Tri-Valley Writers Member News
Annette Langer gave a presentation about finding self-empowerment to cope with obstacles by refocusing on humor to the Tri-Valley chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association in early December. Her book signing included Healing through Humor: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life! and A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the World: Diary of a Fearless Travel Agent.
Annette’s short story, “Out of the Blue, a Family,” will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness on February 7, 2017. This true story is about inviting a police officer friend from the department where she volunteers to live with her for six months when he was displaced from his rental home because of mold. This is Annette’s fourth story in Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
John Bluck’s science fiction novel, The Aliens of Valtrit, is now available for purchase as an ebook and in paperback. UK spy agency employee Gina Perelli and her partner, London policeman Colin Green, follow a trail to a planet called Valtrit to capture a ray gun, the most important arms development since nuclear weapons.
Bay Woof Magazine, a free monthly newspaper for San Francisco dog lovers, featured Stacey Gustafson’s stories, “A Therapy Dog Makes a Difference,” in July, and “When a Dog Loves a Cat,” in the November issue. The Monthly, East Bay’s Premier Magazine of Culture and Commerce, featured Stacey in their November issue, “The New Erma Bombeck,” by Paul Kilduff.
Three Tri-Valley Writer’s members have had work accepted for inclusion in Tides: An Anthology of Creative Writing by Seniors: Judy Lussie’s short story, “The Second Mother,” Eloise Hamann’s story, “Memphis,” and Julaina Kleist-Corwin’s creative non-fiction essay on a life experience, titled “Care.” There will be a Book Launch and Reception for Tides including author readings at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center, 200 Grand Avenue in Oakland.
Paula Chinick has released the next thriller in her Red Ascher Series, Living in Turmoil. Follow special agent Anya Pavlovitch as she follows orders to stop a U.S. Navy mission to assassinate Chiang Kai-shek in 1943.
Sondra Perry’s short story, “The Great Blue Heron Who Changed My Life,” has been selected for the latest book in the Tales2Inspire Book Series, Tales2Inspire The Garnet Collection, Stories in Feathers and Fur.
Join us Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Beth Barany presents “7 Essential Keys for Planning Your Novel for Pantsers.” In this hands-on workshop, we’ll brainstorm the steps to create your novel—from character development to plot structure to story themes and world building—so you can start writing your novel prepared. For beginning to advanced writers, especially for pansters, we’ll cover bite-sized exercises to help you stretch your imagination and get excited about the writing process.
March 18, 2017: Marketing and Monetizing: Online Promotion and Revenue Streams for Authors, Speakers and Consultants
Join us Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, as Stephanie Chandler presents “Marketing and Monetizing: Online Promotion and Revenue Streams for Authors, Speakers and Consultants.”
Many writers struggle with two major components of their businesses: marketing and revenue generation. In this content-rich presentation, Stephanie Chandler will share real-world strategies that you can use to build an audience online and add lucrative revenue streams to your author business. You will learn how to:
- Choose a niche and establish authority in your field
- Grow your audience online with key foundational components (a professional website, blog and social media presence)
- Leverage powerful tactics including guest blogging, podcasting, video and more
- Create profitable revenue streams from corporate sponsors, online events, member sites, and information products
- Work less and earn more (really!)
California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch is pleased to announce its second full-day writers conference featuring keynote speaker, New York Times and international bestselling author, Anne Perry. Anne is the author of over fifty novels which have sold over 25 million copies. The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s “100 Masters of Crime.” In 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro. Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story “Heroes.”
Join us along with the following presenters: Jim Azevedo, David Denny, Joel Friedlander, Mark Gelineau, Joe King, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, Linda Lee, Laurie McLean, Annie Tucker, Victoria Zackheim, and more to learn about craft, marketing, and self-publishing. Click here to view the complete schedule.
With the success of Tri-Valley Writers first conference in 2015, TVW will offer two 2017 conference scholarships: one adult and one student (ages 14-22). If you are interested, please submit a 100-150 word piece on why you would benefit from attending TVW’s conference. Submissions are due by February 1, 2017. Please email scholarship request to: email@example.com. Scholarship recipients will be notified before the early-bird registration and writing contest deadline on February 12, 2017.