Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors           Vol. 37, No. 1 Feb./March '09


Upcoming Events

   February 15
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Jude Johnson, "Marketing: It's Not Just For Ad Execs Any More*"
(see article this page)

   February 21
Saguaro Romance Writers @10-1:30PM
El Parador, 2744 E Broadway Blvd
Features novelist and researcher Susan Lanier-Graham,
$15 members, $20 others. E-mail Crystal Marshall at

   March 14-15
Four Points Sheraton
University of Arizona Campus, in conjunction with the Arizona Daily Star. SSA's booth will be the place to meet and greet authors. Email Sam Turner: or Ashleen O'Gaea:
Application for SSA Booth

   March 15
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Maralys Wills
"Killer Query & Snappy Synopsis: Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead"
(see article this page)

   April 19
Forum @11:30-2PM
Four Points Sheraton
Jennifer Lee Carrell
"Nuggets From the Bestselling List"

   May 2
Saturday Workshop @1-3PM
Four Points Sheraton
David Cuillier, the National Freedom of Information chairman for the Society of Professional Journalists and University of Arizona Journalism professor
"Effective Internet Research / Government Resources"
$15. Register by APRIL 29, 2009. Contact Jude Johnson ( for more information.

   Future Forums:
May 17: David Ray - "Writers and Editors: The Relationship"

June 21: Marilyn Pincus - "A Day in the Life of a Ghost Writer"

To R.S.V.P. Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$20 paid at the door
(Check later for
March price)

Marketing: It's Not Just For Ad Execs Any More*

   Whether you're traditionally published with Random House, POD with iUniverse, e-published with Amazon, or a totally independent self-publisher, the objective of all marketing is the same: get your name and your work known and sold.

   Jude Johnson will share tips every author can use in an interactive format about networking and marketing at our February 15th Sunday Forum. Call 546-9382 or email to reserve a seat by Wednesday, February 11.

  *NOTE: Our scheduled speaker, Donis Casey, had to cancel at the last minute due to family matters so Jude agreed to step in. We will try to get Donis again at a future date.

Killer Query & Snappy Synopsis:
Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead

   Don't let the fear of rejection paralyze your intentions. Our March 15th Forum features Maralys Wills, creative-writing teacher and author of twelve books in many genres, sharing from her own experience the does and don'ts of getting published. Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead offers practical advice for getting your work polished—and your queries noticed by agents and editors.

   Maralys Wills received her education at Stanford and UCLA, teaches novelwriting on the college level, and in 2000 was named Teacher of the Year. Don't miss this informative forum at the Sheraton Four Points Conference Center on March 15th.

   Reserve your seat by calling 546-9382 or email by March 11th.

Note: Starting in March, forum price will increase by $3 to $5—we will post when we know for sure!


Esther Royer Ayers, author of Rolling Down Black Stockings, and Richard E. Kelly, author of Growing Up In Mama's Club, will present a lively interaction entitled "Two Remarkable Stories of Growing up in Cults told with Compassion and Humor" at the 2009 Tucson Festival of Books, Sunday, March 15 at 4:00pm. Esther grew up Old Order Mennonite and Richard grew up Jehovah's Witness, two very unique and secretive groups, yet they share surprising and shocking commonalities. A book signing will follow their hour-long presentation.

Vera Marie Badertscher has started a blog, "A Traveler's Library," which talks about books that inform and enrich travel. "I talk occasionally about movies, as well. I am inviting all my SSA friends to take a look at and leave a comment or suggest a book or movie, come back often, list me on their RSS feed."

John Borchardt signed a contract with a British publisher to write a book with the working title Accelerating Innovation Through Effective Laboratory Management. "One advantage of working with overseas publishers is that they have different holidays than we do. The contact came by email on Thanksgiving Day giving me one more thing to be thankful for." He continues his magazine article writing and had the cover story in the re-launched Lab Management Magazine inaugural issue in July. His article on the North American mammoth, "Suddenly extinct!" appeared in the October 5 issue of USA Weekend. His article "7 Steps on Surviving a Tough Economy" was posted on The Writer website ( default.aspx?c=a&id=3928) in August. He also had articles published in the November, August and July issues of Contract Management. His article "Robots of the Sea" appeared in the July issue of Mechanical Engineering.

