors to get more exposure from their favorite review and reviewers a chance to have more readers see their reviews - - with links, of course.
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Carolyn's Appearances and Teaching
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 Author, editor and writing coach Bev Walton ~Porter hosts Elemental Musings, a podcast specifically for writers, readers and creatives. Join her on Friday, May 14th, at 6 PM Pacific Time as she welcomes award - winning author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers, Carolyn Howard - Johnson. Guests may post questions in the chat room or call in on the guest line at (646) 595 - 4704 and listen at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elementalmusings.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson and fellow UCLA Writers' Program Instructor, Eve LaSalle Caram (a UCLA Award - Winning Instructor at that - - yes note the
caps!) are planning an amazing intimate conference in Rome for October, 2010. Find details at www.budurl.com/RomanRetreat. Jo Linsdell, a writer living in Rome and founder of the online conference PROMO Day, will also be offering a seminar. Accommodations are extremely limited.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be interviewed by The Compulsive Reader's online radio program hosted by Magdalena Ball at 2 pm (Pacific Time) April 13. It features author interviews, book chats, literary discussions, readings and more. It's an audio haven for book lovers! The show with Carolyn will be an open discussion (with an interesting twist about a new approach to popularizing poetry). It’s about poetry, poetics, and the art of the chapbook. Listeners will be invited to call and share their perspectives or ask their questions. Poetry will be read, discussed, and pondered, and we'll be previewing our up and coming chapbook for the masculine apparitions in our lives. Poets are asked to call in with a few memorable lines from their own poetry about holidays. To set a reminder for the show or to listen in, visit:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/compulsivereader/2010/04/11/poetry - chatter - with - carolyn - howard - johnson. To call in on the day, just visit the site and click on the "click to call" buttons (no charge as it uses voice over internet protocol technology - - that means it uses your PC for the voice communication), or you can dial in without a computer on:
(646) 716 - 7734. Don't miss it!

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The Muse Online Writers Conference co - sponsored by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard - Johnson is now taking reservations for the f r ^ ^ event beginning October 11 of 2010. http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/.
To avoid a small late registration fee, please register before Aug. 15.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be leading a seminar for the F r ^ ^ PromoDay writers' conference on Sat. the 15th of May at 10 am LA (Pacific) time and 7 pm (Rome time). The subject will be Promoting with Query Letters. Do make it easy on founder Jo Linsdell and register now.
http://jolinsdell.tripod.com/promoday

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will co - present with Patricia Norins, publisher of Gift Shop magazine, two 1 1/2 hour seminars during the National Stationery Show (www.nationalstationeryshow.com) at the Jacob Javits center in New York. The show runs from May 16 - May 19. Times and dates of the presentations will be announced. They are “Tweaking your Tweets and Other social Media Tips” and “Creating Your Social Media Campaign:
Networking Your Newsletter, Building Your Blogs.”

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will teach a one - day seminar in book promotion including a planning a thrifty online campaign. The place? UCLA Extension's Writers' Program on campus, of course. Mark August 7, 2010, on your calendar. Sign up online at www.uclaextension.edu.

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Carolyn Howard Johnson, author of A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In - Store
Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns w th Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques, will make a guest appearance on Paul Bruno's Career Czar® radio program. We'll talk making retailing work in a down economy and how authors can make their case to retailers to let them boost profits with a book signing on December 17, 2010 at 10:00 am Pacific at www.alltalkradio.net/careerczar. You can also listen at www.alltalkradio./careerczar/career121710.mp3. In the meantime, listen to his other shows at www.alltalkradio.net/careerczar or at the show's blog at www.careerczar.wordpress.com. Ask to be on Paul's notification list for free podcasts.

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Carolyn Howard - Johnson will be a featured speaker at the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, in the fall of 2010. Find information on that at www.wrwa.net. This active group invites writers from everywhere to join. Find their blog at wrwaonline.blogspot.com.


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Something to Make Writers Smile
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(Definitions in the next few newsletters are from www.butlerwebs.com/jokes/definitions.htm. You might have some favorite neologisms, metaphors or similes that make you smile. If so, please
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Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.



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The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success http://budurl.com/TheFrugalEditor

The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less, http://www.amazon.com/Great - First - Impression - Book - Proposal/dp/B000YG6O5U/

A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In - Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques http://budurl.com/RetailersGuide

To learn more about This Is the Place,
Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, Tracings, and She Wore Emerald Then: www.carolynhoward - johnson.com.

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood, a chapbook of poetry coauthored with Magdalena Ball. http://budurl.com/MotherChapbook

Tracings, a chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press) www.budurl.com/CarolynsTracings

Contact Information
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http://www.sizzlingbookfairbooths.blogspot.com, a blog where you can learn to get some mojo behind your own booth by learning from the successes and mistakes of others.

