Tri-Valley Writers Member News
B. Lynn Goodwin’s debut Young Adult novel, Talent (Eternal Press), is now available.
J. Mills’s short story, “Blizzard,” was published in the September edition of The MacGuffin literary journal (Summer 2015, Vol. XXXI no. 3) under his pen name, James McV.
Fred Norman had his latest poem, “Can’t You Hear the Children?” published on portside.org.
Debbie Weiss had her first piece of creative nonfiction, “Medicinal Marijuana and Warm Silk” published on Full Grown People on October 13, 2015. Also her second article published on xojane. And finally, a third blog post on The Huffington Post about three types of guys NOT to date.
Jordan Bernal, Paula Chinick, Mary Heaton, and Elaine Schmitz took readers on a journey around the world without ever leaving the Tri-Valley at a Bay Books Author Event on Friday, November 6, 2015. Desserts from exotic locales such as China, Greece, and Ireland were on the menu as listeners heard excerpts from their latest novels.
Annette Langer gave a talk to a group called “Words in Bloom” on November 17, 2015. The group is small, with about ten fledgling writers from the Pleasanton Senior Center. Annette spoke about her journey to publication and about Tri-Valley Writers.
J. Mills recently attended the Marine Recreation Association’s (MRA) 44th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Santa Barbara, California. His freelance photojournalism assignment for the MRA included writing eight press releases for the international marine industry and general business media, and a feature article with photos covering the conference and trade show to be published in the MRA’s Annual Trade Journal.
On October 3, 2015, Sondra Perry had the pleasure of participating in the Wild Birds Unlimited Special Open House. At the booth next to Sondra sat Joan Morris, Wild Life Columnist for the San Ramon Valley Times. Sondra shared stories about Henry from her children’s novel, Henry our Great Blue Heron.
Congratulations to the following Tri-Valley Writers for being selected for publication in the 2015 California Writers Club Literary Review:
Sheila Bali: “Oakwud Has Done Me In”
B. Lynn Goodwin: “Partners”
Sally L. Kimball: “The Lost Pearl”
Julaina Kleist-Corwin: “Mirror”
Julie K. Royce: “Disturbance Call” and “Finding Myself in the Mission”
CLUB AWARDS & NEWS
Tri-Valley Writers and Open Mic with My Friends at the Pleasanton Library was featured in the July 30, 2015 Valley Journal of the Bay Area News Group. Correspondent Beth Jensen interviewed TVW President Deborah ‘Jordan’ Bernal along with TVW members and Open Mic attendees Fred Norman and Shelley Riley for an article that highlighted the benefits of participating in an open mic. Read the article here.
Join us on January 16, 2016 as we celebrate Voices of the Valley: Word for Word, the third anthology of the Tri-Valley Writers. Sample the joys and sorrows, the inevitable highs and lows, the truths and deceptions in the indelible scenes of life. Share in the readings as we journey through the stories and poetry crafted by the members of Tri-Valley Writers.
Winterfest is a time to rejoice in our members’ accomplishments and network with fellow writers. Members will get a chance to read a brief selection of their work from Voices of the Valley: Word for Word. Bring your copy, or purchase another one, and make your fellow authors’ day by requesting their autograph. Special refreshments will be served
If you would like to read from your piece during Winterfest, please contact Elaine Schmitz at: email@example.com. Please note, each reader will have 4-6 minutes depending on the number of readers. If your piece is longer, you will need to tailor your reading to fit into the time allotted.
Join us February 20, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton, 5115 Hopyard Rd. Pleasnron, as Joel Friedlander presents “How to Create Book Covers that Work” as the guest speaker for the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch.
Book cover design, at its best, is an amazing commercial art. The best book designers continue to amaze and surprise us with their graphic design prowess. But indie authors, who write and publish their own books, can get started by knowing the worst mistakes to avoid.
Joel will discuss:
- The 5 jobs a book cover must do to succeed
- 4 reasons that book covers fail
- 3 tools to use to evaluate book covers
- And much more.
Here Joel shares his #1 Tip for Do-it-Yourself Book Cover Designers:
Establish a principal focus for the cover—Nothing is more important. Your book is about something, and the cover ought to reflect that one idea clearly. Choose the one element that takes control, that commands the overwhelming majority of attention, of space, of emphasis on the cover. Don’t fall into the trap of loading up your cover with too many elements, 3 or 4 photos, illustrations, maps, “floating” ticket stubs. Think of your book cover like a billboard, trying to catch the attention of browsers as they speed by. Billboards usually have 6 words or less. You have to “get it” at 60 miles per hour, in 3 to 5 seconds. A book cover ought to do the same thing. At a glance your prospective reader ought to know:
- the genre of your book,
- the general subject matter or focus, and
- some idea of the tone or “ambiance” of the book.
Is it a thriller? A software manual? A memoir of your time in Fiji? Your ideas on reform of the monetary system? Each of these books needs a cover that tells at a glance what the book is about.
Joel Friedlander (@JFBookman) is an award-winning book designer, blogger, and writer. He’s been launching the careers of self-publishers since 1994 from his book design and consulting practice at Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California. Joel is the author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish, and the coauthor of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide. He is a columnist for Publishers Weekly, and Writer’s Digest has named him as one of the 10 people to follow in book publishing. Joel writes TheBookDesigner, a popular blog on book design, book marketing and the future of the book. He’s also the founder of The Self-Publishing Roadmap, an online, video-based training course in book publishing. In 2013, with Tracy R. Atkins, Joel launched BookDesignTemplates.com, where he provides pre-designed book templates for Microsoft Word and Adobe Indesign, as well as book marketing tools for authors. Joel is a past president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.
Follow Joel at www.TheBookDesigner.com