The Scribe

s u m m e r 2012

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The Scribe
Table of Contents
FIRST STEP WRITER, NEXT STEP SPEAKER: How to Get Ready, Get Set, Speak! (pg 3) by Patricia Lorenz FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK: St. Louis Writers Guild and Social Media (pg 7) by Brad Cook WE PULL THE WEEDS by Faye Adams (pg 6) UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? by Lynn Obermoeller (pg 8) WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS: To Blog or Not to Blog with David Lucas (pg 9) SLWG LECTURE SERIES: Gerry Mandel (pg 10) WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS: Writing and Publishing Personal Essays with Dianna Graveman and Linda O'Connell (pg 11) Blue Page: FUTURE EVENTS (pg 12) Blue Page: IN THE NEXT ISSUE (pg 12)

Cover Picture is Busch Stadium

Editorial Board: Brad Cook, T.W Fendley, & Mohnish Soundararajan

2012 All rights reserved The Scribe is a publication by St. Louis Writers Guild

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FIRST STEP

WRITER, NEXT STEP

SPEAKER
© 2012 By Patricia Lorenz
One of the easiest ways to become a speaker is to
health? Perhaps you're a born-again leader for the Lord who also has an amazing singing voice. Use your talent during your speeches to entertain your audience to the maximum. Are you a Ph.D. psycho-therapist? The more letters you have behind your name the better because that makes you an expert and audiences always want to hear from an expert in any field. So work on getting your RN, MA, MD, L.L.D, Ph.D. or whatever demonstrates that you are fine-tuned educationally and have authority to speak on your subject. Write your speeches using plenty of good stories. Stories, especially personal ones, help to demonstrate your point by "showing not telling." If you're trying to convince an audience to spend more time with their children instead of buying them more stuff, you might tell a story about how you learned that lesson with your own children. Or how a friend's teenage son was killed by a drunk driver before he had time to take him on that often-promised fishing trip. Another important part of "getting ready" to be a speaker is the creation of three sheets of paper you can photocopy again and again. 1. the one-sheet 2. contract/information sheet 3. introduction sheet. The one-sheet is the most important because it's your main tool for getting speaking gigs in the first place. If you work with a speaker's bureau (which generally takes 15-25 percent of your earnings as their commission for getting you each speaking engagement) they will send your one-sheets out to potential clients. The one-sheet should be a professional-looking, two-color, two-sided, heavy stock, hand-out that will tell potential clients everything they need to know about you and your speaking career, including how to contact you. Hire a graphic artist to design it for you.

How to Get Ready, Get Set, Speak!

become a published writer first. Once you've got a few articles or stories under your belt or better yet, your first royalty-paying book out there on the bookshelves, you will suddenly find yourself being asked to speak to various groups, clubs, churches, organizations, retreats, seminars and classrooms. For some crazy reason the world thinks you're an expert on everything once you've been published. So run with it. If the idea of professional speaking scares the bejeebers out of you like it does most people, never fear. You’re not alone. Jerry Seinfeld once told his audience, "The number one fear people have is public speaking. The number two fear is death. So if you're ever asked to give a eulogy, you're actually worse off than the guy in the casket." Luckily, people who make most or part of their income from professional speaking learn to overcome their fear of it rather quickly. How? You simply have to get ready, get set and speak.

GET READY
you have to have something to speak about. Sit down and write three to four good speeches. What are you passionate about? What are your talents? Where does your education lie? Are you a political maven who desperately wants to clean up the water supply in your town? Have you lost 50 pounds and want to share your secrets of good

First of all

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The extra cost will be well worth the professional look your piece will have. The main ingredients of a one-sheet are: your photo, short bio, list of your keynotes and seminars with a brief description of each, some quotes from happy clients about your speaking ability, and a partial client list. You'll probably want to make a new onesheet every year or two to keep your information upto-date. When designing your one-sheet, keep in mind that less is more. Leave enough white space to encourage a potential client to actually read everything on both sides of the sheet. The contact/information sheet is simply a fill-inthe-blanks form that you can send to your client. (See example): Contact information sheet Name: Address: Phone/fax: E-mail: In order to confirm my speaking at your event, please complete this form and return a copy to me. Thank you. Name of Event______________________________ Date and Time_______________________________ Location ___________________________________ Sponsored By________________________________ Sponsor's Address____________________________ Phone_____________________Fax______________ E-mail______________________________________ My Contact__________________________________ Phone_________ E-mail________________________ Contact's Address_____________________________ Title of my talk:______________________________ Length of talk:_______________________________ When shall I arrive?__________________________ Depart?____________________________________ Please send map. Are all travel expenses covered?__________________ If driving, please include amount you will reimburse for mileage_________________________________ Meals and Lodging provided?__________________ Who makes airline reservations? _______________ Airport____________________________________ Anticipated Number in Attendance _____________ Women only?_______ Men only? ______________ General Description of group and other pertinent information: _______________________________ May I bring my books to sell at my special author's discount?__________________________________

