Category Archives: Announcements

October 10th Getting Gritty: Writing Something Real for the YA Market.

Join us with author and developmental editor Clete Barrett Smith for a presentation on Getting Gritty: Writing Something Real for the YA Market. Clete Barrett Smith hails from the Pacific NW. He has published several middle grade novels under the Disney-Hyperion label including: Magic Delivery and the Aliens in Disguise series. 

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) 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.

Sept 12–Welcome Back ~ Welcome Back ~Welcome Back

Whatcom Writers and Publishers invites all writers to our welcome-back-kick-off meeting. It will begin with Sean Dwyer highlighting a compiled list of conferences and sales opportunities to consider this year. There will also be plenty of time to reconnect after the summer holiday and share your summer news. We’ll have table space to show and sell your books. Please RSVP  to guarantee a seat. The official start time is 6 pm; come at 5:30 to get happy hour prices.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) 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.

June 13 -Writing in a Kindle World

In an increasingly crowded publishing world, it is easy to get lost in the two million books put out each year. How will readers find you? One way is to get connected with a best-selling author on the Kindle World platform. Janet Oakley will talk about her experience writing in Toby Neal’s Kindle World and how it’s positively impacted the sale of her historical fiction. She’ll talk about how KW works, how you can choose a world that works for you and why it’s a good way to stretch your writing skills while gaining new readers.

Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WW II with characters standing up for something in their own time and place as well as cozy mysteries set in Hawaii. Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize, the 2014 First Place Chaucer Award and the 2015 WILLA Silver Award. Foraying into a Kindle World introduced her work to new readers as well stretched her writing in a new genre.  This coming fall, she will be presenting at the PNWA on putting history into mysteries. When not writing, she demonstrates 19th-century folkways.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) 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.

 

May 9 – Cast Your Brand Online: How to Create a Professional Podcast

Wendy Kendall and Julie Cooper, producers of the weekly podcast “Kendal & Cooper Talk Mysteries,” will discuss branding, distribution, social media, hitchhiking online, the importance of demographics, and provide a brief overview of equipment and mechanics of podcasting, discuss the advantages/disadvantages of podcasting, and include a few quick stories of their most memorable episodes.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) 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.

March 14 – Terry Persun: Befriending the Giant: How Amazon can help you realize your publishing dreams

Befriending the Giant: How Amazon can help you realize your publishing dreams

Amazon is not only the largest online bookstore in the world, it’s the largest single publisher. Over 75 percent of all e-books are sold through Amazon. Every major publisher and most small publishers sell their books through Amazon. And Amazon has more programs to help authors publish than any other publisher. With over a dozen programs and imprints, Amazon may very well be important in your publishing career.

Terry Persun has been publishing poems, short stories, and novels since the 1970s and has worked with many publishers during that time. He also writes in multiple genres including science fiction, fantasy, thriller, crime, and mainstream fiction. As a member of the writing community, Persun continues to be involved with writers groups such as the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and Whidbey Island Writers Association. He has been a board member, conference director, agent and editor liaison, and has also helped in securing funds for particular projects.

When Amazon first came out with their Kindle Direct Publishing model, he began his interest in what Amazon was doing to help authors find an audience. He has spent many years watching Amazon grow their programs and reach out to authors, and has put that information into a succinct program aimed at helping every author find the right outlet for their work. Whether an author chooses to self publish, hybrid publish, or go the traditional route, Amazon has an opportunity available.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) 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.