Upcoming Meeting: March 14th

Rome Area Writers’ next meeting is Thursday, March 14 at the Sarah Hightower Library in Rome. Our meeting starts at 6 p.m in the Etowah Room. and ends either at 8 or when we’ve heard all our readings for the month, whichever comes first.

There are two prompts for March: “lucky” and “green.” Members can choose to write about either one or any combination of those two words.

March’s meeting also sees the return of the book swap! A table will be in the back of the meeting room and members are encouraged to bring books they’d like others to read. As always, the book swap is free. We ask that members bring books they enjoyed and think others should read. Any books not taken home at the end of the meeting will be donated to the library’s book store.

Malone speaks on marketing

Malone presentation 2-14For our February meeting, Rome Area Writers welcomed local author Deborah Malone back for a talk on marketing your book. Although aimed primarily at self published authors, Malone had multiple tips and pointers that work for any author regardless of how they’re published.

The first tip is, in some ways, the hardest: have a finished book. Publishers aren’t interested in ideas, Malone said, so you need to have a book to show publishers and agents. If you’re self published, you need to have a book that’s been thoroughly beta read and edited (preferably by a paid editor) before selling it to the public.

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June/July: Writing Prompts and other Notes

Writing Prompts for our June 14th/July 12th meetings:

  • The short checkout line beckoned
  • Great balls of fire!

We might not have time for readings in the June meeting. However, July is dedicated to readings.

Just another reminder that anthology submissions are due by July 12th.

June 14 : Collaboration

Our monthly meeting will be June 14th. This month we get two guest speakers: Charlene Ball and Libby Ware. Charlene Ball and Libby Ware are both authors of historical fiction novels and other forms of short craft.

Libby Ware’s southern historical fiction Lum: http://libbywarewriter.com/.

Charlene Ball’s early modern historical fiction DARK LADY: A NOVEL OF EMILIA BASSANO LANYER: http://charleneball.com/.

Their topic will be collaboration. Come hang out with us at the Rome Library, 6-8PM, on Thursday, June 14th. If time allows, there will be readings. Bring something if you would like to participate. The public is welcome.

Anthology submissions are due by July 12.

Next year RAW is having its 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more.

Ernie Bowling

We had the pleasure of having Ernie Bowling as our guest speaker tonight. His humor-filled delivery was effective and enlightening. He gave us a genuine account of a self-published writer who writes to tell the story. Check out his profile and buy his debut novel “Coal Blooded.” You can purchase it via Amazon. Be sure to thank the Culottas for inviting him.

June 14 is our next scheduled meeting. We are going to have Charlene Ball & Libby Ware, Atlanta. They are speaking on collaboration. Our writing prompts include:

  • Great balls of fire
  • The shortest line beckoned me

Have a great month and keep writing.