Monthly Archives: January 2014

The 2014 eLit Book Awards


Calling all eBook Publishers – Enter Today!
Last Chance to Register Your eBook!
The fourth annual eLit Awards are a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment.
The 2014 eLit Awards are an industry wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry.
The contest is presented by Jenkins Group Inc., a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company that has operated the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards contest since 1996.
The eLit Awards celebrate the ever growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats. Hail the revolutionary world of e-books and join the awards program that’s highlighting the best in electronic reading entertainment!
Visit the eLit Awards online entry page:

Publishers and authors worldwide creating electronic books written in English and created for the global marketplace are eligible for entry in 64 different e-Lit categories. Titles published with a 2012 or 2013 copyright or that were released between January 1, 2013 and January 31st, 2014.

How to Enter
Visit the eLit Awards online entry page:

About the Awards
The contest is presented by Jenkins Group, a Michigan-based book publishing and marketing services company that has operated the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards contest since 1996.

Jerrold Jenkins, Founder and CEO of Jenkins Group, Inc. says, “The electronic book market is growing exponentially and the eLit Awards are here to recognize and honor the very best of this emerging format. The faster we move, the faster we want our information and entertainment. E-books are giving us the ability to add growing variety of books to every aspect of our life. We want to be here to watch it grow and celebrate the best the format has to offer.”

To learn more about the eLit Awards and see the 2013 winner’s list visit:

Learn more about Jenkins Group at

Questions? Call or email: Andrew Parvel

1.800.644.0133 x 1004


San Diego Conference Update

Advance submission deadline extended, schedule up…

Quick update on next month’s San Diego conference, Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 14-17.

1. Advance Submission Deadline Extended
2. Working Schedule Posted
3. “BFF” and NovelCram Remain Open
4. Another Book Sold
5. Pick the Right Writer’s Conference

1) Advance Submission Deadline Extended

All but a couple of advance submission readers are caught up and remain open at this time. Submissions will now be done exclusively via email, probably for another week. Couple of late additions include literary agents Jennifer Azantian and Babette Sparr.

2) Working Schedule Posted

The preliminary schedule has been posted on the site. A few holes have been purposefully left as we decide what sessions are most needed to be plugged in this time around. As usual, there’ll be tweaks as we get nearer to conference weekend. Visit:

3) “BFF” and NovelCram Remain Open

“Best Foot Forward: Polishing for Success,” Jean Jenkins’ 2-part, genre-focused workshop, has a few slots remaining. Also, Drusilla Campbell’s NovelCram: Building the Better Book immersion track is beginning to fill up. If you’ve got your eye on attending either of these, decide soon.

4) Another Book Sold

On the good “muse” front, longtime SCWCer Ara Grigorian’s new adult novel, GAME OF LOVE, just sold to Astraea Press for publication Summer, 2014. The manuscript was edited by Jean Jenkins, the deal brokered by agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary. Ara, btw, is conducting the much-anticipated “Scrivener Software 101: Maximize the Value, Minimize the Stress” workshop on Sunday morning.

5) Pick the Right Writer’s Conference

The were recently posted in a lively conversation on our SCWC Facebook group, written a while back but as timely today as ever before…

Pitch Conferences: My Opinion (by Jean Jenkins)

Choose the Right Conference for Your Needs (by MSG)

More soon.

Michael Steven Gregory
Executive Director, SCWC


Last night was a great night.  I really did learn a few things.

Here are the highlights:

We had one guest. Luisjavier “Wuicho.”

Tina brought in brochures for us to take with us and pass out. We will.

Judy Logan is updating the Member’s List. Please email her all your information, name, phone, email, genre, etc.

Amanda will answer any inquiries regarding the raffles and soliciting donations for the conference.

Gregory asks that if you have any books you want displayed at any events the group attends to please bring one in. This is to have a set in a box to have handy for display.

Book Club

Our new book club, which will meet the 2nd Wed. of the month at Skinny Dugan’s 6:30pm beginning on MARCH 12th. We’ll be reading and discussing books on the craft of writing. The first monthly selection is On Writing Well by Zissner.

Thank you Tina

The group presented Tina a thank you card for hosting the Christmas Party at her house.


Gregory announced that behind our meeting sheet there is a list of informative links that may be helpful to us in the group.

Officers Nominations

This year we have open enrollment for the following positions: VP, Librarian, Fundraiser.

Angelina has been nominated for VP.

