We Are Updating the Member Directory
Ruth Hibbard, our membership chair, is updating the Member Directory. The new 2000 edition will be out in May. If you have any changes, telephone number, e-mail address, mailing address, or anything else, please contact Ruth right away and let her know.
Her phone number is 805/654-1294. You may e-mail her at email@example.com.
Remember to contact Ruth and give her your new information!
The deadline is April 7th.
A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. . . . If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, Letters
Winners of SPAWNs 2nd Annual Poetry Contest
We are pleased to announce the winners of SPAWNs Poetry Contest II. Again, we had many excellent entries and a large number from which to choose for our first poetry book. Congratulations, winners!
1st Place, Rhyming
1st Place, Non-Rhyming
Claudia Harper - Hark Hark the Larks
2nd Place, Rhyming
Jill Stein - Handprints
2nd Place, Non-Rhyming
Mary Kolada Scott- Symphony
3rd Place, Rhyming
Jim R. Lane - Odium Poetica
3rd Place, Non-Rhyming
Mary Langer Thompson - The Lost Flower of the Flock
Read the poems now.
· SPAWN has been granted the coveted designation as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation! What does this mean to all of us? Read below.
· The NWU Poetry Competitions guidelines appear below.
· PMA/BEA Publishing University in Chicago. Read below.
· William Saroyan Writers Conference in Fresno. Read below.
· Advertise your books or services in the SPAWN directory. Read below.
· The six winning poems of the poetry contest. Read below.
· Member news - Read below.
· Publish your printed book as an e-book and make a donation to SPAWN at the same time. Read below.
SPAWNs Now A 501(c)3
Thanks to the efforts of Virginia Lawrence and Eva Rosenberg, our nonprofit papers were finally filed and we have received word that our 501(c)3 designation has been approved.
We are now a recognized nonprofit corporation organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law and operated exclusively for educational and literary purposes. Our specific purposes are to teach and disseminate educational material to the public, including, but not limited to, material relating to writing, editing, illustrating, designing and publishing their works, through publications, lectures, or otherwise.
Weve been doing that for four years already, so what are the benefits of this nonprofit designation? There are many but here are a few:
·We can now accept tax-deductible donations.
·We can write grant proposals and solicit funds for which we would not otherwise have been eligible.
·We can hold meetings in public buildings such as libraries without having to pay a fee for the facility.
There is a prestige factor here, too. We have withstood the strict examination of our activities and purposes by the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service. We have proven that we qualify as a nonprofit educational organization.
Please join me in thanking Virginia Lawrence and Eva Rosenberg for their tireless efforts, our Board of Directors for aiming us in the right direction, and our Advisory Council for providing us with expert advice all along the way.
Mary Embree, Founder & Executive Director
National Writers Union
The Santa Cruz/Monterey Local 7 of the National Writers Union announces its 17th Annual National Poetry Competition. The prizes are $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, and $200 for 3rd.
The First Prize winner will be published in Poetry Flash and Local 7's newsletter. Second and Third Prize winners will be sent to Poetry Flash for consideration.
Submit any number of poems (single copies) on any subject matter. Ineligible submission categories include translations, published poems (including self-published) and unpublished award winners. Note that the NWU celebrates multi-cultural creativity.
Entry deadline is December 1, 2000. Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced in February 2001.
Poems are to be typed, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 paper without your name on the page, no more than 3 pages per poem, and unstapled.
Submit the titles of the poems on a separate page with your name, address, and e-mail address if available.
Enclose a check of $4 for each poem, payable to National Writers Union. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you wish to be notified of winners.
Mail to: Poetry Competition, NWU, PO Box 2409, Aptos, CA 95001. For up-to-date info on the annual competition:
For information about the National Writers Union:
The William Saroyan Writers Conference
This conference is presented by Writers International Network/ Writers Inter-age Network (WIN-WIN) in association with Publishers Weekly. It is a three-day conference, on April 14, 15, and 16, and held at Piccadilly Inn Hotel, Airport in Fresno, California. Workshop leaders include book publishers, agents, writers and an editor from Writers Digest Books. You can sign up for a one-on-one, 10-minute private session with an agent or editor.
The fees range from $50 for Sunday only to $225 for the entire 3-day conference. For more information, call 209/224-2516.
The 2000 PMA/BEA Publishing University
Publishers Marketing Association (PMA) presents their program of workshops and seminars on May 30 and 31 and June 1 this year, prior to the annual BEA convention in Chicago.
Led by industry leaders, these seminars are packed with information you can use to enhance the profitability of your publishing company. You may choose up to four sessions each day on such subjects as Creating a Dynamic Publicity Campaign for Your Book, Making Special Sales on a Shoestring Budget, Building a Successful Web Site, Getting Interviews on Radio and TV Talk Shows, and Digital Distribution and Print-On-Demand. You may also meet one-on-one with a publishing consultant.