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More from LPD Press

The Tale of the Pronghorned Cantaloupe to be Featured at NM Library Association meeting in Ruidoso
PRESS RELEASE
March 22, 2010
Contact: Paul Rhetts, LPD Press/Rio Grande Books, 505/344-9382
Sabra Brown Steinsiek will be signing copies of The Tale of The Pronghorned Cantaloupe at the New Mexico Library Association Convention, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, Thursday and Friday, April 8 & 9, from 10am to 1pm. Steinsiek is a former librarian, winner of the New Mexico Book Awards, winner of an INDIE award, and author of four books. She is also a workshop presenter at the NMLA Convention. Her books will be available in the LPD Press/Rio Grande Books booth.
LPD Press/Rio Grande Books is from Los Ranchos, New Mexico (just north of Albuquerque) and specializes in books about New Mexico art and culture. Other new books premiering in Ruidoso will be Sunshine and Shadows by the Historical Society of New Mexico, New Mexico’s Finest by Don Bullis, Startin’ The Fire by George Hensler, and Fray Angélico Chávez by Phyllis Morgan. The entire catalog of books is available at nmsantos.com
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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 Belle’s Star (tween novel age 9-12) Artemesia Publishers apbooks.net

Carolyn Howard Johnson does it Again

World Wide Web—Judges of the poetry contest sponsored by Franklin-Christoph honored UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson with their first place cash prize on March 17.
Franklin-Christoph is an American company since 1901 and has been making fine writing instruments beautiful enough to inspire poets since 2001. A few years ago they decided to begin supporting the fine arts, in particular poetry writing via a free-to-enter contest, offering $2500 in cash and prizes. They say, “Many of our clients over the years use our products for creative writing of various sorts, so we thought it a natural fit, and a nice extension of our organization beyond commerce.”

The poem selected for the top honor is “Endangered Species.” It was inspired when the poet visited the Long Beach Aquarium. She came to face-to-face with a delicate sea dragon camouflaged in its habitat by the gently wafting kelp in its tank. Howard-Johnson’s poetry has appeared in literary journals like the Mochila Review, Banyan Review, Pear Noir and Front Range. One of her poems won a reader award at The Pedestal Magazine
Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine (http://www.speechlessthemagazine.org/) where her chapbook Tracings, winner of Military Writers Society of America’s Award of Excellence and published by Finishing Line Press, was featured in 2005.
The poet's literary novel, This Is the Place, has won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. She is developing a new Celebration Series of poetry chapbooks with Magdalena Ball. Among them are She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood; Cherished Pulse: Unconventional Love Poetry; and Imagining the Future: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions. She also consults and is the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers (www.howtodoitfrugally.com).

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 Belle’s Star (tween novel age 9-12) Artemesia Publishers apbooks.net

LPD Press Book Signings

Sunshine & Shadows In New Mexico’s Past: The Spanish Colonial & Mexican Periods, 1540-1848 will debut at the Historical Society of New Mexico Convention in Hobbs, New Mexico, April 29 to May 1, 2010, at the Lea County Event Center. Richard Melzer is the editor and many of the ten authors will be available at the convention. This is the first book in three from the Historical Society of New Mexico to mark the Centennial of New Mexico.
New Mexico’s Finest: Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty, 1847 – 2010 by Don Bullis will also be signed at the HSNM Convention. Bullis is a HSNM Board member and winner of the New Mexico Book Awards in 2007 and 2008. This is the fourth edition of the book and is more expansive in the 190 officers covered.
Rick Hendricks, newly appointed New Mexico State Historian, will also be signing his book, New Mexico in 1801: The Priest’s Report. Hendricks is also one of the authors of Sunshine & Shadows. New Mexico in 1801 was a Finalist in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards.
Other book signing will include Lois Manno for Visions Underground, Robert Torrez for New Mexico in 1876 -1877: A Newspaperman’s View, Martha Shipman Andrews for the Whole Damned World, and Dr. Tom Chávez for Wake for a Fat Vicar. Torrez is former State Historian and an author in Sunshine & Shadows. Manno tied for the Best Book in the 2009 New Mexico Book Awards and also won the Border Regional Library Association Award and New Mexico Press Women Award in 2010. Andrews won the Best New Mexico Book for the 2009 New Mexico Book Awards. Chávez is former Director of the Palace of the Governors.
LPD Press/Rio Grande Books is from Los Ranchos, New Mexico (just north of Albuquerque) and specializes in books about New Mexico art and culture. Other new books premiering in Hobbs will be Startin’ The Fire by George Hensler, and Fray Angelico Chávez by Phyllis Morgan, Los Chilitos by Viola Peña. The entire catalog of books is available at www.nmsantos.com


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 Belle’s Star (tween novel age 9-12) Artemesia Publishers apbooks.net

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Write On Author finalist for Award

Finalists Announced for the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Dear Friends,

The news you've been waiting for: after four months of reading, deliberating, and consulting, 87 dedicated (and eye-weary) judges, assessing 462 LGBT-interest titles nominated by almost 200 publishers and authors, have selected 113 finalists in 23 categories.

"This has been a record year for queer books," said the 2009 Lambda Awards Administrator, Richard Labonté, who has been associated with the Lammys since their inception in 1989 as a judge and consultant. "The number of titles nominated and the number of publishers represented is in both cases about 10 per cent higher than last year."

And, for the first time, the single catchall Bisexual category - after reaching a threshold of 10 nominated titles in both fiction and nonfiction - has matured into two distinct categories, Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Nonfiction.

"In a year of challenge and change for writers and publishers - and for the Foundation - the hundreds of books submitted for nomination illustrate the continuing dynamism of our literature," said Lambda Foundation Board President Katherine V. Forrest. "This year's Lambda Literary Award Finalists and the quality of their work speak eloquently to the richness and range of our literature."

