Island Writers' Network
The Hilton Head Island Writers’ Network met in the Heritage Library on Monday, June 4, 2012, with 19 people
present: Will Anderson, John Bickers, Bob Bredin, Len Camarda, Tom Crawford, Ken Getz, Lorie Getz, Anne
Grace, Norm Levy, Trish Luckenbill, Sansing McPherson, Anne-Marie Mooney, Bert Mooney, Janet Morris, Peter
Schwarzlose, Greg Smorol, Charlie Thorn; and visitors Michelle Deis and Paulette Erving.
Moderator Tom Crawford called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. All in attendance introduced themselves and
told their writing genres and experience.
Minutes of the May 7 meeting were approved as submitted electronically.
Treasurer Greg Smorol reported a balance on hand of $3,200.43.
Results of Bluffton Village Festival – IWN sold 6 books for a total of $85. Other participating members sold
several books: Jane Hill, 1; Jeanette Cram, several; d.b. wolfe, several. Thanks were made to d.b. and to James
Edward Alexander for set-up and loan of tables and chairs. Sansing commented that having 7 or 8 people
involved staffing a booth for 6 hours with only modest sales proves marketing is the toughest part of having a
Publishing News – Charlie Thorn has had Laura Shinn design the cover and format his novel, Children of the
Shadows, for publication as an e-book and print. Anyone needing those services can contact Charlie for more
information – firstname.lastname@example.org. He has gotten a printing price of around $4 a book for a ~ 180-page book from
Open Mike will be held on Monday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. with Norm Levy facilitating. Several members
expressed interest in coming.
Arts and Cultural Committee Report – Sansing attended in Tom’s absence and reported that the A&CC has an
official logo. Motion passed to assess each member $20 to give an honorarium to artist Kelly Gardner. Kathy
Bateson announced that the Chamber of Commerce has 2012 Bravo listed on its website, but only the Coastal
Discovery Museum posted any events. No one else knew of it. A&CC wants to establish a web page that all
member entities can access to post their events. Since it will cost over $2,000 to have one designed and
ongoing cost for maintaining it, assessing dues among the membership will be strongly considered. Our
members suggested making sure there is a dues tier system so small organizations such as IWN will not pay at
the level of the Orchestra or Arts Center.
Editorial Board – Sansing and Lorie reported final revisions for Anthology 3 are due tonight. Sansing keep word
counts to determine total pages for the anthology. Overall, submissions were of good quality, and submitters
were mostly successful in conforming to requirements of format. Sansing suggested that any members who
have trouble with formatting and saving as a .doc file should consider taking a course through the Hilton Head
Computer Club. Yearly membership is $25. Their website is http://hhicc.org/.
Cover photos – Bob Bredin attended the Hilton Head Camera Club meeting a couple of weeks ago to present
our proposal for a competition for cover photos for Anthology 3. He reported 65 people attended, and many
took notes and carefully examined copies of our previous 2 anthologies. Entires will be submitted to Marilyn
Lorenz for the I-MARK (IWN Marketing and Title) committee to evaluate and narrow down to 10 or fewer photos.
New Business -
· Greg moved that we authorize ordering up to 100 copies of each of our existing anthologies as they
currently are. After discussion about whether to improve the cover of the second one and where we will order
from, motion passed.
· Greg Smorol suggested possible programs for the fall: writing workshops, what’s involved in publishing on
Kindle/Nook, representatives from CreateSpace in Charleston.
· John Bickers suggested we put a tear-out order form in the back of our next anthology.
· Len Camarda suggested we compile a list of area book clubs that members might arrange to speak to and
sell books. Members should seek that information from whatever community they live in and relay to Len.
· Jeanette Cram will have a book signing for Cookies, Soldiers & the Crumbs at Flora’s restaurant on
Tuesday, June 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Flora will donate $5 to Treat the Troops for each plate bought that
· Sansing shared that Shanti North is recovering from a stroke and can be reached at Tara at Thunderbolt,
3223 Falligant Avenue, Thunderbolt, GA 31404, 912-691-2512.
Next Meeting – Monday, September 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Heritage Library. We are off for July and August.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Sansing McPherson, Secretary