Will you provide a book table?________________ Volunteer cashier?___________________________ Are you taping my talk ?______________________ If so, may I have a complimentary cassette? __________________________________________ Do you need a photo of me for publicity purposes?________ (Please return photo.) I will need a podium and microphone. A lavaliere microphone is preferred, however I can work with whatever you can provide. SPEAKING FEE AGREED UPON BY SPEAKER AND SPONSOR: $_____________ Signed: ____________________________ Date: ______________________________ The introduction sheet is a brief bio, no longer than three short paragraphs so the person who will introduce you has some accurate facts about your background, experience and accomplishments. Always mail or fax a copy of the introduction sheet to the client and then bring one along to the event in case the introducer forgets his/her copy. I always make a point to tell the person introducing me to say as little or as much as they want to say from the sheet and that I will be happy with whatever they want to do in the introduction.

GET SET

interested in becoming professional speakers are: How does one find speaking gigs and how much do I charge? The first answer is easy. Simply put in a year or two of low-paying or freebie gigs. Consider it your master's degree in professional speaking. 1. Hit every service organization: Rotary, Lions, Jaycees, Kiwanis, Optimist, American Legion, VFW, and offer to speak. They usually don't pay speakers but they are always looking for good ones. 2. Send your one-sheet to every church and school in your area. Both institutions have many opportunities for speakers, including parent/teacher meetings. 3. Visit every hospital and talk to the community outreach person. They often hire speakers for various functions. 4. Join Toastmasters to get in lots of practice of speaking before groups. You'll also receive good feedback and critiques on your talks at Toastmasters. 5. Join a writer's group and research interesting topics the other writers need to learn and present it as a speech every so often. How do you set fees? The answer to that is not so easy. After many years as a professional speaker, I

The two most frequently asked questions from people

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still have difficulty setting my fees. I'm often a pushover when it comes to negotiating. How can you say no to a sweet 80-year-old woman who desperately wants you to speak to her woman's group and all they have in their budget for speakers is $50? The best solution is to try to get a number of speaker's bureaus to represent you. Even though they charge 15 to 25 percent of your gross income for each speech, they also have no problem representing you as a speaker worth lots more than perhaps you'd care to brag about. It's simply easier when someone else besides you is talking about what a dynamic, funny, interesting speaker you are. If you're negotiating on your own, ask the meeting planner what their budget is for speakers. Find out what they paid last year's keynote speaker for the same event. If they say, "We're non-profit and only have $100 to pay a speaker," you can come back with, "Well, I usually make $500 to $800 for a speech, however, I'm willing to work with you. Would you consider charging each of your members $2 to help cover the cost of the speaker? Or could you put out a free-will offering to help cover my costs? Professional speaking is how I make my living and I must be paid for my work." The speakers who make good money behind the microphone, make that money because they're good. And that has everything to do with practice, practice, practice and some natural talent. When you reach the ceiling of your own capability and talent, you won't progress much further. In other words, in the speaking business, the good get better and make more money....the mediocre get few gigs and rarely make much money. If you can work a crowd, not read your speech, know how to handle a microphone, can put the audience at ease, add lots of humor to your presentations, tell great stories, make the audience love you and identify with you because you are "one of them" and not up there to show off...then you'll probably get asked again and again to speak. And the busier your calendar, the more money you can demand. You know what they say: Writers write. Well, speakers have to speak in order to get good. Being an extrovert who loves people and can strike up conversations with strangers easily are two characteristics of a good speaker. Be sure to leave your one-sheets on a table in the back of the room for people to take home. You'll be surprised how many referral speeches you're asked to do if you've truly entertained an audience. Word of mouth because you're good is the best and easiest way to get more gigs. If you're an author who will be selling your books after your speech, be sure to buy a suitcase on wheels to use to bring your books to the various engagements. Nothing ruins a good talk like an aching back from schlepping boxes of books up two flights of stairs. After a time or two you'll be thinking that the person who invented wheels on suitcases should be canonized to sainthood.

