Island Writers' Network
The Island Writers’ Network met on Monday, June 7, 2010, at the Heritage Library with 14 people attending:
Bénédicte Braden, Len Camarda, Tom Crawford, Anne Grace, Bobbi Hahn, Jane Hill, Darlyne Maranto, Sansing
McPherson, Peter Schwarzlose, Greg Smorol, Charlie Thorn, Norma Van Amberg, guests Devin Bradley and
Evelyn Sanders. Sansing McPherson, presiding in the absence of Moderator Lorie Getz, called the meeting to
order at 7:00 p.m.
Secretary’s report: Minutes of the May 3 meeting were approved as submitted.
Treasurer’s report: Greg Smorol reported on efforts to get a document from the State of SC to finalize our tax-
exempt status with the IRS. He reported a balance on hand of $1,411.23.
Book Sales status: Charlie Thorn reported we have 154 copies of the original 550 copies of Hilton Headings.
Sansing reported less than 30 copies remain of the 2007 anthology. Members were reminded to check their
vendor sites to see if more copies are needed.
Book Expo America report: Bobbi Hahn reported on her experience as a book buyer for her gallery,
Lowcountry Cottage, at Book Expo America, the largest book trade show in North America, held in May at the
Javits Center, NYC. Bobbi called it a book lover’s heaven. Dee Merian was there as a selected new author by her
publisher, Headline Books, for her memoir The Best Years of Flying: a Memoir of Howard Hughes and TWA.
Norma Van Amberg said Dee reported signing over 500 copies.
Art Book proposal: Sansing described a photography/writing project proposed by Mira Scott of Picture This
Gallery which involves competition for inclusion and payment of $100 by each person represented to cover
publication costs. No members expressed interest.
Open Mike will not be held Monday, June 21, since Norm Levy will be away. A decision on the July 19 and August
16 dates will be publicized via email.
Publishing news: Jane Hill has successfully put one of her young adult novels on Kindle, where she set her own
purchase price and can clear more money than selling hard copy books on Amazon. Anne Grace’s Scroll Scribers
organization was featured in a recent edition of the Island Packet.
Upcoming meetings: No meeting in July or August. Sept. 13 - Medical mystery author C.J. Lyons. Oct. 4 - Jim
Jordan, author of Savannah Gray. Nov. 1 - Anne Grace is working on a program on getting books onto Kindle,
Nook, etc. Tom Crawford will investigate reserving a room at the Seabrook for our December party and also get
a cost on having it catered.
Program: Members read introductory paragraphs from various sources – best sellers, their own works, and
classics. The membership evaluated whether they would catch the attention of a busy editor or agent. Most did.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Sansing McPherson, IWN Secretary