Amanda has been nominated for Librarian.

We still have until April 7, 2014 to vote. You need to have been a member for at least 6 months to enroll.


Paul will be interviewed on February 4th at the Onyx Theater at 8 pm.  Let’s show our support that evening.

Open Position: Buyer

Lauren Tallman’s workplace has an open position for a Buyer. If you like more information please contact her directly.

Judy Logan

James Kelly on the radio discussed her book “Shelter Me” at length and got very good feedback.

Guest Speaker

Assistant Regional Advisor

Cynthia Mun

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators –

The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature.

Cynthia introduced herself as the Assistant Regional Advisor for Nevada. Her goal is to gather all writers in Las Vegas and unite as one voice to be heard by the world. Vegas is a great place and we do need a voice as writers.

What they offer is help with authors of children’s books (even if its not children’s books, they can refer you to someone who can help you),

Visit the site for more information. Its easy to join. Only $80 a year. A great place for resources for writers.

 Boulder City Writer’s Group

Next Thursday, January 30th, is the first meeting of the Boulder City Writers Group. We’ll meet each Thursday at 7:00 pm in the community room at the Boulder City Library (701 Adams Blvd, Boulder City).

The Back of a Business Card

Business CardThe back of the card is also as important as the front of the card.  This is where you can get creative. If you choose you can have the front of the card with only your name and title, and the back of the card with all of your information.


The front of your card with all your pertinent information, and use the back for one of the following:

Current book on sale: Title, pitch, where to find it.

A Poem: “I ponder by my keyboard – I may be bored – If I don’t type, I’ll be poor.” Andres Fragoso, Jr.

A Quote: “Type or Lie.”

An Excerpt: “John stared at the crystal and saw his past, present, and future. An epiphany filled his heart.”

List of your published books: Listen, B.S., Random, Dreams of a Bohemian Writer.”

If you work on the side: “Editorial Consultant.”


Lunch Ticket

Hello, Henderson Writers Group Members.
I attended your wonderful conference in 2012. I am currently on staff at Lunch Ticket, the literary magazine of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. If you have information on contests and calls for submissions in your member newsletter, could you please include the following among your announcements?
Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is opening for submissions on February 1 for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction ($250 prize plus publication in Lunch Ticket). Contest submission is free. The deadline for submissions is February 28. Our general reading period also opens February 1 for the following categories: translation, writing for young people, fiction, poetry, and visual art. For guidelines and submission manager, visit our website:
Many thanks in advance for your assistance.
Best wishes,
Angela La Voie
“Lean forward into your life. . . catch the best bits and the finest wind. Just tip your feathers in flight a wee bit and see how dramatically that small lean can change your life.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Why Douglas Devy writes science fiction or fantasy as a genre?



Why write science fiction or fantasy as a genre? Because the “sky’s not the limit.” If the story opens on page one with a scene on the planet Zenon, where the natives are in a particular quandary about the fate of time travel, or invisibility, or the latest technology based on Quantum Mechanics, or anti-gravity, or hyperspace,  or anything else where imagination can boldly go from accepted scientific theories . it’s usually called science fiction; regular people in unusual circumstances. If the characters  ca  use magic to alter accepted natural laws, .then it’s fantasy.

The HWG anthologies have published a couple of my short stories.” The Oracle” took my love of ancient civilizations into a unique experience with the Oracle of Delphi.  The “Dyatilov Pass Incident” drew from some of my parapsychology experiences to write a story about a true unknown mystery from the Urals of Russia.  “Out of the Corner of my Eye,”  is a  story based on government studies on “meta materials” They wrap light around you so you only see the wall behind…..invisibility, anyone? One of my 6 novels, “The Third Boat Pit” combines archeological finds with research from “The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.”.

I write in these territories because this is what I know. My mind never wanted to be limited. My grandfather had a bookcase of National Geographics (ancient civilizations and topless native women.) Comic books and super heroes gave way to paperbacks of Ray Bradbury, Frank Herbert,. Star Trek, Outer Limits,  and  Twilight Zone were there. Then the 60’s exploded with themes of reincarnation, UFO’s, meditation, and mind alternating experience.

As I see it, science fiction, fantasy, metaphysics, and imagination make an easy tapestry for a writer to weave his story.