Reflecting the impact of self-publishing and publish-on-demand technology, more titles from non-traditional sources than ever were nominated, and several were selected as finalists, said Labonté. In addition, the Lammy contenders for 2009 continue the tradition of celebrating the best of both our community's specifically queer presses, and books from academic and more mainstream publishers.

Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Awards, May 27 in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street. Click here for tickets and information.

"To our finalists, I'm proud of your extraordinary talent and hard work," said Lambda Executive Director Tony Valenzuela. "I hope to see you all at the Awards. And to all the readers out there wondering what LGBT books to buy next, take a look at this stellar list of nominees - or check out the new reviews that are being posted on the revised and expanded lambdaliterary.org web site - and go shopping! Support our authors and publishers: they are to be congratulated."

Richard Labonté
2009 Lambda Awards Administrator

Tony Valenzuela
Executive Director



Lambda Literary Awards Finalists


LGBT Anthologies

• Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris, edited by David Bergman (University of Wisconsin Press)
• Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight Over Sexual Rights, edited by Gilbert Herdt (NYU Press)
• My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them, edited by Michael Montlack (University of Wisconsin Press)
• Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City, edited by Ariel Gore (Lit Star Press)
• Smash the Church, Smash the State! The Early Years of Gay Liberation, edited by Tommi Avicolli Mecca (City Lights)


LGBT Children's/Young Adult

• Ash, by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown)
• How Beautiful the Ordinary, edited by Michael Cart (HarperCollins)
• In Mike We Trust, by P.E. Ryan (HarperCollins)
• Sprout, by Dale Peck (Bloomsbury USA)
• The Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd (Penguin Books)
LGBT Drama
• The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, by Kate Moira Ryan & Linda S. Chapman (Dramatists Play Service)
• The Collected Plays Of Mart Crowley, by Mart Crowley (Alyson Books)
• Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor, by Bonnie L. Morris (Indiana University Press)

LGBT Nonfiction

• The Golden Age of Gay Fiction, edited by Drewey Wayne Gunn (MLR Press)
• The Greeks and Greek Love, by James Davidson (Random House)
• I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole & Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Oxford University Press)
• Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, by Sarah Schulman (The New Press)
• Unfriendly Fire:How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, by Nathaniel Frank (St. Martin's Press)

LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror
• Centuries Ago and Very Fast, by Rebecca Ore (Aqueduct Press)
• Fist of the Spider Woman, by Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp Press)
• In the Closet, Under the Bed, by Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe Press)
• Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valenta (Bantam/Spectra Books)
• Pumpkin Teeth, by Tom Cardamone (Lethe Press)

LGBT Studies

• Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities, by Julie Abraham (University of Minnesota Press)
• Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS, by Deborah B. Gould (University of Chicago Press)
• The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century, by Kathryn Bond Stockton (Duke University Press)
• The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade, by Armando Maggi (University of Chicago Press)
• The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America, by Margot Canaday (Princeton University Press)

Bisexual Fiction

• Arusha, by J.E. Knowles (Spinsters Ink)
• Holy Communion, by Mykola Dementiuk (Synergy Press)
• The Janeid, by Bobbie Geary (The Graeae Press)
• Love You Two, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Random House Australia)
• Torn, by Amber Lehman (Closet Case Press)

Bisexual Nonfiction

• Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life, by Edna O'Brien (W. W. Norton)
• Cheever: A Life, by Blake Bailey (Alfred A. Knopf)
• Leaving India: My Family's Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents, by Minal Hajratwala (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
• Map, by Audrey Beth Stein (Lulu.com)
• Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer, by Emanuel Levy (St. Martin's Press)

Transgender
• Bharat Jiva, by Kari Edwards (Litmus Press)
• Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show, by Lynn Breedlove (Manic D Press)
• The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, by S Bear Bergman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
• Transmigration, by Joy Ladin (Sheep Meadow Press)
• Troglodyte Rose, by Adam Lowe (Cadaverine Publications)

Lesbian Debut Fiction

• The Creamsickle, by Rhiannon Argo (Spinsters Ink)
• The Bigness of the World, by Lori Ostlund (University of Georgia Press)
• Land Beyond Maps, by Maida Tilchen (Savvy Press)
• More of This World or Maybe Another, by Barb Johnson (HarperCollins)
• Verge, by Z Egloff (Bywater Books)


Gay Debut Fiction
• Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal (Kensington Books)
• God Says No, by James Hannaham (McSweeneys)
• Pop Salvation, by Lance Reynald (HarperCollins)
• Shaming the Devil: Collected Short Stories, by G. Winston James (Top Pen Press)
• Sugarless, by James Magruder (University of Wisconsin Press)

Lesbian Erotica

• Flesh and Bone, by Ronica Black (Bold Strokes Books)
• Lesbian Cowboys, edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia (Cleis Press)
• Punishment with Kisses, by Diane Anderson-Minshall (Bold Strokes Books)
• Where the Girls Are, by D.L. King (Cleis Press)
• Women of the Bite, by Cecelia Tan (Alyson Books)

