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APW January Virtual Meeting 1/12/22

Connie Cockrell and Susan Anderson are inviting you to a combined Zoom Meeting Wednesday, January 12th at 1pm.

TOPIC: Publicity with Jodi Decker
DATE: January 12, 2022
TIME: 1 p.m. Arizona time
ZOOM: The link for the Zoom Meeting has been sent to members. It is also listed in the Member’s only section. Guests are welcome and should email Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the link.

Bio: Jodi Decker, Ed.D, collaborated with her daughter Janelle Molony, MBA, (editor and publisher) on the anthology Poems From the Asylum. It is the true narrative of Martha H. Nasch’s seven-year stay in an insane asylum. Jodi, a college teacher, and Janelle, an author, researched family journals, poetry notebooks, history books, and interviewed the descendants of the neighbors about the life of Martha H. Nasch, as well as interviewed the museum docent at the St. Peter State Hospital for the Insane. Jodi is Martha’s granddaughter, and she is proud to leave this legacy on her behalf. Both Jodi and Janelle are Arizona residents and A.S.U. graduates.

Her Facebook page is Seven Years Insane

President’s message – December 2021

Greetings to all,

Has the year seemed long to you? Still wondering about 2020? Yes, it has been 2 years, or near enough, of the pandemic. This fact was mentioned to me the other day by a friend of mine who asked, “Has it been 2 years?” We sat silently for a moment, trying to absorb that information. It’s been difficult, hasn’t it? Everything changed. Days slipped by practically unnoticed. Maybe you got some writing done, maybe not. What I do know, at least for myself, is that this has been a quiet time.

Yes, a positive. A time of contemplation. A time to review. A gift, if you will, of solitude and meditation. There has been time to evaluate and decide what is most important. The end of the year traditionally is a time for that but, after two years, I think I’ve got most of that evaluation completed.

The end of the year is also the time to look forward. You’ve decided what’s most important to you so now, how will you achieve those things? If you’re a planner, have you written out steps that need to be taken to reach your goal? If you are a pantser (to use writing terms!), do you have the goal firmly in mind so that when decisions are made you choose the ones that get you closer to your goal?

So now, just days before the shortest day of the year, just short of Christmas and New Year, I want to wish you all peace, joy, and yes, solitude. A gift of time to let your mind rest and recuperate, and decide what’s most important to you. I look forward to seeing you all, over Zoom or in person, in 2022.

Connie Cockrell
President, APW

APW Book Club 1/22/22 with Brad Graber

From Karen Shiffman Lateiner:
Our next book group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 10 am via Zoom (link will be sent at a later date)
We’ll be discussing Brad Graber’s new novel Boca by Moonlight. Set in Boca Raton, Florida, the novel follows the story of George as he struggles to come to terms with life as a widower. The novel has recently received a 5-Star Must Read review from Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/boca-by-moonlight-brad-graber#review

Brad Graber writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He is the award-winning author of The Intersect, After the Fall, and a collection of essays, What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? Boca by Moonlight is Brad’s latest novel. He also writes a humor blog: There, I Said It!

Brad lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff. For more information on Brad, check out his website at: www.bradgraber.com
Announcing: Boca by Moonlight
Author of the award-winning novels The Intersect and After the Fall
Collection of Essays: What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? Humorous Observations on Modern Life

Monthly Blog: There, I Said It!

 

APW BOOK GROUP

Meeting via Zoom fourth Saturday of every month at 10 AM.

Contact:   Karen Shiffman Lateiner, kslateiner@gmail.com, 973-997-7204

Mission:  To support each other as authors (and authors in progress) by reading each other’s books, reviewing them on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and discussing them at our meeting. 

APW December Virtual Meeting – 12/11/21

Susan Anderson and Connie Cockrell are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Rim County and Central APW Virtual Meeting – December 11

Topic: I Meant It for Good with Mary Rechkemmer-Meyer
Date: Saturday, December 11
Time: 10 a.m. Arizona

Zoom Meeting –the link has been sent to members. If you did not receive it or wish to attend as a guest, contact Susan Anderson Susan.APW@hotmail.com for the Zoom link.

