Island Writers' Network
Monday, March 7, 2011
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, March 7, 2011, in the Heritage Library. Present were James Edward
Alexander, Will Anderson, Len Camarda, Tom Crawford, Sheila Gale, Lorie Getz, Anne Grace, Jane Hill, Norm Levy,
Sansing McPherson, Dee Merian, Peter Schwarzlose, Greg Smorol, Charlie Thorn, and visitor Judith Rolfs from
Moderator Lorie Getz called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Program: Member Tom Crawford shared his experience publishing his memoir, Foibles, through Catawba
Publishing. His total investment was about $1,620 – which included ISBN and set-up fee, 294 copies of the book,
posters, post cards, bookmarks, and business cards. He has recouped all but about $300 through book sales.
His regrets were that he sold the book too cheaply ($8.00 – he should have asked $9.00) and he gave away too
many – about 90 copies. He has used the publishing and marketing of Foibles as a test case to help him apply
that knowledge to the publishing of his novel.
Minutes of the February 7 meeting were approved as submitted electronically.
Treasurer’s report: Greg Smorol reported a current balance on hand of $1,804.84. He had to visit Liberty Bank
and show our 501(c)(3) certificate to have service charges removed from our account.
Book sales: Charlie Thorn reported little activity. Sheila Gale placed 5 copies of the first anthology and 6 of the
second at the Palmetto Dunes General Store, which wants to pay as sold with an IWN member stopping in to
collect. Len Camarda will handle this. Sansing McPherson took 6 copies of the first book and 6 of the second to
Coastal Discovery Museum. Paperwork left at CDM requests they mail payment to the treasurer. Tom Crawford
will take books to Top of the Lighthouse before the Heritage golf tournament.
Printer search – Jane Hill has contacted 18 different printers nationwide for quotes on reprints of our two
anthologies now that Catawba has ceased operation. Distant printers and ones who out-source any publishing
steps were disregarded. Another challenge is finding a reasonable price for Hilton Heading, which has 8 pages of
color photos in the center. Lorie is talking with the new owners of Curry Printing here on Hilton Head. Chuck, the
new owner, says they have the equipment to do perfect binding but sometimes contract it out if their other
workload is heavy. Jane pointed out that if work is sent out, we lose control of the calendar and quality, as we
experienced with Catawba on the debut of our second anthology when we almost did not receive our books by
our kick-off event at CDM.
Signings and marketing events:
• Tom Crawford has a book signing at the Seabrook Wed., April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Other IWN members
have said they will also participate. Tom will send further detail by email.
• Dee Merian will speak at the Cypress Wed., April 13, at 2:00 p.m.
• Peter Schwarzlose spoke at the Cypress in February.
• David Kelly has been asked to do a second edition of an earlier academic book and is bemoaning
inconsistencies among editors.
Bravo: Bravo begins April 30. Our events will be held at the HHI Public Library on Wed. May 4, Sat. May 7, Wed.
May 18, and Sat. May 21. There will be 3 IWN members reading or presenting a talk at each, followed by Q&A.
Friends of the Library will furnish refreshments. We will be able to sell our books; the library asks that we donate
10% of sales to them.
Open Mike: Norm Levy will facilitate Open Mike on Monday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m.
• Jane Hill suggested we figure out a way to do a newsletter that we could send to our personal friends as
well as to book stores and media. No one volunteered to coordinate.
• We need a publicity chairman to get notices of our meetings and events into newspapers and area event
magazines. Tom Crawford will send to the Packet. Dee Merian can do this starting in the summer but is too busy
marketing her book this spring.
• April 4 – Sansing McPherson will present a craft-of-writing workshop on dialogue.
• May 2 – Norm Levy will present the program on his use of his Web Page; we will also organize our Bravo
• June 6 – Final meeting before summer break; evaluation of our Bravo participation. Since it cost IWN $153
total fees to participate, we want to determine its value to us.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Sansing McPherson, Secretary