Write Angles •
Sunday, February 21, 2010, 1-4:30.m.
Oakland Main Library
at 125 14th Streetnear the Lake Merritt BART station.
You can enter the room directly from Madison Street between 13th and 14th Streets.
. Library doors open
. Board of Directors meeting
. Social time formembers and newcomers
. Club meeting,announcements
set harw3:15-3:30 .m
. Author event,
li Wagee, Igri stabb
Meet ur w autr:
At the February meeting, CWCmember
and her writingpartner,
, willdiscuss their new HarperCollinsbook,
. The book usesEnneagram, a personality typingsystem, to help you discoverinherent motivations andtendencies affecting your career.If you arere confused about thecareer you want, are struggling in your current career, or need helpnding a job,
could be the book for you.Stabb is a Yale MBA, hasorganized multiple career workshops andevents, and iscertied to teachthe Enneagram.Elizabeth has ablog on
Exeriment withSight and Sund: TheNew publishing
An acquisitions editor intimidated by the Great Recessionhesitates to look at manuscripts by rst-time authors. Literaryagents mirror the editor’s timidity. Regrettable, but let’sremember: the traditional road to publication is not the onlyroute. “If we know anything for sure about publishing right now,” writes Seth Harwood, our featured speaker for the February21 meeting, “it’s that it is changing. Authors, I believe, mustbecome scientists running experiments with new technology, newpublicity strategies, marketing, you name it.”Holder of an MFA in ction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Seth has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, Stanford, UMass Boston, and at the City College of SanFrancisco. More than a dozen literary and crime/noir journalshave published his ction. In July 2006, when he e-posted freeof charge the rst episode of his gritty story
, hebecame the rst crime author to serialize his work as a podcast-only novel. Last May, Three Rivers Press put
into print. Traditionalists can buy the novel as a paperback. Or,promises Amazon.com, you can access the book “on your Kindle”in “less than a minute.” You can also visit Seth’s Web site atsethharwood.com, where
and three more of hisnovels are available to the public in free audio installments.Download the installments to your computer, then, explainsthe Web site, “sync to your iPod, MP3 Player, Zune, iRiver, PSP, whatever. Or you can just listen here on the net.” People hear agood story, want to see it in print, look for the paperback. ThreeRivers Press is not the only publisher aware of this phenomenon.We, too, should take note. The February meeting will be anopportunity to learn about the latest publishing technology. Let’sprepare ourselves to follow Seth’s informed suggestion that we“try things on our own.”