Sunday, February 23, 2014

Minutes from February 18 Meeting

Barb Shoff presided.

The writing opportunity for novelists was announced. It is the Kindle Competition. Go to Amazon.com for details. 

The treasurer reported that a total of 385 copies of the 2012 Anthology have been sold. During the treasurer's report, it was decided that Bartlesville WordWeavers would sponsor another category at the OWFI Conference in honor of Hillary Welch. 

Bartlesville WordWeavers also voted to give a 175.00 OWFI scholarship to one of the members. There was a drawing and Marjorie Warder will be the 2014 Scholarship recipient. 

C.D. Jarmola, President of OWFI, gave a report about the May 2014 conference. A few of the highlights were: 49 different break out sessions, 21 different speakers, 4 agents, OK Poet Laureate, 218 people entered the writing categories, and registration fees are due March 15.

Critiques were given for Barbara F, Mary K, Pepper H, and Cindy M. Rita D's critiques were given to Barb.

March critique submissions are due March 11.

The next meeting is March 18, 2014.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Minutes from January 21, 2014

Jennifer McMurrain presided.

Ten members were present at the meeting that was held in the Bartlesville Public Library. There were no guests or prospective members. 

Critiques were completed for Pepper, Marilyn, and Janis. 

New writing opportunities will be posted on the Facebook page. 

Diana Purser gave the treasurer's report. There is a current balance of  $818.04.

389 total copies of the 2012 anthology are in the hands of readers. 131 copies have been sold.

Final edits are due from Hank, Diana, Sybil, and Jennifer.

Final edits of the contributors to the 2014 anthology need to be emailed to Jennifer at Bville_wordweavers@yahoo.com should be resent. Some have not been received.

Denise Jarmola, Wordweaver member and President of OWFI, gave a short review of the OWFI Annual Conference that will be held in May 2014. There is aFebruary 1 deadline for scholarships to attend. Room reservations need to be made under the name of OWFI. Jennifer McMurrain will secure rooms for local members. If anyone is interested email her at the Bville_Wordweaver email. 

If you have entered the OWFI contest, remember to print the OWFI Official Contest Entry Form. It is on the website and also in the OWFI magazine. It requires, your contact information and the category entered and title of the work. It too must be received by February 1. 

Keep writing, the next meeting is scheduled for February 18, 2014. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Meeting Minutes - December 17, 2013


Minutes from the WordWeavers’ Meeting – December 17, 2013

First, the Christmas Party at Jennifer McMurrian’s home was delightful.

Treasurer’s Report – We currently have   $795.22  in our bank account. We also made an additional $7 on another sale of our last anthology. Therefore, once that has been deposited, we will have $802.22.   We have 24 people who are members of both WordWeavers and OWFI, plus an additional 5 members who chose to join only WordWeavers, so that is a total of 29 members.

Jennifer said that she would continue doing the PR work for WordWeavers  instead of trying to find someone else  to do that job that Hilary left vacant.

Since both the OWFI and the FOL contest deadlines are around the corner on February 1st of 2014, the first order of business was to go over the most recent copy of THE REPORT from OWFI, pointing out the following important items:

                1. Read through the agents and editors coming this year to make your choices of whom you want to see in person.

                2. Notice that on Friday night, the banquet will have a COSTUME CONTEST. Everyone should dress as his or her favorite author OR literary character.

                3. Any book or blog author can reserve a TABLE CENTERPIECE for a cost of $10. (There will be 11 people per table who will be the captive audience  looking at that book. The number of tables will be limited, so anyone interested should do this pretty soon.) The author will need to set up his or her book as  the table’s centerpiece – perhaps in a basket or other display to show it off. At the end of the evening, someone at that table will “win” that copy of that book.

                4. About the BASKET WARS, we discussed getting “treasure chest” type boxes instead of some old basket. We also tossed around the idea of doing several smaller baskets instead of one huge one that often does not bring in as much money as was put into it.  Everyone should be thinking of theme ideas.

                5. The BOOK STORE – Coffee Bar will also schedule some times for signings, by genre maybe.

                6. The FRIDAY LUNCHEON – will cost $25 and will be a NETWORKING LUNCH where people will move from table to table to meet more of the editors and agents in small groups.