Mary Rechkemmer-Meyer will be discussing her book, I Meant It For Good:  A Memoir of Dreaming, Visualizing, and Becoming My Authentic Self and how she came to write it.

After hearing the words, “You have cancer,” Mary knew that everything in her life had prepared her for that moment. Through a series of synchronicities Mary found integrative treatment that would save her life. She visualized healing daily, as she chose to believe she was healed. Mary’s vision is to share her story in hopes of helping other people know they, too, have options and can choose what is right for themselves, that they can set their own goals and visualize—and attain—both physical and spiritual healing. Utilizing the experience she gained over multiple careers, Mary is excited to share her expertise and give back to others through personal coaching. Mary’s coaching shows you how to plan, dream, and visualize yourself into the life you want in all six areas of your life: spiritual, health and wellness, relationships, emotional, professional, and financial. Mary lives in Arizona with her husband, Jan, and travels throughout the Midwest in the summer. Mary and Jan have seven children and twelve grandchildren. Mary is the author of I Meant It for Good: A Memoir of Dreaming, Visualizing, and Becoming My Authentic Self. You can visit Mary on her website at https://maryrechkemmermeyer.com/ or follow her on Facebook at  https://business.facebook.com/DreamandVisualize

APW November Virtual Meeting 11/10/21

Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting with Randy Roberson.

Topic: APW Rim Country Meeting- Randy Roberson -Podcasts-Building a listenership
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to APW members. If you did not receive it or would like to attend as a guest, contact Connie for the link. Members can also access the members-only tab for the link.
Contact: Conniecockrell@gmail.com

Randy Roberson divides his time between producing Commercial Radio and On-Line Newscasts and other freelance production work (For the past 37 years), while also heading up non-profit Global Disaster Response Operations, and has also done consulting work for NATO, USTDA and others. The disaster effort that has taken him thus far to 35 countries.

In either operation he says, “building a listenership, viewership, readership following has been critical to operational success.” As commercial ON-AIR broadcasts are quickly being replaced by ON-LINE sources (right there in your pocket all the time), Randy has endeavored to stay on the cutting edge of communications. Whether it is small-town newscasts, or large-scale disasters, he has found a way to get his messages heard and by the specific audiences he targets.

Randy looks forward to sharing what has worked for him, a little bit about how to pull that all together as well as answering any questions those attending may have.

His Disaster Work: 2Emergency.com
His Media Work:  GlobalTrails.media

APW Book Club 11/20/21 with Margaret Spence

Karen Lateiner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Book Club with Margaret Spence: Joyous Lies
Date: Nov 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Arizona
Zoom: The link has been sent to APW and Book Club members. If you would like to attend and didn’t receive the link, contact Karen at kslateiner@gmail.com

Joyous Lies: A story of family secrets set on a commune in Northern California, the novel delves also into the communication powers of plants.

Maelle Woolley, a shy botanist, prefers plants to people. They don’t suddenly disappear. Raised on her grandparents’ commune after her mother’s mysterious death, she follows the commune’s utopian beliefs of love for all. Then she falls for attractive psychiatrist Zachary Kane. When Zachary claims her mother and his father never emerged alive from his father’s medical research lab, Maelle investigates. What she discovers will challenge everything she believes, force her to find strength she never knew she had, and confront the commune’s secrets and lies and asks, if plants can protect their young, why can’t humans do the same?

No scientist, but an avid gardener, Margaret loved doing the research for this book. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Margaret has lived in the United States since the age of 23. She’s lived on both East and West Coasts and enjoys Arizona winters. When she’s not at her desk she tends an unruly garden, cooks up a storm in the kitchen, and cherishes time with her family.

Find her at MargaretAnnSpence.com.

To purchase the book:
https://www.amazon.com/Joyous-Lies-Margaret-Ann-Spence-ebook/dp/B08RYB34FN

Marketing opportunity – Payson

APW member, Chrisann Dawson, has a request to share a December marketing table in Payson. It’s a great opportunity.

 

Common Grounds Christmas Holiday Fair.

Vendor Fee is $60.
Chrisann would like to share a table with at least one other APW member. Vendors must provide our own table, canopy, and way to handle purchases. She has a 4 foot table but no canopy.

If you are interested contact Chrisann at dawsonchrisann@gmail.com,

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