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Saturday, April 6th, 2019
at 2pm in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor
of the Palos Verdes Library,
701 Silver Spur Road, in Rolling Hills Estates.
Elaine Ash, Jonathan Brown
& Chrome Oxide

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A roundtable discussion with two published authors about the process of working with their freelance editor—from raw manuscript to polished final, and landing book deals with respected publishers. From "killing their darlings," to hammering out plot points, to hunting for agents and publishers, these three tell it all. It's a no-holds-barred conversation among two writers and one editor, who never quit until each grabbed the literary brass ring.
Elaine Ash Elaine Ash, Editor—At Beat to a Pulp webzine, Elaine worked directly with writers for publication. Today, she works with private clients; shaping manuscripts, acquiring agents and scouting deals. Mental State, a legal thriller she edited through several drafts to final, was publisher-nominated for the Edgar Award in 2018. Elaine's crime series (writing as Anonymous-9) won two Readers' Choice Awards from the House of Crime and Mystery, Canada. She is the inventor of Bestseller Metrics, a testing system for novels, nicknamed "moneyball for authors."

Jonathan Brown Jonathan Brown has three books releasing in 2019, starting with A Boxing Trainer's Journey—A Novel Based on the Life of Angelo Dundee, commissioned by Mentoris Books. His series debut, The Big Crescendo, is about Lou Crasher, a struggling Los Angeles drummer in dangerous pursuit of a rare snare—release is slated for November by Down & Out Books. Finally, Moose's Law, a noir novella, will be self-published soon. When not drumming and practicing martial arts, Jonathan and his wife enjoy life in sunny southern California.

Chrome Oxide Writers of the Future published finalist, Chrome Oxide, toiled many years writing humor and satire until his short story collection 28 Minutes into the Future was published. Tangent Online, the premiere review magazine for short science fiction and fantasy since 1993, named five stories from "28" to its recommended reading list for 2018. Chrome's work has been praised by the late sci-fi legend Jerry Pournelle, as well as David FarlandNew York Times bestselling author, and Coordinating Judge of the Writers of the Future contest. Chrome credits his success to "inadequate discouragement from my writers' group."
Don't Forget!
! WINNERS OF THE ARTICLE CONTEST TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THIS MEETING !

Directions

SWM Dates for 2019 all at 2pm
May 4, 2019 - Paddy Hirsch
June 1, 2019
July 6, 2019
Sept 7, 2019
Oct 5, 2019
Nov 2, 2019



Betty Simmons Fiction Contest
Deadline: June, 2019 SWM meeting
Contest Chair: Barbra Simpson
barbrassimpson@aol.com
(310) 376-8234

SWM Contest Rules:
1. Contest is limited to SWM members only.
2. Four dollars non-refundable fee for each entry. Cash or check OK. One check can cover multiple entries. Make check payable to Southwest Manuscripters and bring to the meeting or send to the SWM Contest, 872 - Fifth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
3. Maximum three entries per person. In keeping with the purpose of the SWM to encourage writers, especially new writers, only previously unpublished material is allowed. That means not seen in any medium (book, newsletter, magazine, newspaper, internet) with circulation of more than 200 readers. Rule of Thumb: If a judge may already have seen your entry, it is ineligible.
4. Print four (4) copies of your entries, one per each judge. Must be double-spaced... but single-sided, with an easy-to-read typeface, and legible. If the entry can't be read, it can't be judged. [Note: Times-Roman or Courier 12 is standard.]
5. Note word count on page one (max 2,000). Do NOT put personal info on the pages.
6. Entrant's name may not appear anywhere on the entry. Put NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and TITLE of entry as you would like to see them on award on a 3x5 card. You may also indicate intended market (e.g., children's magazine, sci-fi magazine).
7. Although the contest has four judges, no judge is obliged to provide a written critique.
8. Awards will be presented at the SWM meeting in the month following the contest deadline. Winners of more than one top award will receive one certification for the highest scoring entry and honorable mention for any others. In case of a tie for a top award, each individual entrant will receive the same award.
9. Members who wish their entries to be published in The Write Stuff, may forward their entries, winning or not, after the contest, to Southwest Manuscripters, TWS Editor: van42@hotmail.com
10. Entries that do not comply with the above rules will be rejected and the entry fee will be forfeit.