This years event is being held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel. PMA members may attend for $60 per seminar or for $300 for all 8 seminars plus 2 lunches if they register before April 15. It is slightly higher for non-members.
PMA has reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott for $155/single and $165/ double. For more information and a registration application call PMA at 310/372-2732. To register online go to www.pma-online.org.
Advertise in the Next SPAWN Directory
You may advertise your books, seminars or services in the upcoming member directory where it will be seen for a full year. Ad rates are reasonable.
Business card or ¼ page $30
Half page $50
Full page $90
Back cover $125
Contact Ruth Hibbard at 805/654-1294; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by April 7.
Did you know . . .
objects called books are mentioned by ancient Greek writers as having been in use in the 5th century BC? However, during the golden age of Athens, books were not highly regarded as avenues of learning. The preferred method of publication at that time was oral. The actor, the orator, the rhapsodist, and the lecturer were supreme.
for SPAWN Members
by Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.
In February, this column discussed the value of e-books and the public's growing awareness of downloadable e-books. Then on March 14, Stephen King released a novel exclusively as an e-book. King's e-book was a first by a hugely successful author. We also have the example of a SPAWN favorite, prolific author Dan Poynter, who has released his most recent book as an e-book.
It's clear that e-books provide an entirely new distribution system for our published work, and e-books allow nearly instant gratification for our reading public.
After researching existing e-book sites, we have noted that most e-book sites are still surprisingly low-tech, and the sites do not make purchasing easy. As a Web architect and e-commerce specialist with five years of experience, I have developed our list of the essential elements for Web sites. It is vital that a site visitor should be able to browse a site easily, then purchase quickly and read his downloaded book immediately.
Our new SPAWN E-Book Publishing is the culmination of our research and our experience in e-commerce. For all small publishers and self-publishers, SPAWN happily announces a special service for your books in print and your out-of-print backlist. (We are not accepting unpublished books at this time.)
Each participating self-publisher receives a three-page Web site within the high-traffic SPAWN Web site. Each self-publisher's Web site will include:
- conversion of your book from Word or PageMaker files to e-book format
- one front page with up to 700 words and two scanned photos or graphics (author photo and cover), plus author contact information
- one excerpt page containing up to 1,000 words from your book
- one purchase page containing a link to the listing on Amazon.com for your printed book, and an order button for the e-book
- automatic credit card processing using the CogniText credit card merchant account
- 50% royalty for you on every sale of your e-book
- After we build your mini site on the SPAWN site, book buyers will be able to find, purchase, and download your book 24 hours per day!
- SPAWN members: only $249 setup and $15 per month.
- Non-members: only $299 setup (includes one year membership in SPAWN) and $15 per month.
- 20% of the setup fee goes directly to SPAWN.
Turn your book into an e-book. Join the e-publishing revolution today. Sign up now by filling out the online form at http://www.spawn.org/publishing.
~ Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D., SPAWN's Webmaster, is an Information Architect who publishes both in print and online. Contact her at email@example.com or visit her Web site at http://www.cognitext.com
Tana Sommer, Painter and editor of Voices Found, is hosting with five other artists an OPEN STUDIOS EXHIBITION and BENEFIT SALE on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, from 12 to 6 p.m. at ArtReach, 125 N. Milpas Street (between Yanonali and Mason), Santa Barbara.
Ceramics and bead arts, jewelry, wood sculpture, paintings and etchings will be on view plus live music, food, children's art-making area, and demonstrations all afternoon. 25% of sales will go to the Breast Resource Center in Santa Barbara.
Admission is free. For more information call or fax 962-4581, 966-6561 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin Westmiller will be signing her novel, Red Wine for Breakfast, at Local Hero Bookstore, 254 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai on Sunday, May 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call Venica at 646-3165.
Mary Embree is offering seminars on the process of writing a book from concept to finished product. The seminar series includes Researching, Writing and Editing Principles, Copyright Information, How to Find an Agent and/or Publisher and How to Write Book Proposals and Query Letters. Handouts and discussions will include resource information and the pros and cons of publishing your own book. The series will begin in June.
There will be a fee of $20 for each seminar and a discount will be given for the series. The workshops will be geared to participants needs.
If you would like to attend, please e-mail EmbreeLitservice@aol.com and indicate your areas of interest.
1st Place Rhyming
Did you ever call a coalman there below you in the street?
"Hey Tony, we're going to need two bags again this week"
Then slowly come the heavy feet upon the creaking stair,
Open up the coalbox now, he'll dump it right in there.
It's 80 pounds of heat per bag,
This dirty, dusty blue black slag.
