The View From the Helm
Since the last view from the helm, theclub has taken more steps into the Age of Internet Networks. Thanks to member Deborah Hymes, wenow Twitter, (twitter.com/CWC_Berkeley), andthe Berkeley Branch has its own blog under construction. Also, the Branch has a page atFacebook (CWC Berkeley) that already has over ahundred friends.
Browsing Twitter, we nd that the people who “follow” our twitter
offer an interesting pool of offbeat commentators. Some are twits, but all of them tweet.Blogging is already the province of great minds, e.g., (
- post.com/theblog/), as well as medium, medium-rare, rare, and raw minds.One quite well done is Deborah’s own blog (writervixen.typepad.com/writ-er_vixen_explains_it_/). Irreverent, iconoclastic, ironic, and irrepressible, ascoop of the Writer Vixen on your morning oats will get your wild daygoing.
I tried my hand at a club Facebook page. Its hundred-plus “friends”
include over a dozen from the Berkeley Branch, an equal number from other branches, with most of the rest writers and wannabes and a spritz of publishing-industry luminaries peeking in to keep up.
The ebb and ow of new tides of connectivity and outreach will
promote the club and publicize our events and programs. Our greater Web presence will lead to more visitors at our meetings as well as to our Internetsites.On our FB page Kemble Scott has already announced the releaseof his new book,
, as an e-Book at Scribd.com. He and two fellowauthors Tamimn Ansary and Joe Quirk, posted a brief video (youtube.com/
watch?v=KN8C0LBtwUY) at Youtube about why they released their books
in an online digital version. I liked Scott’s previous book,
, and for only two dollars I could buy
. Scott tells me he will receive
$1.60/book, 80 percent of the “cover” price.
Is Scribd.com a harbinger of things to come in the publishing business? Is Scribd.com the canary tweeting the demise of the print-on-demand industry? Will Amazon drop the price of Kindle books to$1.99? (LOL, in fact ROFL). By next week, will all of this be so last week?For opinions but not answers to these and other burning questions of our time, check The View From the Helm in future issues of
.- AL Levenson, President
Guidelines for theJuly and August
Open to members of theBerkeley Branch only.
Short pieces of ction andnonction, 350-1000 words.Poetry to 175 words.
Photographs and cartoons.All topics. No porn or gratuitousviolence.Prior publication OK, withcitation.Electronic submissions onlyto Writeangles@Gmail.com.In the subject line, write StoryEnclosed. Deadline for Julyissue is June 10; for Augustissue, July 10. Receipt of stories will be acknowledged.