Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 2, No. 29 Dec. '00/Jan. '01

  17   Holiday Party at the
Doubletree Hotel
@11:30 am
Speaker: Mary Jan Bancroft, Exec. Director, "Make Way for Books."

Topic: "Helping Preschoolers Fall in Love With Reading"
(see article - this page)
NOTE: All lunches are $15
(see article - this page)

Wrangling With Writing
Holiday Inn Palo Verde
@7:30-4PM Fri-Sat
Keynotes: Ray Bradbury and a host of others.

Topic: "Getting published"
(see article - this page)

To R.S.V.P. Luncheon
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
before noon the
Wednesday before Brunch

Holiday Party
$15 all attendees

I would like to buy ___ raffle tickets to support "Make Way for Books."
Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.
Name: ________________
Checks only please, payable to "SSA."
If you want your ticket stub, please enclose SASE and mail to:
Jennifer J. Stewart
Make Way for Books
6011 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712

"Make Way For Books" Holiday Party

   Mark your calendars for the December 17th Holiday Luncheon at the Doubletree. We have three special events planned. First, we have invited members of the Arizona Book Publishers Association to join us. They are anxious to meet you informally and hear about your writing, and each will have a brief opportunity at the mike.
   Secondly, our featured speaker is Mary Jan Bancroft, Executive Director of "Make Way for Books," a local non-profit literacy foundation. Ms. Bancroft will show and tell us about her work to help preschoolers in the community fall in love with reading. "Make Way for Books" sets up libraries in low-income area preschools and trains volunteers to provide weekly story times. If you would like to help out by donating a picture book, it would be sincerely appreciated.
   You can also support a good cause by purchasing raffle tickets, the third fun thing on the agenda. The raffle will benefit "Make Way for Books." The grand prize is free registration at the January Wrangling With Writing Conference, but there will be tons of other prizes, including gift certificates from local bookstores and (dare we say it?) limited edition SSA mugs. Raffle tickets are one for $1.00 or six for $5.00. If you can't come, but still want tickets, see the order by mail form on this page. You do not have to be there to win, but it will be more fun if you are.
   We need to hear from you before Thursday noon, December 14th. Please call 546-9382 and let us know if you want a meat entree or the vegetarian alternative. The price for this special holiday meal is $15 for members and their guests. Bring your sweetie and tickle your taste buds!
   HOLIDAY LUNCHEON MENU: Crisp Garden Salad with Choice of Dressings; Marinated Thin Slices of London Broil braised in an Oriental Teriyaki Glaze; Oven Roasted Baby Red Potatoes; Fresh Seasonal Vegetable; Warm Rolls and Butter; Mint Pie with Chocolate Sauce; Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Iced Tea
   NOTE: Vegetarian alternative meal available. Just specify when you make your reservation.

Wrangling With Writing in January

   You've all read the brochure by now, so you've seen that we have a stellar list of participants at this year's conference. Agents, editors, and publishers will be looking for everything from children's books to commercial suspense thrillers; they want young-adult novels, mysteries, scripts, women's fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, non-fiction and much more. Penny has done a great job getting people here that are willing to sit down and hear your pitch for articles, scripts, and stories. Look through the brochure and set up an interview with someone who will want to purchase your manuscript. We even had a workshop in October to prepare pitches to improve your odds of selling to them. After all is said and done, you are the one who will have to commit to being there and pitching your manuscript to these professionals. If you lost your brochure, you can find info. at


Michael Alvarez's mystery novel, The Last Place God Made, is due out in December from Xlibris Corporation. It features Nicholas Madrid, a Tucson private investigator, on the trail of a frightened teenager, coerced into taking part in a ritualistic murder. Nick delves deeper and deeper into a labyrinthine cobweb of treacherous lies, deception, and brutal murders to prove a naive boy's innocence. The best place to order is (bookstore) or by calling: 1-888-795-4274. Also available at and

Vera Marie Badertscher will have her article with tips for authors giving interviews, that she calls "You Mean I've Got To Talk?," on The November issue of Home and Away, an AAA magazine distributed to 3 1/2 million people, has a cover story on following Coronado's footsteps that she wrote. Also, will have her article on the Swedish Ship, Vasa, in December, and an article on Vikings in the Aland Islands in February. Arizona Highroads (Arizona AAA) will print her article titled "Stopover in Athens" in January. Frontier Airlines Magazine has contracted with her for a story to appear next spring. She is also writing a guide to the island of Crete for Internet site, "Follow the Rabbit" and Arizona Highways has scheduled four more articles for 2001. She asks, "So, if I'm so busy, how come I'm not rich???"

Jane Eppinga's book, Arizona Twilight Tales: Good Ghosts, Evil Spirits, and Blue Ladies, has just come out. It was published by Pruett Publishing in Boulder Colorado. She had a book signing November 18 at Borders on Oracle, where she also signed Images of America: Tucson, Arizona.

J.M. Hayes had two books published by Poison Pen Press this December: Mad Dog & Enlishman and The Grey Pilgrim. He will have a signing Dec. 10 at Reader's Oasis from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Tony Ivins recently placed "A First-Class Promoter," a short story, in the Autumn-Winter edition of Mystery Time Magazine. He also had another story, "A Window of Opportunity," appear in the Oct.-Nov. issue of The Advocate.

Mary Loser (Lozer) will be doing a signing and talk at the Foothills Mall Barnes and Noble on Friday, January 26, at 7 PM. It will be the week after the conference so if you are interested, be sure to attend.

Earl (Mac) McGill has another story, "Polls Don't Lie," in Blue Murder Magazine #15. It is a timely piece that asks, " Do politicians depend too much on the polls?" President Alan Turnbull is about to find out. You can read it at

Vijaya Schartz's new Fantasy novel, Archangel Crusader, just came out this November from Blue Planet Books and has already gathered wonderful reviews, like: "...relationships, angels, aliens and seduction... even Satanism... kept this reviewer riveted ...compelling fantasy won't want to put it down... a superior novel that enthralls and, at the same time, awakens!" - Richard Fuller, Metaphysical Reviews. Check it out on (four-star review there, too, from a reader).

Karen Smith's (Ann Isobel) novel, Heart Wounds And Other Crimes, will be in print sometime before Christmas if all goes well.

Susy Smith's book, The Afterlife Codes, was published by Hampton Roads. It is now for sale in local bookstores and also on You can also check out her website that we mentioned in the last newsletter.

Jennifer J. Stewart's children's story "Desert Snowfall" received Honorable Mention in the 2000 Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

Bob Wagner had a very good week last month. He sold two short stories to Blue Murder webzine: "Only Skin Deep" and "Muhammadan Dawn"; My Legacy, issue #30 printed his short story "A Fast Start"; and bought a speculative-fiction-time-travel short story, "Takes One (. . . to know one!)." Citizens of America, also known as C.O.A., confirmed that they will print two essays and possibly a third.

Diane Warner's latest book, Complete Book of Children's Parties, has just come on the market. It is a sequel to her best-seller, Big Book of Parties, that came out last year. Most of Diane's 19 books are available at major bookstores, including Barnes & Noble. She has also written six recent feature articles for the new e-magazine, White Hot Weddings, and writes a monthly column for the web site, a wedding web site. Her site is

Pearl Zimmerman is promoting the Gordons' book, It Could Happen, a novel of suspense, adventure, and romance. There will be a signing on Sunday, December 17th from 2 pm - 4 pm at Clues Unlimited.

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