Announcing the 2021 Holiday Bazaar!

Announcing the 2021 Holiday Bazaar – a benefit of membership in APW!

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As a benefit of APW membership, members may list one of their books on APWs Holiday Bazaar page. A link to your sales page is included. Your website, if you have one, will also be listed below the photo gallery. See https://arizonaprofessionalwriters.org/holiday-bazaar/ Your title and sales page (or webpage) will be shared on Facebook at least once.

To participate: Send the title of your book, the sales page and a photo of the cover – a large size is preferred. While a small photo is used for the sales page, Jaimie can resize a larger one for the webpage and use the more visible large size for Facebook. Email to Jaimie at calamityjaimie at gmail.com.

For those who have a title listed from last year, check to make sure that is the title you want and that your sales page is still accurate. Send any updates to calamityjaimie at gmail.com

Remember: If you join APW between now and December 31, 2021, your membership is good through the end of 2022 and you are eligible to have your book listed. See https://arizonaprofessionalwriters.org/about/join-2/

APW Book Club 10/23/21 with Barbara Lacy

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Club -Barbara Lacy –Nanise’ A Navajo Herbal: One Hundred Plants from the Navajo Reservation
Date: Oct 23, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting – the link has been sent to APW Book Club members. If you would like to attend and/or did not receive it, contact klateiner@gmail.com

Nanise’, A Navajo Herbal by Barbara Lacy

Nanise’, A Navajo Herbal – Barbara Lacy

When I moved with my family to the Navajo reservation in 1970, most Navajos were still living traditionally in dirt hogans without running water or electricity, They herded sheep for food and wool for weaving blankets. By 1970, the Navajo people knew their lives were changing. A federal government program was in place to improve health care on the reservation by providing educational grants for nurses and other healthcare workers. Under the grant, I was asked to collect previously published information on the Navajo’s use of native plants that grew on the high desert plains of northern Arizona. For the next several years, I researched how the Navajo survived over centuries finding, food, medicine, clothing, and household goods on the seemingly barren land of Northern Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

From that start came Nanise’, a Navajo Herbal, 100 Plants from the Navajo Reservation.

Nanise’ describes the medicinal, household, and ceremonial use of 100 plants that grow on the Navajo Reservation.

Nanise’ was written in the late 1970s and published first by Northland Press, Flagstaff, in 1986, and in 1989 by APW member Linda Radke’s Five Star Publications. I am now the publisher.

Nanise’ has won several awards, one from NFPW.  The best price for the book is through Barbara – $15 including shipping. Contact Barbara Lacy at lacyarts@gmail.com

About the APW Book Club

The Book Group was formed with three purposes:

  1. read each other’s publications
  2. discuss after reading at our meeting
  3. post a review of each book on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

A list of readings is sent to Book Group Members well in advance of each meeting. All APW members are welcome to come to the meetings, and if anyone is interested in joining, they should contact Karen Lateiner and she will put them on the mailing list. If a member has a book for the club to read and review, they can request being added to the calendar. Contact klateiner@gmail.com

Barbara with her art work on display

Ten benefits for joining APW

APW Benefits

  1. Meet and exchange ideas with local authors.
  2. One or two virtual meetings a month with a local speaker on a writing or publishing topic.
  3. Join the APW Book Club where read and review each other’s work (email Karen Lateiner kslateiner@gmail.com)
  4. Ability to use APW Zoom for book presentations or other writing-related meetings. (Contact Marie Fasano mafasano1@gmail.com or Jaimie Bruzenak calamityjaimie@gmail.com
  5. Enter the At-large contest for the National Federation of Press Women. First place winners go on to the national level. Many categories for these prestigious awards. See https://www.nfpw.org/professional-contest We had several winners at the At-large contest. Dianne Beaff and Wynne Brown won awards at the national level.
  6. Post on our Facebook page more than once about your book. (Nonmembers are limited to one post.) Share your new publications, wins and writing events.
  7. Keep up on local book and writing events in Arizona.
  8. Your book listed in the Holiday Bazaar before Christmas. Listed at least once on FB that it is there. (Email Jaimie Bruzenak calamityjaimie@gmail.com)

    Additional National Federation of Press Women benefits

  9. Premium professional members of NFPW have access to discounted libel insurance through its group policy.
  10. NFPW focuses on and working to support the First Amendment. https://nfpw.memberclicks.net/the-first-amendment-network

APW October Virtual Meeting 10/9/21

INVITATION

Susan Anderson and Connie Cockrell are inviting you to the APW October Virtual Meeting on October 9 at 10 am with Sharyn Jordan, a life-long Writerly. Since we are having virtual meetings, we will have a statewide meeting once a month while this continues. Please join us!

