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Island Writers' Network
May 4, 2009 -- Minutes

The Island Writers’ Network held a business meeting on Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Heritage Library. in its new location,
Harbourside Bank Building, 852 Wm. Hilton Pkwy, Suite 2A.  In the absence of Moderator Lorie Getz, Sansing McPherson called
the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m with 15 members present.  

Minutes were approved as submitted and corrected electronically.  Treasurer Max Judge was absent, but Sansing reported a
balance on hand of $1,818.15.  Marilyn Lorenz will cover the treasurer’s duties this summer while Max is away.  We greatly need
a full-time, year-round treasurer for next year, and Sansing asked members to be thinking about it.  

ACBC Bookmakers Festival – Members who attended expressed disappointment that there was such poor customer traffic at the
event, held in a shopping center on Boundary St. in Beaufort.  A venue close to Bay Street and the tourist area would have
been better.  

Publishing/marketing news – Dee Merion had copies of her 4th book, Southern California Stories.  Members suggested the
following marketing possibilities:
•        Bluffton shops in time for the Bluffton Street Festival this Saturday, May 9.  Anne Grace and James Edward Alexander will
ask shops to carry our book.
•        Corks Wine Co. on Mellichamp Dr. was suggested by Andrea Koenig.
•        Marilyn Lorenz suggested we plan to market our new anthology in 2010 Bravo Festival.
•        Greg Smorol suggested we look into craft fair events at Savannah Convention Center.
•        A gimmick to get people to our table could be having a drawing for a free autographed book.
•        Friends of the Library has events at which we might present and promote our book.

Meeting Schedules:  Our next regular meeting will be Monday, June 1.   
Open Mike will be Monday, May 18.  We will announce later as to whether we will have meetings in July and August.  Marilyn
Lorenz reminded the membership that September starts the new year for dues.

Anthology:  Sansing reminded members that the deadline for submissions is Monday, May 18, and items need to be sent as
Word document attachments to her email address, sansterry@roadrunner.com.  She returned manuscripts for revision to several
members.  The need for a distinctive, eye-catching cover art or photo for the new anthology was discussed.  Members are
urged to get creative and submit art or photos.  Norm Levy shared some current Chamber of Commerce statistics on what
activities most tourists are interested in.  The beach, natural beauty, and golf are among the top.

Program – Sansing conducted an interactive workshop on “Show, Don’t Tell,” and trimming out unnecessary words from
manuscripts.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Submitted by Sansing McPherson, Secretary