                7. The SATURDAY LUNCHEON- will cost $25 and will be to hear Eloisa James talk.

                8. The THURSDAY NIGHT early session will cost $15 and will be Andrew Kaufman talking. He had been one of Linda Boulinger’s publishing clients. Now he is a best seller.

                9. The SATURDAY NIGHT is the GLITZ and GLAMOR AWARDS SHOW for the contests.

                10. CATEGORY SPONSORSHIPS – Wordweavers voted to send $105 to OWFI to sponsor the catgory of   “Juvenile Short Story” and to dedicate it in Hilary Welch’s name.

                11. We talked about how the one time $20 fee covered entering one item in all 33 categories.

                12. Our January meeting – on Jan. 21st in the Upper Room of the Library – will include  a presentation about how to submit our entries on-line this year.  Be sure to save your items as  .doc  (NOT  .docx)   documents before sending them in.  Also, be sure that the Name each item is SAVED under is exactly the same as its TITLE. Otherwise, there might be confusion. Members were encouraged to try to do these entries on our own as early as possible in January and not wait until after the 21st if possible.  The items get sent to each CATEGORY CHAIR, all of whom are listed in the Report and also online.  Another note was that the items we have been writing for our Anthology are all also possible entries for the two Feb. 1 deadlines because none of these works have been published YET.

 

                                      *****   Concerning our work on our own Anthology ******

The group voted unanimously to dedicate our next Anthology to Hilary Welch’s memory.

Because Jennifer has had so much trouble with Yahoo’s new way of listing “REPLIES” as sublists instead of as new emails, EVERYONE  needs to RE-send his or her Anthology submissions we’ve already critiques – in their “best” finalized forms   to Jennifer OVER AGAIN.    Send them as ATTACHMENTS in NEW emails – NOT a reply to a note she has sent out – please.  These also need to be in  .doc   format.  So please take the time to get them revised and sent to her at -

  Bville_Wordweavers@gmail.com      That’s  Bville Underline Wordweavers at gmail dot com

We will have another long list of people’s wonderful stories and poems to read for the Jan. meeting, so be ready to respond to them in a thoughtful and constructive way.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Minutes from the November Meeting

The meeting was held on November 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Bartlesville Public Library.

President, Jennifer McMurrain presided.

Sixteen people were present, 14 members and 2 guests. Please welcome Janis Lussmyer as a new member of WordWeavers.

Members and guests were introduced and OWFI news was recorded for the upcoming report.

OWFI President, Christine Denise Jarmola presented an overview of the OWFI Conference. Highlights of the conference include, baskets to fund OWFI scholarships, costume contest of favorite author or literary character, a networking lunch, bookstore with coffee bar, featured writers centerpiece giveaway,and guest speakers. She explained the numerous volunteer opportunities at the conference. Contests open December 1 and close February 1. She encouraged members to visit the website for more information, www.OWFI.org

Diana Purser gave the treasurer's report, the account balance is 817.14. There are now 30 WordWeaver members and of that 30, 24 are members of OWFI.

Jennifer McMurrain, reported 387 copies of Seasons Remembered are in the hands of readers.

Those present for critiques were Margery Warder and Cindy Molder.

The next meeting is December 17, 6:00 p.m. at Jennifer's home. It will be a holiday gathering but we will have a short meeting that includes critiques. She will send the details to the members.

Minutes posted by Cindy Molder

Friday, October 18, 2013

Minutes from the October 15, 2013 Meeting

Minutes from the October 15 Meeting

Barb Shoff presided over the meeting in Jennifer McMurrain's absence.

Guests or returning WordWeavers were introduced. Marilyn Blumer, Jerry Bylander, Rod MacIlvaine, and Darla Tresner.

WordWeaver and OWFI dues were collected.

Diana Purser gave the financial report. Current account balance, $880.00

October critiques for the anthology were given orally for those who were present.

Writing opportunities and resources have been posted to the WordWeaver's Facebook page.

Writers of Children's or Middle Grade books are invited to a meeting on October 21 at 7:00 PM at Diana Purser's home, 2925 Cambridge Court (Colonial Subdivision). Contact her to RSVP.

Barb Shoff presented information about how to increase your visibility on social media. Items discussed were: about.me.com, goodreads, shewrites, hootsuite, google+

The next meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2013, 6:30 PM.


