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Andy Weir, “How I Backed Into a Publishing Deal,”
2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Andy Weir Author

How’s this for a pleasant dream?
You write your first novel, publish it as an e-book on Amazon, watch a major publisher scoop it up for print sale, and find out it’s planned for production as a big-screen movie in 2015?
Andy Weir, author of the cross-over science-fiction novel “The Martian,” has done all those things—dreaming aside—and he’ll discuss them at the next meeting of Fremont Area Writers on Saturday, Oct. 25.
His topic: “How I Backed Into a Publishing Deal.”
In 2012, Weir self-published “The Martian,” his first novel, at Amazon. It’s about an inventive astronaut who winds up stranded on Mars facing death without anyone on Earth knowing he’s still alive. First an e-book, the novel was a smash hit and wound up being purchased by Random House.
“The Martian” went on to be published in both soft- and hard-bound copies. A film version directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon is reported in the works for production next year.
A Bay Area writer and software engineer, Weir describes himself as a life-long “space fanboy.” His book required extensive research in radiation, botany, and fuel systems.
You can find out more about him at

Our writers group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, except in December and July, from 2-4 p.m. in Room 120 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 or contact Shirley Scott-Ferrante at (510) 791-8639.


Sale On! Nov. 28-29Thanksgiving is approaching, Fremont Area Writers, and you know what that means.

No, not just roast turkey for dinner. It’s time to start thinking about selling books, the perfect holiday gift. If you missed a chance to take part in the last FAW book sale and signing, at which more than 90 books, e-books, and art books were sold, here’s another opportunity.

You can do it at our Black Friday Weekend book signing and sale at NewPark Mall in Newark Nov. 28-29. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open Mics will be held from 2-4 p.m. both days, Friday and Saturday. The sale and book-signing will be held in the NewPark Mall Cultural Center on the first floor near Sears.

More information will be available later. Print the Hold Harmless agreement here: HoldHarmlessAgreement copy  and send a signed copy to Jan Small, book signing chairperson, 40167 Blanchard Street, Fremont, CA 94555.

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

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

Fremont Area Writers has a new president and vice president following elections at the June meeting. The president is Shirley Scott. The vice president is Erika-Bolden.

They will join continuing officers Joyce Cortez, secretary, and Cherilyn Jose, treasurer, in serving for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins this month.



mic Writers and PoetsOpen Mic! When: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Where: Where: Suju’s Coffee, Meeting Room3620 Thornton Ave. FremontTo find out more, contact Tony Pino at




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