3 Fundamental Truths to Get Published

What spirit and synergy! Our four panelists, genuine literary professionals all, were superb as they engaged and interacted with the audience to the nth degree.  I came away with three fundamental truths after yesterday's Zen and the Art of the Book Deal Publishing Panel that writers must have if they want to get published:      1) Work hard & never lose faith in yourself      2) Focus, edit, and target your work      3) Maintain your sense of humor if you want to thrive  This list is the short list, which has not departed much from the past, but now that the traditional publishing business is imploding and the avenues for self-publishing are exploding, these truths have never been more evident. Of course, there is a number 4, which should go without being said, but... 4)  Write something people want to read, and make sure every word you write is enjoyable and/or informative.  Sincere thanks to Bridget Kinsella, Peter Beren, Jennifer Joseph, and

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Publish: Zen and the Art of the Book Deal

           PUBLISHING PANEL   ZEN AND THE ART OF THE BOOK DEAL                Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 • 2-5 p.m.               San Francisco Main Public Library             Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter brings you the latest news in the publishing industry from the following insiders: JENNIFER JOSEPH - publisher and editor of Manic D Press PETER BEREN - literary agent and publishing consultant BRIDGET KINSELLA - Breaking Books & navigating the publishing landscape GEORGIA HUGHES - editorial director of New World Library Moderator: Mary Knippel, immediate past president, WNBA-SF Chapter. September is National Literacy Month. Join our panel of experts as they share the newest insights into the publishing industry. Participate in our Great Book Give Away. See you there! Event address: San Francisco Public Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, Lower Level, 100 Larkin

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ZEN AND THE ART OF THE BOOK DEAL WNBA-SF

           PUBLISHING PANEL   ZEN AND THE ART OF THE BOOK DEAL             Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 • 2-5 p.m.               San Francisco Main Public Library             Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter brings you the latest news in the publishing industry from the following insiders: JENNIFER JOSEPH - publisher and editor of Manic D Press PETER BEREN - literary agent and publishing consultant BRIDGET KINSELLA - Breaking Books & navigating the publishing landscape GEORGIA HUGHES - editorial director of New World Library Moderator: Mary Knippel, immediate past president, WNBA-SF Chapter. September is National Literacy Month. Join our panel of experts as they share the newest insights into the publishing industry. Participate in our Great Book Give Away. See you there! Event address: San Francisco Public Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, Lower Level, 100 Larkin

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WNBA-SF Women Caught Laughing with Buddha

Judith, Sarbjit, Lynn laughing Planning Retreat

During our semi-annual Planning Retreat yesterday, we got down to business, but, as you can see by the snapshot, laughter trumped the agenda. Judith Marshall, Sarbjit Rai, and I were not the only ones in the group laughing, we just got caught in the act by Teresa with her candid camera. I especially like this photo, because it will be a great reminder, when I’m deep in overload, that we truly do have so much fun interacting, networking, planning, and hosting events. And this is exactly why we choose to belong to WNBA-SF, along with the fact that as a national organization our influence reaches far and wide connecting women and men to the greater literary community across the country, as well as, promoting literacy world wide as a member of the United Nations and UNICEF. Speaking of literacy, September is National Literacy Month, so we begin our fall season of events with Zen and the Art of the Book Deal and the Great Book Giveaway. October promises lunch with a bestselling

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Agents Request Book Proposals

MTA Brooke Alan Amberly Georgia tables  3-27-10 008

I posted a Speed-Dating event sponsored by Women's National Book Association a couple weeks ago, so thought I should let you know how it went last Saturday. FYI: I'm the president of WNBA-SF and was the chair for this event, so now I'm bragging, but I can't help it. I'm feeling an elated exhaustion. I think it's important, too, to celebrate our successes, just like I ask you to celebrate your success after writing your "Mother Memoir." Mother's Day is coming up soon, so think about writing just a short, true bio-vignette. More about that later. Read below to catch the drift of a great event for writers of all shapes and sizes. Wow! One of my favorite member-benefit affairs made a huge splash last Saturday with dozens of people Speed-Dating on San Francisco Bay. The large number of members who took part in our Meet-the-Agents event had the time of their lives, as did a slew of other Bay Area literati. Everyone enjoyed an enthusiastic, productive time as the anxious writers

