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President’s Message – September, 2022

President’s Page: September

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 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 like the festival.

August had both the Central and the Rim Country chapters return to regular meetings, held on Zoom. The book club is also still meeting via Zoom. We also held our thank-you luncheon for the many volunteers for the Book Festival. We held it “picnic” style in Payson’s Green Valley Park. Sandwiches, salads, and drinks were provided and we discussed the volunteer’s suggestions for the festival.

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. The state organization needs a treasurer. 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.

My calendar has September 18th, 10am, as our APW State Officer’s 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

While at the Payson Book Festival, I had a representative of the organization Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind stop by my table. They can be found at ReadingForTheBlind.org. For our authors, they said they’d be interested in recording your book(s) in addition to needing narrators to read books into audio recordings. I know we have some people in the group who have media experience or otherwise beautiful voices. They are also interested in presenting to groups, so if you are looking for a speaker, try them out. You can contact Sarah Shew, 623-640-1219 for more info.

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

Connie Cockrell, Author
H (928) 951-0970
ConniesRandomThoughts.com

APW August Virtual Meeting – 8/10/22 Dito Abbott

Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a meeting on Zoom.

Topic: APW Rim Country- Dito Abbott- When life Imitates Art
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM Arizona
Zoom: Members have been sent the Zoom link. Nonmembers who would like to attend should contact Connie Cockrell at connie.cockrell @ gmail.com for the link.

DITO ABBOTT

“Adventure: When Art Imitates Life” is based on my experience in a wide range of creative disciplines, as well as incorporating my love for adventure.

In this presentation, I will talk about comfort zones and how they define our horizons, using examples from my artistic past, such as:

– Spending 3.5 years shooting a stop motion music video for my band, Too Many Drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T0ZCpfSaIA
– Drawing on my sailing experiences to write a novel
– The important role failure plays in creativity

Dito’s debut YA Fantasy novel, Debunked, draws on his love for adventure, googly-eyed slime beasts, and sarcastic swords of legend.

 

President’s message – July 2022

Greetings!

I want to thank everyone who was able to for attending our 2022 Arizona Professional Writers conference. The venue was exceptional, and we had terrific speakers. We also held elections; many thanks to those who could stay on for another term. Thanks everyone as well for electing me as President. Many, many thanks to Bobbi Bennett, Marie Fasano, Jaimie Bruzenak, and everyone else who had a hand in organizing and putting on this wonderful event. I do hope you all can attend next year.

Treasurer needed: Most importantly, we are in need of a Treasurer. Our previous treasurer, Cheryl Kohout, has been an officer in the organization for decades now and has decided to step down. Of course the treasurer is a vital role in any organization and if you have some time, I promise you will not be overwhelmed with the role. You can contact me at connie.cockrell@gmail.com to talk about it.

June was the National Federation of Press Women annual conference. I had a great time in Fargo, N.D. It’s a lovely city and the venue was fantastic. Best of all, three of our APW members won or placed in the national Communication Contest. Let’s give hearty congratulations to Rebecca Goodrich who won a 1st place in her category, Jan Cleere who won a 2nd place, and Brad Graber with an Honorable Mention. I want to again honor the 9 members who won in the At-Large competitions, winning 15 awards total. These are stiffly competitive categories so all of our winners should receive a round of applause.

If you are thinking of attending next year’s NFPW Conference, it will be in Cincinnati, Ohio. The time spent with these fantastic, intelligent, and pretty darn witty women and men was a boon to my soul. The presentations were wonderful and one, on treating your customers as a non-profit treats their donors, was worth the price of the entire conference. Not saying the other presentations weren’t good, it’s just that that one had info that could be pressed into service that very minute. Don’t miss out on next year’s event.

July features the Payson Book Festival. It will be held July 23rd at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino from 9am to 2:30pm. We have over 80 authors this year and an all-day, on-demand children’s program. In the Fireside room we have presentations by authors: Ditto Abbott, Jody Decker, Chrisann Dawson, Bryan Lee (aka Bullseye the Clown), and TJ Boyer. The topics range from poetry to bullying. I’m sure each one will be very interesting. I do hope you can make it to the Festival even if you aren’t a “seller.” It will be a great time to catch up!

Spread the word! Speaking of the Book Festival, we’re doing a lot of posting on our Facebook pages for both APW and the Book Festival. Take a look at those pages and share the posts. Lots of people sharing creates a big boost in the number of people who get to see each post. It’s an easy way for you to get to know the authors appearing and to help us drive attendance to the festival.

https://www.facebook.com/PaysonBookFestival and

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArizonaPressWomen

That’s it for July. Everyone stay safe, enjoy the summer, and hope to see you at the book festival!

Connie Cockrell
APW President

2022 State Conference is a wrap!

Our 2022 State Conference is over. It was special getting to see old friends in person; some we had only ever met on a Zoom call. We also had several guests plus our speakers and our 2022 scholarship winner and her father and brother.

President Connie Cockrell called the meeting to order. We accepted the slate of officers, welcoming Jody Sharpe to the Board and passed the budget. The winners of the At-large division of the NFPW Communications Contest who were in attendance were introduced.

Our morning speaker was Dr. Karen Bryson who spoke on “The Top Ten Reasons your Book Isn’t Selling And What To Do About It.” Everyone authoring a book should take these into account.  Find help at Karen’s newest Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/motivatethemuse.

During lunch, Marie Fasano and Jody Sharpe presented our 2022 Scholarship winner, Elena Morrison, with a certificate and a check for $1000 to pursue a career in journalism. Elena is a student at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff.

Brad Graber spoke after lunch on “The Stories We Tell Ourselves: The Importance of Shifting Our Mindset.” Using personal stories and humor, Brad shared how we can limit ourselves. His website is BradGraber.com.

The last activity was a tour of the wonderful Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Their collection of all things Western is second to none. Put it on your list to visit if you never have. https://scottsdalemuseumwest.org

APW May Virtual Meeting – 5/11/22

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

Topic: Arizona Inspiration with Roger Naylor
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Zoom: Members have been sent the Zoom link. If you are a guest or need it, contact Susan Anderson at Susan.APW@hotmail.com. Members can also find the link in the Members Only section.

Arizona Inspiration with Roger Naylor

Arizona is the focus of almost all my books, from travel to history. Yet even my book of fiction uses Arizona as its unifying theme. Crazy for the Heat: Arizona Tales of Ghosts, Gumshoes, and Bigfoot is a collection of humorous short stories, all based in Arizona locations, utilizing the state’s history and legends. Cactus and roadrunners and red rocks and border towns and blazing sunsets and the perfume of rain and sun that screams are all woven into the fabric of the stories. I’m not sure I even know how to write anymore if Arizona is not involved.”

Roger will discuss a little of his process and encourage others to explore more of Arizona for their own inspiration.

Roger Naylor is one of Arizona’s premier travel writers. In 2018, he was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. His most recent book, Arizona’s Scenic Roads and Hikes, was selected as Best Arizona Travel Book at the 2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. It also won as Best Arizona Book. His previous book, Arizona State Parks, also won in 2020 as best Arizona Travel Book.

Naylor is the narrator of Verde Canyon Railroad. His work appears most weeks in the Arizona Republic. He has also written for The Guardian, USA Today, The Week, Country Magazine, Arizona Highways, and dozens more. He is the author of several other books including The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon, Arizona Kicks on Route 66, and Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers. For more information, visit RogerNaylor.com.

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 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 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..