Laurel Leigh helped WWP kick off the year “write” with talking about how to diagnose some of the issues authors are searching for in their manuscripts. Laurel had brilliant examples and anecdotes to share. Check out Laurel’s website at www.LaurelLeighWriter.com. We had plenty of new members attend, and we bet they learned a ton. Everyone is waiting with their pens ready to come to our October meeting with Terry Persun on “Exploring the Amazon Avenues for Authors.”
This past meeting was a bittersweet moment as it was our final meeting for the year. Stefanie Winger from Barnes and Noble gave a wonderful talk to WWP about Nook Press and what it provides for authors. We look forward to coming back in September with even more fantastic speakers. Have a great summer!
Special thanks to Harvey Chute for coming to speak to WWP about kboards.com this past Wednesday. He gave wonderful insights about how this online forum can be a vital resource for authors. We all enjoyed eating, mingling, and the occasional glass of wine.
For the Whatcom Writers & Publisher’s September Dinner and Speaker event (Wednesday, Sept. 19th 5:30-8:30) our guest of honor will be Cory Skerry, first reader for Tor.com and Shimmer magazine. First readers are the gatekeepers. They decide whether your work will go up the chain to the editor. He will share a few of the things he is looking for in a short fiction piece, and how he decides what gets out of the slush pile and what doesn’t. If you have ever submitted your work to a magazine or editor you will find this topic invaluable.
Our dinner meeting will be extra special this month. We will be kicking off the new 2012-2013 season with a social hour before dinner. The doors will open at the special early time of 5:30pm and we will have appetizers, soda and tea available for all guests and special discount beer & wine coupons available for WWP members who have made Paypal reservations. As usual we will be at the Windows on the Bay in the Bellingham Yacht Club.
On the subject of Paypal, I just wanted to say that the response to our new Paypal reservation system, and how quickly everyone has adapted to it, has been really great. It’s so much better for the volunteers who handle the transactions and for our finances. Thanks everyone. See you at dinner!