Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 2014 Newsletter

Can you believe it? Spring has finally arrived! I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy to not be cold that I don’t care if the temps are below average. As long as there’s no snow, I’m okay.

Here’s what’s happening with our Great Lakes Chapter.

In case you missed it: 
Earlier this month we hosted our first annual writing retreat at Shanty Creek Resort and Club in Bellaire, Michigan (read all about it here). We had so much fun and accomplished so much writing that every attendee agreed: we need another writing retreat! Shanty Creek was kind enough to extend the 2014 rates for one more year, so we have officially booked the 2015 writing retreat: May 1-3, 2015 at Shanty Creek Resort. Mark your calendars!

Coming up:
Adopting the USPS motto, nothing (except a national holiday) is going to stop us from hosting our June 7 workshop in Lansing. I know we’re competing with other events, but we’ve got a great presenter scheduled. Mary Vee will be on hand to discuss marketing your book. Here’s more about Mary:

Mary Vee is a pre-published, espresso-charged writer seeking not only publication but also to provide encouragement and marketing tools for other Christian fiction authors. She has been a member of Writers Alley since 2010, focusing on what makes a successful writer, and guest posts on other marketing sites. An experienced speaker, she often provides educational information and training. She has lived in big cities and rural areas, giving her first-hand experience with the needs for marketing in all settings.

For more details and directions to the June 7 event, click here.

Looking ahead:
Keep Aug. 2 clear on your calendar. Judy Eick will help us get ready for conference with her workshop titled, The Author Speaks. Judy says, “You may be surprised to learn many of the skills you have acquired in your writing have also prepared you to speak not only effectively but eloquently about your work. The goal of this presentation is to aide authors with skills of oral presentation of their work.”

Judy will be presenting Saturday, Aug. 2 in Grandville – save the date!

Member News:*
Joy Melville’s agent sent her proposal to six of the larger publishing houses a few weeks ago. Prayer for a positive outcome is appreciated!

Sue Harrison completed a synopsis and 22,000 words of a manuscript at the request of an editor, who asked to read it and promised to give her input. What a great thing for her to do! Meanwhile, Sue’s taking a writing hiatus, except for bi-weekly articles already promised to Her View From Home (an online women’s magazine) and Polilla Writes (a Canadian blogger who runs Sue’s series, “Writing the Third Dimension,” on her blog each month). Why the hiatus? Sue and her husband are moving from their large log home to a small “loft apartment” (their version of a Yooper condo). Downsizing is their word of the month! She hopes to be back on track writing again in July.

Linda Glaz is attending a local, Detroit, mini-conference in June. Glory Reelz looks at the book industry, film industry, and combinations of both. She also has a new release in June, Bride by Necessity, from Heartsong. Some amazing things are happening with her clients too. One client’s debut novel is gobbling up the kudos (Kate Breslin, For Such a Time) while another client is publishing her first novel at 76 years-old. What a rush to be an agent!

Karin Beery recently received an Alpha Xi Delta Foundation Zelma Patchin grant to cover the registration fee for the 2014 ACW Writers Mentoring Retreat in Grand Rapids. She’ll have the opportunity to work with James Watkins and one other novelist for two days – 12 hours of intense book therapy! She also signed two book-editing contracts last month, as well as signing on to report One Design race results for Quantum Sail Design Group (nothing she ever expected to do, but it’s certainly exciting!).

*If you have news that you’d like to share, please contact Judy Eick at juditheeick(at)gmail(dot)com.

That’s it for now. Normally I’d encourage you to get back to work, but let’s be honest – winter was insane and it’s WARM outside, so get out there, burn some energy, then get back to work.

Happy Spring!

Karin Beery
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