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FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Greetings to all,
I hope this month
has been a productive time of writing for all of you. It has been for me. I was
house bound for the duration of the extreme cold weather. And, I don't
recommend this, but a bout of acid re-flux, at 2 in the morning, spawned a new
story for my book of shorts. Not the inspiration I normally look for, but hey,
I'll take what I can get.
Now on to the
upcoming meeting… at this meeting, February 9th, we will have a
guest speaker that has a graduate degree in fiction writing. Ben will be
talking about character development, with a secondary subject of punctuation
and sentence structure. Ben invites as much discussion as possible from
all of us. So, bring something you are currently working on, be it a short
story or novel. If your work is of the non-fiction variety, character
development is still just as important so please bring it.
Remember, if you
get to a point in your writing where you are pulling stumps and your 4x4 is
stuck in the mud, there is a whole list of folks in our roster that might be
able to lend some traction.
Hope to see all of you on the 9th.
Northrup/Nathaniel Bennett President
Doctor and A Penny for Your Thoughts
cold snap we experienced on the Saturday we were to meet at St. Francis, Carl,
Dave, and I talked about some needed changes.
One of the subjects was due to the number of members at the
regular Spokane Authors meetings.
We may change the configuration of the members’ seating. Instead of having tables and chairs all
facing in the same direction, we thought a School Circle would be best. That is a technique that allows each person
to see all the other attendees. I
believe seeing each other is important and promotes more interaction. We just
may try the circle style at this coming meeting.
Secondly’ if time permits, I will relate to you how my
recent book signing on the 27th of January at Barnes & Noble in the valley
went. I changed the way I approached and
talked to people. I would usually sell
up to ten books at an all day, six-hour signing event. In a four-hour signing session, using a new
technique, I sold almost forty books. Like I said, if time permits, I will
relate to you what I did that was different. That leads to another area I will
bring up, writing reviews.
I hope to see as many of you as possible. If you have a friend who is interested in
what we do, writing, bring them along.
My mother used to say: "The more the Merrier!" Maybe that is
one reason I had seven sisters, eh, I love them all. But it was hard at times...
Have a happy day, see
you at SASP!
Bob Manion Vice-President
FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER
month when I send out the newsletter, I also enclose an updated copy of the
roster. I hope you are checking this,
both to make sure your contact information is correct, and also to see if you
are up to date on your dues. If you do
not have a “24” in the 4th narrow column to the far right of your name, we show
you as not yet paying for the current year.
Remember! In a month or so, those
who are not paid up will come off our website’s “MEMBERS” list. There will be no link to your Member Webpage.
Speaking of the roster, if you haven’t
noticed, there is a second page or “sheet 2.”
This provides a basic amount of information about each of our members…
what we write, skills we may have and wish to share with others, and so
on. (I think Carl talks briefly about
this in his column.) Again, let me know
if that needs to be updated or completed.
I can only include what you provide to me. As always, feel free to let me know of any
upcoming author-related events you may have scheduled. I can’t add them to the website or include
them in the newsletter if I don’t know about them. Please allow some lead time so word about
your event(s) can get out to your fellow writers.
If you have visited our website
lately, you may have noticed that in a couple of locations I’ve posted a
potential new logo for our organization.
This is a result of something that was mentioned at the special meeting
we had back last March, the one in which we decided to meet at the Corbin
Senior Activity Center. The thought was
that we should maybe drop the “self-publishers” part of our name. Even though I am proud, as I am sure many of
you are as well, to be self-published, there are those who are turned off by
the expression. My thought is that we
don’t really need to change the name, but rather we should emphasize the
“Spokane Authors” portion and minimize the “Self-Publishers” part. So, when I think of it, I’ve been trying to
do just that as I put the newsletter together and put items up on the
website. I’ve also devised a new logo
that leaves out the “Self-Publishers” part.
Let me know what you think, and maybe one of these days we’ll vote on
it, if we need to go that route.
Here’s the logo idea.
FROM OUR PRESIDENT (Previous)
The seed catalogs
have all arrived, giving us visions of new things to come. In this New Year we
need new seed to get new stories to sprout.
In 2023, when Janice and I planted our garden some of our
bean seeds were old and wouldn't germinate. We replanted three times: (From the
seeds that did germinate we had a bountiful harvest. More than enough for our
needs and lots to give away. Ideas are
like seeds, if they are old and haven't germinated yet, get some new ideas
(seeds). My vision for 2024 is to help each other germinate new ideas so that
our writing can flourish.
