Thursday, December 3, 2015

November 17, 2015 Minutes

Those who attended the Bartlesville WordWeavers Club meeting in November were Jennifer (President), Saralyn (Treasurer), Abigail (PR), Erin (Secretary), Cindy, Tawnya, Charlotte, Sally, Rita, Stacey, Marilyn, Linda, Margery, and Ann. We also had two first time guests: Glenn and Francia Vermillion. Glenn and Francia were extremely fun to talk to and would be valuable new assets to our club. We hope to see them again soon!

On the day of the meeting the club had given away free copies of the Seasons of Life anthology on Kindle. Most people forgot until that afternoon, but we ended up having 118 Kindle copies taken that day with no PR.

Old News:

We were reminded not to forget to share the Book of the Day on Facebook.

There was information given out about four upcoming writing competitions:
  • 2016 Oklahoma Book Awards - Deadline January 8, 2016
  • OWFI Conference May 13th and 14th - Deadline February 1, 2016.
  • Friends of the Library, February 1st, 2016 - enter by the end of December, 2015
  • 10th Annual North Texas Book Festival Book Awards on April 8th and 9th, 2016 - Submissions Sept 1st, 2015 - December 31, 2015.
Kindle copies of Seasons Remembered will be given out for free on December 13th and 15th. Let's try to remember to publicize this time around. Who knows how many copies we could get out there with some PR effort if we gave away 118 without any!

New News:

OWFI has changed formats on their Newsletter. It is now being updated monthly on the webpage.

Our December meeting will be shared with our club Christmas Party. It will be taking place on December 15 at 6:00 pm at President Jennifer McMurrain's house. Bring your favorite goody; sweet or savory. Please remember that we will be conducting a normal club meeting as well as celebrating, so print out and edit the stories we are sent for a critique session. An e-mail with more details will be forthcoming.

There is some exciting news for various club members! Jennifer was accepted by BookHub, which is notoriously difficult to get into. Charlotte had a book signing the Saturday after the meeting at the Nowata Library.

For NanoWriNo this year our club had 3 participants. Abigail wrote her first full draft of a book, Saralyn worked on a rough draft for All the Little Pieces, and Jennifer was writing the rough draft of her next novel. These ladies deserve lots of respect for making that commitment and trying to write everyday!

Margery announced that she is almost done editing a book for Robert Peters. He already has one book published in the 90's. He needs help formatting and publishing on Amazon. He also needed editors. Several club members volunteered to help Mr. Peters.

Last but not least, Abigail got not one, but two contracts for "Pockets" Magazine. She will be in two back to back issues: Jan/Feb 2016 and March 2016.

I hope to see you all in a couple of weeks at the Christmas Party!

Erin McMillan, Bartlesville WordWeavers Club Secretary