Island Writers' Network
|November 5, 2012 -- Minutes
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, November 5, 2012, at the Heritage Library with nineteen people
attending: James Edward Alexander, Will Anderson, Ray Berberian, John Bickers, Bob Bredin, Len Camarda,
Tom Crawford, Lorie Getz, Jane Hill, Norm Levy, Marilyn Lorenz, Sansing McPherson, Anne-Marie Mooney, Bert
Mooney, Peter Schwarzlose, Kent Thune, Gene Youtz; and visitors Kim France, who became a member, and Will
Moderator Tom Crawford called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Minutes of the October 1 meeting were
approved as submitted electronically.
Treasurer’s report: In the absence of treasurer Greg Smorol, Sansing McPherson reported a balance on hand
of $3,383.14. Thirty-three people have paid dues to date (with 2 more paying at the end of the meeting.)
Publishing News: Tom Crawford’s book Goli Otok will go on Kindle this week. He has a launch event at the
Seabrook on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. The public is invited, and there will be refreshments. He will
announce the upcoming publication of our anthology at the event.
Moderator’s report: Tom Crawford
* Tom reported that the Arts and Culture Committee is moving to gain 501(c)(3) status and create a web page
at an estimated cost of $1,500. The committee is strongly considering one-time dues for membership of $100.
Sansing suggested that Tom inquire whether dues could be scaled for size of organization, since large arts
organizations such as the Symphony, Arts Center, and Choral Society are also members. Marilyn pointed out
that $100 is still less than what we used to pay the Chamber of Commerce for a lot less benefit.
* Tom also reported that the Island Community Council plans a 350/30 Celebration for September 30 –
October 5, 2013, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of Capt. William Hilton’s first sighting of Hilton Head
Island and the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Hilton Head. The Hilton Head Institute is
planning an arts festival as part of the celebration, and IWN can participate
Anthology: Jane Hill
* Editing: each contributor has received his or her formatted copy for final sign-off on edits, and half have
been returned. Speedy return on the others is vital.
* Pricing: After a discussion of pricing of the first two anthologies and several member books published by
CreateSpace, Sansing moved, and it was seconded and passed that the membership grant power to the
Editorial Board to make the final decision on price and whether the bar code will scan the price or leave it open.
* Marketing: Marilyn and Gene suggested we get stickers to put on previous anthologies reading, “Local
Authors, Vol. I,” or Vol. II or Vol. III. She commented that a “Local Author” sticker helped pick up sales of her
book Great Blue Gert.
Publicity: Sansing McPherson. We need to get publicity into the December issues of major area media in time
for Christmas shopping. Sansing will submit to The Bluffton Sun and contact David Lauderdale of The Island
Packet. She will ask Bobbi Hahn to contact CH2 and Norma Van Amberg to contact Hilton Head Monthly. An
electronic color copy of the cover can be made available for each. She asked each person who lives in a
community with a newsletter to find out the cost of ads or announcements.
Launch events: Focus will be on the anthology as the ideal local Christmas gift.
* Coastal Discovery Museum - Sansing reported that IWN has been included in CDM’s Lowcountry Craft Market
on Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 2. It will be tight, but Jane thinks we will have our books by then. Tom Crawford
offered to do set-up that morning. Other volunteers are Ray Berberian, Gene Youtz, Lori and Ken Getz,
Sansing McPherson, James Edward Alexander, Marilyn Lorenz, and Len Camarda. Authors of other books may
also sell their books under a strict format from CDM. Both Lorie and Marilyn cautioned about payment problems
they’ve had with their books at CDM in the past. Sansing will email sales requirements to any authors
interested in selling their books.
* Seabrook – Tom will try to schedule a sales and signing event in December.
* Cypress – Marilyn will try to schedule a similar event.
* Indigo Pines – Lorie and Ken Getz will look into an event there.
* Tide Pointe – Peter has done a book talk and signing there and will look into how to schedule one for the
* SHARE Center and Emeritus are two other senior centers to consider.
Open Mike: Norm Levy announced the next one will be Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage
Library. Last month the building cleaning crew locked the doors after Norm had unlocked them, and at least 2
members were locked out and could not attend.
Next Meeting: Monday, Dec. 3, will be our traditional Christmas Party. James Edward said he would ask his wife
if they can host again. IWN buys drinks, ice, and paper products. Members bring finger-food hors d’oeuvres
and desserts. Sansing will email final details.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Sansing McPherson, IWN Secretary