APW October Virtual Statewide (Meeting
Topic: “Creating a Sacred & Strategic Writing Process” with Writerly Sharyn Jordan
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time:10:00 AM Arizona

Join the Zoom Meeting. Members have been sent the link. If you did not receive it, lost it or are not a member and would like to join us, message or email Susan Anderson at Susan.APW@hotmail.com or Connie Cockrell at CCockrellAuthor@gmail.com

Sharyn Jordan
Sharyn will be speaking on Creating a Sacred & Strategic Writing Process covering topics like timeless titles; evergreen books; write, write, write; and best year to publish.

As a life-long Writerly, Sharyn published her first best selling book The Home Whisperer: Treasures of the Inner and Outer Home in 2007. Its newly expanded edition rolls out in 2022.

In late 2020, Sharyn & her business partner, Sandy Rogers, founded Triangulus 3 Publishing, LLC. They co-compiled the recent 9.21.2021 highly acclaimed book, Wisdom of the Silver Sisters, Guiding Grace which ranks on Amazon No#1 Best Sellers in seven categories.

They are delighted it is on Barnes & Noble Best Books for the Fall list. It is also a Best Selling book in seven countries and, ecstatically, the algorithms are still updating.

Beginning in 1977, Sharyn’s first biography, My Sweet Sister St. Suzanne, was written specifically for their extensive family. Since then, five other books have followed suit.

At the pandemic’s outset, Sharyn focused on refining, editing and mainstreaming these endearing stories. Now titled “The Pearl Legacy Series,” these five books include the genres of historical fiction, celestial matchmaking, spiritual inspirations, political intrigue, and dreaming true.

On December 8th, 2022, Volume I, Book of Nathaniel: The House of LaRose is launching.

Sharyn and her beloved husband Jay moved to Arizona in 1974. After 42 years of their incredible marriage, Jay passed away in 2012. In addition to being an esteemed mom of three sons Jason who is in Glory, Jeremy and Ian Wells, her daughter Olivia Suzanne, and each of their spouses, she is an avid reader, enthusiastic writerly, and adoring GRANDmother of fourteen GRANDS, ages 7 – 29..

Entries are open – NFPW Communications Contest!

Entries for the 2022 NFPW Communications Contest may be submitted starting today, October 1. You can avoid the late fee by getting your entry in now!

The National Federation of Press Women’s 2022 Professional Communications Contest

Entries for the 2022 contest must be published or broadcast in some format between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The NFPW professional contest is a two-tiered contest. Entrants first enter a state level contest in the state they live in or are a member of, People living in a state without a state contest, are encouraged to enter the at-large contest. When entries warrant in the at-large contest, the contest may be split into regions to create a more level playing field. APW members enter the at-large contest.

First-place winners in the state-level contest and the at-large contests are eligible to move to the national level of judging. To be eligible for compete in the national level, the entrant must be a member in good standing with the National Federation of Press Women. Unless the affiliate contest requires membership to participate, the entrants can join NFPW once they learn of their winning status. The deadline to join to compete in the national contest is March 15, 2022.

The professional contest deadlines are:

  • Entry deadline — January 19, 2022 at noon in the entrant’s time zone (the first entry submitted by an entrant after this deadline will be charged a $25 fee)
  • Winners must be NFPW members — March 15, 2022
  • National winners announced and honored at NFPW conference in June 2022

 

APW Book Club meeting 9/25/21 with Meredith Whiteley

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a virtual APW Book Club meeting on Zoom at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 25.

Topic: APW Book Club meeting with Meredith Whiteley
Date: September 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona

Join Meredith Whiteley as she talks about her book Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family, and Farming in the Arizona Desert. The book is available through major online bookstores and in some online used bookstores. It will be helpful if you have read the book, but any APW member may join. Members have received the Zoom link, but if you are not already a member of the APW Book Club, email Karen Lateiner to join and to get the link for this talk. (No charge -it’s a benefit of our membership!). And, if you would like your book to be the topic for a future meeting, email Karen also.

