Island Writers' Network
|February 6, 2012 -- Minutes
The Island Writers' Network met on Monday, February 6th, 2012. Moderator Tom Crawford called the meeting
to order at 7:00 p.m. with 32 people attending: James Edward Alexander, Will Anderson, Ray Berberian, John
Bickers, Robert Bredin, Art Cornell, Tom Crawford, Judith Finman, Sheila Gale, Lorie Getz, Anne Grace, Bobbi
Hahn, Susan Lee, Norm Levy, Marilyn Lorenz, Cathy McNamee, Charlie McOuat, Sansing McPherson, Janet
Morris, David Schofield, Peter Schwarzlose, Greg Smorol, Charlie Thorn, Norma Van Amberg, Mel Witmer, Gene
Youtz; and visitors/newly joined members Pam Davis, Dave Huprich, Anne-Marie Mooney, Bert Mooney, Jim
Schulze, and D.B. Wolf.
Minutes of the January 9, 2012 minutes were approved as submitted electronically.
Treasurer Greg Smorol reported a balance on hand of $2,718.46. Among expenditures were $25 to Memory
Matters in memory of Norman Wall, and $25 to Heritage Library in memory of Dee Merian.
Publishing News: Charlie Thorn has published his book Children of Shadows as an e-book; D.B. Wolf has
published his book Dead Money recently; Will Anderson will soon publish his thriller, Armed and Counting Down,
as an e-book
Open Mike: Norm Levy reported that 10 people attended the January 16 Open Mike. The next Open Mike will be
Monday, Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Library.
Anthology 3 Editorial Board:
Lorie Getz reported we have about 168 pages of submissions and need closer to 200 pages. Problem areas with
o Documents not being saved as a .doc, .txt, or .rtf. We can’t print and edit them in other formats.
o Paragraphs not being indented properly. Use tab key, not space bar.
o The board’s failure to specify uniform title format: 12-point font, centered, not bold, one line skipped
before text begins.
Submission guidelines will be emailed to membership again with title format added.
Marilyn Lorenz moved that we extend our submission deadline to March 15 to enable more submissions.
Committee on Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations: The following people volunteered for a committee to
consider the IWN anthology brand and title: Marilyn Lorenz, Norm Levy, Gene Youtz, Janet Morris, Ray
Berberian. They will bring 3 or 4 suggestions for cover art and title for Anthology 3 at the March 5 meeting.
• Norma VanAmberg announced the Mary Greene Chorale performance Feb. 18 at All Saints Episcopal
Church to benefit NAMI.
• Sheila Gale announced that Mums the Word Flower and Gift Shop at Wexford wants to carry books by
local authors and will take our anthologies and members’ books.
• Sansing McPherson announced three book events upcoming – Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry’s
Cooks & Books at the Westin Ballroom from 11:30 to 3:00 with 12 authors participating; Savannah Book
Festival’s free day, Saturday, Feb. 18, at Telfair Square with 36 authors presenting at 6 venues from 9:30 to 6:
00 p.m.; a storytelling festival in Beaufort the second weekend in March, details to follow.
Next meeting will be Monday, March 5. The program will be presented by Lynda Bouchard, an author concierge
and publicist, who will talk to us about marketing and PR.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Sansing McPherson, IWN Secretary