Buy a case of 16- to 20-ounce water bottles and keep it in the trunk of your car. It's been said that a speaker loses a quart of water during every 45-minute to one-hour talk. Invariably, in the rush to get your books, notes and handouts organized, you may forget your water bottle, which can be your best friend during and after your talk. If you do forget, you'll have lots of extras right in the back of your car. Make it a habit to give your client lots more than they expect of you. Get there at least 30 to 60 minutes before your presentation so you can survey the site, set up your book table, help move chairs and tables if necessary, make sure the microphone works and is positioned correctly. Talk to the people as they enter the room. Find out about the community and the organization. Ask the name of the boss, president of the club, or director and if that person is present, be sure to include him or her in a joke or humorous oneliner. The audience will love it. Your clothing and accessories are two very important elements in the speaker's world. The number one rule is always dress for comfort. I usually wear a very comfortable stretchy fabric suit with elastic-waist pants and the most comfortable, softleather pair of low-heeled shoes I own. You're not there to impress them with your wardrobe. You're there to share what's in your heart, head and soul. When trying to decide whether to be casual or dressy, find out what the audience will be wearing from the person who hired you then dress accordingly. If they're in casual pants and sweaters, you might want to add a jacket to your ensemble to give you a sense of professionalism. When it comes to jewelry, less is more. Never wear big jewelry that moves, dangles or sparkles annoyingly in bright lights. And if they slap a white adhesive-backed name tag on your chest when you arrive, be sure to take it off before you reach the microphone. Nothing is more distracting to an audience than a rectangular-shaped piece of white paper attached to your chest.

SPEAK!

Be glad you're nervous! It's your best friend. Those butterflies are actually adrenaline surging through your body, pumping you up and giving you lots of extra energy. You want that energy on the platform. Before you go on, leave the banquet hall or meeting room for a few minutes and walk briskly up and down the corridor saying to yourself, "I'm the best doggone speaker they've ever heard and I'm going to knock 'em dead! They're going to love what I have to say!" Say it with passion and by the time you're introduced you'll practically run up to that microphone, ready to give your best speech ever. If the program is running over-time and the audience seems fidgety and you haven't even been

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introduced yet, remain calm. One time I was the keynote speaker at a morning event that ended with a free lunch for 400 members of an electric co-op. The program ran over by 45 minutes and the aroma of the free chicken dinner was wafting into the auditorium. By the time they finally got around to introducing me, the audience was tired, hungry and had been sitting on hard metal chairs for over three hours. I raced to the podium, made a joke pleading with them that they not use the free screwdrivers they'd received in the morning as weapons of mass destruction against the speaker and promised that I'd have them in the chicken line in 30 minutes. They all clapped and once I had them on my side, they sat enraptured for the next half-hour. Lots of things can go wrong for a speaker. We just have to go with the flow and make merry. Engage the audience. I often start my motivational or inspirational speeches by asking the audience to describe their past week in one word. The answers I'm looking for are "stressful" and "hectic" since those describe the state of most Americans these days. But for a few minutes I joke with audience about the various words they toss out. During my "Follow Your Dreams While You're Still Awake" speech, I ask the audience to either write down or share one dream or goal they have for their life. Audiences are usually more attentive when they know the speaker is truly interested in them and not just up there to spew out his or her own thoughts and feelings. Even if you don't have books to sell, be sure to have flyers about your various talks on a table for the audience to pick up. Share your e-mail address and business phone number so those who want to contact you for additional speaking opportunities can do so with little hassle. At least 90 percent of all my speaking jobs are by word-of-mouth and from the information I leave on a table in the back room. You might also want to have a sign-up sheet for those in attendance. If you hand out business cards, ask members of your audience for their business cards. Develop a data base of names and addresses of all those people who buy your books so you can inform them by e-mail (fast and cheap) when your new book comes out or when and where you're going to be speaking next. Being a well-prepared speaker is as simple as get ready, get set, speak. Follow these steps and you're on your way to a fun, rewarding career filled with lots of free lunches and dinners, interesting new people and checks in the bank that'll make your life sizzle. ###

magazines and newspapers; is a contributing writer for twenty-three Daily Guideposts books; four dozen anthologies; and is an award-winning newspaper columnist. She’s been a single parent since 1985, raised two daughters and two sons and had kids in college for 17 years in a row. In 2004 she moved from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to Florida and says she loves her empty nest and the freedom to follow her dreams while she’s still awake. She can be reached at patricialorenz@juno.com. Or visit her website at www.patricialorenz.com

We Pull the Weeds
(Poetry Form: Rondeau)
By Faye Adams We pull the weeds from dawn till night, and pray for rain on summer's blight, as muscles strain and blisters bleed; we will not bow to nature's creed, but dig and pull with all our might. What burning zeal she dares ignite; she sows those thistle seeds in spite, and mocks our pain as we proceed to pull the weeds. If all our birds have taken flight and blooms once lush are shriveled tight; if summer fields stand choked in weed and nature scalds us with her greed, then stiff intent inflames our fight to pull the weeds.