Gay Erotica
• Rough Trade: Dangerous Gay Erotica, edited by Todd Gregory (Bold Strokes Books)
• Impossible Princess, by Kevin Killian (City Lights)
• I Like It Like That: True Tales of Gay Desire, edited by Richard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel (Arsenal Pulp Press)
• The Low Road, by James Lear (Cleis Press)
• Eight Inches, by Sean Wolfe (Kensington Books)


Lesbian Fiction
• Dismantled, by Jennifer McMahon (HarperCollins)
• A Field Guide to Deception, by Jill Malone (Bywater Books)
• Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory, by Emma Pérez (University of Texas Press)
• Risk, by Elena Dykewomon (Bywater Books)
• This One's Going to Last Forever, by Nairne Holtz (Insomniac Press)

Gay Fiction

• Lake Overturn, by Vestal McIntyre (HarperCollins)
• The River In Winter, by Matt Dean (Queens English Productions)
• Said and Done, by James Morrison (Black Lawrence Press)
• Salvation Army, by Abdellah Taia (Semiotext(e))
• Silverlake, by Peter Gadol (Tyrus Books)

Lesbian Memoir/Biography
• Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life, by Mary Cappello (Alyson Books)
• Mean Little deaf Queer, by Terry Galloway (Beacon Press)
• My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement, by Alix Dobkin (Alyson Books)
• Likewise: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag, by Ariel Schrag (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone Fireside)
• The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin's Press)

Gay Memoir/Biography
• Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back, by Reynolds Price (Scribner Books)
• City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960's and 70's, by Edmund White (Bloomsbury USA)
• Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division, by Jon Ginoli (Cleis Press)
• Once You Go Back, by Douglas A. Martin (Seven Stories Press)
• The Pure Lover: A Memoir of Grief, by David Plante (Beacon Press)

Lesbian Mystery
• Command of Silence, by Paulette Callen (Spinsters Ink)
• Death of a Dying Man, by J.M. Redmann (Bold Strokes Books)
• From Hell to Breakfast, by Joan Opyr (Blue Feather Books)
• The Mirror and the Mask, by Ellen Hart (St. Martin's/Minotaur)
• Toasted, by Josie Gordon (Bella Books)

Gay Mystery
• All Lost Things, by Josh Aterovis (P.D. Publishing)
• The Killer of Orchids, by Ralph Ashworth (State Street Press)
• Murder in the Garden District, by Greg Herren (Alyson Books)
• Straight Lies, by Rob Byrnes (Kensington Books)
• What We Remember, by Michael Thomas Ford (Kensington Books)

Lesbian Poetry
• Bird Eating Bird, by Kristin Naca (HarperCollins)
• Gospel: Poems, by Samiya Bashir (Red Bone Press)
• Names, by Marilyn Hacker (W.W. Norton)
• Stars of the Night Commute, by Ana Bozicevic (Tarpaulin Sky Press)
• Zero at the Bone, by Stacie Cassarino (New Issues Poetry & Prose)

Gay Poetry

• Breakfast with Thom Gunn, by Randall Mann (University of Chicago Press)
• The Brother Swimming Beneath Me, by Brent Goodman (Black Lawrence Press)
• The First Risk, by Charles Jensen (Lethe Press)
• Sweet Core Orchard, by Benjamin S. Grossberg (University of Tampa Press)
• What the Right Hand Knows, by Tom Healy (Four Way Books)

Lesbian Romance
• It Should Be a Crime, by Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes Books)
• No Rules of Engagement, by Tracey Richardson (Bella Books)
• The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin, by Colette Moody (Bold Strokes Books)
• Stepping Stone, by Karin Kallmaker (Bella Books)
• Worth Every Step, by KG MacGregor (Bella Books)

Gay Romance

• Drama Queers!, by Frank Anthony Polito (Kensington Books)
• A Keen Edge, by H. Leigh Aubrey (iUniverse)
• The Rest of Our Lives, by Dan Stone (Lethe Press)
• Time After Time, by J.P. Bowie (MLR Press)
• Transgressions, by Erastes (Running Press)

