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From the President's Desk:
Bookies Busier Than Ever

 

Having gained full traction, the 2-year-old Permian Basin Bookies has lurched forward and now takes us toward a variety of projects. Chief among them are:

(*) On April 18, member-novelist Ann Swann will headline our monthly meeting. For years, she has utilized contacts made through social media to promote and sell her romantic suspense works. She will show us how it’s done.

By Mark S. McDonald, President  
Ann Swann 

Our informal meetings start at 6 p.m., and last exactly one hour. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.

My guest will be an intriguing figure who grew up in the Trans-Pecos and built a storied career in law enforcement in and around Big Bend National Park. Carl W. Williams, retired sheriff of Brewster County, is working on his memoirs, which includes everything from grassroots history of a childhood on the Rio Grande to some close calls that nearly boiled into international incidents. You will enjoy meeting this engaging fellow as he nears the finish of his first published work.

(*) Permian Basin Writers Workshop – Our capable vice-president, Glen Aaron, has lined up a hefty lineup of guest speakers. During the Sept. 15-17 event at Midland College, writers may learn from more than a dozen published authors, on subjects ranging from children’s books to romance novels to Christian topics, even screenwriting.
 
The workshop includes a writing contest, for newbies and accomplished writers alike. For details and registration, visit <permianbasinwritersworkshop.com>.
 
(*) The Bookies anthology, entitled “West Texas Lore & Legend,” is now in the layout phase, as designer Aaron Bergman of Austin works his magic. Editor Joyce Shaughnessey massaged more than 75,000 words from two dozen generaous authors who donated their works.
 
Proceeds from book sales go to the West Texas Recording Library, where volunteers read for the blind and disabled.
 
(*) Green light. The Bookies website is fully up and functional. It’s an organic site that will continue to grow. Visit <pbbookies.com>.
 
(*) Have a public appearance or book signing coming up? We want to post your activity to the Bookies calendar. Just drop me a note at mark.mcmarketing@gmail.com. As a member benefit, we will promote your event.
 

Editor’s note: Ernest Hemingway, so legend has it, would drink, smoke cigars and box with friends far into the evening. Only after midnight would he retire to a darkened room and write, longhand. While I doubt all this, we know for certain that every serious writer has his/her own routine. Here is the first installment of how it’s done. – Mark S. McDonald}

How I Pursue the Craft:

There was a time when, right after grabbing a cup of coffee at 6 a.m., I would start writing. But my routine has changed, probably because of my age and the crime mysteries I’m writing now.

I still write at least four to five hours, every day, even if I do not feel inspired. I don’t stop for the day until I have written a minimum of 1,500 words. The product might be as good as I hoped, but at least my thoughts are captured. I can work on that skeleton later.

By Joyce Shaughnessy
I think each writer has his or her own routine. I can’t imagine tackling more than one book at a time, but I know authors who do.
 
I’m taking an online writing course, which is requiring more of my time than I expected but teaching me a lot. I think improving my craft will be worth the time. After all, I chose this crazy world of writing, so I want my product to be the best it can be.

Bookies Calendar of Events:

April 1 – SMU Friends of the Library fundraiser in Dallas, Bookies member Sara Barnard, as Top Ten Haute Young Texas Authors, will appear with son Logan and daughter Michaela.
 
April 6 – Family Fun Night, Lone Star College, Creekside Center, The Woodlands, Texas, 7-8 p.m. Member Jimmy Patterson and co-author Jim Henry read and sign their latest release “Willy Nilly & Thumper.” john.j.theis@lonestar.edu.


 
Author readings, 8 p.m., Brew Street, 4610 N. Garfield, Midland.
 
Permian Basin Film Society, converting from novels and short stories to playwriting, to writing for the screen and movie production. Lobby of The Lofts Apartments in downtown Midland, 6 p.m. Segments include a film by Bookies member Tom Parks entitled “An Atheist’s Prayer,” featuring Mary Lou Cassidy in a one-woman role. Host: member David Bryant Perkins, adjunct professor at Midland College, and multiple award-winning screenwriter. Admission is free.


April 8 – Book signing with member Joyce Shaughnessy, Barnes & Nobel in Midland, on Loop 250, next to Best Buy, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
 

 
April 18 – Monthly meeting, Permian Basin Bookies, 6-7 p.m., Midland County Library Centennial Branch. “Social Media for Indie Authors,”  presentation on how to utilize social media to promote your works, by novelist Ann Swann, who has numerous titles in print. Meetings are open to members and their guests, at no charge. Members are encouraged to bring a friend.
 
April 22 – 3 p.m., Earth Day, Permian Basin Bookies member Sara Barnard signing her books, along with her 4th-grade son Logan. Readings to follow at 4:30 p.m. Brew Street, 4610 N. Garfield, Midland. Interested authors sign up with bio and photo by March 31 at kopykath@hotmail.com.
 
May 6 – Celebration of the Arts, book signing opportunity for Bookies, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Lofts on Main Street in Midland. Contact member Joe Willis josephwillis54@yahoo.com.
 
May 7 – Celebration of the arts, book signing opportunity for Bookies, noon-5 p.m., The Lofts on Main Street in Midland. Either day or both, contact member Joe Willis to register josephwillis54@yahoo.com.
 

 
May 16 – Monthly meeting, Permian Basin Bookies, 6-7 p.m., Midland County Library Centennial Branch. Meetings are open to members and their guests, at no charge. Members are encouraged to bring a friend.
 
Sept. 15-17 – Permian Basin Writers Workshop, Midland College. Chair: Glen Aaron. For speaker lineup, registration and other details, visit <permianbasinwritersworkshop.com>.

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