Wordsmith Six members have been writing and critiquing together for many years now, and we are continually exploring opportunities for our work. It’s very exciting to move into new creative venues, and with that I’m happy to announce that two of our members have started their own publishing companies!
Yesterday’s Dream – Today’s Reality!
Rory C. Keel is now accepting clients for Carpe Diem Publishers, offering complete services for authors. Rory will take your book wide, in print and eBook, and offers a variety of services to help you realize your dream of holding that book in your hand.
Carpe Diem Publishers will be publishing our Route 66 collection of novellas soon. Stay tuned. We will let you know as work progresses.
Always Keep Moving Forward
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know my books did not find a home through traditional publishing route, and that’s why I started NKB BOOKS, LLC. I write stories set in the West about the days of horse drawn wagons, cowboys, and the wild Texas frontier. Definitely not something that would appeal to a mainstream audience, but hopefully there is are readers out there who appreciate a good western story as much as I do. I’m working to release my body of work, and that means hiring cover designers, finding formatters, and planning promotional events. I am also working with several people on a few co-authoring projects that I will be publishing through my new LLC. I like the control so far, but it is a lot of work. I am not taking on any new clients at this time.
Keep writing and always be on the lookout for new opportunities. You never know where this crazy journey will take you!
“You can make anything by writing.”
― C.S. Lewis
For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality – the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
AUTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON
2016 WILLA Competition Open
The WILLA Literary Awards honors the best in literature,
featuring women’s or girls’ stories set in the West that are
published each year. Women Writing the West (WWW), a
non-profit association of writers and other professionals
writing and promoting the Women’s West, underwrites
and presents the nationally recognized award annually at
the WWW Fall Conference. The award is named in honor
of Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather, one of the country’s foremost novelists.
Entries are now being accepted in seven categories for the 2016 WILLA
Awards. Books must have a 2015 publication date, feature a girl or woman and be set in the West.
Entry fee: $50. Details and application at www.womenwritingthewest.org.
2016 WILLA Chair
Texas High Plains Writers
Writers living in and around the Texas Panhandle gather in Amarillo, Texas on the third Saturday, bi-monthly in the odd numbered months to network and talk writing.
After lunching with the Program Chair this past week, I have to pass along information about upcoming speakers. What a great line-up! I hope you’ll mark your calendar and pass along the information.
November 21—Author Joan Sikes will talk about how she incorporated her life with a professional musician into an award winning fiction novel. www.jansikes.com
January 16—Chimp Robertson is a poet, author, rodeo contestant, auctioneer, private pilot, rancher, song writer (songs recorded by Chris LeDoux) Texas and Oklahoma Real Estate Broker, skydiver, and U.S. Army veteran. http://www.chimprobertson.com
March 19—Dusty Richards, author, WWA Spur award winner and past president. I’ve heard him speak several times about the craft of writing. This man is an excellent teacher. www.dustyrichards.com
For more details on meeting times, location and to RSVP, check out their website: http://www.panhandleprowriters.org/
STORIES SET IN THE WEST
Several of my author friends have deals for new series set in small-town America or on ranches, with cowboys and horses and great characters. An important component to these type of books is the wide open places, endless sky, and the decent, hard-working people of the west. I don’t think westerns are dead. They’ve been repackaged into stories that are smarter, action packed and more vivid for today’s readers.
Western Writers of America is a group devoted to promoting the genre. Members include not only novelists, but song writers, historians, screenwriters, musicians, living history re-enactors, and fans of everything western.
WWA members receive a copy of the Roundup Magazine, the official bi-monthly publication of the group. The October 2015 edition just happens to include two of my articles: “Researching West Texas” is a summary of the panel of museum archivists who spoke at the WWA Convention in Lubbock this past summer. “Texas Rangers: Then and Now” is a summary of the keynote given by historian and author, Robert M. Utley.
As a member, you’ll benefit greatly from being a part of this organization. Members can have one entry in WWA’s online catalog, one entry on the WWA app, a WWA Star Speakers Listing, and be included on the WWA Facebook Page and WWA Twitter links—all for FREE!
Whether you’re a history buff, writer, or just a fan of great stories set in the west, you’ll love being a part of this group. Here’s the website:
Mark your calendar right now for the next WWA Convention dates:
June 21-25, 2016: Cheyenne, Wyoming
June 20-24, 2017: Kansas City, Missouri