Publisher Harry Wilson Amador Press

Celebrating Harry Willson
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Harry Willson, the co-founder of Amador Publishers in Albuquerque.
Harry Willson, co-founder of Amador Publishers and prolific writer of fiction, satire, social commentary and philosophy died on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at the age of 77. His published works, the novels A WORLD FOR THE MEEK, SOULS AND CELLS REMEMBER, and THIS’LL KILL YA; short story collections DUKE CITY TALES and VERMIN AND OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES; and non-fiction FREEDOM FROM GOD and MYTH AND MORTALITY, attracted a diverse and enthusiastic audience. In addition, Harry wrote a monthly column for the Amador Publishers web site—totaling more than 150 essays over the years—and he was published in a variety of local and national periodicals. Readers frequently corresponded with Harry, letting let him know how they were personally touched by his writing; some claimed he had changed their lives.
Harry’s ability to put big, difficult subjects into personal terms with plain-spoken clarity, wry humor and abiding love led some to label his writing “folksy” and “homespun,” but this belies his impressive academic credentials and professional accomplishments, not to mention some heroic life experiences “walking the talk” of a dedicated activist for peace, social equality, and environmental protection.
Harry Willson received a B.A. in chemistry and math at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 1953 [summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa], and an M.Dv. [Master of Divinity] in ancient mid-east language and literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. He became bilingual through one year of Spanish Studies at the University of Madrid, and later studied Spanish, literature, philosophy, mythology and theater arts at the University of New Mexico. He holds the Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera from the University of Salamanca. He served as student pastor at the Presbyterian Church, Hamburg, NJ, for four years while in seminary. In 1958 Harry moved his family to New Mexico, where he served as bi-lingual missionary pastor in Bernalillo, Alameda and Placitas for eight years. He served as Permanent Clerk of the Presbytery of Rio Grande, Chairman of Enlistments and Candidates, Chairman of the Commission on Race, and Moderator of the Presbytery. In 1965 Harry answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call for clergy to go to Selma, Alabama to assist in voter registration and demonstrations again police brutality in the wake of “Bloody Sunday.” He participated in the successful march from Selma to Montgomery on March 25, where he personally witnessed Dr. King deliver his “How Long, Not Long” speech. Not long after that, in 1966, Harry left the church “in sorrow and anger” over their failure to take a stand against the Vietnam War. After quitting the clergy, Harry taught for ten years, at the Albuquerque Academy and at Sandia Preparatory School, then retired from teaching to devote himself to his writing. In 1986 Harry and his wife Adela Amador founded Amador Publishers, dedicating their press to “peace, equality, respect for all cultures and preservation of the biosphere.” They quickly set about fulfilling that mission.
In addition to publishing Harry’s books, the press took on local authors of southwest and literary fiction, including Michael H. Thomas, Ben Tarver, David L. Condit, Tim MacCurdy and Michelle Miller Allen. Adela gained notoriety in her own right with her recipe books, New Mexico cuentos, and a 17-year stint as the author of the “Southwest Flavor” column in NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE. After meeting Eva and Manfred Krutein through a cultural exchange program, Harry and Adela published four titles by the brilliant émigrés from war-torn Europe. They published the fiction works of acclaimed literary scholar Gene H. Bell-Villada, and “the world’s first anti-smoking novel” by Arthur L. Hoffman. Harry’s opposition to radioactive dumping in New Mexico led him to publish the anti-nuclear manifesto of physicist Charles L. Hyder, to support Dr. Hyder in his fast against the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM, and to personally provide testimony to the DOE in opposition to the plant.
In 1989 Harry took author-artist Zelda Leah Gatuskin under his wing and launched her literary career with the publication of her novel THE TIME DANCER; several more of her own books followed, and Zelda also helped with other projects. In 2006 Zelda joined Harry and Adela as co-owner and managing editor of the press; she has now become sole owner of the press and succeeds Harry as Editor-in-Chief. Zelda is committed to perpetuating the mission Harry and Adela set forth for their publishing company and to preserve Amador Publishers as an independent, humanist press. Along with adding new authors, she will continue to publish the works of Harry Willson, for he left behind an extensive collection of unpublished essays and fiction.
The Amador Publishers family of authors, artists and associates will miss Harry’s loving, courageous leadership. We extend our deepest sympathies to Adela and all members of the Willson and Amador families, and to all of Harry’s dear friends from the Humanist Society of New Mexico, of which he was a devoted member. Harry’s family requests that all tributes be made in the form of donations to that organization: HSNM, P.O. Box 13675, Albuquerque, NM 87192 (505) 366-8721, info@humanistsocietyofnm.org www.humanistsocietyofnm.org
More information about Harry Willson’s books and the complete line of Amador Publishers titles is available at the website: www.amadorbooks.com

Come Celebrate Harry's life at an Open House on March 21
An Open House celebrating Harry's life will be held at La Fonda del Bosque Restaurant at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th Street SW, at Bridge Street) from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 21st. In lieu of flowers, the family asks your support for the Humanist Society of New Mexico, of which Harry was a long-time member.
In addition to a family remembrance to take place Sunday March 21, 2010, Amador Publishers, LLC will host a community “Book Bash” at a later date to honor Harry’s life and work, details to be announced.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Book on Fray Angelico Chavez

Phyllis Morgan's new book debuts at Conference on Fray Angélico Chávez


NEW BOOK ON FRAY ANGÉLICO CHÁVEZ TO DEBUT AT THE CHÁVEZ CONFERENCE APRIL 10, 2010
LPD Press/Rio Grande Books of Los Ranchos, New Mexico, will debut a new book, "Fray Angelico Chávez: A Bibliography of Published Works 1925-2010, A Chronology of His Life 1910-1996" by award-winning author, Phyllis S. Morgan, at the Fray Angélico Conference in the New Mexico History Museum Library in Santa Fe on Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 10am to 4:30pm. The event marks the 100th birthday of Fray Angélico Chávez. Chávez is considered to be the most prolific Hispanic writer in the U.S. in the twentieth century.
The first biography of Fray Angelico Chávez by Morgan was published in 1980 and is out of print. This updated book contains all of the recent publications and data on Chávez. LPD Press/Rio Grande Books will also have available "Wake For A Fat Vicar" by Dr. Tom Chávez & Fray Angélico Chávez and "Tradition & Heritage" by Virginia Ortiz that highlights the murals by Fray Angélico Chávez in the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church in Peña Blanca.
The event is free and open to the public and it is advised to enter the conference by Washington Avenue. For information of the books contact LPD Press at 505/344-9382.
To get more information on the book CLICK HERE.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

