Island Writers' Network
|November 1, 2010 -- Minutes
members James Edward Alexander, Will Anderson, Ray Berberian, John Bickers, Tom Crawford, Lorie Getz, Ken
Getz, Anne Grace, Jane Hill, Max Judge, Sansing McPherson, Dee Merian, Greg Smorol, Norma Van Amberg, and
Mel Witmer; guests Joe Agee, Joe Makowsowicz, Janet Morris, and Richie Shivers; and program speaker John
Call to Order: Moderator Lorie Getz, called the meeting to order at 7:02. Brief introductions were made prior to
Program: John Woodring, computer technology teacher at Bluffton Middle School, spoke about e-book
technology. See end of minutes for a summary.
Minutes were approved as amended. Treasurer Greg Smorol reported a current balance of $1,785.73.
Book Sales – Charlie Thorn is recuperating well from heart surgery. No distribution update.
Publishing News – Dee Merian’s book, The Best Years of Flying: a Biography of Howard Hughes and TWA has
won a USA Book News "Best Books of 2010" award in the non-fiction narrative category. She will receive her
award at BookExpo America (BEA) at Javits Center in NYC in May 2011.
Marketing News – Lorie reported that we need a marketing and publicity chair. New member Rickie Shivers said
he can help.
Webmaster – Jane Hill encouraged members to join Facebook for the timeliest updates of member news and
Bravo Arts Fest – Lorie reported that the Chamber of Commerce subcommittee on Bravo has not met; several
of our members volunteered to participate, but no updated guidelines have been formulated.
Open Mike will occur on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Library, facilitated by Norm Levy.
· Lorie reported that HHI Library has agreed to add our two anthologies to their collection
· HHI library has been offering writing classes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., which are currently filled.
· HHI Library has asked IWN to co-sponsor a writing workshop by Batt Humphries, Charleston author of
Dead Weight. It was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously that IWN offer up to $200 to co-sponsor with
HHI library a writing workshop by Batt Humphries at a date TBD.
· The Heritage Library is looking for someone to write an historical play for local production for the Civil War
Sesquicentennial in 2011. Topic should be based on events leading to, during, and after the Civil War, 1861-65,
on Hilton Head and throughout the Lowcountry. Contact Bill Altstaetter at the Heritage Library (843-686-6560)
or at home (843-689-9558).
December 6 Meeting – Holiday Party - The December meeting will be a holiday party at the home of Dee Merian,
5 Golden Hind Drive, Hilton Head Plantation, on Monday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 p.m. IWN will buy beer, wine, soft
drinks, ice, and paper products. Members should bring an hors d’oeuvre or dessert to share and may bring
spouses or guests. Members are encouraged to write about a holiday memory to share that night. RSVPs are
necessary for gate pass and shopping quantities purposes. Detail to follow.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.
Sansing McPherson, Secretary
Program Summay: E-Publishing program by John Woodring
Buying an e-book (Kindle, Nook, i-Pad, Kobo, Smashwords)
· E-books now outsell paper-books 2 to 1. According to Association of American Publishers, the e-book field
grew 193% between Jan. and Aug. 2010.
· Woodring recommends the 3G feature if you are buying an e-reader.
· Nook & i-Pad offer color versions.
Publishing an e-book
· Many companies (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu.com) will e-publish for you. You will need to set up an
account with them.
· If you are doing conventional (paper) publishing, be sure to retain electronic rights so you can publish as
an e-book also.
· You can put your book on every e-book site. Many are free (Amazon & Smashwords are free).
· There is no editorial review. You are responsible for your own proofreading and editing.
· Formatting style (font, etc.) is up to you. Consider legibility and your reader demographic in your choice.
· Upload your formatted MS in HTML, PDF, e-Pub, Word, or Plain text. Amazon wants Word only.
· Upload your cover art in a separate step. Covers still sell books. Make it good.
· You get to price your own book. Tips: Keep it significantly lower than cost of a traditional book. Readers
have a certain balk-point. $.99 to $2.99 is a popular range for an unknown author. Even top authors don’t sell
well over $10. Don’t go with a pub that won’t let you set your own price.
· Obtain Digital Rights Management (DRM) to keep your work from being copied or shared without
permission. Check to be sure the e-publisher offers this.
· You can pick your royalty plan from 30% to 70%.
· Royalties will be forwarded to you about 60 days after the first sale. You must furnish bank info to the
publisher for royalty-forwarding purposes.
· You must do your own marketing – website, Facebook, contacting friends, etc.
John Woodring’s advice:
· The book has to be good. Mediocre or bad books won’t sell.
· Create an arresting cover. Great covers sell books.
· Price it cheaply.
· Don’t go with a publisher that won’t let you set your own price.
· Have a good business and marketing plan.
· Consider the demographics of your probable buyer/reader.