Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 2014 Newsletter - 2014 Schedule Planned!

Happy Spring!

Usually I look for robins or flowers on the first day of spring. This year I woke up to two inches of fresh snow. So what sign do I have that a warmer season is near? Mud in my driveway.

This month’s newsletter is a joint effort between Judy and me. The board held our annual meeting in Grand Rapids this past weekend, so we shared notes and created this hybrid post. We spent quite a bit of our board meeting discussing the boring, business side of things, but there was also a lot of talk about meetings and the calendar. We’re excited to announce a few upcoming events.

Saturday, Apr. 5: What on Earth is Happening in the Industry? Join us at the Brighton 242 Community Church to hear what literary agent Linda Glaz has to share about the trends in CBA publishing (read more here).

May 2-4: Writing Retreat at Shanty Creek Resort – a weekend away to write, write, write!
Cost is $344 per person for single occupancy rooms or $230 per person for double occupancy rooms. This rate includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two lunches, one dinner, and a meeting room. Rooms are being held until April 2, but our rates will be honored as long as the resort still has rooms available. You can print the reservation form here.

And now for the new news!

1. In order to help everyone plan ahead, we not only planned our 2014 meeting schedule, we’re also working on the 2015 schedule (which will be announced by the end of the summer). Stay tuned!

2. We’ve created a set schedule that we hope will make it easier for everyone to remember when our GLC meetings will be. We’re going to go with an every-other-month schedule. Starting next year (and for the remainder of this year), our meetings will be:

3. We have a tentative 2014 schedule! We still need to confirm some speakers and locations, so we don’t have a lot of details yet, but we wanted to give you the calendar so you can start planning.
June 7 – Lansing – To Be Confirmed…Stay Tuned!
August 2 – Grandville – Conference Prep
October 18 – Gaylord – Social Media
December 6 – Online Meeting – Self-Publishing
(I know this is vague, but we’ll have more info soon, I promise.)

That’s all for now. Remember, if you have news you’d like to share, please email Judy Eick at jeeick(at)centurytel(dot)net.

Hope to see you in Brighton!

Karin Beery & Judy Eick