Hope this helps

Douglas A. Davy

Writers’ Tricks of the Trade eZine


Here it is the beginning of 2014 already with a new issue of Writers’ Tricks of the Trade eZine packed with helpful articles about things to do in 2014 to further your career, conference listings, excerpt from a book, industry news and much, much more.

For you writers out there, remember that this is a writer-driven eZine and submissions are always open. The guidelines are in the front of each issue. We did not have a Life Story feature this month because I guess the holidays took their toll and not one story was submitted. They can be funny, scary, inspiring—you name it. Check out some of the previous issues to see what they are like.

Hoping everyone has a wonderfully successful year and the first thing to do is set some goals. Visit


5th Annual Spring Fling Book Fair


5th Annual Spring Fling Book Fair at Clark County Library

  • Saturday, March 29, 2014.
  • This is the 5th year anniversary book fair for local authors. Meet 100 local and regional authors who will be discussing and selling their new releases and bestsellers.
  • Gregory will have a table there for the group. There are three shifts due to the large number of writers coming to it, about 150. We ask for volunteers to be present to give Gregory a chance to breath.
  • A great opportunity to network and meet other authors.
  • Facebook link

Author Business Card

Business Card

Authors should have a business card handy at all times.  You never know when you will run in with a fellow writer, an agent, a publisher, or someone that will publish your books.  It is the cheapest and most effective way to advertise yourself. The Author. You are now responsible to get the word out that you write.

Make sure that you have key elements on your business card. There is nothing more annoying than getting a card with no information of the business or the person on it.

Key items

  • Name (yes, I have seen them without one)
  • Address (only if you have a PO box)
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website (you need to get them here so they learn more about you.

Always carry them with you. Give them out at meetings, restaurants, while you’re waiting in line at the supermarket or movie theater, groups (especially HWG, you’ll never know what it may bring you), and anywhere you can think of.

Do some shopping around to see where you want to get them. Don’t go too wild with cost, and also don’t be too cheap.

Find a style that unique to your genre, or personality. Be creative and have fun. Just be careful, you don’t want the card background take away from the important part of the business card, YOU.

Next Week: The Back of the Business Card.

This week in HWG

Here is our weekly update.

I volunteered to take over the newsletter and made a few adjustments to it. We now have a blog that is posted almost on a daily basis.  We will have different things posted all the time. We’re talking about Q&A’s about writing, quotes, writing, articles, new writers, and published books.

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014


We had 2 new guests last night.

  1. Jonathan Brooke from South Carolina. He writes Historical Non-fiction.  Welcome Jonathan, we look forward to hearing about your writing and learning from you.
  2. Sherry Rosenthal, writes Commercial Fiction. Welcome aboard.

Conference News

Don’t forget to sign up for the conference and learn from the experts.

  1. The 2014 Las Vegas Writer’s Conference
  2. Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall Las Vegas,
  3. Nevada April 24 – 26, 2014

Tina Willis has the tri-folds ready. She will bring them to the next meeting. We ask that we all take at least 10 of them and pass them out to our peers. There are also ads in various magazines, hard print and in banner format. It is also in Let’s Talk Nevada.

Community Events for Las Vegas Locals! Events Listing of Local Happenings Scene Reviews Amazing Local Vendors Directory and More! Promote your Events and Event Services to Las Vegas Locals…

We are in the Meet Up Group, so please RSVP to show that we are coming to the meetings. We know that we come every week, but if we show attendance and support on Meet Up it will show Las Vegas that we are an actual group, we do attend and above all it gives our group credibility.

Due to the group we have 10 new signups since we started promoting.

Writer’s Block V

Audrey has sent out the scores by email. Congratulations to those of us who made the cut. We are all looking forward to reading your short story in the Anthology.

HWG Poetry Meeting

A place where you can read your poetry.

  • Skinny Dugan’s
  • 4127 West Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
  • Wednesday 15 January 2014  –  06:30-08:30
  • Repeat Every Month(s) on the Third Wednesday
  • This month will be presented as a workshop.
  • Open to the public, but only dues-paid members may read.
    • Somnus
      • Somnus did not take me
      • I know, for I am awake
      • I miss the land of dreams
      • Morpheus steals me away
      • From Somnus’ embrace
      • To change my dreams again
        • Andres Fragoso, Jr.

Las Vegas Writer’s Group

  • Thursday 16 January 2014
  • 07:00-09:00
  • Repeat Every Month(s) on the Third Thursday
  • Las Vegas Writer’s Group
  • Monthly meeting ($5), with a speaker and networking.

