Category Archives: Event Announcement

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.

Kim Hornsby – January 10, 2018

How Books Get Made into Movies

Date: Jan 10, 2018

 Kim Hornsby is an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author with a 3-Book Series optioned for film.  The first movie is now in development with Kim working as a contributing producer.  The Dream Jumper’s Promise (Book 1) won the Chanticleer Paranormal Mystery Thriller Award, was nominated as Best Indie First Book with the Romance Convention and was a finalist in the InD’Scribe Rone Awards.
Kim once taught scuba in Fiji and Hawaii, was a singer opening shows for Jay Leno and Jamie Foxx, found a boa constrictor under her bed, sang on 60 Minutes, dived with dolphins, humpback whales, and was the host of a TV infommercial.
Hear her story about going from a struggling Indie Author to a Producer on a Feature Film with a Hollywood Production Company.

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.

Close Encounters of the Literary Kind: Meet Your Local Authors

Romance and history and mystery, oh my! Meet and chat with a panel of five local authors over refreshments in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Where do they get their ideas and inspiration? How do they ply their craft? How did they come to be writers, and what are they working on now?

Of course, there will be ample time to purchase signed copies of their works; a great way to stock up on your winter reading and take care of some of that holiday gift-giving!

Close Encounters of the Literary Kind

Meet Your Local Authors

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Van Zandt Community Hall,  4106 Valley Highway, Deming, Wash. (corner of Highway 9 and Potter Road).

Featured Authors:

  • Susan Colleen Browne, weaver of Irish love stories and tales of farming
  • Sean Dwyer, essayist, novelist, songwriter, translator
  • Michael Impero, regional historian extraordinaire
  • Jennifer Mueller, maven of mystery, romance, and suspense
  • Janet Oakley, crafter of historical fiction both local and international

Host: Matthew Thuney, SFVCA Communication Coordinator, instructor, announcer, wedding officiant and freelance writer (author of Bucolia: Hijinx in the Hinterlands and Original Recipes: Tasty Tidbits from “Thuney Casserole” and Other Early Entrees).

Admission is free, refreshments provided, all are welcome (as are donations to assist with the upkeep and community outreach of the Van Zandt Community Hall).

Sponsored by: South Fork Valley Community Association (SFVCA).

DECEMBER CROSS GROUP WRITERS HOLIDAY PARTY

All writers and writers groups are welcome to join us for our annual cross group holiday party.

Date: December 13, 2017

Fun. Entertaining antics. Free hors d’oeuvres!
Come join us for an evening of socialization with your fellow writers. No gift exchange this year. Instead, bring those extra books you have around the house to donate to charities-reading for all ages and all genres needed, but please nothing with pornographic content. Books about writing craft, dictionaries, and thesauruses especially wanted.

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.

Scrivener Users Group

Scrivener users are welcome to an informal meeting on the fourth Wed. of Oct. at Fairhaven Village Books, upstairs in the Writer’s Corner, from 6:30 to 7:30 or 8pm. Share tips about the Scrivener application. Whether a new or experienced user, bring you laptops and come to ask questions or share what has worked for you. Contact Redd Becker for more information, redd@site7000.com.