Upcoming Events

   June 1 Deadline
Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest
(see more at www.arizonamysterywriters.com)

   June 13
Arizona Mystery Writers @ 10am—1:30pm
Morning: Tom Mooney, Marana Police Department's Crime Scene Supervisor, "Cold Case Follow-Up; From Fiction to True Crime."
Afternoon: Duke Southard will detail the unexpected issues encountered when a novelist ventures into the true crime genre. At the Old Pueblo Grille, 60 N. Alvernon (just north of Broadway) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(more info: arizonamysterywriters.com)

   June 21
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Debora Lewis & Deborah Quintana - "The Ins-and-Outs of Indie Publishing"
(see article this page)

   July 19
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Tucson City Center InnSuites
Dave Irwin - "A Marketing Primer for Your Inner Editor"
(see article this page)

   September 15 Deadline
2015 SSA Writing Contest
(see more at www.ssa-az.org/contest.html)

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 546-9382
or e-mail: ssabrunches@gmail.com WEDNESDAY before the Forum
$25 with reservation or
$30 paid at the door

   For our June forum we will have a tag team to give us the ins-and-outs of indie publishing. Both have extensive experience in getting books ready for publishing—Debra Lewis in e-publishing and Deborah Quintana in self-publishing with the EBM.

   Debora Lewis had published 5 novels and had 5 more on her growing list of completed manuscripts to format for publication and she needed a formatter for her novels. Not finding anyone, she decided to do it herself and got hooked on the process. Capitalizing on her newly found knowledge, she decided to establish a business to help other author's format their manuscripts for e-publishing (many are members of SSA). With all the opportunities in this wonderful world of indie publishing, she wonders why writers spend the bulk of their time in the quest for agents when they could be writing and keeping control of their finished novel and getting 100% of the royalties.

   Debora will speak and answer questions about document preparation for indie publishing, becoming your own publisher, and what is best to outsource so you can just WRITE! The second member of the team, Deborah Quintana, began working at the UA Libraries in 1998 and managed the Express Document Center—for printing, copying, digitizing.

   In 2013 the Library purchased an Espresso Book Maker (EBM) and since then, she's become an expert at formatting and editing author's books and printing them on the EBM, which is capable of producing a soft cover novel in a few minutes. Deborah help us understand that process and more understanding of Print on Demand book creation.

   Deborah's gained a great deal of experience working with authors and has a wide range of resources to pass on to other writers. "I have built a wonderful customer base and I find this work rewarding not just for myself, but especially for the authors."

   This will be an excellent forum for all writers regardless of the genre because formatting is the same no matter what the subject of the book.

   Writing involves both creative and pragmatic decisions. This presentation will discuss how basic business principles of marketing can improve your writing success without interfering in your creative process.

   Dave Irwin is an educator, writer and musician. His career included marketing and public relations positions at Cochise College, the Maricopa Community Colleges, the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University and is a past president of the Phoenix Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He has taught marketing and management classes at Paradise Valley Community College and is currently adjunct faculty in Journalism at Pima Community College. He is also an entertainment writer and the theatre critic for TucsonSentinel.com.

*we're pretty sure Wally won't be there but we can hope.


Dan Baldwin's Vengeance was published in April. It is the 3rd book in the Ashley Hayes Mysteries.
Dr. Ashley "Ash" Hayes, professor of archaeology at a prestigious Louisiana college, is in danger of losing her job because of her controversial and outspoken beliefs about the history of man in North America. Unexpected and barely-welcome help comes from a moral enemy, a former state senator who years earlier was forced to resign due to Ashley uncovering his illegal dealing in Native American artifacts. He wants to make amends by using his still-considerable influence if she will use her skills to help him locate a fortune in lost Confederate arms. For the same reasons, Deputy Sheriff Tate Dawson enlists her aid in tracking a crazed serial killer who is seeking another historical treasure — the lost fortune of gunman Cullen Montgomery Baker. As matters deteriorate, Ashley's career rests on her locating a bizarre letter penned by President Abraham Lincoln which is being sought by an old and mysterious organization known as The Brothers of the Law. The questors, the mysteries and the killer intersect in a violent confrontation at a lakeside mansion. Will Ashley lose her job or will she lose more than that — her life?
Dan's third book in his Caldera trilogy, Caldera III - A Man of Blood, was selected as a finalist (2nd place) in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards. The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) was created to help establish self-publishing as a proud, legitimate, and strong facet of the publishing industry. NIEA champions self-publishers and small & independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.
This is Dan's second NIEA award. His Western novel Trapp Canyon won in the 2014 competition. Dan's books are available in e-book and paperback formats from Amazon/CreateSpace, Smashwords, B&N and other major distributors.

Ronny Herman de Jong was interviewed about her books, Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy, written from her mother's diary about their life in Japanese prison camps on the island of Java and the anthology, Survivors of WWII in the Pacific. The interview is in Chinese but Ronny answers in English. You can see it at http://ronnyhermandejong.com/cctv-programs-on-the-japanese-armys-torture-of-pows-during-wwii
Ronny adds, "Even if you don't understand Chinese, watch and listen :-)
The second time I heard it I could make out that the announcer mentioned my name. It sounded Chinese :-)
Thanks for watching, and if you like it, please share."
Both books are available on Amazon.com.

Cynthia Lang's story was accepted for Baby Shoes: A Flash Fiction Anthology. The editor's concept is simple: to bring you 100 authors with 100 different voices in short bites (under 1000 words) you can enjoy while waiting in line or relaxing into a brief reading fix at the end of an exhausting day.
Baby Shoes was funded via Kickstarter. As backer rewards, the project offered copies of the book at a discount. Baby Shoes will be release in an electronic edition and print version when they receive all the stories. To find out when it will be released, you can read their updates at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1727584460/baby-shoes-celebrating-flash-fiction.

Harvey Stanbrough's blog is reaching a new level. His new section called "THE JOURNAL" documents his writing life "from the time I get up until the time I go to bed, for those of you who would like a candid look at life as a professional writer."
Harvey talks about the myths of writing and how he deals with the everyday job of writing. You can join Harvey in THE JOURNAL at http://FrostProof808.com.

Stuart Watkins is excited about his picture book of a small community in Arizona.
It is much like the one he did on Kona, Hawaii, but so much closer to home. It is just now available on Amazon.com and will soon be in local book stores and at some businesses in Oracle. It is a picture book of things to do, places to visit, sites to see in Oracle. "I climbed 2 O'clock Hill many, many times—and once with the students I taught at Mountain Vista School. Oracle is more than American Way. I love to eat at Casa Rivera's Mexican Restaurant, you need to bring cash, but the meals are huge and good.
Follow along my picture path and you will begin to get a feel for Oracle. The ranches, cemetery, shops, Peppersauce Canyon, Mt. Lemon Highway, Oracle State Park, are just a few of the sites worth your time. It will take more than one visit to get the 'feel' of Oracle. The Oracle Inn has the best cup of chilly I have ever tasted."

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
Jean Young: migralaws@aol.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
Dan Baldwin: baldco@msn.com

Bob Hunton: rlh10@cox.net

Sharon Lashinger: srlashinger@hotmail.com

Rajendra Srivastava: rajendrasrivastava@outlook.com

Danette Young: dmyoung3@gmail.com


Conference Co-Chair

Writing Contest
Bob Hunton: info@ssa-az.org
contest page

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
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 May