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Next Speaker: Mark Coker, Sat, Febuary 28, 2015

Mark CokerEverything You Wanted to Know About Self-Publishing

For years, one of the frustrations of being an author was writing a book and not being able to find a publisher. No more. Today, many writers are publishing what they’ve written themselves.

One of the leaders in the self-publishing field is Mark Coker, who founded Smashwords in 2008. He has seen it become the leading indie ebook distributor for more than 100,000 authors.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, Coker will speak to Fremont Area Writers about how to self-publish, distribute, and sell ebooks. His topic: “An Introduction to Ebook Self-Publishing and Best Practice.”

He’ll discuss how the ebook revolution has affected the publishing industry, explain market trends, and offer tips on ebook creation, pricing, and marketing.  His two-part talk will include an introduction to ebook self-publishing and 16 secrets of best-selling ebook authors.

You can find out more about Coker at his blog, blog.smashwords.com. He also contributes to the Huffington Post’s books section.

The writers group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, except in July and December, from 2-4 p.m. in Room 115 at DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, in Fremont. Meetings are open to the public.

Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the 1,800-member California Writers Club. To find out more, log on to www.cwc-fremontareawriters.org or contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639.


Carol HallHall Wins Screenwriting Award, $1,000

Carol Lee Hall of Fremont has won the grand prize and $1,000 in the 2014-15 screenwriting contest sponsored by TheWriteRoom. She is the immediate past president of Fremont Area Writers.

Hall’s screenplay, selected from among more than 50 contest entries, is “Donaldina: Based on True Events in the Life of Donaldina Cameron.”

Donaldina (1869-1968) was a Presbyterian missionary who rescued thousands of Chinese girls and women from indentured servitude in early twentieth century San Francisco. She is called the “Angel of Chinatown.”

Her efforts led to the creation of today’s Donaldina Cameron House in San Francisco, a Chinatown-based multi-service agency serving Asian communities in the Bay Area.

“I was inspired to write about Donaldina because she is a true heroine who fought for what she believed was right despite the odds against her,” Hall says. “As with any biographical story, it was hard to decide what aspect of her life to focus on. But I finally chose a period in her life that greatly impacted her work.

“After many revisions, thanks to three critique groups and three professional script consultants, the script was finally in good enough shape to win. This achievement will help the script when I pitch it to various producers,” Carol says.

Hall’s first book, “For Those Who Serve: A Devotional for Church Volunteers, was published by Baker Publishing Group in 2004. She is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, Today’s Christian Woman, and You and Me: America’s Medical Magazine.

TheWriteRoom is a national, nonprofit organization that extends retreats to qualified applicants in creative writing and allied fields. Founded in 2012, its mission is to advance the impact of women in the media via the literary creative arts and allied fields by educating, advocating and housing. 

You can find out more at http://www.thewriteroom.org.


Officers—From left, Shirley Ferrante, Erika Anderson-Bolden, Joyce Cortez and Cherilyn Jose.

Officers—From left, Shirley Ferrante, Erika Anderson-Bolden, Joyce Cortez and Cherilyn Jose.


mic Writers and Poets Open Mic! When: 7-9 p.m. Monday, February 23..
Where: Suju’s Coffee, Meeting Room, 3620 Thornton Ave. , Fremont. To find out more, contact Tony Pino at up.dragonfly@gmail.com.