Category Archives: Dinner & Speaker

April Dinner & Speaker: Editor Panel

Topic: Polish Your Prose Like a Pro

Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

From plot flaws and character flubs to common grammar and style issues, editors see a lot of the same mistakes over and over. Join us to hear about common problems that editors frequently encounter in manuscripts, and learn how to resolve them before your book lands on the editor’s desk. Editors Karen Brown, Virginia Herrick, and Pamela Beason have decades of experience at all levels of editing.

About the Editors

Karen Brown is a multipublished, bestselling mystery and romantic thriller author and editor, with more than two decades of experience in fiction publishing. When she’s not thinking up new ways to murder her characters, she edits manuscripts for Amazon Publishing and Chanticleer Reviews, helping authors polish their stories.

Virginia Herrick is owner of Kestrel’s Way Editorial Services, specializing in editing book manuscripts for authors and publishers. She brings a decade of experience working with New York publishing companies to her present passion: applying her professional-grade persnicketiness to the works of indie-published authors and hybrid publishing companies.

When she’s not out hiking or kayaking, Pamela Beason spends most of her days working on the next novel in one of her three mystery series. Her books have been published by four different traditional publishers, but these days she is dedicated to indie publishing. She has edited and formatted book manuscripts for traditional nonfiction and fiction publishers as well as for many self-published authors, and has worked on occasion as a ghost writer.

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.

March Dinner & Speaker: Leveraging Existing Audiences

Topic: The Imitation Game: Finding your audience by leveraging existing audiences

Speaker: Amanda June Hagarty

Date: March 8, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

 

Join local Author Platform Specialist Amanda June Hagarty of Mandy’s Media in a special sneak preview of one the sessions she will be presenting at the 2017 Chanticleer Authors Conference:
 
The Imitation Game: Finding your audience by leveraging existing audiences – Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, it’s also the quickest path to acquiring the exact audience you are writing to. Get tips and tricks of how to leverage fandoms and the audiences of influencers in your genre, while still keeping your own unique flair.
About Amanda


Amanda June Hagarty started building websites and doing online promotion in 1995. She is an author, with a lifetime of experience in all things computers. She also has a background in sales and marketing. Plus teaching happens to be something she’s good at–she gives people information at their level of comprehension, and never talks in confusing terms or jargon without making sure her clients understand what she is talking about.

Helping writers learn how to use the Internet and social media to build their author’s platform is a natural extension of her knowledge of computers, her passion for marketing and her love of writing. She doesn’t like the terms “guru” or “expert”, preferring Author Platform Specialist, and sometimes Social Media Pixie, instead. 

And, yes, she hates Facebook just like everyone else.

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.

February Dinner & Speaker: Rescheduled Feb 15

Topic: WWP Member Speed Date Night

Date: February 8, 2016February 15, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

WWP members have amazing talent and knowledge to share–let’s learn more about each other! On February 15, please bring your books and/or swag–bookmarks, business cards, brochures to advertise your writing and/or services–and be prepared to talk about who you are and what you do.  Each paid member will have one minute to introduce yourself and your books and/or services, and ask for anything you’d like to learn about from the other members.

Practice your spiel–we will pass a one-minute hourglass to  strictly limit your pitch! We’ll spend the remaining time circulating and talking to each other. Everyone must RSVP for the February meeting on the website. If you’re bringing materials and want to give your one-minute spiel, please write “WANT TO TALK” in the “Who are your guests?” box on the RSVP form; otherwise we will assume that you are coming only to mingle. We’ll all find new books to read, services we need, and fellow authors to collaborate with.

The club will pay for hors d’oeuvres; members buy their own drinks. Attendees can also order meals as usual, but the room will be set up more for mingling than for sitting in one place.

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.

January Dinner & Speaker: Turning Your Adventure Into a Book

Topic: Noah’s Arc to Narrative Arc: Turning Your Adventure Into a Book

Speaker: Susan Conrad

Date: January 11, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )

On an overcast spring morning in 2010, Susan Conrad scaled her world down to an 18-foot sea kayak and a 1,200-mile ribbon of water known as the Inside Passage. Bears and whales and icebergs oh my! Plenty of makings for a book, one would think, with all those paddle strokes and adventures between Anacortes, Washington and Juneau, Alaska.
Living that experience, then trying to craft that experience into a relatable story, and then get that story published—well, let’s just say paddling to Alaska was the easy part! Not knowing a narrative arc from Noah’s arc, or a throughline from a bowline, Susan worked her way through the tumultuous seas of writing, editing, and traditionally publishing Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage. Using anecdotes and a lively slideshow presentation she’ll share the magic—and misery—of paddling to Alaska and writing an adventure memoir about her experience. She’ll also offer up some tips and tricks for anyone who may have an adventure under their belt and are dying to share it with the world.

A word-slinging adventurer by day and graphic designer by night, Susan happily nurtures her insatiable curiosity to know what’s around the next corner at every chance. At “fifty-something” it keeps her young and provides fodder for her stories. Her articles and photographs have appeared in Sea Kayaker, Canoe and Kayak, Adventures Northwest, and Figure magazines as well as newspapers, guidebooks, and historical journals. Inside is her debut memoir. She lives in landlocked Oso where she tirelessly works on promoting her book while vainly ignoring the eight kayaks hanging in her garage.

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.

November Dinner & Speaker

Topic: How an indie novel hit it big and found a publisher

Speaker: kc Dyer

Date: November 9, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )

Writer kc dyer will talk about the madcap adventure of publishing her 7th book, FINDING FRASER. This story first emerged as a best-selling indie novel before finding a new life, published this year by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

downloadkc dyer resides in the wilds of British Columbia in the company of an assortment of mammals, some of them human. She likes to walk in the woods and write books.

kc has spoken with thousands of kids in schools across Canada from British Columbia to PEI; across the US and in Europe and Asia. She is a director and long-time participant at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference.

Her most recent novel—a romantic comedy for grown-ups—is FINDING FRASER, first published in 2015, and reissued in a new Berkley edition in 2016. For teens, kc’s most recent work is FACING FIRE, a sequel to the acclaimed novel, A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW, and published by Doubleday. She has been writer-in-residence at New Westminster Secondary School, and a featured presenter at the National Council of English Teachers in both Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, Ill; YouthWrite in Penticton, BC; Young Authors in Kamloops, BC; WORD Vancouver, Canadian Authors’ Association in Victoria, BC; Ontario Library Association Super-Conference in Toronto, ON; Simon Fraser University Southbank Writers in Surrey, BC; WriteOn Bowen and many others.

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.