Upcoming Events

   February 8
Betty Webb, morning: "Life is What Happens When You're Making Other Plans."
Afternoon: "Five Plots a Day: Turning Newspaper Articles into Mystery Novels." At the Old Pueblo Grille, 60 N. Alvernon (just north of Broadway) from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(more info: arizonamysterywriters.com)

   February 16
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Mike White - "Opportunities in Self Publishing"
(see article this page)

   March 15-16
Tucson Festival of Books (more info: tucsonfestivalofbooks.org)

   March 23
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Location TBA-check here and watch your e-mail
SSA Board Nominees - "SSA Nominating Forum & Potluck: New Time, New Place"
(see article this page)

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   Opportunities in self publishing have never been greater, or more confusing.
  • It's a jungle out there today, but there are also so many wonderful ways to self publish. It is now easy to put your books before an amazingly large audience for a surprisingly low cost. Where do you start?
  • Most authors and most publishers still make the majority of their income from print books, but this is a constantly evolving situation. While not replacing print, the e-book market continues to grow while traditional production and marketing of print books is in ever more disarray. I want to share with you what is happening now and how to take advantage of it.
  • Authors are courted by a seemingly limitless assortment of folks offering book production, e-book conversions and marketing services, but do these services offer better books or increased sales sufficient to cover the fees they charge?
  • Social media marketing is all the rage, but no publisher has discovered a foolproof way to use these new marketing opportunities. Do you want to do a blog, develop a Facebook page or try some of the new social media techniques? I will discuss the pros and cons of several options. There are successful paths through all these issues, and skilled writers with a grasp of which options to choose for their particular works are doing very well. This will be explained in as much detail as the session will allow, leaving lots of time to answer your questions. Self publishing is great fun and can be very successful when you do it right. Still, "right" for you may not be the same as for another author, so I will show you how to tailor your approach to make it work for you.

Second only to the fun and satisfaction of writing is publishing your own books and seeing them move successfully into the world and do the work they were meant to do. No writer thrives unless his or her books are read and enjoyed by others. And rememberÐthis is all supposed to be the most enjoyable thing we do.

After many years in corporate management and R&D, Mike White created Ghost River Images to help aspiring authors take advantage of cutting edge technologies to self publish their own books. He works with wife Tama, who uses her degree in creative writing/English and her experience as an author and fine artist to edit books for Ghost River, produce children's book illustrations and do cover design. Since 1993, they have helped Ghost River authors to successfully publish more than 300 books in every genre, including a number of award-winners and many books for SSA members. I look forward to seeing you in February.

   Because of the Tucson Festival of Books on the 15th and 16th of March we are changing the date of our March Forum to a week later than usual. We will meet March 23 (instead of our normal third Sunday, Mar 16). There will be no charge for this meeting but we would like to have members bring a dish for a luncheon potluck AND invite an up-and-coming writer to build up more interest in SSA.

Our potluck/forum will be held at Riverbend's lovely club house, SE corner of Sabino Canyon Road and Cloud Road. Iron gates will be open for us, and all residents and guests by 10 am. Balloons will be flying in honor of SSA's world famous poet and television star from (The Gong Show), Cassius Sargent, as his 100th birthday is this month.

We will also present our Board Candidates and they will have an opportunity to discuss their plans and goals for SSA. We will also accept nominations from those attending. If you have nominations ahead of this meeting please make sure they are willing to serve and send their info to Mike Rom at writeword@ssa-az.org.

DO COME! BRING BOOKS TO SELL. BRING A FAVORITE DISH YOU LIKE TO COOK. AND BRING YOUR BOOKS TO SELL AND TELL US ABOUT THEM. We will welcome the Riverbend community from 1 till 3 pm ... to meet Cassius, our SSA Board candidates and check out books by authors of the Society of Southwestern Authors. See you there. No fee. Just you, food, and books! GO THROUGH THE OPEN GATES AND FOLLOW THE BALLOONS.

   The April meeting will also be a free event a week late to avoid a conflict at the Hotel Tucson City Center because of Easter Sunday. Since April will be our elections, the ballot will come out in the next Write Word and at our April Forum we will have our ballots counted and officers announced.

