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Wishing you a holiday filled with peace & love, and a New Year rich with blessings.

I hope all of you are as happy as I am that 2020 is over and a new year is beginning. We are still not out of the woods with Covid-19, and probably won’t be for several more months, but at least there seems to be an end in sight. So how do we continue to deal with the stress of shelter-in-place and all that goes with it?

Mind Tools is a website that offers a lot of good information about anxiety and how to deal with it. It says, “Anxiety is a mixture of uneasy feelings, including nervousness, worry, and fear, about yourself or others.” Mind Tools goes on to say that there are five things to do to help deal with stress: 1) Identify the source of stress, 2) Exercise more, 3) Watch what you eat, 4) Use relaxation techniques, and 5) Think positively. I’m adding a 6th: Write.

Read more in this month's issue of Scribbles.

Sharon Law Tucker
President

Upcoming Programs
*Zoom Meetings begin at 6:00pm*

Members will receive meeting particulars via email.


January 19, 2021
Fauzia and John Burke

Author Websites the Easy Way
A professional-looking website is the most important element of a book marketing strategy--especially if you're a self-published author. Although much has changed when it comes to developing websites, some things remain fundamental. Fauzia and John Burke will discuss how to determine the purpose of your author website, choosing a domain name, website costs, what content to include, and how to use your website as part of your overall book marketing strategy. 

Fauzia Burke, author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors is the founder and president of FSB Associates, an online book publicity firm; co-founder of Pub Site, a platform for building author websites; and a consultant and coach for authors who need help navigating the book marketing and publicity landscape. Before starting FSB, she worked for book publishers Henry Holt and John Wiley. 

John Burke is the co-founder of Pub Site, an easy-to-use website building platform, and the COO of FSB Associates. Burke worked for several publishers--including Crown, McGraw-Hill, Addison Wesley, and John Wiley--as well as in bookstores before joining FSB Associates to launch its website development efforts. His first website was for the late Sue Grafton; since then Burke has developed over 200 author websites.


February 16, 2021
Ava Homa

From Self to Universe: Building Character Relationships

Bestselling author Ava Homa will discuss how to determine your character's trajectory by developing their (un)conscious relationships with self, friends & family, society, and the universe (nationally and internationally, environmentally, spiritually) as well as how to position your characters in their imagined and actual world(s).

Ava is the acclaimed author of the novel DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE (May 2020), which was named one of the best new fictions in The Independent, The Globe and Mail, and the Reader's Digest. Homa is a journalist, holds a Master's Degree in English and creative writing, and is the inaugural recipient of the PEN Canada Writers-in-Exile Scholarship. Her collection of short stories, ECHOES FROM THE OTHER LAND, was nominated for the Frank O'Conner Short Story Prize. DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE has received rave reviews in The Toronto Star, the Chicago Review of Books, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. See www.AvaHoma.com 


March 16, 2021
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Public Speaking Skills for Today's Writers:
Pitfalls to Avoid/Practices that Pay Off

Writers spend years--even decades--writing their books, then they're told to spend time and money building their platforms. But far too many writers forget that once it's built, somebody will have to stand on that platform (be it in-person or virtual) and speak. Whether addressing a friendly group in a bookstore for a launch, pitching an agent at a conference, or meeting with a book club, having some simple public speaking skills can help writers boost their confidence. After all, people come to author events to meet the person behind the pages and to hear the story behind the story. Who better to offer those things but the author?

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is a California author, coach, professional speaker, and speaking coach. Her recently published book, From Page to Stage: Inspiration, Tools, and Public Speaking Tips for Writers, is designed to help writers before, during, and after publication and has received a Bronze IPPY Award and a Kirkus Review calling it, “A lean, helpful primer for authors who want to succeed as speakers.” Betsy is the author of a novel, Fire & Water, and a memoir, Filling Her Shoes, which was honored with a Booklist Starred Review and a Gold IPPY Award.


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MEETINGS
The third Tuesday of the month. Mark your calendar and join us.

Point Pinos Grill
77 Asilomar Boulevard
Pacific Grove
At the golf course
(831) 648-5774

Dinner Hour: 5:30pm
For our meetings,
there is now a
set menu.

Meeting Begins: 6:30pm