BBQ Book and Chili Cook Books

NEW BBQ BOOK & CHILE COOK BOOKS AT PORK & BREW IN RIO RANCHO March 26 & 27, 2010
LPD Press/Rio Grande Books of Los Ranchos, New Mexico will have its book, "Startin’ The Fire" by George Hensler at Pork & Brew in Rio Rancho, March 26 & 27, at Santa Ana Star Center in the CNM Booth. This is the first guide for starting a competition BBQ team. Hensler lives in Street, Maryland, and is part of the “Who Are Those Guys” competition BBQ crew. This is his first book.
In addition, Dave Dewitt, founder of the Fiery Foods show and Albuquerque resident will be signing his books -- "The Complete Chile Pepper Book," "Cuisines of the Southwest," and "Avenging Victorio" -- at Pork & Brew. He will also be signing at the CNM booth. DeWitt has written over 35 books on chiles, cooking and fiery foods. He has also won the New Mexico Book Award in 2008 in his category. He is a radio and TV personality and expert of cooking and chiles.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Mexico Book CoOp

March Meeting
Our next meeting will be Friday, March 19 at 12 noon at the Golden Corral in Albuquerque (3401 NM HWY 528; just west of Coors Blvd. and Alameda). Our guest will be Rex Barron, designer of book covers and illustrator. Book covers are one of the first ways books are sold and have to be eye catching and visually express what is in the book. NM Book Co-op member Ruthe Francis will also participate. Her experience as a bookseller of many years demonstrated what book sold because of a good cover and what books did not sell because of a bad cover design.
Rex Barron has illustrated seven children’s books, authored two children’s books, illustrated for the Albuquerque Alibi, Albuquerque Monthly Magazine, and is currently a cartoonist for New Mexico Breeze electronic newspaper. He illustrated The Big Bug Ball and Eggbert among many others. He worked for Putnam & Sons; Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanovich; McGraw Hill; Mac Millan; Hanna - Barbera; and illustrated the Claritin Calendar for Schering - Plough.
Please join us for this informative program.
ABQ School Libraries Display
Display copies from the ABQ Public School Library event can be picked up at the Co-op lunch meeting on March 19 or by special arrangement (must be made before March 19). Books not picked up by March 19 will be donated to local literacy programs.
NM Library Association Info Bags
If you signed up to have your fliers at the NM Library Assn meeting in Ruidoso you must get your fliers to Sabra no later than the March 19 book coop meeting or MAIL TO: Sabra Steinsiek, 3523 Santa Teresa NW, Albuquerque NM 87120
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. The information bags will be stuffed on March 19 after the regular Book Co-op lunch meeting.
Upcoming Calendar
March 19- Coop lunch - Book covers with Rex Barron and Ruthie Francis
April 7-9 - NM Library Assn meeting (must sign up by March 19)
April 23- Coop lunch - Ask Anything About Publishing -- Publishers Panel
May 28- Coop lunch - Author Tips for Success -- Author Panel
June 4-5 - 6th Annual Chama Book Fair
June 25- Coop lunch - (tenative) Twitter and Facebook
Stickers for Winners and Finalists
Stickers are available for anyone who is a winner or a finalist in the 2009 New Mexico Book Awards. You can order stickers (they come in rolls of 100 and cost $23 each which includes tax and shipping) on the website by CLICKING HERE.

2010 Book Awards Entries Underway!
The 2010 New Mexico Book Awards entry information and guidelines are available HERE -- The early deadline for entries is May1.

6th Annual Chama Book Fair
The 6th annual book fair in Chama will be on June 4 and 5 and will feature award-winning and best-selling author David Morrell. Sign-ups are going fast so don't delay. There are only about 30 slots available for the workshop and the book fair. CLICK HERE to get the registration form.

Voices of New Mexico Extended!
The entry deadline for the Voice of New Mexico anthology has been extended to March 30. Get your work published in this special Centennial project. CLICK HERE for information.
Book Store Manager Trainee
Follett Higher Education Group is looking for a Store Manager Trainee for the Albuquerque area. The raining session starts May 17, 2010. If you are interested contact Jessica Schranz at jschranz@fheg.follett.com for further information on the job opening or to submit your application go to https://sh.webhire.com/servlet/av/jd?ai=518&ji=2430429&sn=1

New Mexico book Association

TWO GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO MARKET YOUR BOOK!



#1/ Enter the Southwest Book Design & Production Awards

Your book could be chosen as a Finalist or a Winner in any of ten categories in this new contest from NMBA. And one excellent book will earn Best in Show! Entry form and guidelines are available at www.nmbook.org. Deadline for submissions is March 19.
Contact: Jim Mafchir, (505) 988-7214, westernedge@santa-fe.net.



#2/ Display Your Book in Our Showcase Catalog… & Online

We are currently compiling an NMBA catalog of books to be distributed to New Mexico librarians at their annual conference, April 7-9, in Ruidoso. NMBA has a table reserved to display your books as well. All proceeds from sales go to the author or publisher.

