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Saturday, Feb. 3rd 2018 Guest Speaker - at 2pm in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor of the Palos Verdes Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, in Rolling Hills Estates.
Christopher J. Lynch
FREE Self Publishing Workshop with author Christopher J. Lynch

Chris Lynch With an extensive background in nonfiction, Los Angeles native Christopher J. Lynch has written for numerous local and national publications.
     A lover of crime fiction, he also has self published many short stories and novels. His debut novel One Eyed Jack, a hard-boiled crime thriller about a professional extortionist. The book was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist and a Writer's Digest honorable mention for best self-published genre fiction.
     He also wrote-and self-published-the authorized biography of the famous child actor Ken Osmond, (Eddie Haskell from the TV series "Leave it to Beaver"). The book is one of the highest-rated celebrity biographies on Amazon.

This free workshop will include:

One Eyed Jack      Pros and Cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing
     How to format your manuscript as an E-Book or POD (print on demand)
     Cover design
     ISBN's and bar-codes
     Costs of services
     Sales channels
     A live step-by-step demonstration of an e-book being uploaded and created on Amazon

Note: This meeting of the SOUTHWEST MANUSCRIPTERS, will be on: Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 2018 2-4:00pm, in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor of the PV Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, in Rolling Hills Estates. Try parking on the roof, as the 2nd floor parking is usually packed. Contact Carol at: (310) 676-7494 or for further information.


Don't forget! Non-Fiction Contest Entries are due by the March 3rd Meeting! - See Below...

Barbra Simpson, Contest Chair

Due to our annual Poetry Program, now occurring later in the year, we are changing the order of the contests around.

SWM Contest Rules
Edith Battles Nonfiction Article Contest
Deadline: March 3rd, 2018 SWM meeting.
Contest Chair: Barbra Simpson
(310) 376-8234

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. Article entries 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:

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 Mar. 3rd, 2018 SWM Meeting (or before). Do NOT mail entries to the Editor or to the SWM P.O. Box.

Basically what the above is saying:
A) Submit 4 (four) copies of your work, without any personal info on the sheets, just the title.
B) At the same time, include a card or paper with title and your personal info.
C) Send them to or give to Barbra at the above address or at the next meeting along with your check or cash.
D) Pick up your award at the following meeting.