Monthly Archives: February 2015

Get Shelved!

Attached to Julie’s email about the Spring Fling was the following information on getting your book(s) included in the Library’s collection:

Many of you have been asking about how to get your book into the library so that readers can check them out with their library cards.  Attached is a two-page set of instructions called “Marketing Your Book To The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for small presses and local authors.”   You will find very precise information on what to do and where to send your inquiries.  Best advice: Follow the instructions!  Our Collection Development department is inundated with hundreds of inquiries from large and small publishers on a daily basis, so it’s important that you give them exactly what they are asking for to help make it easier for them to see your submission.  If you have publishing industry or media industry reviews for your book and any awards or special acknowledgements from publishing industry sources, these will definitely help your case.  Do not send fan letters or letters from your mother—they do not carry as much weight as a bonafide industry review.  In your letter of introduction, it wouldn’t hurt to mention that you are a participating author in the Spring Fling Book Fair at Clark County Library!  There’s no guarantee that your book will be added to the library catalog, but following the instructions will definitely help your chances.

Download the PDF: LVCCLD marketing_your_book

LVCCLD Spring Fling

Hi, Spring Fling Book Fair authors!

Our Spring Fling Book Fair on March 14 is almost upon us!  You will be receiving your table confirmation numbers and last-minute updates by March 4.  If you have not received registration & rules info from the last email, please let me know and I will resend that information to you.  To protect everyone’s privacy, I am blind copying all authors and you will only see my name in the address field.  If you are worried about receiving spam email, please call me and I will verify any email I have sent out.  The book fair is now posted on our library website at www.lvccld.org and flyers have been distributed to libraries, community centers, senior centers, universities and special interest groups.  Please help spread the word about your participation in the book fair by contacting the local media directly and let them know you are a part of this annual library event, and make sure to tell your family, friends, colleagues & neighbors, too!

HWG will have a table and will be asking for help in manning said table. Please look at your schedule and give an hour (or so). That way everyone will have the opportunity to wander through the Fair to make new connections!

More Info: Spring Fling Book Fair

Literary Short Story Competition

Cahaba River Literary Short Story Competition is open for submissions through October 31, 2015.

Short stories may be on “Home for the Holidays” and should not have been
previously published, or posted on a website or blog. Stories should also not be
under consideration for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Please include your name, address, and contact information on the cover letter
and front page of the entry. Please include a short bio at the end of the
manuscript.

Length: Maximum 1500 words per story.

Entry Fees: $15.00 for 1 story, $25.00 for 2 stories, $40.00 for 3 stories.
(You may enter as many stories as you wish – with the applicable fees.)

Prizes: First: $200.00, Second: $75.00, Third: $50.00.

First Publication: The winning and commended stories will be published in
Cahaba River Literary Journal Special Holidays Edition print issue (published
November/December 2015).

Judges: Marcella Simmons, Editor/Publisher & Marjorie Bull, Publisher of Caddo
Bossier VIP Newspaper, LA.

Link: Cahaba River

Storytellers Conference & Expo

Authors and Screenwriters

Martin Luther famously said, “If you want to change the world, pick up a pen and write.”  And that’s exactly what we hope to accomplish at the StoryTellers Expo next month – March 20-22, 2015. The Northern California Writers (NCW) hope to change the world by inspiring universal stories of love, hope, bravery and sacrifice, and by educating attendees on the craft of writing. Our ultimate goal is to connect writers with the industry insiders that can make literary dreams a reality.
So, are you getting excited? We are! The StoryTellers Expo is going to take place in just 5 weeks! If you haven’t already bought your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?  Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them at www.StoryTellersExpo.com

Message from Nancy

MY DAUGHTER, CHRIS, IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER AND IS IN CHARGE OF READING WEEK AT HER SCHOOL. EACH YEAR, I HELP HER BY RECRUITING PEOPLE TO READ TO THE KIDS.
THIS YEAR IT IS THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH. THE READERS CAN PICK A DAY AND HOW LONG THEY WISH TO STAY. THE LIBRARIAN PROVIDES BOOKS OR THOSE WHO WRITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS CAN READ THEIR OWN.

CHRIS NEEDS TO HAVE THE VOLUNTEERS CONTACT HER ASAP BUT NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 23. LOUIS E WIENER SCHOOL IS LOCATED AT WARM SPRINGS AND BURMUDA.

CONTACT CHRIS AT – CHRISTINEBOYLE at COX.NET

March Speaker

We’ll have a very special guest speaker for the March 9th meeting at Community Lutheran Church. Drew Cohen, co-owner of Las Vegas’ very own independent bookstore, The Writer’s Block will be on hand discussing how indie bookstores have adapted to
self-published books, and what authors ought to know about
making their books available on brick-and-mortar shelves.
Topics will include:

  • the pros and cons of various print-on-demand services
  • consignment policies at indie bookstores
  • basic formatting dos-and-don’ts
  • the value of an ISBN; and some tips on designing a book that “pops” off the shelf.

This is one you won’t want to miss!

WD Conference

The Writer’s Digest annual conference, scheduled for July 31 through August 2, in New York City, is now open for early registration.  Click on any of the links in the following release to read more about one of the most highly regarded conferences in the country.

When we say that the Pitch Slam at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is your chance to meet with industry movers and shakers, we’re not exaggerating. These are agents and editors who come to the event to actively scout new talent.

In other words, it’s a very real opportunity to take the next step in your career. 2014 attendee Randy Ribay can attest to that. Recently, we received this exciting news from Kaylee Davis, Associate Literary Agent with Dee Mura Literary:


“The client I signed at this past year’s WD Conference, Randy Ribay, and I are officially able to announce our deal with Merit Press for his debut Contemporary YA, An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes, to be published July 15, 2015. Since Randy and I first met at the WD Conference, and Randy actually met an editor from Merit there as well, I consider this a true Writer’s Digest success story.”

Curious about what happens at the Pitch Slam? You can read more how it all works—and more importantly, what you get out of participating—here.

If you have what it takes to become our next success story, registration is now open. And if you’re not yet ready to publish, but simply want professional feedback to guide your book’s direction or inform your publishing strategy, the Pitch Slam is also an invaluable tool for those purposes, too.

Local Author Book Signing

I am having a book signing this coming Thursday, Feb. 19th, 6-9 pm, 1020 Fremont Street.  I am trying to help the newest, if not only, independent book store of Las Vegas, The Writers Block. I hope you can attend.  What I am needing help on is attracting members of the Vegas Writers and Literature community.  Any help you can give by sending out this invitation to those people who you know might want to attend a fun literary event will be appreciated. Thanks.
Stephen Grogan, author
(Drop by to show your support – not only for a fellow author but to let owners Scott Seeley and Drew Cohen (who will be a guest speaker at our March 9 meeting) know their store is a welcome addition to our community.)

Winter 2015 Story Contest

Narrative literary magazine is now accepting submissions for the Winter Story Contest.

The “winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.” The Link: Narrative