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Need an Agent or Publisher? Speed-Date at WNBA’s March 27th event, San Francisco

MTA agents with attendees great pic

Authors and Writers  “Speed-Dating” by the Bay at our 7th Annual Signature Event Meet-the-Agents, Editors, & Publishers Event Click here to view all the agents!  Saturday, March 27th, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p. m. Sinbad’s Restaurant, Pier 2, San Francisco Click here to Register: $50 WNBA member, $65 non-member, or $75 at the door (Buffet Breakfast and Pitch Tips, included) Bonus for all registrants: “No Host Networking Lunch” at 1:00pm, with 15% discount off food items (beverages excluded) compliments of Sinbad’s.   One Woman’s Path to Publishing began at Meet-the-Agents 2009: Mary Jo McConahay’s Maya Roads: Travels Through Time and Space in the American Rainforest will be published by Chicago Review Press, Spring 2011. She met her agent, Andy Ross, at our sold-out  MTA  event last year, so sign up now to assure your place.    “Last March I joined a hundred other men and women from the WNBA San Francisco Chapter at Sinbad’s Restaurant

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Memoir Writers’ Labyrinth

Grace Cathedral

Well, I’m still coming up for air after the wild weekend at the San Francisco Writers’ Conference. I spent a great deal of time “manning” the Women’s National Book Association’s table, where I made connections with many, many interesting literary types from all over the country. The conference was atop Nob Hill at the historic Mark Hopkins Hotel. Just a block away, draped in morning fog and by afternoon crowned by the brilliance of azure skies, stood magnificent Grace Cathedral, where I walked the famous labyrinth each day to get some air and quiet time for thoughtful reflection. The conference menu boasted several memoir sessions. I was lucky enough to attend two of them: “Capturing your Life on the Page – Writing Memoirs that Sell” with Adair Lara, author of Naked, Drunk, and Writing; and “Doing an Anthology” with Victoria Zackheim, author of The Face in the Mirror. Both sessions were outstanding – full of tips and ideas from both bestselling

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San Francisco Writers Conference 2010

Click on link at the bottom of this post to go direct to SFWC website - I highly recommend this one-of-a-kind conference. SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE ADDS A PRECONFERENCE DAY WITH IN-DEPTH FULL & HALF-DAY SESSIONS ON FEB. 11TH, 2010 — Small Classes, In-depth Topics Taught by Top-Rated Presenters Allows Writers to Learn Even More at One of the Country’s Best Writers Conference!     If you want to start attending the SFWC a day early (or for those who can’t attend the full 3-day main conference), the San Francisco Writers Conference has launched a full day of sessions on the day BEFORE the conference officially starts. “Several of our most popular presenters have agreed to launch the San Francisco Writers University with special SFWC PRECONFERENCE sessions on Thursday, February 11th,” said Elizabeth Pomada, SFWC Co-Director. For details and online registration: www.SFWriters.org     What is different about THESE sessions? They are

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Tap Memory, Write Memoir – Book Passage Workshop

2009 Fall Writing Workshops

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National Reading Group Month at Book Passage

Book Passage to host three outstanding Women’s National Book Association authors C.W. Gortner, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, and Tanya Egan Gibson for our 3rd annual National Reading Group Month Event Thursday, October 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The San Francisco chapter of Women’s National Book Association is proud to announce a special event at Book Passage’s Corte Madera location, celebrating National Reading Group Month this October. Please join us for this exceptional reading group of three authors, all local members of Women’s National Book Association: C.W. Gortner (The Last Queen), Kathi Kamen Goldmark (And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You), and Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading). C.W. Gortner will bring insight into his intriguing and highly adventurous historical novel, The Last Queen, and what’s next from him. Kathi will read about one fabulous character (her health-food-obsessed mom, Betty) from both a fictional and a nonfiction perspective.

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