Officers Meeting

Officers please do not forget we have a meeting Thursday, January 15, at 6 pm.

Members’ Published Books

Please submit your published book, cover in jpg to Gregory so he can place it on our website.

First Friday

Andres (me), has offered to be the contact person for First Friday. He is trying to get with the organizations so we can sell our books as a group. He will try to join forces with another vendor that is indoors, to be protected from the elements. Which means that it will be more affordable to the authors who participate. When it get’s approved we will rotate our presence at the fair. Our goal is to sell our books collectively.

5th Annual Spring Fling Book Fair at Clark County Library

  • Saturday, April 6, 2013.
  • This is the 5th year anniversary book fair for local authors. Meet 100 local and regional authors who will be discussing and selling their new releases and bestsellers.
  • Gregory will have a table there for the group. There are three shifts due to the large number of writers coming to it, about 150. We ask for volunteers to be present to give Gregory a chance to breath.
  • A great opportunity to network and meet other authors.
  • Facebook link


Donald Riggio is in a Live Radio show and in the Los Angeles Book Show.  Congratulations.

Toni Pacini – was at the group meeting. Congratulations for joining us again. We sure missed ya.

TJ, has been told that her English Grammar was not good. She has taken classes and getting D’s and C’s. Congratulations on your English grades.

Erotica vs. Pornography

This evening was an interesting evening. I personally learned to put my prejudice aside and be open minded about other’s tolerance to Erotica. Sex is a subject that we don’t talk about, yet we do it. Lol.

Our speaker Lauren Tallman spoke about how to write Erotica. She was very informative and her comparisons and metaphors were openly accepted and educational. I now know the difference.

“Erotica is defined as ‘literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.’ Unfortunately, it’s been confused with Pornography, which is defined as ‘manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction.”

During the Q&A, she dispelled many myths about it. Such as demographics and differences between man and women.

She used her own character Remi from her book (I’ll seek link for you), and her Best Seller‘How to Have and Affair and not Get Caught.’ 

While on the Subject. Gregory suggested we have a Sex Night. No not what you think. A group meeting that we as writers are open to discuss writing erotica. For those of us who are interested in the subject, we will see you there.  Our tentative first meeting will be the at the end of February.  Looking forward to going.

Las Vegas Romance Writers

Join published and aspiring romance writers at the monthly meetings of Las Vegas Romance Writers- the Las Vegas Chapter of Romance Writers of America. We host monthly speakers or workshops on the craft of writing and the romance publishing industry. Writers of all genres are welcome, but our focus is on the most popular fiction genre: romance and its many subgenres. All writers are welcome to attend our meetings to see if we are a good fit for you. Members of this meetup group will receive invitations to all open meetings of LVRW.

Las Vegas Romance Writers

Next Meeting:

HWG General Meeting

  • The Coffee House
  • 117 S. Water Street, Henderson, Nevada 89015
  • Monday 20 January 2014 06:30-08:30
  • Repeat Every Month(s) on the Third Monday Regular weekly meeting includes brief updates, group business, announcements, officer reports, and brags. Followed by member reading and critiques. Open to the public, but only dues-paid members may read.

Jan 16, 2014

Show Vs Tell

Important Questions answered by a Community of Writers

Marshal Prescott has an important question to ask us.  Let’s help him out by giving him an answer that may help him. If you know of resources that he can go to, please provide them.

Please write a paragraph of the above scene and give us an example of show vs tell, to hone in your answer.

Q:  I have noticed there has been a lot of telling in the readings lately. I know that we are supposed to show not tell. But is there any rules regarding telling. In other words, what makes telling more acceptable?  Is it more acceptable if the telling flows smoothly and contains more character attributes?

January 17, 2014

Judy Logan wrote about why she wrote “Shelter Me”

Shelter Me grew out of two pivotal experiences in my life: working in a psychiatric department for a community hospital, and hearing my grandmother cry over my deceased grandfather.

In the late 1980s and the early 1990s I was the Coordinator of Administrative Services in the department of psychiatry at Boston Regional Medical Center, where we had nine units ranging from psychological testing to inpatient and outpatient services.  Read More.

January 18, by Your’s Truly

Business Cards

Authors should have a business card handy at all times.  You never know when you will run in with a fellow writer, an agent, a publisher, or someone that will publish your books.  It is the cheapest and most effective way to advertise yourself. The Author. You are now responsible to get the word out that you write.