Another Lesson Learned

Lesson Number One: When announcing an event, always provide ALL “Who, What, When, and Where” information!

Join our AUTHOR PANEL for a free interactive writers’ workshop entitled “LESSONS LEARNED ON THE WAY TO PUBLICATION.” 

Geared for pre-published writers, our panel of six local authors will share their experiences and answer your questions about the writing and publishing processes.

Enjoy refreshments while you chat with non-fiction authors Susan H. Call and Konnie Viner, and fiction authors Ellie Gustafson, Clarice G. James, Ralph D. James, and Jeremiah Peters.

·         DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018

·         TIME: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

·         VENUE: Winchell Room, Manchester City Library 

·         ADDRESS: 405 Pine St., Manchester, NH 

CONTACT: cjames@claricejames.com or Text 603-689-8945

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Writers’ Workshop: Lessons Learned on the Way to Publication

A panel of six local authors will present a WRITERS’ WORSKSHOP: LESSONS LEARNED ON THE WAY TO PUBLICATION  on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This FREE step-by-step workshop, based on the authors’ personal experiences, is geared toward BEGINNING WRITERS—most especially those who want to write for publication.

Here is a partial list of the topics to be discussed:

  1. Developing Your Idea
  2. Manuscript Format
  3. Your First Five Pages
  4. Your Unique Voice
  5. Character Development
  6. Edit, Edit, Edit
  7. Critique Groups or Partner
  8. Build Your Platform
  9. Web Presence
  10. Submission Guidelines
  11. Before Submitting Your Manuscript to An Agent or Publisher
  12. What To Include In A Book Proposal

The authors welcome your curiosity and questions! Register online for this FREE event now. We look forward to our time together.

AUTHOR PANEL FOR MAY 5, 2018

CLARICE G. JAMES, Workshop Facilitator (Contemporary women’s fiction): Clarice writes smart, fun, relatable contemporary women’s fiction from a Providential worldview. Her Published titles include: Party of One and Manhattan Grace (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.) and Double Header (Mountainview Books, LLC.)

SUSAN H. CALL (Non-fiction and Speaker): Susan Call holds a Masters in Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Susan lives in Londonderry, NH. A Search for Purple Cows, a memoir published by Guideposts Books, is a story of hope and healing.

ELEANOR GUSTAFSON (Literary & Biblical Fiction): Ellie graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois—where she met her husband, Jim, while teaching horsemanship. She and her husband live in Haverhill, MA. Ellie’s last two books from Whitaker House include The Stones – A Novel of the Life of King David and Dynamo. She has another novel coming out this July entitled, An Unpresentable Glory.

RALPH D. JAMES (Short Stories): Long ago, a high school creative writing teacher told Ralph he had an excellent grasp of the absurd. In 2014, he retired after forty years in the engineering and construction industry. His lovely bride, Clarice, a writer herself, suggested he try his hand at writing again. The result was his anthology, Premium Mixed Nuts. Perhaps his teacher was right. Ralph and Clarice live in New Hampshire.

JEREMIAH PETERS (Speculative Fiction): Jeremiah has been a natural storyteller his whole life. He has been a pastor with the Primitive Methodist church of the USA since 1979. Over the years, he’s been a guest speaker at many youth retreats and rallies. He and his wife, Jodie, have raised six wonderful children and have ten grandchildren. They live in Sandown, NH. His book A Message to Deliver was published by HopeSprings Books.

KONNIE VINER (Non-fiction): Konnie wrote Rested Soul, Resilient Heart to help women find hope and healing by trusting in God’s unconditional love and faithfulness. She is a former crisis center advocate, founder of a ministry for abuse victims, and leader of abuse support groups. She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas and M.S. in Business Management from the University of Redlands, CA. Konnie resides in New Boston, NH.

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Missing Georgia

I was placing a Chinese take-out order Monday evening, when my ex-motel-room office door opened to reveal a tall, willowy blonde in an expensive suit. The Seaver Inn’s neon sign reflected incongruously off her black Bentley, parked four feet behind. I’d have recognized Georgia Kollett, my landlord’s thirty-year-old wife, anywhere. Even wearing those oversize cat eye sunglasses.

She glanced over her shoulder, then quickly closed the door. “Please, Mr. Cable, I need your help.”

I covered the mouthpiece. “Do you like Chinese?”

She pursed her lips. “Yes. Why?”

I nodded and went back to my call. “I’ve changed my mind. Make that a Pu-Pu Platter for two, please, and could you deliver it?” I gave Mrs. Huáng my address. “Fifteen minutes? Fine, Thanks.”

The woman fidgeted and glanced around my office until I hung up.

I rose and extended my hand. “What can I do for you, Mrs. Kollett?”

Her immaculately manicured hand was like ice. “Please, call me Georgia.”

“Okay, Georgia. Have a seat and tell me how I can help you.”

She settled into the new leather guest chair I’d bought when business picked up, and, using both hands, gingerly removed her sunglasses. Her left eye was bruised, bloodshot, and swollen.

I leaned forward in my seat. “What happened to you?”

“I don’t know. That’s why I need your help.”

“Okay. Tell me what you do know. When were you hurt?”

“I’m not sure. I was with two old friends for a four-day girls’ weekend in Gatlinburg. We had fun Saturday and Sunday, but I woke up this morning with this.”

“Do you have any other injuries?”

She shook her head. “I don’t think so. But when I looked for make-up to cover the bruise, I found something in my purse.”

She dumped her handbag out onto my desk. Among her cosmetics, tissues and other feminine paraphernalia lay three empty .45 caliber shell casings.

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Bookmarks Came!

Yesterday I got my box of bookmarks for Premium Mixed Nuts! UPrinting, in Van Nuys, California did a great job on them. Clarice and I have both used them before, and always been happy with the results.

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Writer’s Workshop

Clarice’s Writer’s Workshop at the Hudson library on Saturday, January 20th was a good outing. We had six published authors on the panel, and about a dozen guests. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera, so we’re at the mercy of one guest who took one picture. She says she’ll post it on her blog, but I haven’t seen it yet.

Anyway, there were good questions, cogent answers, captivating readings, and tasty snacks, too. Our guests seemed to enjoy the presentation. Clarice and I stopped for lunch at the Lobster Boat afterward.

We have another outing planned for February 24th at the Hooksett, NH library.

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My books arrived today!

I had just enjoyed a nice lunch with my Bride at Longhorn Steakhouse, and was turning into our driveway when she cried, “There are boxes on the porch. Your books must have arrived!”

She was right, of course. CreateSpace had said they’d arrive on the twenty-second. Clarice was certain they’d show up before that. (She’s having an author event at the Hudson, NH library on the twentieth, and wants me there with her.) Looks like she’s gonna get her way. 

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Today Amazon – Tomorrow… ?

The paperback edition of Premium Mixed Nuts is now available on Amazon!

Tomorrow, the world! 🙂

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