   Meanwhile, enjoy the Festival of Books and support your local authors!


Dorothy Daniels Anderson has a story, "Disorder in the Court: The Lamentable Occurrence," in the February 2014 issue of the Wild West magazine, a national magazine for western historical writers. This issue can be found in your library's western section or is available on all the electronic devices that you favor. Dorothy specializes in writing historical stories about the Southwest. Her book, Arizona Legends and Lore, Tales of Southwestern Pioneers, is in its 10th printing and is available on Amazon, bookstores, libraries, e-tablets, Kindle, and smart phones.

Dan Baldwin's new book Heresy is available from Kindle Books as a download and as a paperback from CreateSpace.
Dr. Ashley "Ash" Hayes is driven to prove that America was explored by Europeans well before Columbus—a quest her superiors at a northwest Louisiana college consider academic heresy. Her quest is interrupted by the disappearance of a friend who has headed into the far hills and deep swamps in search of ancient Native American treasure. She drops everything to help find her friend and is aided by the missing man's brother, a tall and handsome transplanted Apache. The search is threatened by a series of grisly murders, which are somehow connected to the disappearance. The two find the brother, the killer and someone far more deadly. They also find the treasure and encounter a profound mystery. But will Ash survive the ordeal to tell the story?
Dan also had his photo in The Writer magazine along with a blurb on where he reads it.

Marion Ekholm's Harlequin Heartwarming novel, Just Like Em, comes out February 1st.
After her divorce, the heroine Em (for Emmy Lou) has returned with her asthmatic son to live with her mother in Phoenix, Arizona. She meets up with Roger, the man she had a crush on when she was 14. Roger, whose wife died two years before, cringes with memories of Em. If he'd gotten his hands on the pain-in-the-neck teenager back then, he'd still be serving a jail sentence. And his 13-year-old daughter is just like the Em he remembers.

Bob Natiello is nominated for national literary prize. The Arizona Authors Association has honored SSA member Bob Natiello with cash awards for two stories, each a nonfiction winner in its 33rd annual literary contest. Natiello accepted the prizes at AAA's awards banquet held at the Glendale Civic Center. Both stories appear in the 2014 Arizona Literary Magazine. One of the winning stories, "Stumbling Across Lou Rochelli," was also nominated for a national Pushcart Prize. The annual Pushcart Prize collection is a one-volume presentation of the best stories published in the nation's small presses. The New York Times describes the collection as "a distinguished annual literary event." This is Natiello's fifth Pushcart Prize nomination.
Natiello's most recently published book, The Almost Perfect Crime and Other Award Winning Stories of New York, is a compilation of 22 short stories and memoirs. Ten are award winners. "Dog Fight," first-prize winner in Manhattan Media's most recent fiction contest, appeared in New York Press and West Side Spirit.
Penn's Wharton School includes Natiello among a limited group of 50 faculty and alumni requested to write quarterly articles for the Wharton Magazine online. On three occasions he was chosen to attend the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

Duke Southard was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards competition for his personal essay. They received over 550 submissions and competition was tough. Though not one of the three cash award winners, his work was at the top of the semi-finalists in the nonfiction category. He was invited to participate in the Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop, so look for him if you attend.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

Board of Dirctors

Chris Stern:

Vice President
Donna Young: karmamiranda@aol.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary
Danette Young: dmyoung3@gmail.com

Corresponding Secretary

Membership & Forum Programs Chair
Penny Porter: wporter202@aol.com

Forum Reservations Chair
Duke Southard: dukesout@dukesouthard.com
Reservations: 546-9382 or
E-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com

Members at Large
Steve Adelson (advertising manager of events):

Jean Young: migralaws@aol.com

Carroll Rinehart: c.rinehart48@gmail.com

Dan Baldwin: baldco@msn.com


Conference Co-Chair

Writing Contest
Donna Young: karmamiranda@aol.com
contest page

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
Barry Webb: Barrywebb3@yahoo.com

Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

NOTE: Deadline for next issue is the 15th day of March