Tuesday, February 26, 2019

February 2019 Meeting

February 26th, 2019 Meeting

Members Present:  Jennifer W., Marilyn, Olive, Pepper, Ann, Rick, Gary, Jayleen, Meredith, Sallie

Treasurer:  $440.56 in account. Have sold some new anthologies, 4 eBooks and 5 paperbacks over last 90 days. Soon will be minus $175 for the WW scholarship, and -$70 for Creme de la Creme trophy.

Secretary:  no news

PR:  has been posting book of the day SHARE! Will look into possibly selling books in Woolaroc gift shop.

Old News:  .

New News:  .

  • Jennifer M. is not feeling well today.
  • Create Space is now part of KDP.
  • Basket Wars, need to decide a theme next month so we can collect items in April. Basket auction funds the OWFI scholarship. (suggested theme Words & Weaves) 
  • OWFI scholarship applications are due by Thursday!
  • Marilyn waiting on covers for book
  • Olive taking a break from writing in February. Did submit a couple pieces to OWFI, looking forward to get back to Historical fiction book. Has completed 4-5 in series of novellas, needs to get them polished.
  • Pepper working on 4th novel. Stringing together a series of short stories for a novel. Novel that took 1st a couple years ago at OWFI is still in the works!
  • Ann trying to get a project done, involves a lot of research. Writes poetry for fun. Dreyer's English is a super fun book about writing/editing. 
  • Rick writing 6th novel. Suspense, Christian world view. Finishing Xhanga trilogy. First draft is done. Pepper did Hell's Gates cover, about ready for proof. 
  • Gary did do technical writing in past, now working on memoirs and family stories. Trying his hand at poetry...well ONE poem! 
  • Jayleen is too busy to write! Didn't get to enter OWFI, financial difficulties and deadlines don't mix. Still chair for Basket Wars, we need to decide theme. 
  • Meredith writes children's picture books. Agent sent note today with list of publishers she has sent Lily and Buttons to, will send another round in April if they don't hear anything. Critiquing a book of hers today, just finished another today as well! Member of SCBWI (children's book group).
  • Sallie working on 2nd book, about 2/3 complete. Thanks for the help! 
  • Drawing for WordWeaver OWFI Scholarship winner: Cathy Collar! alternative: Sallie
  • Do we want to sponsor a category? We sponsored Creme de la Creme last year because Cathy won. Maybe we should this year again because Pepper won. Jayleen moved that we sponsor $70 trophy for Creme de la Creme, Olive second, APPROVED.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 2019 Meeting

January 15th, 2019

Members Present: Marilyn, Ann, Pepper, Olive, Glenn M., Jennifer, Jayleen, Jenni, Natalie, Sallie

Treasurer: Rick is in Hawaii! Has a new granddaughter, Hannah. Sold 2 e-books in December, unsure of createspace. Tell ppl about it!

Secretary: .Minutes have gone live! In other words I'm typing the notes online as we go.

PR: .new page likes on FB. Book of the Day was alphabetical but now will be random. (need to add Jenni) press release for E-E soon. Tuesday is most popular FB day so anthology will be book of day on Tuesdays!

Old News:  Christmas party, yay food!

New News:

  • Glenn working with literacy group, tutoring 2 students. working on creative non-fiction (getting a dog so soon after death of a dog). New grandson coming soon-Feb 19.
  • January 29th, Feb 15th, March 15th Poetry Night at Heritage Theatre in Dewey. Share poetry or just enjoy
  • Olive ghost writing at work. Suffering emotional weariness, hopefully passes soon. Possibly enter a fantasy story in OWFI.
  • Pepper sorting writings for OWFI. Teaching a class at OLLI. Recently published in two anthologies. Looking to break into "one story" a short pocket storybook. Trying to get Creme de la Creme Ghost Story published. 
  • Ann Help! How do you keep track of what you have submitted to all the contests?! FOL doesn't have a list of past wins. No content restrictions for OWFI, it just depends on the judge. (Basically Ann can't remember what categories she has won, HAHA!) 
  • Marilyn not sure if anything will be ready to enter in OWFI. 21 pages of book ready, needs a synopsis to enter. A couple options for short story/novel. Received payment for Guidepost: Angels on Earth, her story about her accident on March 30, 2017. Note: when you submit something for publication, you need to be able to let some of your story go, publishers will print the story they want. Either take the money and go, or get your story back. 
  • Jenni Manuscript Wishlist (twitter #mswl) all the agents and what they are looking for (their wish list), very detailed-also includes what they are NOT looking for. Prefers mswl to duo trope. Novella coming out in Storylandia by Wapshott (based in L.A.) kudos from the editor on her writing. Currently stuck on a plot to sequel to Noah Knows (self-published book). Wrote a Fantasy book with her brother that they are trying to get traditionally published. 
  • Natalie little Charlotte is 11 weeks old yay! maternity leave ends tomorrow boo! Still traveling back and forth to OKC for work, now with baby it's going to be rough! Finding time to write is tough. New Year's resolution to find routine!
  • Jayleen 2 weeks off from school, stayed at a friend's lake house for a few days to write lesson plans and contest submissions! Getting away is the best for writing. 
  • Jennifer resolution goal to find balance between mommyhood and writing. Rebuilding from plans in place last year, pregnancy was TOUGH. For now, family first. 
  • Sallie 36,000 words finished for her book and feels like most of the info is already there, minus 20,000ish words. What to do?! Jenn offers adding the fat and a subplot. Marilyn said get some more problem/resolve. Ann suggests writing the end so she knows how much more she actually needs.
  • Retreat center in Tulsa? Forest of Peace in Sand Springs. $80/night
  • Please keep Cindy in your thoughts, her mom fell and broke femur. 
  • Do we want to sponsor a full scholarship? Majority Yes, we will draw next week.
  • FOL and OWFI contest entries due FEBRUARY 1st
  • Anthologies -promo giveaway still in the works.
  • Linda Derkez sold their house and will be moving at the end of the month. 
  • Now that we don't have anthology, send Jenn what you want critiqued, she will take first 3 (no more than 10 pages)
  • Next meeting: Tuesday February 19th Meeting Room A 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

