Neil Gaiman – 3 Books that Changed my Life

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“Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman born Neil Richard Gaiman; 10 November 1960)is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.”  – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eXhnaN

To view this 5:35-minute interview with Neil Gaiman, visit:  http://bit.ly/1aipU8g

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An Interview with J. K. Rowling

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“Joanne “Jo” Rowling (born 31 July 1965), best known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.They have become the best-selling book series in history,  and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final installment.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.

The seven-year period that followed entailed the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and poverty until Rowling finished the first novel  . . . ” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1eKWkrC

To view the 5:07-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eKWu2d

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Video queries to one of the Southern masters, Pat Conroy . . .

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Thirty-seven years ago, Pat Conroy introduced the world to one of the most dysfunctional families in Southern literature—his own. This fall, he closed the chapter on the saga with his autobiography, The Death of Santini. During a recent book tour stopover, Conroy and his wife Cassandra King—a bestselling novelist whose latest release, Moonrise . . .   “ For more, visit the 5-minute video at: http://bit.ly/195CN58

WIN! Writer’s Group Meeting

Day:                               Tuesday, Dec. 17

Time:                              10:30AM – Noon

Place:                             Prater’s Main Street Books

Please bring your current WIP, paper/pen/pencil

& Muse Notebooks.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Each of the WIN! attendees wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving celebratory holiday.  Whether traveling or not, please stay safe, warm and dry.  Details for the next WIN! meeting are below.

Upcoming WIN! Meeting Info 

Day:                       Tuesday, December 3

Time:                       10:30AM – Noon

Place:                     Prater’s Main Street Books

Please bring your current WIP, pen/pencil

& paper, and Muse Notebooks

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“Writing a Novel Series: Tips for Developing Spin-Offs and Sequels”

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“If you move people emotionally, you sell books.”

“However, many factors make a reader rush to her favorite retailer to purchase your spin-off or sequel. Some of these factors (like market trends, cover art, or your book’s position on your publisher’s list) may be completely out of your control.

Let’s look at a few factors that an author can control . .  .  “  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/17OVgiz

Upcoming WIN! Meeting Info

Day:                           Tuesday, December 3

Time:                          10:30AM – Noon

Place:                         Prater’s Main Street Books

Please bring your current WIP, pen/pencil &

paper, and Muse Notebooks

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Harper Lee Sues Her Hometown

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From Deep South Magazine, “Late last month, news came out that To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee is suing her hometown museum for its ability to profit from her work. Located in the old courthouse where Lee would sit and watch her father at work, Monroe County Heritage Museum is a must-see during any literary pilgrimage to Monroeville, Alabama. For a town that has always celebrated its hometown author, the museum is a tangible place to see the root of her inspiration and pick up a few souvenirs. It’s no secret that Monroeville has relied on its connection to Harper Lee andMockingbird to draw tourists and maintain a healthy economy, but if anything the town has shielded Lee from the public eye, not exploited her.

At age 87, she seems to feel differently now – or maybe it’s just her attorneys who do. The suit (case No. 1:13-cv-490) was filed October 10 . .  . “   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1cY3ecy

Upcoming WIN! Meeting Information

Day:                            Tuesday, December 3

Time:                          10:30AM – Noon

Place:                         Prater’s Main Street Books

Please bring your current WIP,  pen/pencil

& paper and Muse Notebooks.

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Just a reminder . . . “Funds for Writers,” Newsletter by C. Hope Clark

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Hope Clark,author Funds for Writers

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Funds for Writers

From Hope Clark’s newsletter, “Funds for Writers,” “Competitions – JULIE SUK PRIZE FOR BEST POETRY BOOK http://www.jacarpress.com/submit/ — $10 ENTRY FEE. Submissions accepted through December 31, 2013. Jacar Press is pleased to announce the first annual competition for the $500 Julie Suk Prize for Best Poetry Book. The award competition is open to any poetry book published by an independent press in 2013. All books published by a literary, university, non-profit or self-publishing press are eligible. Full length and chapbook accepted. Send two copies of the book. The winner will be announced in April, 2014. In addition to the $500 award, the winner will be invited to visit North Carolina for a reading and workshop.” For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1adF7al

WIN! Meeting Info

Day:              Tomorrow, Nov. 19

Time:              10:30AM – Noon

Place:            Prater’s Main Street Books

Please bring your current WIP, pen/pencil

& paper and Muse Notebooks.

This will be the last writer’s group meeting

opportunity for November. 

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