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Write Angles 11-08

Write Angles 11-08

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cover: Jack London's cabin in Oakland's Jack London Square
cover: Jack London's cabin in Oakland's Jack London Square

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Published by: California Writer's Club - Berkeley Branch on Jun 21, 2010
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Jack London's Cabin, Jack London Square, Oakland, California
In 1968 Russ Kingman, an area businessman with a passion for Jack London, headed anexpedition to the Alaskan wilderness to authenticate a tiny cabin discovered in the woods on thenorth fork of Henderson Creek. The cabin was said to be the location where Jack Londonwintered in 1897-98 when he was prospecting during the Yukon gold rush. Kingman broughtSgt. Ralph Godfrey, a handwriting expert from the Oakland Police Department's forgery detail,along to verify London's signature which was scratched out on the ceiling. Once the cabin wasdetermined to be legitimate it was disassembled, packed out of the wilderness and the logsdivided into two piles. Half went to Dawson City, Canada and half was purchased by the Portand came to Oakland. Two cabins were replicated from the original materials and now bothcities have duplicate tributes to Jack London, world renowned author and adventurer.The cabin was dedicated on July 1, 1970.Donated by The Port of Oakland.
September 2008
 November 2008
D. Patrick Miller, our featured speaker for the November 15meeting, can guide us on a journey of self-discovery and, at the same time,help us get published. His books include
 Love After Life, My JourneyThrough the Plant World: a Novel of Sexual Initiation,Understanding ACourse in Miracles, Instructions of the Spirit, The Book of Practical Faith
, and
 A Little Book of  Forgiveness
. In 1997, after selling three of his projects to major publishers, Miller founded FearlessBooks to continue publication of his writing. Morethan 75 of his articles have appeared in a widevariety of magazines, including
Yoga Journal, Self, Natural Health, Healthy Living 
, and
 Reader’s Digest 
. His poetry has been published in anumber of magazines and several anthologies.As a collaborator, ghost writer, or principal editor, Miller hashelped other authors prepare manuscripts for Viking, Doubleday, Warner,Simon & Schuster, Jeremy P. Tarcher, and John Wiley & Sons. Atop-ranked volunteer expert on publishing at AllExperts.com, he provides professional consultations to literary agents and publishers as well as to
authors writing ction and nonction. Miller has worked for many years
with the Linda Chester Literary Agency of New York, whichrecommends his critique services. He is a member of the Authors Guildand serves as president of the Northern California chapter of theAmerican Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).Miller’s webpage at www.fearlessbooks.com is interesting to visit.He not only encourages us to release guilt, gain trust, practice patience, and learn transcendence but also offers advice on agencyrepresentation, working with the independent press, co-op or  print-on-demand publication, electronic publishing, and self-publishing.Whether you seek a path to enlightenment or the road to publication, bringyour questions to the November meeting.- David Baker 
Table of Contents
Guided by an Inner Light
 David Baker 1
The View From theHelm
 AL Levenson 2
Member News
  Anne Fox 3
E-zines That Pay and Other Market Resources
 Lucille Bellucci 4 Duotr ope
Online MarketDatabase andSubmission Tracker 
 AL Levenson 5
Looking f or a Book Friend/Critic?
  Barbara Ruffner 5
Your Contract With Your CritqueGroup
 AL Levenson 6 
 AL Levenson 6 
On the Horizon
 AL Levenson 8
:Saturday, November 15, 2008,
from 10 a.m. until noon.
Jack London Square, Oakland.Inside Barnes & Noble Book Store at the Event Loft.
The View From The Helm
 November 2008
2A month ago I was having coffee with Lucille Bellucci, one of theBerkeley Branch’s most productive members. The subject of e-zines came up,and she said this had been an exciting new piece of her writing life. She beganto look into e-zines almost three years ago. She reports regular sales and saysshe really made no changes to accommodate to the new market and likes thesavings in postage, paper, etc.Lucille’s article about e-zines, her newest, best friends, appears in thisissue. Also see reference to her in Member News.* * * * * * *On October 19, along with fourteen delegates from other branches, I attended the quarterly meeting of the Central board of the California Writers Club.Attendance is an opportunity for me to learn what goes on at the state level, to learn how other branchesoperate, and to come to know the best and brightest club members across the state: successful professionals andserious hobbyists, generous every one.This meeting dealt with a number of subjects, including projects related to the Centennial, guidelines for the formation of a new Branch, implementation of an online forum for the Central Board (possibly reducing thenumber of physical meetings).Co-publishing emerged as the most exciting topic. The Sonoma Branch has been co-publishing withUnlimited Publishing for three years. They have produced an annual anthology as well as three books bymember authors. Although there was discussion of the CWC entering into a multibook deal with a publisher, astraw vote of the Central Board heavily favored leaving control at the branch level.
And a nal word. Statewide, the CWC has sustained a signicant attrition in its membership, down toslightly under 1000 from the 1200 at the end of last year. I don’t know if this is a typical annual uctuation from
all memberships expiring in June though new members are added all year long, or if this is still one morecasualty of our several national uncertainties. Only two branches showed a small increase—South Bay, thelargest branch, is up to 191 members from last year’s 186; and Berkeley, up to 67 from the 65 we closed last year with. I can only think there is a special dynamism at work in the Berkeley Branch helping us to buck thestatewide trend, the dynamism we need to continue to nourish. Membership numbers are simply a way of keeping score.* * * * * * *
Although I have not specically mentioned it before, I am always open to membership feedback— 
suggestions for what you’d like to see, especially from people who are willing to help implement innovativeideas.The View from the Helm is all clear ahead, visibility unlimited, and we’re calling for more steam fromthe engine room.- AL Levenson, President

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