Patricia Lorenz is an internationally known inspirational, art-of-living writer and speaker. She’s the author of thirteen books and one of the top contributors in the country to the “Chicken Soup For the Soul” books with stories in over 60 of them. She has had over 400 articles published in numerous

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retweeting members and industry posts, we live tweet and recap all our events using the hash tag #slwg. We also use Twitter for all last-minute announcements, weather cancellations, and deadline reminders.

From the

President's Desk: St. Louis
Writers Guild and

Social Media
By Brad R. Cook President

The Eliot Blog Before we all liked Facebook and Twitter’s first tweet, the Eliot Blog was the Writers’ Guild’s way of communicating through the internet. The blog is for all members of St. Louis Writers Guild, if you have some great post about writing, something that has to be shared, then post it there. The articles should be about writing or St. Louis Writers Guild. If you want to only talk about yourself, set up your own blog, but if you want to write about passive voice, then the Eliot Blog is waiting. Here’s News! The exclamation point means it’s urgent. Here’s News! is the promotional wing of St. Louis Writers Guild, and provide the service of informing you about all the literary organizations in St. Louis, not just St. Louis Writers Guild. So send your cover images, book promotions, signing events, submission calls, and other exciting news to news@stlwritersguild.org. Here’s News! goes out once or twice a month. It’s free and anyone can sign up. The link is on home page of the website. Don’t forget to check the Members’ Corner for the latest news from St. Louis Writers Guild. The center of all SLWG’s social media is the website www.stlwritersguild.org (Stay tuned--It's being revamped this summer.)

the story of our lives. When I think about some future historian looking back, as I did with the founders of St. Louis Writers Guild, they will have such a greater understanding of each of us and the organization. When researching the history of St. Louis Writers Guild, my greatest resource was the newspaper. You might get some quotes, a general feel for the meeting, and of course, the facts, but when a future historian goes looking for St. Louis Writers Guild, they’ll have Facebook, Twitter, Here’s News!, even The Scribe to look back on. Not to mention what they’ll be able to find out about noted members and past-presidents. So make certain you are utilizing these tools to their fullest potential, and keep your great-great-grandkids in mind when you post. Saint Louis Writers Guild on Facebook Facebook is the current leader of the social sites, and we’re all posting to our timelines, but for the Writers’ Guild, Facebook is our main discussion board. I encourage all members to ask questions, promote your book, and post the details of your book-related events. We also use the event notices to get out the word about our workshops, lectures, open mics, and special events. It’s a place where writers can sit around every day and talk about writing. Twitter @stlwritersguild. My quick sell for why writers should be on Twitter – Follow the Publishing Industry. Twitter is a way to reach a wider, worldwide audience. St. Louis Writers Guild has followers across the globe. Beyond

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St. Louis Basilica

Up for the

Challenge?
By Lynn Obermoeller

of myself as open-minded, but in all honesty, I’m probably not when it comes to social media. Actually I’m challenged when it comes to social media. It took time before I signed up for a Facebook page. Once on I enjoyed it, but found I’d get depressed looking at other people’s pages. They seemed more interesting, they had more friends, and they knew more things about how everything worked. I went back and forth on whether I liked or was getting anything out of having a Facebook page. I found others who felt the same way. Then there were those who loved it, almost to the point that it was their life. As a writer, the next big thing was to blog. Again, it took me a while before I jumped into blogging. I co-blogged with my siblings first, thinking it’d make it easier to share a blog. Eventually I branched out and created my own blog. For me, blogging was a discipline to help me to write every day. Every day proved to be too much and now I blog regularly once a week. I have met an immense number of friends through blogland. When Twitter arrived, I didn’t even know what it was though I had created an account. A friend had sent a message that she had published a book and I wanted to congratulate her. The only way I could do that was to set up an account. Not knowing, I twittered, “Congratulations!” After that, different people said they were following me on Twitter. Really? I ignored it all because I didn’t understand Twitter. This past April, I read a Writer's Digest article about building a platform. Wanting to be more

