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OUR PREVIOUS/MOST RECENT MEETING

Information about our most recent meetings is available via a link on the “Welcome” page.  (To the left)

Visit the “Programs” page (to the left) to learn about our next meeting and other writer related events.

 

We now post current and most recent columns from our President, our Editor/Web-master, and any member or guest who wishes to contribute to ensure everyone sees them.

(Newest is at the top)

 

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Remember the old

Ring in the new

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The year 2022 is upon us, and with it, new opportunities to make our voices heard.  It is also a time we can choose to set goals for the next 12 months.

It has been said that the best goals are written down, have a deadline, and are specific.  Setting goals is a choice, not a requirement, so have some fun if you decide to take on the challenge.

Vice President Marilee Hudon and I have been brainstorming about speakers for the coming year.  So far, there are two speakers lined up to share with the group. However, January has proved to be a challenge.  I recently attended a virtual book launch and can share some things I learned on how to make it a successful one.  If any of you would like to talk about other marketing techniques, we can all benefit from each other’s experiences.  Contact Dave or Marilee or me if you have some insights to share, and we will make time for you in the meeting.

Finally, some words of wisdom from Bill and Ted:  Be excellent to each other, and

Party on, dudes!

Sue Eller

 

FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER

           

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Description automatically generated with medium confidence          My last time here I bragged about getting back to posting things on the web-site in a timely manner.  Yet since posting a couple of things early in November I’ve not updated the web-site.  Oh, I tried, but when I went to do so on Cyber Monday, I could not get into the account to update it.  I contacted the company but was told I’d have nearly a two hour wait before someone could get back to me.  I declined, intending to retry in the next day or two.

As a practicing procrastinator, it took me until three days after Christmas to try again.  And guess what?  Everything worked as it should.  I managed to get those things updated that I had planned to do a month ago and will be working on the next (January) edition of SASP News over the next few days.  As well I should have The web-site updated in a more timely manner

As we begin the new year, I’d like to remind everyone that we also enter a new year in terms of membership and dues.  If you haven’t yet paid for 2022, please do so at your earliest convenience.  In a couple of months, those who are not current will be removed from the Members Page on the web-site and there will no longer be links to those individuals’ Member Web-Pages. 

          You can bring cash, check, or a money order to a meeting or mail a check or money order for $15.00 to:

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers

P. O. Box 18573

Spokane, WA 99228-0573

          I check the mail weekly, and if we receive any dues payments, I take those payments directly to our financial institution for deposit.  I also try to notify anyone who pays that the dues payment has been received… usually by way of e-mail.  

 

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(It appears that the columns below are from two months ago, rather than last month.  Those columns can be found on the Newsletter Page in the December 2021 issue.)

FROM OUR ACTING PRESIDENT (Previous)

 

Happy Fall!

Some of our members, including me, participated in craft fairs this past month. It was a lovely experience for me as I talked to lots of people and sold some books that had been languishing in my office for nearly two years. I also saw several of our SASP members actively selling their books as well. 

NaNoWriMo is upon us, and those who choose to participate look forward to a busy month of writing. I plan to finish a project (book) before the end of the year and decided to use the NaNoWriMo event to spur me on to the finish line. (Fingers crossed!)

As most of you know by now, I get emails from several sources that often contain helpful tips and tricks for writers. I’d like to share a link with you that came from a screenwriter’s blog. It details the tricks of foreshadowing and how to use them to make your story more exciting. The example is from the movie “The Sixth Sense” with Bruce Willis, and I found the tips to be helpful in writing a novel. The link is How to Use Plants and Payoffs. (Spoiler alert! If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I recommend watching it before and after you read the blog post.)

SASP is gradually returning to full strength. Each month there are more attendees at our meetings, and the feedback I’m hearing is positive and encouraging. I urge all of you to help elect the slate of SASP officers. Gather with us at the Golden Corral to celebrate the joys of writing and to encourage each other in our respective endeavors.

Sue Eller

 

FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER (Previous)

           

          Evidently I’m still a little out of sync with again having real meetings.  Here I am working on the newsletter for November and I still have to write up some sort of summary for our last (our October) meeting.  As best as I can remember the days prior to the pandemic, that is something that would be written and posted to the web-site not long after we had met.  Maybe after our November meeting I’ll be more in tune with things and get notice of that one posted sooner.  Bear with me!

          I now have a ballot for our elections put together.  I’ll be sending it out to SASP members, along with our newsletter, our roster, and a treasurer’s report.  You can download, fill out and e-mail back.  Or you can print it out, fill it our and bring with you to our November meeting.  (We’ll have copies on hand as well, in case you misplace, lose, or forget it.  If you wish to vote, please make sure your dues are paid up.

 

          Because of the Pandemic we haven’t been screaming for dues, but as we get back to meeting on a regular basis, we need to have everyone up to date.  We want people who are running for office to be current, and we want people who vote to be current.  Please check the current and accompanying roster to see if you need to pay.  You can bring cash, check, or a money order to a meeting or mail a check or money order for $15.00 to:

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers

P. O. Box 18573

Spokane, WA 99228-0573

          I check the mail weekly, and if we receive any dues payments, I take those payments directly to our financial institution for deposit.  I also try to notify anyone who pays that the dues payment has been received… usually by way of e-mail. 

 

Dave

           

 

 

 

           

 

 

           

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