Richard W. Coan's new book, Masculine, Feminine, and Fully Human: Developmental Paths Through the Adult Years, is "in print at last." About the book: How do men and women differ psychologically? Should men strive to realize all their masculine potentials? Should women seek to realize all their feminine potentials? Should everyone seek androgyny, a balanced realization of both masculine and feminine sides? Most writers have oversimplified the issue by treating masculinity and femininity as just two dimensions or as opposite ends of one grand dimension. Yet we are really dealing with at least a dozen distinguishable traits, and each is represented by traditional heroic and divine figures in major mythologies. Each trait is manifested in both male and female mythic figures, and it can be cultivated by both men and women. Every individual should seek to develop a balanced combination of these traits, but we do not all need to follow the same path. You can order this book directly from the publisher at www.authorhouse. com or through the book order hotline at 888-280-7715.

Fran Marian, author of The Rug Broker (Red Hills Press 2006), announces publication of a sequel: The Chinese Silk (Red Hills Press, Nov. 2008). Philadelphia Oriental rug gallery owner Nora Reardon continues her adventures in Turkey's rural rug weaving villages while reaching out to her alienated son Tom. But when Nora finds a hidden prayer rug in Tom's room, she reacts with fear and prejudice, seeing Islam as another tactic Tom has chosen to distance himself from her. It takes the power of a centuries-old Chinese silk rug to prove that love between a parent and child can withstand even time itself.

Sheryl L. Nelms had a total of eightyfive poems published in 2008 in Meridia Anthology of Contemporary Poetry; The Pegasus Review; Silver Wings; The Best American Poetry Anthology; Xaver Review; and many others. She had two Who's Who listings and took 1st place in the Trinity Writers Workshop Babe Ruth Rejection Contest and Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 77th Annual Contest in the Non-rhyming Poem Category. "Not too bad for a slow year."

Marilyn Anne Pate has signed a contract with Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing to produce her book Everyday Evil. "After so many years of rejection letters it was unusual to write a note to the second publisher who also wanted the book! Both houses were at the September conference and I thank SSA for helping me arrive at this point in my writing career. The book is scheduled for a September '09 release."
"I also have been asked to be part of a four member panel discussing 'Writing Historical Fiction' at the Tucson Book Festival in mid-March, at the University. My book, Mary Geroge, Her Book, is based on part of my pioneer grandmother's life in Arizona and New Mexico."

Connie Spittler's essay, "The Nest," won the 2008 Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. Her nature essay involved a small girl and a quail family, with a line of Emily Dickinson added for flavor. Designed to increase environmental stewardship and public awareness, submission content had to be intergenerational. To read Connie's essay, go to essay section of thesenseofwonder/index.htm. Or Google: Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2008. While you're there, check out the other genres of the contest that included poetry and photography.
With the publication of another of Connie's essay, "Lint," in the anthology, The Art of Living, A Guide to Being Human, she's become an internationally published author. The book, released in October by Editorial Kairos, Barcelona, Spain, has Spanish and English versions and is in distribution around the world. Connie remains in awe of the other writers in the anthology, including The Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Deepak Chopra, Desmond Tutu, John Berger, Jean Shinoda Bolen and other well known personages from around the world.

Ann Staadt, of Fort Wayne, IN, has just received the author's copies of her seventh novel, Hollystone Hearts: Glenna. This modern romance, set in England, is the first novel in a trilogy. Hollystone Hearts: Moira, should follow in the next year and the publication of Hollystone Hearts: Finn, will complete the set. "These stories have been fun to write and I've especially enjoyed creating the characters." See Ann's web site at

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