February meeting – we get better and better!

sheaAfter an informative and interesting talk by Jim Azevedo of Smashwords in January, we are re-focusing on craft for our February 14 program.  Susan C. Shea will speak on Writing What We Know: What Does That Mean?  Drawing on her experiences as a non-profit executive followed by a successful career as a writer of crime fiction, Susan will talk about how she writes what she knows—with a twist.  For details, click on our Next Program and Events Calendar page.

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January 10 program – best practices for self-publishing

jimazevedoJim Azevedo, Marketing Director of Smashwords, will reveal the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published Ebook authors at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. 

Jim will discuss metadata–what it is and how to use it–leveraging viral catalysts to make your book stand out, using pre-orders, creating covers, and addressing global market opportunities.  Click Next Program and Events Calendar for details and registration.

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Our special December program

andrew_benzieEach December, we feature “three of our own” wonderful and talented members.  dina_colemanThis year, on Dec. 13, Andrew Benzie, Dina Colman, and Melanie Denman will share top tips on publishing.  All three have chosen multiple publishing paths.  Should be a great program.  For more and to register (we now have PayPal), click on our Next Program page.melanie_denman

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Planning for November

lakinFor those who were at Amanda McTigue’s workshop today, what did you think? Terrific, wasn’t it?  Now, we’re setting up for the next event on Nov. 8:  Sizzling Scenes with C. S. Lakin.  Should be another terrific program.  Check out our “Next Program and Events Calendar” page and plan to come.  Don’t forget:  you can also “buy now” with PayPal and make your registration a snap.

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We’re on social media!

facebook_logoWe’ve just set up a Facebook page and a Twitter feed for those who prefer to get their information from social media.  Here are the connections.  Follow us!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cwcmtd

Twitter:  @cwcmtd

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October workshop

AmandaMcTigue8x10We’re fortunate to have Amanda McTigue joining us on Oct. 11 to conduct a workshop on the subject of “voice” in our writing.  Visit our “Next Program” page to learn more about it.  This month, as a new feature, you will also be able to register online via PayPal in advance of the workshop.

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Planning for fall 2014

Even as we end our 2013-2014 season with a fabulous program by Mary Mackey, our Board is planning our next season.  We have a planning meeting in July, but we have bridget_watson_paynealready lined up the first program of the new season.  On Sept. 13, Bridget Watson Payne, editor at Chronicle Books, will speak to us on “The Power of Words and Images.”  See details on our “Next Program and Events Calendar” page, where you can also see the dates of our summer events.  Check it out and have a wonderful summer.


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