Give entries, checks and cards to the Contest Chair or mail them to: SWM Contest, 872 - Fifth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or bring to the March, 2019 SWM Meeting (or before).
Do NOT mail entries to the Editor or to the SWM P.O. Box.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
at 2pm in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor of the Palos Verdes Library,
701 Silver Spur Road, in Rolling Hills Estates.
Mark Fine
https://www.markfinebooks.com/
" Is Listening the New Reading? "
Mark Fine e hear a story long before being able to read one. Listening to stories has been deeply ingrained from our earliest memories, and it's no wonder audiobooks have grown into a $2.5 billion book industry. Thanks to Audible, it's possible for authors to get a slice of this sonic action. Though considered a small niche of the book market, audiobook downloads were up 32% in early 2018, at a time eBook sales were flat.
     One of the most exciting aspects of an audiobook is that the author becomes a producer when matching their compelling manuscript with a gifted narrator. I was fortunate to find Dennis Kleinman to narrate my critically acclaimed novel The Zebra Affaire. Hearing my words come alive through Dennis' interpretive artistry was amazing. Our successful collaboration resulted in The Zebra Affaire audiobook receiving a nomination in the 2018 Voice Arts Awards.
     Author Mark Fine was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1979, New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles have been home. He now lives in Palos Verdes with his two sons and a neighborhood dog that drops by from time to time.
     For a decade Fine headed an award-winning record label, Hammer & Lace Records, that united non-profits organizations, corporate and media sponsors, and world-class musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Bryan Adams and Boyz ll Men in aid of breast cancer research, at-risk children and wildlife conservation.
     For his work pioneering an innovative win-win-win paradigm that effectively satisfied creative needs, commercial needs, and the needs of the greater community, Fine received several awards from both the music and oncology communities.
     He also contributed articles to entertainment publications and led speaking engagements at charity and industry events. "The Zebra Affaire" is his first published work.

Directions

SWM Dates for 2019 all at 2pm
Feb 2, 2019 - Mark Fine
Mar 2, 2019 - Rebecca Forster
Apr 6, 2019 - Elaine Ash,
     Jonathon Brown & Chrome Oxide
May 4, 2019 - Paddy Hirsch
June 1, 2019 | July 6, 2019
Sept 7, 2019 | Oct 5, 2019
Nov 2, 2019



Edith Battles Nonfiction Article Contest
Deadline: March, 2019 SWM meeting
Contest Chair: Barbra Simpson
barbrassimpson@aol.com
(310) 376-8234

SWM Contest Rules:
1. Contest is limited to SWM members only.
2. Four dollars non-refundable fee for each entry. Cash or check OK. One check can cover multiple entries. Make check payable to Southwest Manuscripters and bring to the meeting or send to the SWM Contest, 872 - Fifth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
3. Maximum three entries per person. In keeping with the purpose of the SWM to encourage writers, especially new writers, only previously unpublished material is allowed. That means not seen in any medium (book, newsletter, magazine, newspaper, internet) with circulation of more than 200 readers. Rule of Thumb: If a judge may already have seen your entry, it is ineligible.
4. Print four (4) copies of your entries, one per each judge. Must be double-spaced... but single-sided, with an easy-to-read typeface, and legible. If the entry can't be read, it can't be judged. [Note: Times-Roman or Courier 12 is standard.]
5. Note word count on page one (max 2,000). Do NOT put personal info on the pages.
6. Entrant's name may not appear anywhere on the entry. Put NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and TITLE of entry as you would like to see them on award on a 3x5 card. You may also indicate intended market (e.g., children's magazine, sci-fi magazine).
7. Although the contest has four judges, no judge is obliged to provide a written critique.
8. Awards will be presented at the SWM meeting in the month following the contest deadline. Winners of more than one top award will receive one certification for the highest scoring entry and honorable mention for any others. In case of a tie for a top award, each individual entrant will receive the same award.
9. Members who wish their entries to be published in The Write Stuff, may forward their entries, winning or not, after the contest, to Southwest Manuscripters, TWS Editor: van42@hotmail.com
10. Entries that do not comply with the above rules will be rejected and the entry fee will be forfeit.