March 2017 Minutes

March 2017 Minutes

Present: Cindy, Glenn M., Sallie, Jennifer, Rick, Pepper, Lee (& Lee's supportive wife!), Natalie, Meredith, Ann, Marilyn, Linda, and Linda's guest Susan Buck, Jayleen

Treasurer report: Sarah Lynn absent, all is well

PR Report: Abigail absent, super busy these days, please share FB posts!

Secretary report: who voted for this chic? minutes late again!

Ann: OLLI needs summer presenters for May.

FYI we can now schedule WW mtgs 3 months in advance. Thank you Sarah Lynn for getting the paperwork together so quickly so we could make that happen!

OLD NEWS: nothing to report...so why did I boldface and underline it?

  • Pepper has won something from Friends of the Library contest in non-fiction. Will know for sure at their April 10th mtg. Also, Cinderella puppets will happen late summer.
  • April 22nd Pepper will present 2 Oklahoma-ized fairy plays.
  • Ann said the Women's Network will present History Maker of the Year on April 20th at 7pm at Tri-County Tech.  She also recently saw S.E. Hinton speak and had a wonderful time.
  • Rick: May 20th book signing for "Smart Vaccine" at Jude's from 2p-5p
  • Glenn and Ann have also placed in FoL.
  • Jennifer finished content edits for Forever Quail Crossings.
OWFI conference news:
  • Maria Gus has been contacted for a Bartlesville basket, no news yet on that though.
  • Please bring coffee/tea items by April 18th meeting for the WW basket contribution.
  • If you have a new book out you can make a centerpiece to be given away. Contact Peggy Chambers for more info, photo examples of centerpieces are on OWFI website.
  • Table Reservations: we are 4th on the waiting list for a reserved table.  No worries, if we don't get one we will figure it out so we can all still sit together. No man left behind!!
  • WW sponsored 1/2 a category (inspirational...fantasy was take), individuals may also sponsor a category for any amount.
  • WW scholarships were awarded by drawing to Jayleen & Glenn. Jayleen received an OWFI scholarship we redrew names and Cindy won!
  • Still loads of volunteer opportunities at conference. You can go to website and register for shepherding, basket wars, pitch room, Saturday lunch tea, and more.
  • For the famous Author's you need book published and information by April 22nd
  • PLEASE DON'T NOT GO TO CONFERENCE BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE A RIDE OR A PLACE TO STAY! Communicate with us, we can figure it out.
Anthology:  let's nail down theme, start critiques in June, decide on word count, and how many submissions. Reminder that there is no cussing/explicit scenes (family friendly) and authors must be WW members.

Okay there was a LOT of back and forth talk in here about theme suggestions and titles, and will there be one book or a series, plus voting so I'm just going to tell you what we decided.
  • 3 book series titles Tea Cozies & Terabytes (a Then & Now theme, so 2 sections in the book)
  • 1st book will be about people, 2nd about places, and 3rd about possessions.
  • Maximum of 3 submissions (at least one in each then/now section) with a total word count of 7,000 (at the end of editing).  If you only submit poetry you may have 2 submissions for each section.

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 2017 Minutes

Present: Lee, Linda, Rick, Natalie, Glenn, Olive, Marilyn, Jennifer, Sallie, Jayleen

Treasurer Report: (given by Jennifer via text from Sarah) $869.31. $50 was donated by Denise for an OWFI scholarship in honor of Charlotte. $10 was donated to WW from the Betty Jo Johnson Estate.

Public Relations: share what's new on the WW Facebook page

Secretary Report: minutes from Nov. and Jan. are up on the blog, please do not shoot the secretary for being behind.

Affiliate news did not get on OWFI report. There was some confusion on the deadline.  It is on the website though.

OWFI report comes out three times a year, you should be getting it soon.

