Magic Hour Writers

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friendship, education, and peer support to writing colleagues.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Meeting Highlights - March 12, 2015

Guest Speaker:  Mari Barnes

Members Present:  Andrew, Bernardo, Bob, Jackie, Judy, Luneil, Pam, Patty, Ruthann

Guests: Bob P., Sharon, Hardarshan

Mari Barns was our guest speaker at the March meeting. She discussed her background as a proofreader and copy editor. She then explained how and why she started her own publishing company. Flying Turtle Publishing, which specializes in books that families can share, has been around since 2012.

Mari said everyone needs to examine their options and decide if they want to try being published the traditional way first. She discussed pay to publish (formerly known as vanity publishers), self-publishing, Create Space, ISBN numbers, and Ingram printing and distribution. Mari does not format or illustrate the books Flying Turtle publishes. She works with professionals in those industries so that the best possible products are produced. This also allows her some time to write.

Mari’s handouts included tips and a list of resources. Authors should make connections with other people who will be reading and buying their books. This includes moms, grandmothers, and teachers, as well as other authors. She also passed out The George Stanley Idea Generator.

Mari asked Magic Hour Writers to work on a Christmas Book. Each member should write a short story or poem with a Christmas theme. Mari will meet with us in June and we will discuss illustrations. Mari plans to have the book published by the end of September.


Next Meeting will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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