I like to think

knowledgeable about this aspect of being a writer, I clicked on the article, which led me to “My Name is Not Bob” (aka MNINB) blog. Robert Lee Brewer, editor for Writer's Digest, challenged anyone to build a platform in 30 days—hence The April Platform Challenge. (http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/2012/04/aprilplatform-challenge-day-1.html) Here I learned a wealth of information about social media: the ins and outs of all of it… the hows and whys, the dos and don’ts, the advantages and disadvantages, the just try it and decide for yourself which form suits you best. I was so challenged, I thought my head would explode. Whether I need all of it or not, I’m still undecided. However, I am more knowledgeable. If you want to learn more about social media and platforming, I challenge you to take MNINB’s Platform Challenge. Within the blog, there are a gazillion writing links. You’ll be directed to Jane Friedman’s blog on writing and social media. Jane was a presenter at the Missouri Writers' Guild writing conference this past April. I’m still a bit challenged. I know I have lots more to learn about social media. I’m not sure that we can know it all. But I at least opened my mind and took the challenge… and yes, I completed everything Robert challenged us to do. So, how about you? Up for the challenge? http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/2012/05 /how-to-build-or-improve-your-writer.html http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/ http://janefriedman.com/ http://www.missouriwritersguild.org./

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Workshop for Writers:

To Blog or Not to Blog with David Lucas
by Jennifer Stolzer

modern world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the changing face of marketing. One of the most important aspects of this new age is blogging, and at the May 5 workshop, professional blogger David Lucas addressed the importance of speaking your mind on the web. The first question is, of course, "What is a blog?" There are all different kinds of websites that can be considered a blog, from text posts like journals to political platforms to web-hosted video and radio broadcasts. These various blogs cover all imaginable topics and can change as quickly as the minds of the authors. Blogging is good for writers because it helps them develop a voice and find a foothold with a community of similarly interested persons. With so many blogs hosted on the web, it's hard for a fledgling blogger to stand out and get noticed. Bloggers should pick a topic they enjoy and know well. Being an expert will give the blog weight and make updating it easier in the long run. Of course, such expertise requires some research. Read and post relevant resources to broaden the range of your blog and invite curious people to follow. When authors find the proper topic, it is time to choose a host. Many free sites such as Wordpress or Blogger provide a more professional layout without a fee. Each of these services caters to different kinds of publication so find a platform that fits the desired blog style and try it out. Once the blog is established, it's important to stay connected. Encourage readers to comment on entries, and make sure you respond to those comments in thoughtful ways. Become a resource and reach out to other authors and experts for input. Tagging posts on similar blogs will draw interest without begging for views, and add credence to your blog through association. There are also things would-be bloggers should not do, such as posting irrelevant links or content and embedding automatic media players that might drive off viewers. It's important to be as genuine and approachable as possible, so avoid political statements, foul language, and offensive content unless it is relevant to the topic discussed. Maintaining a professional attitude raises the reputation of both the author and their work as a whole. For authors, blogging is the new platform for marketing books. When launching books, try to join a “blog tour” to gain appeal and readership for both the book and the author blog. Use supplemental sites like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google+ and Pinterest to widen the scope and maximize the book's exposure. Authors can gain a lot of publicity by sharing a link here or there. In summary, blogs are the marketing of the future. It may seem daunting, but if budding bloggers pick the right subject, engage their audience, and stay professional, a blog can be an invaluable tool from both a writing and publishing standpoint.

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SLWG Lecture Series: Gerry Mandel By Lauren Miller
Shadows and Substance: My Time with Charlie Chaplin is the story of Cooper Thiery, a
Charlie Chaplin for nearly half a century. He was first introduced to Chaplin through his films playing at a bar in Sausalito. He’s been obsessed ever since. "It kind of became a compulsion with me,” Mandel told the audience gathered May 17 at Maryville University for the SLWG Lecture Series. "I've got a wall covered with Chaplin posters...[and] over a hundred books."

Writing a book that combined a real person in a fictional story left a lot to the imagination. "I love to embellish," Mandel said. Following his struggles to find an agent, Mandel chose to self-publish. He emphasized the importance of a finding a good designer because a great cover and industry-standard typeset are still important to readers. A life-size standup cutout of Charlie Chaplin, provided by Mandel, delighted guests and made for a great photo-op. Shadows and Substance is available for purchase at Abebooks and Amazon. It recently became available on Kindle.

