September 2014 meeting with Tom Glenn

Local writer Tom Glenn will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on September 17th, at 6:30pm. The title of his talk is “Writing No-accounts”, about his latest novel and readings from it. Published by Apprentice House in March, 2014, the book recounts in fiction the grueling work of helping AIDS victims at the beginning of the epidemic in the mid-1980s. Glenn, who is straight, worked with seven patients—all gay, all died. “My job,” Glenn says, “was not to judge. My job was to help men die.”
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The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD
21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Tom Glenn has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a cryptologist, a government executive, a care-giver for the dying, a leadership coach, and, always, a writer. Glenn’s fiction has dealt largely with Vietnam where he spent the better part of thirteen years as an undercover intelligence operative. His best-known work is his Vietnam novel-in- stories, Friendly Casualties, published in 2012. The Baltimore Post-Examiner printed his story of the fall of Saigon and his role in it as a three-installment article in August and September 2013. He is also a reviewer for The Washington Independent Review of Books where he specializes in books on war and Vietnam. For more about Tom, see his website tom-tells-tales.org.

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July 2014 meeting with Ally Machate

You’ve experienced the satisfaction of working hard to learn your craft and producing a quality piece of writing—but now what? If you ever want anyone to read your work outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, you’ll need to get published. Ally Machate, an award-winning editor and bestselling writer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 16th, at 6:30pm about “Pitching, Querying, and Proposing: How Authors Go from Shy to Sold”. Though self-publishing is always an option, this talk focuses on how writers generally approach the submission process. Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work. You’ll also get tips that will make your pitches, queries, and proposals more effective and make you more attractive to publishers for best results. 

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The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: annapolismwa.wordpress.com and www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Ally E. Machate is an editor, writer and publishing consultant with fifteen years of publishing industry experience working for clients such as Simon & Schuster, Reader’s Digest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as well as literary agents and would-be authors. As a freelance writer, she has published articles in venues such as The Writer and ConsumerSearch.com, written chapters for books such as SparkNotes 101: Philosophy and the Writer’s Digest 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, and most recently collaborated on the national bestseller The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed. Ally is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and has served on its Board in several capacities. You can find out more about her at: www.allymachate.com and www.ambitiousenterprises.com.

May 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Yvonne Medley

Local author and journalist Yvonne Medley has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014. She will speak on how to create the voice and vibe of your characters as well as the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, her personal experience with both.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker: Yvonne Medley is also founder of the Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc. (a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization) and the author of several books. She conducts her Life Journeys Writing Workshops, designed to empower/encourage incarcerated men and women as well as youth and adults, and fellow writers within the general population. She wrote The Prison Plumb Line (2011), a novella with a play and a feature film option in the works; God in Wingtip Shoes (2012), a novel; and its prequel, Jubi Stone: Saved by the Vine (2013), a novel, dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness due to Medley’s personal experience featured in the book. Medley has worked on staff at The Washington Times and freelanced for several publications, such as The Washington Post, People Magazine, and Gospel Today Magazine. She also teaches English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education to adult learners. For more information on the speaker’s work, see www.yvonnejmedley.com and www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.

April 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – John DeDakis

Local author, journalist, editor and writing coach John DeDakis will speak at the Maryland Writers Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday April 16, 2014. DeDakis, the author of three mystery-suspense novels, will speak on the topic “From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up).” He’ll trace is nearly 45-year journalism career – from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot to his job as an editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” – and how it eventually led to becoming an author and writing coach. He’ll also share his advice on how to get an agent and get your writing noticed.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker: Journalist and novelist John DeDakis (pronounced Deh-DAY-kiss) is a former editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis is the author of two mystery-suspense novels, Fast Track and Bluff. Troubled Water, the third novel in his Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series, will be published in February 2014. In his novels, DeDakis writes from the point of view of a twenty-something young woman. Journalist, author and syndicated columnist Diane Dimond writes about DeDakis, “[H]ow he can write so convincingly about a woman in the field [of journalism] is astounding!” DeDakis is a manuscript editor and writing workshop leader. During his nearly 45-year, award-winning career in journalism (25 years at CNN), DeDakis has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. He lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches journalism at The University of Maryland – College Park. John’s website: http://www.johndedakis.com

His handout
Getting an Agent and Getting Noticed (pdf) is also available.

January 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Denise Camacho

Annapolis MWA January Meeting With Denise Camacho

Local book publisher Denise Camacho has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday January 15, 2014. She will speak on her experiences in starting a traditional publishing company and on the differences between traditional and indie publications. Denise is also a board member of the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity literary conference. For more information on the speaker’s work, see http://www.intriguepublishing.com and http://www.creaturescrimesandcreativity.com.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

About the speaker: As the president of Intrigue Publishing, Denise Camacho has spent over 13 years navigating through the publishing pitfalls and has finally brought Intrigue into the traditional publisher realm. Denise spends most of her time reading new submissions and working with the acquisitions team to find those works that are worthy of becoming Intrigue properties. Intrigue is currently taking submissions for crime drama, sensual romance, urban drama and young adult.

