Island Writers' Network
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Heritage Library with 22 people attending:
John Bickers, Bob Bredin, Len Camarda, Tom Crawford, Will Cross, Ken Getz, Lorie Getz, Anne Grace, Bobbi
Hahn, Norm Levy, Robin Liebenberg, Sansing McPherson, Janet Morris, Peter Schwarzlose, Kent Thune, Norma
Van Amberg, Iva Welton, Gene Youtz; new member Kelly Dykes; visitors Bruce Johnson, Dave Luellen; program
presenter Dave McDonald.
Moderator Tom Crawford called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m., followed by introductions.
Program: Former IWN member David McDonald presented a program on what he has learned about self-
publishing and marketing. Some highlights:
• Opening an account with an e-book publisher (such as CreateSpace) is easy. Formatting the book is not
• Dave bought ePub Template to format for him, $100 well spent. Creating the manuscript from scratch in
the template is easiest way.
• Manuscript and cover must be uploaded as 2 separate documents. For a fee, Amazon will create a cover
for you, or you can use an artist.
• You must write a < 150-word description for your book’s listing on Amazon; needs to be compelling
enough entice readers to read first 30-50 pages Amazon puts on the site free.
• A worthy critique partner is essential to help with writing, editing, and book description.
• Marketing - all writers hate it, but it’s necessary, takes planning, time, and daily attention.
• Use social media (Facebook, Twitter) with daily postings; get a professional Facebook account Author
Page. Post daily; keep it witty. Respond to all who re-tweet or post.
• Amazon has a for-fee option of creating an Amazon Author’s page w/ European and Great Britain
• Get attractive business cards and pass out at every conceivable opportunity.
• Write and edit every day; never stop creating and learning; never stop getting better.
Minutes of the March 4 meeting were approved as submitted electronically.
Treasurer’s report: Greg Smorol was absent and will submit his report shortly via email.
Publishing news: Len Camarda displayed his new hardcover book, The Seventh Treasure, published through
Author House, and shared several options Author House offers.
Anthology: An order of 150 more copies of HHI: Living the Dream has arrived for placement with vendors. Tom
noted that CreateSpace delivered them 3 days after placement of order.
Open Mike will occur Monday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the Heritage Library, facilitated by Norm Levy. Norm
reported a5 people participated in the March Open Mike, a record.
• Hilton Head’s 350/30 Celebration will occur in October of this year. The committee has granted IWN a
schedule spot on Thursday, Oct. 3, for a book fair. We will examine the other events occurring that day to
choose our best format and venue. IWN will have 8 to 10 members selling their books, plus our 3 anthologies.
• The Arts & Cultural Committee has asked IWN to furnish 4 judges for a high school essay contest in
conjunction with the 350/30 Celebration. Judy Finman, Robin Liebenberg, and Sansing McPherson volunteered.
Sansing suggested Ray Berberian might be interested.
Bluffton Mayfest 2013
• The street festival will be held Sat. May 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Calhoun Street and cross
streets. We will pay $75 to reserve a 10’ x 10’ space. Set-up and staffing logistics will be worked out at our
May 6 meeting.
• Sansing announced she will order a 4 x 2.5’ generic IWN banner for $19.99 and a 6’ x 2.5’ banner with
our 3 anthology covers for $29.99 from Staples for display at such events.
Other Business: Iva Welton, VP of the Heritage Library, announced an Equestrian event at Rose Hill Plantation
on Sunday, May 19. Tickets are $15. Anyone interested in being a patron or buying a ticket should contact Iva
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.