It heats the water, warms the room
And drives away the winter's gloom
You'd know how nice that sooty stuff can be
If you had stood around like John and me
And kept your coat on while Mama fixed a fire.
How quickly she could raise those coal lumps ire.
Make 'em glow and glitter with a warmth for face and finger.
Oh how sharp the winter's chill and how it tries to linger.
Slowly near the fat, black stove its bite is pushed away.
But close the door to the middle room or the heat will go astray.
Now a pot for coffee's on alongside pork 'n beans
B&M brown bread fries slow, a natural mate it seems.
Eighty cents a bag these black lumps measured and delivered.
Eighty pounds on a willing back to drive away the shivers.
Thank you Tony for those black stones and the warmth that they would mean.
The water tank getting warmer, the heat to cook the beans.
But especially thank you Mama, for being central to it all,
Solving problems day by day, whether they be big or small.
For that amazing skill to bring the fire to a glow.
But the fire's not the only warmth that kitchen felt I know.
For love was the main ingredient in the scene I bring to mind.
The love that comes from a mother's heart, that age-old, strongest kind.
2nd Place Rhyming
Today you put your handprints on our hearts
For the first time we saw your face
And felt you in our embrace
Today a couple ends and a family starts
Today you put your handprints on the wall
Walking just enough
To make keeping rack of you pretty tough
It seems just yesterday you learned to crawl
Today you put your handprints in stone
So proud of the gift you brought to us
As you stepped down out of the bus
We are amazed at how much youve grown
Today you put your handprints in ink
This gift is not for us but a new friend youve found
Hanging out during lunch at the merry-go-round
You head off for school with a hug and a wink
Today you put your handprints on the wheel of a car
You are driving and dating
And we sit up nights waiting
You still sleep in the next room but seem so far
Today you put your handprints in the air
Waving goodbye, a new life to start
For the first time well be apart
You take with you our love and our prayer
Today you put your handprints on our hearts
Our precious little one you will always be
As you create your own history
We love you our precious little sweetheart
1st Place Non-Rhyming
HARK HARK THE LARKS
after hearing Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings played by The Larks and Peter Schickele
silvered by spotlight
her hair is chestnut brocade on black sleeves
a descending waterfall like the notes of first violin
her boots dance a rising stepping swing
toed to changing rhythms
bowed to slices of scherzo boogie-woogie
right beside her
in porcelain clear intensity
vanilla satin hair that shifts like a curtain
the second violin lifts and dips
a glowing golden counterpoint
of intimate balance to soprano lyric waltzing
and the frizzed-hair wide-eyed genius
crunched into her viola
pulls a melancholy elongation in the first movement
then burst in a heated square-dance fiddle
she demands a sexual power from each string
draws out each note as if sipping rich wine
the cello is a Gaugin beauty
serene in confidence
lip pouting eyebrow furrowed in musical ecstasy
she sweeps mellow and ripe
stinging singing strings
in a depth of sound to dream on
the composer so disarming
in Santa Claus beard and humble words
rolls piano keys exotic-variety Americana
in a composition folk dance accordion spiritual Beethoven
a Peter Schickele schlep of it-looks-so-easy
winding harmonies Celtic with sighs and laughter
in quartet women's heads shoulders arms
rise and fall and sway as one with their instruments
they are muse witches in an act of love
creating a child born of piano and strings
oh listen to the larks
2nd Place Non-Rhyming - Symphony
After El Niño storms subside,
waters recede and every living thing,
transplanted and transformed,
throbs to a different rhythm
like an accelerated heartbeat.
Now frogs inhabit the barranca
beyond our back yard.
A colony has migrated
to our crook of the ravine,
swept downstream by flooding
through the wooded channel.
This year the canyon has a new voice.
Strange music amplifies my emotions.
At night, I awake and listen to the chorus,
obscured like an orchestra in its pit.
Frogs imprint the gorge with sound.
Their songs resonate from the banks
and blend into landscape as much
as monarch butterflies lifting
like radiant bark off eucalyptus
or the owl hollowing out the night
with his lone syllable.
Mary Kolada Scott
Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network
P.O. Box 2653
Ventura, CA 93002
Telephone & Fax: 805-646-3045
President, Santa Barbara County Chapter. e-mail: email@example.com
President, Ventura County Chapter.
Treasurer and Membership Chair
Writer, Editor, Publicist
Author, Publishing Consultant
Board of Directors
Author, Editor, Literary Consultant
Founder and President of SPAWN
Virginia Lawrence, PhD
Writer, Editor, Webmaster
Secretary of SPAWN
Author, Columnist, Talk-show Host
Executive Director, Manuscript Libraries
Richard F.X. O'Connor
Author, Publisher, Editor, Consultant
To provide education, information, resources and a supportive networking environment for artists, writers, and other creative people interested in the publishing process.