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SPAWNews is packed with writing, editing, illustrating, and publishing information. Each month you receive market opportunities, events, and articles you can use now!
Not sure? Check out back issues of SPAWNews on our blog, or in the older SPAWNews archives)


Become a Member of SPAWN

Check out the benefits you receive when you join SPAWN:

  • Market Update for Members Only
    This members-only newsletter is available in the private area of the Web site and is filled with opportunities for freelance writers, artists, photographers and authors who are seeking publishers or promoting books. Market Update has the latest publishing news, including what book publishers and magazine publishers want right now. Plus to-the-point interviews with literary agents, publicists, and publishers. They tell SPAWN members exactly what they want and how they want it.
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  • Member Discounts
    SPAWN members receive discounts on products and services, including:
  • Catalog of Member Books & Services
    SPAWN offers an online catalog of member books and services. The printed catalog is distributed at the Book Festivals where SPAWN has a presence.
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  • Audio files of Seminars and Workshops
    Seminars and workshops led by highly qualified, experienced professionals are presented to members occasionally. See the Events page on this site for upcoming events and a list of past recordings. Twenty two audio recordings on topics ranging from publicity to overcoming writer's block are available for members to download at their convenience from the private member area of the SPAWN web site.
  • Free Ebook
    Members also may choose a free ebook. (Click here for a description of the books you can select.)
  • Health Benefit for SPAWN Members
    SPAWN is now offering members an affordable alternative to expensive health insurance. This health plan is not insurance. It is a discount supplemental health benefits program providing discounts from 20% to 60% on health, dental, and chiropractic services, as well as vision services and products, and prescriptions. To learn more about the SPAWN plan, go to the Health Plan page.
  • SPAWNDiscuss E-mail Discussion List
    SPAWN members participate in a members-only e-mail discussion list. Members can discuss their concerns about writing and publishing. They ask questions of their peers and get to know others in the field of publishing.
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  • SPAWNews
    SPAWNews, the monthly SPAWN newsletter, presents a forum for ideas and information on subjects of interest to members. It also carries educational articles and notices of members' new releases, booksignings and other events. The Website includes the archive of articles from past newsletters. New newsletters are archived on the blog.
  • Member Directory
    A directory of members including their addresses, telephone, fax and Email numbers and a brief description of their specialties is provided to each member to help facilitate networking.
  • Book Fairs
    SPAWN sometimes participates in book fairs and provides space on their table at a small fee for members to display their books. Catalog space is included at a reduced fee for those participating in a book festival. See the Events page on this site for upcoming events for SPAWN and other organizations. We have had SPAWN booths at the LA Times Festival of Books. We had a fabulous time and sold lots of books.
  • Discounts on membership in other important literary organizations.
    • Independent Book Publishers Association (formerly PMA) offers all SPAWN members a $30 discount on IBPA memberships. So if your normal rate to join is $119, as a SPAWN members, you may join IBPA for only $89.
    • Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) offers all SPAWN members a $35 discount on SPAN memberships.
    • Southern California Writers Association (SCWA) offers SPAWN members a $10 discount.

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  • Note that you get a $10 discount on YOUR SPAWN membership if you are already a member of any of these organizations:
  • The Kids' Project
    SPAWN occasionally offers free writing and publishing classes to children.

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Free EBooks

When you join or renew your membership, you can choose to receive a free ebook (scroll down for more detailed descriptions of the ebooks).

Choose from the following:

  • The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book by Patricia Fry
  • Publishize: How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book That Promotes Your Expertise by Susan C. Daffron, or
  • The Successful Writer's Handbook by Patricia Fry
  • How to Write a Successful Book Proposal in 8 Days or Less by Patricia Fry
  • The Author's Repair Kit by Patricia Fry
  • The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: The Contracts and Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies - Analyzed, Ranked and Exposed by Mark Levine
  • The Successful Author's Handbook by Patricia Fry

Add a free ebook to your writing/publishing bookshelf when you join for the first time or renew your membership!

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About the Ebooks

The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book by Patricia Fry  is a definitive guide to successful authorship whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry a children's book or a memoir. It details critical information about the publishing industry in frank terms and includes numerous anecdotes and examples to illustrate the processes involved in successful authorship.

Over 75 Good Ideas for Promoting Your Book by Patricia Fry documents, explains and illustrates the best of the no- and low-cost marketing ideas from those Patricia has collected over the years.

Publishize: How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book That Promotes Your Expertise by Susan C. Daffron is a multiple award-winning book that details a cost-effective method to quickly and profitably self-publish a book. In Publishize, you will find information on all the ins and outs of print-on-demand printing (without the subsidy press stigma) and get an overview of the latest online book marketing methods.

The Successful Writer's Handbook is a collection of Patricia Fry's best writing-related articles. Herein, you'll learn how to crush writer's block, where to find writing work even during an economic downturn and how to manage the business of writing.

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing: The Contracts and Services of 45 Self-Publishing Companies - Analyzed, Ranked and Exposed. Mark Levine. This is the only book we know of that ranks POD "self-publishing" companies in 4 categories from Outstanding to Those to Avoid. This book is an absolute must have for anyone considering a POD "self-publishng" company.

The Author's Repair Kit by Patricia Fry. This 27-page ebook features the after-publication book proposal. Are your book sales disappointing? This ebook will help you to heal your publishing mistakes and breathe new life into your book.

How to Write a Successful Book Proposal in 8 Days or Less by Patricia Fry. Whether you plan to self-publish (actually start your own publishing company), go with a fee-based POD publisher or approach a traditional royalty publisher, you really should write a book proposal FIRST. A complete book proposal is your key to potential success.

The Successful Author's Handbook is a collection of Patricia Fry's best articles related to the process of writing, editing, publishing, book marketing, public speaking and more. The 50 articles in this 143-page e-book could make the difference for you, between a successful publishing experience and a failed one.

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