Gerry Mandel has known

contemporary film artist hired to write a tell-all documentary. Chaplin, among other film legends, makes an appearance as a guide. Mandel showed a short video on the life of Chaplin and read a few excerpts. From the selection, the most poignant moment was when Chaplin confided in Cooper, “I never made enough to buy my freedom from my childhood.” Mandel enjoyed researching Chaplin’s background, visiting the original studio (bought by the Henson Company), and dining at a re-creation of the Brown Derby Restaurant, the upscale hotspot for Hollywood stars Mae West, Douglas Fairbanks and Chaplin.

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WORKSHOP F O R W R I T E R S:
Writing and Publishing Personal Essays

with Dianna Graveman and Linda O'Connell

By Jennifer Stolzer
is a conversation that takes place both between the author and the audience and within the author's head. It is a delicate combination of truth and fabrication requiring the left-brain to recall and sort facts and the right-brain to spin them in an entertaining way. On June 2, Linda O'Connell and Dianna Graveman discussed the art of creative nonfiction and shared tips on how and where to publish it. Writing an essay is the first step in the process. Everyone has a unique and interesting life, but it is the writer's job to turn a life into a story. Every personal essay should have a beginning, middle, and end. It is important to identify the story's conflict, then layer intrigue and imagery around it in a telling way. This should be done using strong verbs and descriptions that resonate with the reader and details that help paint the mood. Linda O'Connell has found great success publishing essays with clever dialogue and vivid detail. She told essay writers it was okay to fabricate certain details like time, weather, or specific dialogue, but warned against bending the truth. “Nobody has a perfect memory so tell the story as best you can. Fill in the gaps if you must, but never change facts to improve your story. That's fiction.” She encouraged the use of a mirrored beginning and end to draw every essay to a satisfying

The personal essay

conclusion. Writers should consider the sum of the retold experience and leave the readers an “aha moment” to take with them at the end. Proper planning and focused writing are the keys to a strong essay. Write the narration in firstperson perspective and keep the point of view consistent. The motivations of characters, even composite ones, must be communicated through personal observation, just like in life. Don't be a mindreader and don't forget the characters in your essay are living people with reputations to protect. Defamation and invasion of privacy are legal offenses that can take a nonfiction writer by surprise. “When you injure a person's reputation, you make others question whether they should deal with that person,” Dianna Graveman explained. Even longago criminal acts can bring individuals harm if the criminal mentioned has rejoined society. Leave out embarrassing facts if they are not critical information and use creative, plausible ways to mask the identity of characters who must be portrayed in a negative light. Sometimes it's necessary to have subjects sign a release form or to incorporate what's known as the “Pinocchio Clause” in the front of a memoir to excuse a faulty memory and buffer against lawsuit. Often publishers will ask authors to sign a contract placing the legal ramifications and consequences of false information on the author alone with no promise of protection. Publishing personal essays is a complicated process. Both Linda and Dianna stressed the importance of targeting the right market, and submitting often. Hundreds of anthologies, journals and contests accept personal essays. Make sure to follow publication guidelines and properly format your draft. If a piece is rejected, don't be discouraged; sometimes editors reject pieces through no fault of the author. Keep writing and submitting and never give up. “If you are still doubtful that anyone would be interested in your story the answer is 'yes,'” Linda said. “We get published all the time writing about our personal business.” Combine creativity and life to create compelling stories that will take you far. Dianna and Linda are currently compiling three books in an anthology series from Publishing Syndicate--Not Your Mother's Book ... On Family, Not Your Mother’s Book ... On Being a Mom, and Not Your Mother’s Book ... On Moms-to-Be. The submission deadline is the first of October; visit Linda or Dianna on the web (lindaoconnell.blogspot.com and diannagraveman.com) or the Publishing Syndicate's website, publishingsyndicate.com, for information on submitting.

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July 7 - Workshop for Writers July 8 - Kickstarter Campaign ends for Writers In The Park July 10 - Station Open Mic July 19 - SLWG Lecture Series presents A Night with the Founders of SLWG August 4 - Workshop for Writers August 14 - Station Open Mic August 16 - Members-only Webinar August 25 - Writers in the Park, a free miniconference

FUTURE EVENTS

IN THE NEXT ISSUE

Our goal is to make The Scribe a newsletter you'll look forward to reading and be proud to share. Help us reach that goal by providing us your articles, opinion pieces, short fiction (1,500 words or less), and poems about the theme for the next issue: GENRE FICTION. Please contact News@stlwritersguild.org for additional information, if needed, or send your submissions by August 31.

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