OWFI conference:
  • early bird deadline March 15th. $175 gets you 2 days and 2 banquets. After 15th cost is $200.
  • Thursday night pre-conference with Ben Montgomery "Dirty Little Narrative". Cost is $20 and can be purchased at the door. This is NOT included in the regular conference fees.
  • There will be 2 a-la-carte lunches (not included in registration total).  One with Sonia Gensler, "Honing your writing process to a T(ea)" and a Q&A with Harlequin editor Leslie Tuttle.
  • There will be several workshops to choose from. If you aren't enjoying a session then feel free to move to another one. It's your conference after all!
  • How many ppl are planning to go? 6 that were present at meeting.
  • Jennifer will send an email to get correct number of ppl for tables/rooms.
  • If you want a roommate, need a ride, put it out there and let Jennifer know.  Jennifer is hoping that everyone can figure out their room situations but please don't not go to the conference because of rooming/transportation issues.
  • Friday night there will be a concert by Nathan Brown, past OK Poet Laureate. There will also be a costume contest Friday night.
  • April 15th is Deadline for room reservations
  • April 21st is deadline for Famous Authors Banquet. Submit if you have published from May 2016-May of 2017.
  • We have agreed to do a Coffee & Tea basket for the fundraiser. Please bring something coffee/tea related to next meeting and then we will "fill it in" if we need more. Also looking into having Maria Gus possibly put together a Bartlesville Tour basket. 
OWFI scholarships:
  • The deadline to submit for an OWFI scholarship is March 1st. You do this online at owfi.org (secretary's note: it is really simple!)
  • How many scholarship's does WW want to sponsor this year? (last year we did 2 full scholarships @ $175 each and 1/2 a category @ $55).  Marilyn moved to do the same this year. Rick second, all approved.
  • Drawing for scholarships included those that could not be present. Sallie drew the names: Jayleen Mayes and Glenn Vermillion.
Next Meeting March 21st @ 6:30.

Open chat

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

January 2017 Meeting

I'm going for secretary of the year here people...

Present: Ann, Rick, Natalie*, Denise, Meredith, Marilyn, Glenn, Debbie, Lee Pollack*, Linda Pollack*, Olive Margery, Sallie, Jayleen, Jennifer

*denotes new possible member

Dues are Due! $10 for WordWeavers and $20 for OWFI. Please settle your dues, Jennifer doesn't want to get mean but she does know where you live.

Anthology is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Sarah Lynn absent, no Treasurer update. Keep selling the anthology and boost marketing.

Andrew Kauffman is ill and couldn't speak today. Please keep him in you thoughts/prayers.

Book of the Day is on Bartlesville WordWeavers Facebook page. Check daily and share, add to your notifications if possible.

Old News

OWFI and Friends of the Library writing contests due February 1st.

OWFI Contest
  • members, make sure you can log in now! Don't wait until submitting.
  • remember judging is subjective! (I think you're all awesome, just sayin')
OWFI Conference
  • May 4-6
  • $175 for 2 days/banquets if enroll by March 15th
  • OWFI has scholarships available, submit online by March 1st.
  • WordWeavers will have a drawing for scholarship in February.
New News

Summer's End (Jennifer), Beyond the Shadows (Linda), and ? (sorry Rita I didn't get the title!) are in semi-finals for Golden Book Award.

Margery received a scholarship to a conference in Santa Cruz in April. Congratulations!

Jennifer showed the group the OWFI contest entry process

Critique for Rick/Open Chat

November 2016 Meeting

Yes, I am just now posting November meeting minutes. And FYI this is an abridged version:

Members Present: Cindy, Sybil, Glenn, Sally, Margery, Denise, Eloise, Olive, Linda, Marilyn, Rick, Meredith, Ann, & Jayleen

Absent (only listing because of office holdings: Jennifer, Sarah, and Abigail

OWFI Denise (president) spoke
  • $20 for OWFI, $10 for WordWeavers
  • Conference is May 4-6, register by March 15 to save $25
  • $175 for 2 days, 2 banquet meals
  • $100 for 1 day, 1 banquet meal
  • Thursday night is an add on for $20
  • Kelly Armstrong is keynote speaker
OWFI Contest
  • Jan 1-Feb 1
  • all categories will make
  • be diligent on rules of submission
January Meeting will have guest Andrew Kauffman by Skype

Anthology emails will be sent regarding how to order books. They will be available on Amazon. Please share where you can for marketing purposes.

Oklahoma Book Awards due in December, check website for details.

Next meeting December 20th @ 6:00 at Denise's home. Wear socks and bring a holiday snack.

Open Chat

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Seasons to Celebrate is LIVE!!

The WordWeavers are proud to announce their 3rd anthology,

Available on Kindle. Coming soon to paperback!

What turns an event into an unforgettable memory?
Is there an occasion you wish could have lasted longer? Which holiday is your favorite? Which season? Which event helped redirect your life?
Bartlesville WordWeavers have composed poetry, essays and short stories about significant life celebrations. Memories birthed some of the writings. Others reveal the author’s imagination. Some will tug at your heart or make you smile. Some may give you pause as you weigh the author’s thoughts.
This collection shares the talents of a variety of authors and makes a great gift for avid readers.
Profits from WordWeavers' anthologies help sharpen and encourage writing skills of its members.