Give entries, checks and cards to the Contest Chair or mail them to: SWM Contest, 872 - Fifth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or bring to the March, 2019 SWM Meeting (or before).
Do NOT mail entries to the Editor or to the SWM P.O. Box.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
at 2pm in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor of the Palos Verdes Library,
701 Silver Spur Road, in Rolling Hills Estates.

Rebecca Forster
Rebecca Forster
https://rebeccaforster.com
" Professional Self-Publishing:
Using Amazon, Canva, and Vellum "


ebecca Forster started writing novels on a crazy dare. Now she is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of 29 books which the CBS Legal Correspondent calls, "Perfect. . .impossible to put down."
     After earning her MBA, Forster spent 14 years as a marketing executive before taking the leap from a corporate to a creative career. A fulltime author, speaker and teacher, Rebecca focuses on legal and political thrillers, but is known for bringing an uncommon sense of character and compassion to her work. Her Witness Series, featuring attorney Josie Bates, has resided on the Amazon bestseller lists for over three years in both the U.S. and U.K. and is a featured series at Audible.com. Before Her Eyes, a cross-genre thriller, captured the winning votes for Reviewers Choice for Best Mystery. Rebecca teaches the craft of writing and the cultivation of creativity at programs that have included the acclaimed UCLA Writers Program and as a guest speaker at legal associations, writer's conferences, women's symposiums and philanthropic groups across the U.S. She has made repeat appearances at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and volunteers at Southern California middle schools to bring the excitement of writing into the classroom. Appointed to the Patient/Family Advisory Board at Torrance Memorial Hospital, Rebecca advocates for closer relations between patients, families and medical staff to improve care.
     Rebecca lives in Southern California. She is married to a prominent Los Angeles Superior Court judge and is the mother of two grown sons. Travel is a passion and when she is not writing you can find her on a tennis court, in front of a sewing machine or on the couch with a book in her hand.

Saturday, January 5th, 2019
at 2pm in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor of the Palos Verdes Library,
701 Silver Spur Road, in Rolling Hills Estates.

Beth Whittenbury
How to Self-Publish

Beth Whittenbury his past Fall, Amazon summarily shut down the CreateSpace print-on-demand platform and transferred all accounts to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
     Beth Whittenbury, author of How to Self-Publish a Book in 10 Easy Steps: A Guide for Authors Who Want to Publish Their Books for Free, Second Edition will discuss the difference between the two platforms and show us how to use the KDP platform for self- publishing. So, if you ever wanted to get your book published but don't know how to begin, or you have been printing your books through CreateSpace and don't know how the change to KDP affected you, this is the talk for you. Beth will have her new book for sale after the talk. However, if you want to buy and read her book in advance of the talk, so that you can ask specific questions, the book is available at (shortened URL):

https://amzn.to/2SZEjQs

New Book      Beth K. Whittenbury has had two of her books published by traditional publishers. However, in 2013, she self-published her first book and hasn't looked back. Since then, she has self-published nonfiction, fiction and children's picture books. She learned the hard way what to avoid and what steps to take to make the publishing experience fulfilling and successful. As a consultant in this field and author, she helps people realize their dreams by allowing them to see their books in print. Beth helps take the frustration and headaches out of self-publishing and leads you to publishing success!
Visit her web site at: bethwhittenbury.com