About the book:

Miracle on the Salt River: Water, Family, and Farming in the Arizona Desert by Meredith Whiteley

Water: It’s always been personal. When the Hohokam abandoned their civilization, it was personal. When a man shot his neighbor over the little bit in the ditch, it was personal. When a greedy developer sold one hundred thousand acres to farmers and the canal went dry, it was personal.

Personal: families dreamed, built schools, churches, towns. They celebrated, grieved, and sometimes left their horses to thirst to death when there was no more water for their own children to drink.

Meredith Whiteley follows the personal story of farmers and water in sixty years of the Valley as they realized the “miracle” that gave them all the water they would ever need—and beyond.

 

October Business Expo

From Connie Cockrell, APW president and Rim Country Chairperson:

The Rim Country chapter of APW is a member of the Chamber and so we get notice of upcoming events. Feel free to sign up for the Chamber breakfast/lunch or other events. I am thinking of attending the Business Showcase on October 23. I’d like to have 2-3 other authors join me in sharing the booth. Drop me an email at connie.cockrell@gmail.com ASAP if you’re interested. You must be a member of APW to participate.

Here’s the description: In October we will be holding our 2nd Annual Flea Market Business Expo. Held at the Payson High School parking lot on Saturday, October 23rd from 10am to 2pm, this event is a great low-cost marketing and networking opportunity. There will be music provided by KRIM, food trucks and we encourage businesses to bring candy for any trick-or-treaters who stop by. Spaces are $100 for Chamber members and half of the proceeds will go to the DECA program at the high school. Please reserve your space by October 15th. And be sure to ask about our sponsorship opportunities for more bang for your marketing bucks!

Testimonial – Barbara Lacy

Barbara Lacy, after attending the September virtual Central Meeting with guest Shasha Graham, wrote this. Barbara has been active in APW for more than 30 years and held the position of Central Chapter Chairperson until a year ago. Barbara had a long career in journalism but now satisfies her creative urge through painting. One of her paintings is below.

“Yes, I have left life as a writer and now present as a painter. In fact, my first show of the season opens at 6 p.m., October 1, 2021, at the Olney Gallery, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 West Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ And more are coming after that!

So why do I still belong to APW and try to attend all the meetings? (I don’t know what my record is over 30+ years, but few would have a better attendance record l than I do.) The answer is simple! Writers (you) and artists are the most interesting people I know! Yes, I have left life as a writer and now present as a painter but I want friends who have a passion for the arts or what ever excites them: saving the environment, teaching history working with refugees that gives their lives that extra spark. It is that extra spark I look for in friends. And why I hang out with writers!”

Thanks, Barbara!

APW Board Meeting – 9/18/21

All members are invited to attend the September 18, 2021 Board Meeting. The Zoom link and the agenda can be found under the Member’s Only page. If you need the password, contact your Chapter Chairperson.

We’ll be starting discussion on next spring’s annual conference. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please attend or send them to President, Connie Cockrell at connie.cockrell@gmail.com We have open positions as well. Contact Connie for information.

President’s page – September 2021

Hello and welcome to September. I do hope you all had a wonderful summer whether you did a stacation or you had the chance to travel. If you’re new, welcome to the Arizona Professional Writers!

July was a busy month for the Rim Country Chapter as they held their book festival on July 17th. We had about 50% fewer attendees this year and far fewer authors. However, everyone who did attend had a good time and there was a lot of feedback on how much both the attendees and the authors liked the festival.

August had both the Central and the Rim Country chapters return to regular meetings, continuing to being held on Zoom. The book club is also still meeting via Zoom.

We need help! We need volunteers. Many of the APW officers have been serving for years. The Payson Book Festival committee needs a new Media Manager as Marie Fasano must step down for health reasons. New people bring fresh, new ideas and we want to keep our organization both active and relevant. You can contact me at connie.cockrell@gmail.com to talk about it.

APW Board Meeting: My calendar has September 18th, 10 a.m., as our APW Board Meeting. The meeting is open to all members, and it’s being held via Zoom. Contact me if you’d like to attend.

Speaking of media, take a look at our Facebook page for APW. This is a great place to announce your newest book, magazine article, or speaking engagement. This is just one of the many perks you, as an APW member, have so take advantage! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArizonaPressWomen

That’s it for September. Everyone stay safe, enjoy the upcoming autumn, and hope to see you at the next meeting!

Connie Cockrell, President