October Meeting: Dinner & Discussion

Topic: Interactive Roundtable Discussion on Various Topics

Speaker: Everybody

Date: Oct. 11, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

Join us for interactive round table discussions on topics such as: Getting your book out there, promotions, marketing, social media and web sites; Finishing your book tips and tricks; Researching your book; Digital publication and production; and Working with an editor. Also suggested as topics: Researching and copyright issues; International Rights; Getting your book out there; Finishing your book; Digital publication and production; and Working with an editor.

Topics have not yet been set, we are looking for volunteers who know something about a topic to help out in the discussions.

Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE but please RSVP (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and food from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

September Dinner & Speaker: Cami Ostman

Topic: Butt Back in the Chair: Three Keys to Jump Start Your Writing After Summer Vacation

Speaker: Cami Ostman, M.S., LMFT

Date: Sept. 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

Summer brings us the sunshine–and with it, plenty of distractions from our writing efforts. Join author and writing coach,  Cami Ostman, to hone in on the THREE KEYS to getting your butt back in the chair and ramping up your productivity after summer vacation. You’ll come away inspired and excited to get back to your writing, no matter how long you’ve been away.

About Cami

Writing coach, Cami Ostman holds a B.Ed. in English from Western Washington University and an M. S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, co-editor of Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions, a contributor to Adventures Northwest and to her own blog, 7marathons7continents.com. Cami is also the founder of Red Wheelbarrow Writers, a community of writers in Western Washington and a blogger for psychologtoday.com. She has been profiled in Fitness Magazine and her books have been reviewed in O Magazine, The Atlantic, and Washington Post. Having spent fifteen years as a psychotherapist, and now serving as a writing coach and editor, Cami specializes in helping authors “figure out what they really have to say.” She is currently working on a novel and on her second quest memoir.

Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE but please RSVP (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and food from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

Summer Break

See you in September

With the June meeting behind us now summer is officially here for the WWP.  We won’t have another dinner until September but that does not mean writing and the gears of our little writing community grind to a halt.  I encourage you to not only mark the date of our next dinner meeting, in September, on your calendar, but also check back on our website frequently and sign up to get this blog via e-mail.

Membership Renewals

All memberships paid before May of this year will be due to renew in September, and anyone who pays now will have a membership good through September of next year.  So show us your support and re-up now while it’s on your mind. We make it easy for you to pay online.

Keep in Touch

We will still be posting events and announcements throughout the summer to keep you informed about the various goings on in your local writing community. Also remember you can post your own events, announcements, and blog contribution on the website, or post on our Facebook group.

Have a great summer and happy writing!

Bright Ideas for Learning book series Acquired by Chicago Review Press

FOR RELEASE as of MONDAY JUNE 19, 2017:
Media Contact:
Olivia Aguilar, Publicist
oaguilar@chicagoreviewpress.com
Chicago Review Press www.chicagoreviewpress.com
312.568.5412

Chicago Review Press acquires Bright Ideas for Learning series titles effective July 1, 2017

CHICAGO, IL, July 1, 2017—Chicago Review Press Incorporated, the parent company of Chicago Review Press (CRP, www.chicagoreviewpress.com) and national distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG, www.ipgbook.com), has acquired all 11 titles in the Bright Ideas for Learning series, originally published by Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. The acquisition will go into effect on July 1, 2017.

Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. (www.brightring.com) was founded in 1985 by author, publisher and educational consultant MaryAnn F. Kohl. That year, MaryAnn published her first book of independent art experiences for children titled Scribble Cookies. Since then, MaryAnn has been writing and publishing art resource books for children, parents and teachers as part of her award-winning Bright Ideas for Learning series. She discovered her passion for children’s creative art when she began teaching primary grades, kindergarten enrichment and college-level art education courses, and consulting with teachers, parents and librarians around the world.

Chicago Review Press publisher Cynthia Sherry will oversee the acquisition and IPG will continue to distribute, now under CRP, all new and backlist Bright Ideas for Learning titles. IPG will distribute the following titles: Discovering Great Artists, Action Art, Great American Artists for Kids, Science Arts, Storybook Art, Good Earth Art, Scribble Art, Mudworks, Mudworks Bilingual Edition, Math Arts, and Making Make-Believe. CRP will not be taking on any Bright Ring staff with the acquisition of Bright Ideas for Learning. MaryAnn F. Kohl will continue her work as a parent educator, author, literary agent and education and publishing consultant.

Founded in Chicago in 1973, Chicago Review Press has grown into a dynamic midsize publisher with more than 900 titles in print. CRP publishes a wide range of subjects including history, biography, memoir, music, film and travel, among others, as well as an award-winning line of children’s activity books and young adult biographies. The press currently publishes about 70 new titles annually under six imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, Ball Publishing, Zephyr Press, Academy Chicago Publishers and Parenting Press. All Chicago Review Press titles are distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group. The Bright Ideas for Learning series is CRP’s newest acquisition.

 

 

 

June Dinner & Speaker: Last Until Fall

Topic: Village Books

Speaker: Paul Hanson

Date: June 14, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

What’s up at Village Books now that it’s under new management? How authors can work with Village Books.

About Paul

Paul Hanson is one of the three co-owners of Village Books in Bellingham. Being in the book business since 1989, Paul is our General Manager & one of our resident ebook gurus. He enjoys reading & writing speculative fiction while listening to jazz & eating mangos. He likes fixing, building, and solving, making bottomless bowls of mashed potatoes and all things cheesy…including his jokes.

Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE but please RSVP (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and food from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

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