Island Writers' Network
|October 4, 2010 -- Minutes
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, Oct. 4, at 7: 00 p.m. at the Heritage Library. Present were
members Ray Berberian, John Bickers, Len Camarda, Tom Crawford, Bobbi Hahn, Bob Hamel, Jane Hill, Marilyn
guest Claudia Kennedy; and program speaker Jim Jordan.
Call to Order: In the absence of Moderator Lorie Getz, Sansing McPherson, Secretary, called the meeting to
order at 7:05. Brief introductions were made prior to the program.
Program: Savannah tour guide and historian Jim Jordan spoke of his experiences researching, writing, and
marketing his historical fiction book, Savannah Grey. Research took three years followed by another year-and-a-
half working with a professional editor, Stephen Hoffius. He said the editor made extensive changes to his
manuscript, but he feels it is much stronger as a result. Jordan grew weary of the agent/editor query-and-
rejection routine and self-published with Xlibris. He spent his first year aggressively self-marketing through
personal speaking, on-line sales, and persuading books stores to carry the book. Since Xlibris offered a program
making a book available through a national distributor so the big chain books stores would carry it, he paid
about $500 per year for that service. To date he has sold about 4,000 copies of the book. Jordan had two
pieces of advice: work with a professional editor and, if possible, spin off articles from your research or
manuscript to publish in journals, which adds to your credentials.
Minutes were approved as amended. Treasurer Greg Smorol was absent. His report will be submitted via e-mail
The report shows a current balance of $1,731.73.
· Monday, Nov. 1 – John Woodring will give a program on formatting your manuscript for e-books (Kindle, etc.)
· The Dec. 6 meeting will be our annual party at the home of Dee Merian in Hilton Head Plantation. Significant
others invited. RSVP necessary to get gate passes. IWN buys drinks, ice, and paper goods. Members are
asked to bring food to share. More details forthcoming.
Community outreach – Ray Berberian and Sansing McPherson will act as judges for the Hilton Head Middle
School PTA literature contest next month.
Publishing News –
· Fred Bassett will have a book signing of his new novel, South Wind Rising, and his poetry book, The Old Stoic
Faces the Mirror, this Saturday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn near Moss Creek on Fording Island
· Max Judge will have a signing of his book, The Bronco Girl, this month at Borders in West Lafayette, IN. His
daughter, Ann Judge Wegener, the Bronco Girl, will be with him.
Webmaster – Jane Hill reminded members to check our website, www.iwn-hhi.org or Facebook page for further
details of member news and events.
Marketing News – Tom Crawford reported anthology sales at B. Shaver in Savannah and Mingles at Coligny.
They will forward checks to our treasurer. Bob Hamel reported sales by Burkes. Bobbi Hahn said the Salem OH
Historical Society is putting a copy of our anthology, Hilton Headings, in its collection.
Writing Workshops –
· Jane Hill announced the SC Writers Workshop will be held in Myrtle Beach Oct. 23 and 24.
· Sansing McPherson announced that Steve Berry, bestselling thriller writer, is giving a workshop in Beaufort
on Jan. 17 through USCB Continuing Ed. Space is still available. For registration information, call Jo Ann
Kingsley at 521-4147
Open Mike will occur on Monday, Oct. 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Library, facilitated by Norm Levy.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.
Sansing McPherson, Secretary