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Introducing Two New Board Members

Penny photo (current) (2)Penny C. Sansevieri, founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book-marketing and media-relations expert. She is an adjunct professor teaching self-publishing for NYU.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative social media/Internet book-marketing campaigns. She is the author of fourteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.” Continue reading

The popular Tea With Toni workshops offered for writers of fiction & narrative nonfiction (memoir).

ca8ac6e3-f370-40ec-91d1-37f3423d1fbfLiterary agent Toni Lopopolo will help you craft your manuscript into a marketable book. A former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, Toni knows what it takes to get a book published. Her highly successful “Tea with Toni” workshops bring area writers up to competitive speed with important techniques in both fiction and narrative non-fiction. Continue reading

Learn English Spelling Rules

A YouTube channel has launched where viewers are taken through simple lessons extracted from The Complete Guide to English Spelling Rules by John Fulford, a retired English professor. For over 30 years, Fulford studied Webster’s Dictionary word-by-word and ascertained the sixty rules Webster used to create the American English Dictionary. These rules are contained in Fulford’s book and now are available for students and teachers to view online.

In his weekly English Tips Blog, Fulford discusses English spelling and its many quirks and gives simple rules one can use to learn American English correctly. No memorization, no silly rhymes. Simple rules. Fulford’s deep knowledge of English is reflected in the blogs, utilizing his unique understanding of the language. The historic references and information will strengthen the student’s understanding of English and help teachers explain some of the contradictions. More information about the book, his blog and more is at

Patricia Fry

Patricia Fry’s Klepto Cat was in the Wall Street Journal on the front page March 1, 2016, in an article about talking versus silent cats in fiction. The Cat Channel picked up the story, as well. In case you’re curious, the cats in the Klepto Cat Mysteries do not talk. They’re ordinary cats with some extraordinary habits and a natural very cat-like way of communicating. Sales are up, reports Fry, after a combination of an email blast, use of a PR person, and the article.
For additional cat fun, subscribe to her daily Catscapades blog. Learn more about cats, be 00cateyewitnessentertained, find useful resources, enjoy charming photos, participate in quizzes, and share your own kitty-cat stories. On Facebook—KleptoCatMysteries.

There are sixteen Klepto Cat mysteries now. See and order all Klepto Cat Books at, or here:

This just in! Book two, Cat-Eye Witness, in the Klepto Cat series won an honorable mention in the Los Angeles Book Festival competition. Patricia and Virginia Lawrence (SPAWN board member) will attend the awards banquet April 2.

April 23 is World Book and Copyright Day

60059_rhonda-headshot-photo-smDuring the month of April, SPAWN member Rhonda Rees is staging a PSA campaign to alert authors and publishers to check their books to correspond with World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, 2016. Rees is asking that during the month of April they run Google and Bing searches to see whether or not their work is compromised by being offered for free without their knowledge or permission. She would like authors and publishers to plug in the title of their book, or books, the author’s name, and the words ‘free downloads’ to spot what comes up. For further information, contact Rhonda Rees via her website:

SPAWN to the Rescue

Hello ~

I am a member of SPAWN. I am currently developing an illustrated story rhyme with music. I have written the story rhyme and the musical accompaniment, which is a 20-minute musical suite.

I may have to seek a new illustrator as the one I was developing this project with might become unavailable soon. Is there any resource you can suggest that might help me find illustrators?

Thank you for your help and for your great monthly newsletters!

Toni Jannotta

Check the result!

Dear Kate ~

My in-box is filled with responses to your email blast and I can’t thank you enough. It has been a big blow to lose my illustrator and quite the learning experience, too.

Thanks to your email blast, I am blown away at the talent out there. It gives me hope now that I will find the right fit. Maybe an even better fit than the one I had.

Thank you again for your help,

Toni Jannotta

SPAWN Alerts are a free service for members looking for writers, illustrators, editors, and more. Our email blast goes out to over 2,000 qualified professionals.

Barbara Florio Graham

BobbiGrahamTerzo200Barbara Florio Graham has an article in the January issue of Freelance Writer’s Report. This excellent monthly newsletter contains advice from paid contributors along with many pages of markets you won’t find elsewhere. It’s a benefit of membership in the Writers-Editors Network, where there are many additional resources, including how-to articles, market listings that are updated daily, and a database of members, which happens to be where her latest client found her. Go to the website to find membership options, and if you join, mention Bobbi’s name, as she gets a referral fee that lowers the cost of her membership.

AND…The winter issue of The Byline, the newsletter of the National Capital Region of the Canadian Authors’ Association, contains another article written by Bobbi, on creativity, the first of four commissioned by them after they printed her initial article in the fall issue, along with a charming account of her November workshop for the group. Go to her site for a description of her full creativity course, an online tutorial you can take at any time.

Barbara’s long article, “You May Not Need an Agent” is in the Jan/Feb and Mar/Apr issues of Working Writer.