Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October 2015 Newsletter: Celebrating Autumn and NaNoWriMo

Yeah, I know. It's November. I'm a bit behind. Know why? Because it's NaNoWriMo time! And, being a good writer, I'm already a day late and three cups of coffee short. So when Karin emailed me and asked if I'd done the October newsletter yet (she only asks questions she already knows the answer to), I did a Homer facepalm and promised to get it out before Christmas. So here it is! And, by the way, it's NaNo month. It's a magical time of year. Even if you don't participate, it's our month. The time to celebrate being an author, even if you're not one who completes 50,000 words in a month.

Chapter News

We have a full ballot! After some double checking, Pegg Thomas has one more year available to serve as treasurer and Deb Gardner Allard has graciously volunteered to serve as our secretary. Unless anyone else would like to throw their name into the ring, here is the ballot for our 2016 officers:
President - Karin Beery (3rd term)
Vice President - Ron Estrada (2nd term)
Secretary - Deb Gardner Allard (1st term)
Treasurer - Pegg Thomas (4th term)
Please keep the board in your prayers!
If you're interested in serving, please contact Karin at karin@karinbeery.com ASAP. Thanks!
2016 changes: Though we've had good attendance at our events this past year, attendees were pretty evenly split between members and non-members. The board wants to make sure we're reaching as many members as we can, so we're making a big switch next year: five of our six meetings will be online. Our hope is two-fold - that more members will be able to participate and that we'll be able to present a wider variety of speakers and topics.  
2016 calendar: Our 2016 event calendar has been finalized, and I'm so excited to share the new line up with you! Please mark your calendars now, as you won't want to miss these amazing classes: 
February - Wednesday, Feb. 3 - K.M. Weiland, "Story Structure"
April - Wednesday, April 6 - Jocelyn Green, "Getting the Research Right"
May 6-8 - Writing Retreat @ Treetops Resort, Gaylord
June - Saturday, June 4 - Stanley Williams present "The Moral Premise" at the Doherty Hotel in Clare, MI. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., includes lunchAugust - Thursday, Aug. 4 - Misty Beller, "Book Marketing Overview"
August 25-28 - National Conference in Nashville, TN
October - Thursday, Oct. 6 - Hallee Bridgeman, "Indie Publishing"
December - Tuesday, Dec. 6 - Michelle Lim, "Brainstorming Strategies for Writing Nightmares"

Member News

Do you have any news to share? A new release? Signed with an agent? Let Ron know so he can add your announcement to the newsletter. email him atrmestrada@ameritech.net

Upcoming Events

Our December meeting will be held online. Ron Estrada will talk about podcasting, Blab, and how an author can make use of all the new social media available to us. As Ron is starting a new job in November that will have him traveling quite a bit, he needs to find out when he'll have an opening in his schedule. So stay tuned to the website and the Facebook page for updates! 

As always, if you have any news you'd like to share, please let Ron Estrada know - send your blurb to him at rmestrada@ameritech.net.

May you have an amazing November - praying God's guidance for your work, family, and writing. Write on!

Karin Beery
ACFW-GLC President