Along with running Intrigue, Denise is very involved with helping authors learn about publishing and marketing and how to avoid some of the major pitfalls within the industry.

December 2013 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Phil Burgess

Local writer, Dr. Phil Burgess, will present a two-hour workshop on how to develop a multi-media platform to market your book entitled “Creating a Multi-Media Platform to Market Your Book”. Phil is the author of nine books, one of which – and his most recent – is a self-published title, Reboot! What to do when your career is over but your life isn’t (FriesenPress, 2011). For details, see www.BooterNation.com. Phil says, “Even with a contract with a mainline publisher, the chances are slim to none that they will invest in the kind of marketing that is required to get maximum payoff from writing and publishing a book. Those days are long gone.”

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His talk will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

In this workshop, Phil will walk through the wide range of do-it-yourself strategies to maximize the marketing, distribution and sales of your book, self-published or not. You will leave with a clear understanding of how to create a “platform document” that contains a communications, marketing and sales plan, including strategies for employing social media. “Writing a book is just the beginning,” says Phil. “The challenge is to get people to read it – to make them aware of and interested in what you have written. It is from the reaction of readers and reviewers that most of us find the most satisfaction.”

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Author biography: Phil Burgess is an award-winning educator, businessman, and writer who has worked and lectured world-wide – in North America, Europe, and Australia, as well as Japan, China, India, and Vietnam. He received the “Corporate Communicator of the Year” award for 2008 from Telecom Magazine of Australia. He has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN, and CNBC, and his views have been reported in national and regional media – including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Investors Daily, Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, and Vital Speeches. His weekly commentaries on American politics, policy, and culture appeared in the Denver-based Rocky Mountain News from 1990-2001 and were nationally distributed to more than 140 newspapers by Scripps Howard News Service. He currently writes a weekly column called “Bonus Years” – found in the Lifestyle section of the Sunday Annapolis Capital. A former Fulbright Scholar and former university professor at The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado, UCLA and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), he received his BA from Knox College and his Ph.D. from The American University. Phil and Mary Sue, his wife of 31 years, live in Annapolis, Maryland, and can be reached at pburgess@AnnapolisInstitute.net.

Annapolis MWA October Meeting With Maryland writer Nancy Smay

Local author Nancy Smay has agreed to speak to the Annapolis Chapter meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association on October 16, 2013. The title of her talk is Agents and ePublishing – How do literary agents fit into the brave new world of ePublishing and self-publishing? This talk will consider the traditional agent/writer relationship and examine the ways in which this relationship has changed as the publishing paradigm has shifted. Like authors and publishers, agents are redefining themselves in the face of the sea changes occurring in our industry. The thinking of many authors about the agent/author relationship has changed as a result. This talk will consider questions such as: What does an agent do? How does an agent fit into my publishing plans? How do I “get” an agent? and Do I really need an agent? These questions will be addressed with real-world examples, testimonials from successful authors and tips that utilize online tools anyone can access. Her talk will be on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the author:
Nancy Smay is a technical and freelance writer who has been writing for clients for more than fifteen years. She currently resides in Southern Maryland with her husband and two small boys. As a result, beside “tech writer” and “author,” her current titles include: Pirate Captain, Lego Builder, Monster Hunter, Short Order Cook, and Chauffeur. She publishes fiction under the pen name Delancey Stewart. Her published fiction book-length work includes:
Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001 (Amazon, 11/2012)
A Rare Vintage, Book One in the Wine Country Romance Series, (Amazon 6/2013)
Upcoming:
Redemption Red, Book Two in the Wine Country Romance Series (Amazon, 10/15/2013)
Men and Martinis, Book One in the Girlfriends of Gotham Series (Swoon Romance, 12/3/2013)
Samantha’s Solace (Swoon Romance, 2014)
For more info, see delanceystewart.wordpress.com.

Future speakers

For members who would like to do plan out their schedule, this is a list of the speakers we have lined up:

  1. August 21, 2013- Vonnie Crist,
    announcement
  2. September 18, 2013- Sarah Pinsker,
    announcement
  3. October 16, 2013- Nancy Smay,
    announcement
  4. November 20, 2013 – Daniel McInerny,
    announcement in the works
  5. December 18, 2013 – Phil Burgess,
    announcement in the works
  6. January 15, 2014 – Denise Camacho,
    announcement in the works
  7. February 19, 2014 – Randy Baker,
    announcement in the works
  8. March 19, 2014 – open

Annual meeting of the MWA on June 1, 2013

The Annual MWA meeting on Saturday June 1, will be combined with a chapter meeting this year. The Montgomery Chapter invites you to their June session, which will start off with the Annual MWA Meeting. President Paul Lagasse will give updates and answer questions. Immediately following the annual meeting, there will be a presentation by Virginia author Wendy Higgins.

Meeting Schedule:

10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:10 Chapter Announcements
10:20 MWA Updates from President Paul Lagasse
10:40 Guest Speaker Wendy Higgins
11:40 Book Signing, Networking
12:00 Adjournment

The Montgomery chapter of the MWA meets at the Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, at: 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850. The room location is Physical Education (PE) building, Room 116.