To participate, here’s what we need by March 19:

 3 – 5 copies of each book;
 50 copies of each sell sheet (page) on 8.5 x 11 paper (double-sided is OK);
 a check payable to NMBA: $12 for your first title; $7 for each additional title;
 deliver or mail your books and your sell sheets to the NMBA office, 826 Camino del Monte Rey-A3, Santa Fe, NM 87505; and
 we will also post our catalog on our website. If you want a digital image of your sell sheet included in our virtual catalog, please email a pdf file to: admin@nmbook.org.

Contact: Mary Neighbour, (505) 660-6357, admin@nmbook.org.



NMBA Is the Only Non-profit Serving All New Mexico Book Professionals!


Visit www.nmbook.org for continuing news and events.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Monday, March 8, 2010

Write On 4 Corners Author Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Busy as Usual

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnsonn
Manzanita Features Author's Poetry

Los Angeles, CA--Editors of the literary journal Manzanita, Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra announce that it will include the poetry of UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson in its sixth issue to be released in April.
The journal is an affiliate of Calavaras Arts Council. It is a printed literary collection of poetry, prose, art and photography of the Mother Lode and Sierra regions of California and features work that appeals to the sensibilities of readers in that area from writers and artists across the U.S. It is edited by Monika Rose and poetry editor is Julia Holzer.

The poem selected is "Sacred Lessons from the Sierra Madre" and features impressions from the poet’s travels in the Sierras in Mexico. Howard-Johnson’s poetry has appeared in literary journals like the Mochila Review, Banyan Review, Pear Noir and Poetic Voices. One of her poems won a reader award at The Pedestal Magazine.

Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine (http://www.speechlessthemagazine.org/) where her chapbook Tracings, winner of Military Writers Society of America’s Award of Excellence and published by Finishing Line Press, was featured in 2005.

The poet's literary novel, This Is the Place, has won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. She is developing a new Celebration Series of poetry chapbooks with Magdalena Ball. Among them are She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood and Cherished Pulse: Unconventional Love Poetry. She also advocates with authors as the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers (www.howtodoitfrugally.com).

Learn more about the Manzanita and how to order a copy at: http://www.manzanitacalifornia.org/. The new volume will be released the end of April.

Learn more about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at http://carolynhoward-johnson.com.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

New Mexico Book Association Networking Luncheon

JOIN US FOR THE NEXT NETWORKING LUNCHEON
Friday, March 12

At this week’s Networking Luncheon, book Publicist and NMBA Board member Karen Villanueva will be on hand to answer your questions about Reviews, Pay for Review, and Service-oriented Websites. Bring your brown bag lunch, questions, comments, and updates on your latest projects to the Book Forum on March 12. Gratis, open to all (“Feed the Kitty” contributions welcome for juice and cookies).

Location
The Book Forum, 826 Camino del Monte Rey-A3, Santa Fe
Time
11:30am
Contact
admin@nmbook.org
Please note our new phone number: (505) 660-6357

Also note: Our monthly Board Meeting will follow the luncheon at 1:15pm.

NMBA Is the Only Non-profit Serving All New Mexico Book Professionals!

Visit www.nmbook.org for continuing news and events.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Friday, March 5, 2010

Southwest Book Design Contest/New Mexico book Association

You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover
(and its layout, production, illustrations)
Deadline: March 19, 2010!
The Southwest Book Design & Production Awards for Excellence will accept submissions until March 19. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to distinguish your best-looking titles from 2008 and 2009.
There are numerous opportunities to win: books will be judged in 10 categories, and 3 award levels will be given: Finalist, Winner, and Best in Show.
Sharpen your marketing edge and unsheathe the power of your book’s design and beauty.
All award winners will be publicized regionally and nationally through press releases, trade press announcements, and displays at book fairs and festivals attended by NMBA.
Enter now!
Full details and entry form are available at www.nmbook.org.
Email us with your questions, or call Jim Mafchir: (505) 988-7214.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Mexico Book Association Activities

Friday, March 12
In recent months, participants at the luncheon have shared good news and timely experiences about writing in the digital age. Karen Villanueva will speak about website resources and reviews: Pay or not to pay, Book Giveaways, etc. Bring your brown bag lunch, questions, comments, and updates on your latest projects to the Book Forum on March 12. Gratis, open to all (“Feed the Kitty” contributions welcome for juice and cookies).
Location: The Book Forum, 826 Camino del Monte Rey, Santa Fe
Time: 11:30am (and our board meeting follows at 1:15pm)
Contact: Please note our new phone number: (505) 660.6357

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT YOUR BOOKS TO NM LIBRARIANS
NMLA Conference in Ruidoso, April 7-9
In this tough economy, libraries offer a strong market opportunity for many books. NMBA has a table reserved at the NMLA conference and we are now compiling a catalog to hand out to librarians that will showcase your titles. To be included, here’s what we need by March 19:

 50 copies of each sell sheet (page) on 8.5 x 11 paper (double-sided is OK);
 a check payable to NMBA: $12 for your first title; $7 for each additional title;
 deliver or mail your books and your sell sheets to the NMBA office, 826 Camino del Monte Rey-A3, in Santa Fe;
 we will also post our catalog on our website. If you want a digital image of your sell sheet included in our virtual catalog, please email a pdf file to: admin@nmbook.org.

Insider Tip: books sales tend to spike on the last day of the conference, so you might consider offering a 20% discount on that day! All proceeds from sales go to the author or publisher.