Keep Writing,

Cindy M. Molder

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 17th Meeting

New officers were elected at the September Meeting. Jennifer McMurrain is President, Barbara Shoff-Vice President, Hillary Welch-P.R., Diana Purser-Treasurer, Cindy Molder-Secretary.

Annual dues were collected. The $30.00 fees included WordWeaver and OWFI dues.

Members voted to sponsor a table at the Family Arts Festival at Price Tower on October 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The anthology report from Seasons Remembered, 392 copies are in the hands of readers.

Possible local vendors (to feature WordWeaver's writing) were discussed. Discussion was tabled until the group has more information.

Written and verbal critiques for the 2014 Anthology were reviewed with the writers.

October 8 is the deadline for October submissions. The next meeting is October 15, 6:30 p.m.

Please Facebook message or email Cindy Molder any writing opportunities you find. She will compile a list for the October meeting. Include website links and any promotional information.

Keep Writing,
Cindy Molder

Friday, June 21, 2013

June Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, June 18th, WordWeavers held their monthly meeting. Charlotte Smith, Cindy Molder, Karen Welch, Mary Anderson, Mary Kincaid, Jennifer McMurrain, Barbara Shoff, Stacey Nading, Saralyn Miller, Sara Leslie and Marilyn Boone were all in attendance. We would like to send a very warm welcome to Cindy, Karen, Mary A, and Stacey. We’re so glad you came.

The WordWeavers and Bambino's are happy to announce the 2nd annual Into the Book festival will be held on September 14, 2013 at Bambino's from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.

If you are a local author (Bartlesville, Pawhuska, Dewey, Nowata, etc) and would like to have a book signing table at our event, please contact us at Bville_WordWeavers@yahoo.com before August 19th. We have a limited number of spots. Any spots leftover after August 19th will be given to interested authors from around the area. We want this to spotlight local authors first, so please let us know ASAP.

Our anthology, Seasons Remembered is doing okay. During our recent promotional giveaway we got Seasons into the hands of 197 people. I know that may not have meant expectations, but anthologies are a hard sell. Keep in mind, that's a 197 people who may not have heard about us before and could possibly buy an individual WordWeaver's work.

We also sold 2 copies in person and had 1 Kindle sale. Here is the current rundown.

Author copies: 15

In Person: 75

Kindle: 15

Amazon: 12

Giveaway: 197

For a total: 314

We also reiterated the submission guidelines for the upcoming anthology. Each person was e-mailed a set of submission rules. Please refer to that for all of them, but here are the biggies.

1. E-mail your submission to Bville_WordWeavers@yahoo.com (not to Jennifer) before your deadline.

2. Print out the submission and critique, then return to the person during the meeting after the discussion.

3. If you can't make it to the meeting, e-mail the critique back to the person who wrote it, NOT TO JENNIFER. (I spent an obscene amount of time forwarding e-mails last year. The author's e-mail address will be at the top of the submission when I send it out. It's just as easy to send it to the author as it is to send it to me. If it is my submission, send it to JenniferMcMurrain@yahoo.com, not to my personal account. We want to make sure things don't get lost. This applies to everyone, no matter how long you've know me or what e-mail you previously have for me. Thanks.)

4. If we are critiquing your work, you NEED to be there. If everyone is taking the time to critique your work, you need to commit to the deadline you set and be at that meeting.

5. If you can't make it to the meeting where your work is being critiqued then you will need to pick up your critiques from Jennifer. (I will not deliver critiques this year. CALL before you come to my house.) Failure to pick up critiques may result in losing your spot in the anthology.

LilyBear House and Gilcrease Publishing will publish the new anthology as well as acquire Seasons Remembered. Neither LilyBear House or Gilcrease Publishing, will take royalties.

The rest of the time was spent critiquing works for our upcoming seasons anthology.
If you are a paid member of WordWeavers it's not too late to be involved in the anthology. E-mail me at Bville_WordWeavers@yahoo.com for the details.
Our next meeting will be July 16th at 6:30 pm at the Bartlesville Public Library, in meeting room A (upstairs). This is an open meeting and we hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at Bville_WordWeavers@yahoo.com.

Happy Writing,
Jennifer McMurrain
WordWeaver President