February 21, 2013
Members Present: Cathy, Lorraine, Judy, Luneil, Joan, Jackie
Members met at Schoop's Restaurant.
Judy reported on the last Prairie Writer's Guild meeting. Judy, Luneil, and Jackie drove down to Rensselaer earlier in the month. Past guest speaker Shannon Anderson is working with Tate Publishing. Her latest book is titled, I Am Not a Pirate, which was inspired by her daughter's amblyopia (lazy eye). Judy discussed her past offers with Tate and their rates.
Judy passed out a list of generator sites which help you with character development. The sites help with coming up with unique names and personality traits, etc.
Jackie reminded the group about checking the minutes, updating bios, and keeping up with readings and posts from the Chicago Writer's Conference.
Joan submitted 2 poems about the loss of a significant other. She passed out a poem and recipe for cheese crackers.
Lorraine has received rejections from all three publishers she submitted her moose story to. She plans to contact her friend who works at Corby Press out of South Bend. Lorraine then read her latest short story A Hardheaded Mother Bird.
Luneil passed out her character development sheet on Lottie Nora. It included specific details on Lottie Nora's physical description and personality traits. Jackie suggested Luneil include a mannerism or saying that carries over into each of the four books she has planned for the series.
Judy passed out Christmas gifts to Cathy and Lorraine since they missed the New Year's Party.
Next Meeting: March 14, 2013