FINAL DAYS FOR ENTRY TO THE SOUTHWEST BOOK DESIGN AWARDS
Deadline for delivering your titles to NMBA: March 19
You don’t need to be a member of NMBA to qualify or to win! Publishers, book designers and producers, editors, and authors may all send their best-looking titles published in 2008 and 2009. Full entry guidelines and a downloadable form are available at www.nmbook.org. Contact Jim Mafchir with questions: (505) 988-7214, westernedge@santa-fe.net.

TWO IBPA SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Deadline for submitting applications to NMBA: March 15
Attention independent publishers! The premier educational event of the year is the IBPA Publishing University, taking place this year on May 24-25, in New York City. NMBA, as an affiliate of IBPA, has two scholarships (a $1,500 combined value) available to offer NMBA members who are also IBPA members. Visit www.nmbook.org for details and the application form.

Book Events in New Mexico
• March 1: PEN in the Classroom Celebration, supporting budding writers at Capshaw Middle School Library, 2:15-3:15pm. Contact Nancy King, nanking1224@earthlink.net.
• March 6: IWWG-and-Friends Luncheon, Atrisco Cafe (De Vargas Mall), 11:30am, reserve by previous day with Paula Lozar at 473-3479 or lozarpaula@cs.com.
• March 8-10: Publishing Business Conference & Expo, NYC. NMBA is a supporter of this conference from North American Publishing Company; as such, NMBA members receive a $50 discount; www.publishingbusiness.com (enter discount code: NMBA50).
• March 10: Dinner presentation: “The Importance of War Memorials,” Nancy Bartlit, Military Organization of World Wars, Santa Fe Chapter, RealBurger, 2239 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, 7:30pm, (505) 466-1256, remhtssgps@earthlink.net, www.NancyBartlit.com.
• March 11-April 15: “Five Easy Steps: Get Your Fiction Book Published,” with Rob Spiegel and Melody Groves; Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30pm, details at Southwest Writers website: www.southwestwriters.com.
• March 12: NMBA Networking Luncheon at the Book Forum in Santa Fe, 11:30am; followed by the NMBA Board Meeting.
• March 12: Deadline for PubWest Book Design Awards. Double your book’s exposure by entering this design contest at the same time as our Southwest Book Design competition; www.pubwest.org.
• March 18: NMBA Happy Hour Round Table, Santa Fe Bar & Grill, DeVargas Mall, 5:30pm.
• March 19: Deadline for the Southwest Book Design & Production Awards for Excellence. Your best-looking books, published in 2008 and 2009, are eligible. All details and the entry form are on our website: www.nmbook.org. Contact Jim Mafchir with questions: (505) 988-7214, westernedge@santa-fe.net.
• March 20: NM Book Coop Festival, Clear Light Book Gallery, 851 W. San Mateo, Santa Fe, 10am-4pm, (505) 989-9590, harmon@clearlightbooks.com,www.clearlightbooks.com/events.
• March 30: New, Extended Deadline for “Voices of New Mexico, An Anthology for the Centennial Celebration of New Mexico.” Essay submissions must feature some aspect of New Mexico; www.nmbookcoop.com.

Author Signings & Readings
• March 4: Meta Chaya Hirschl, Vital Yoga; A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers, Changing Hands Bookstore; 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ, 7pm,(505) 232-4717, metaji.prajna@gmail.com, www.prajnapublishing.com.
• March 13: Nancy Bartlit, Silent Voices of World War II, Santa Fe Jin Festival, Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 West Marcy, 10am -5pm, (505) 466-1256, michaelhice@earthlink.net, www.santafejin.org.
• March 13: Martha Egan, La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories, Tucson Festival of Books, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 4pm,(505) 466-1256, michaelhice@earthlink.net, tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.
• March 27: Meta Chaya Hirschl, Vital Yoga; A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, Albuquerque,3-5pm,(505) 857-8321, metaji.prajna@gmail.com, www.prajnapublishing.com.


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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards

New Mexico Book CoOp Lunch

MARCH 19 LUNCH MEETING OF THE NEW MEXICO BOOK CO-OP FEATURES COVER DESIGN

The March 19, 2010, lunch meeting of the New Mexico Book Co-op features Rex Barron, book cover designer and illustrator. Book covers are one of the first ways books are sold and have to be eye catching and visually express what is in the book. NM Book Co-op member Ruthe Francis will also participate. Her experience as a bookseller of many years demonstrated what book sold because of a good cover and what books did not sell because of a bad cover design.

Rex Barron has illustrated seven children’s books, authored two children’s books, illustrated for the Albuquerque Alibi, Albuquerque Monthly Magazine, and is currently a cartoonist for New Mexico Breeze electronic newspaper. He illustrated “The Big Bug Ball” and “Eggbert” among many others. He worked for Putnam & Sons; Harcourt, Brace, & Jovanovich; McGraw Hill; MacMillan; Hanna-Barbera; and illustrated the Claritin Calendar for Schering-Plough.

The New Mexico Book Co-op meets monthly at the Golden Corral at 3401 NM HWY 528 near Alameda and Coors across from Lowe’s. Attendees pay for their own lunch. For information on the NM Book Co-op or to RSVP contact 505/344-9382.

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. Winner 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Finalist 2009 New Mexico Book Awards