Example: Maybe Inky the Spider goes down to Texas to
visit his cousin, Terence Chula. If he takes the train down, he can pretend he
is a hobo spider.
In this way we
can plant seeds with our fellow authors. Sometimes a little cultivation is
needed and if the soil lacks nutrients, I have enough fertilizer for
When an idea
sprouts, we can all help water it.
I would like 2024
to be a community garden for SASP. Let's grow some stories!
Northrup (Nathaniel Bennett) President
FROM OUR FORMER PRESIDENT (Previous)
As the dolphins said:
So long, 2023
We have elected
new officers for next year. They will officially take office at our January 12,
2024 meeting. They will be Carl Northrup, President; Bob Manion, Vice
President; Linda Sonntag, Secretary; Dave McChesney, Treasurer; and the
Advisory Board will consist of Esther Hildahl, Bob Weldin, and Mary DeBord.
Marilee Hudon will still be doing public relations work and social media
outreach. I have spoken with Carl
Northrup, our incoming president, and he has some exciting plans for the new
year. I hope all of you will support our new slate of officers and that the
SASP group will have a fun and productive 2024.
It has been a
pleasure to serve you since we began meeting after the COVID-19 shutdown was
lifted. Our first meeting consisted of (if memory serves me) eight members. We
have grown and survived through many changes and setbacks since then, and I am
confident the new officers will lead us successfully through the next term.
As Douglas Adams
would have said, “So long, and thanks for all the fish… until January 12,
Here it is a new
year, and we have new guys up front.
SASP President Carl Northrup and I welcome you back to a new agenda and
shift to the art we all share, writing and getting our work into the hands of
readers. I ask myself, “what will
rejuvenate us as a group of writers, a bit older and a bit younger than those
before us?” So let us merge ages
together and do what we love to do, write, edit, pitch, and sell books. Whether it’s a poem, prose, short story,
novel, or just written patter; let’s get it into the hands of readers.
include, putting a story together, character development, memoir formats,
romance writing, the short story, writing a review, play acting, e.g. pitching
to an agent, beta readers and editors, how to write dialogue (thinking in two
or more minds), and advertising. This list is just a few of the many subjects
we can share with each other at our meetings. Occasional speakers sharing their
experiences will be a bonus.
It is my hope and
goal to get our group to share, critic, suggest, and assist each other. I know this is a shift, but one we can all
benefit from. We can meld our monthly
primary meeting in with our Saturday group.
Why are we limited to only one or two meetings. We can promote smaller groups that get
together to give a three-minute report on what they have done or the pitfalls
they have encountered. Let us all get
together and charge into the new year.
Let’s get our books on the bookshelves.
Let us be speakers and ambassadors to other writing groups, social
clubs, schools, etc.
Bob Manion Vice-President
FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER (Previous)
2024 looks to be promising for our
organization, with new leadership and a second monthly meeting. We plan to focus more on the craft of writing
and will look for any amount of expertise.
If you believe you have some, contact our new Vice President, Bob
Manion, and possibly he can schedule you for a presentation or workshop.
Please send me information about your
upcoming events as soon as you possibly can.
I can’t list it on the website or include it in SASP NEWS if I don’t
know about it. The newsletter is
published monthly, and it can take a few days before I get something posted to
the website. I want to help publicize
your signings, craft fairs, and other author events. I can’t do that if I am not aware of
them. As well
Hudon know about your events so she can get the information out on social
media. While she is no longer
Vice-President, she is still our public affairs person.
We are in a new year and dues for 2024
are due. I thank the twenty-six
individuals who have paid dues for 2024.
That means approximately twenty who were members for 2023 have yet to
pay for 2024. There are also people on
the roster who last paid for 2021 and 2022.
Those last paid in 2021, we will be
removed from the roster and all mailing lists.
We will send you your member webpage and delete it from our files. Your books will no longer be listed as being
available on Amazon.
Those last paid in 2022 or 2023 will
remain on the roster, mailing lists, and the list of books available on
Amazon. They will not be listed on the website “Members” list, and there will
be no link to their member’s webpage.
We typically delay such actions until
the end of March or so, which should provide plenty of time for dues to be made
current. We do not ask anyone to pay
back dues, but simply to pay for 2024.
Authors & Self-Publishers
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