In Print Member Presenting at Author Fair

Freeport Public LibraryMcIver Publishing will be sponsoring an Author Fair on Saturday, April 25 from 1:00 -4:00 pm in Rooms A and B at the Freeport Public Library. During the fair, Commissioning Editor of McIver Publishing and In Print member Kim McIver will be giving a presentation on marketing. Topics to be covered include choosing your target markets, creating a marketing plan, and giving authors some ideas on where to sell books other than book stores. She hopes to help people think creatively when they are planning their marketing strategy.

Kim will be giving the mini seminar at 2:30 pm. A hybrid author, she opened her company last year to help others navigate the self-publishing path. Since starting the company, she’s helped many authors self-publish their work, some of whom will be joining her at the author fair.

“Author fairs are a great place for writers and readers to gather together and get to know each other,” said Kim. “Readers get to talk to their favorite local authors and discover some new ones. Writers can flesh out what readers are looking to read and what the latest trends are. Also, readers get to go home with a signed copy of their next favorite book. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

WaR Review – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein

by Mary Lamphere

WAR - Orphan TrainOrphan Train is a fine read for a reader. This book is quick and familiar and stylistically paced with alternating voices and timelines. Although the story is weighted with teen angst and historical misfortune, it’s an easy read.

Orphan Train is a challenging read for a writer. Bringing a writer’s critical eye to the novel, the Writers as Readers group was able to discuss at length what worked, what didn’t, and why.

We opened our WaR meeting with a brief overview of Tropes. A trope is a tool of storytelling. And there’re a million of them. It’s when a trope becomes too familiar, overused and/or abused that it becomes a problem—a cliché. This book is chock full of cliché. The characters, the plotline, even the title are overly familiar. The author did nothing to step up her characters, dig deeper in to their story, or make her novel unique.

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April Writers’ Retreat

329 N 3rd St. DeKalb IL

Registration for the retreat is now closed.

In Print is hosting a writers’ retreat on Saturday, April 18 at the Hiram Ellwood House (not the museum, but a private residence) in DeKalb, IL. The house has been meticulously restored and the location offers beauty, history and hospitality.

You can select a spot near a large bay window, settle in a quaint corner, or write at a century-old table lit by the sun through a leaded glass window. There are plenty of outlets, but no wi-fi.

The day begins at 9:00, sharing writing goals over light breakfast. Bring your own lunch. At 4:30 pm, we will gather together to go over the day’s accomplishments. All together, six full hours of focused writing time.

The retreat is $15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members. Payment can be made the day of the retreat. Registration is closed. Thank you for your support!

Hilary Dickinson to Speak at April Meeting

Hilary DickinsonHilary Dickinson is originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She is an animal lover, a self-described “pop-culture enthusiast” and a reporter for BizTimes Media, covering health and manufacturing.

She became interested in police work while working the police beat for the Beloit (Wisconsin) Daily News. She wrote Wisconsin 5-0, From High-Risk Police Calls to Comic Cop Stories. Her writing has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Milwaukee Magazine and Rockford Woman Magazine. Her 2013 book, The Dogs of Door County featured her writing as well as her photography.

Hilary will be our featured speaker at the April meeting of In Print on Saturday, April 11. The meeting is at the East State Street Branch of the Rockford Public Library from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

Kelly Besecke Returns to In Print Radio

IP_Radio_sq copyKelly Besecke returned to In Print Radio.  Earlier, Kelly was interviewed about her first book You Can’t Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Rationality in a Spiritual Age.  You can listen to that interview as part of Episode 35 of In Print Radio.  This time, she met up with In Print member Bob Francis at the Schaumburg Public Library to discuss her work as a freelance non-fiction editor.  That interview will be part of a future episode of In Print Radio.

April Resource of the Month

April may be National Poetry Month, but the Academy of American Poets website is a gift that gives all year long.  It’s the online resource of the month.

Their website – – contains more than 5,000 poems from over a thousand different poets.  You can search by topic.  For example: four poems across seventy years, including one by a Pulitzer Prize winner have something to do with “lunch“.

If you don’t want to do the searching yourself, you can sign up to have a poem e-mailed to you every morning – from unpublished work from current poets to classic poems from the past couple of centuries.

More resource links are available on In Print’s Facebook page.

Word of Artists 2!

Mary Fran Says:

Spaces are filling fast! Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of In Print’s Word of Art 2!

Originally posted on Mary Lamphere:

One of the best things about organizing Word of Art 2 is the built-in breakdown of deadlines.

First, we collected Word submissions. Next, we posted them for reading. Now the artists get to select their choice of story or poem to create Art on a 16×20 canvas.

It’s a lot of hurry up and wait… and I kind of enjoy the waiting parts (less work!). But the hurry up parts are fun, too. I look forward to seeing which pieces are selected. I’m eager to see which talented artists participate. And the reception… oh, what a blast!

Forty-five authors and poets provided over one hundred Word submissions this year. Surely there’s something to speak to the artist in you. Feel free to spread the Word of Art 2 your friends, family, co-workers and any talented soul you admire. (see what I did there? 2=to, lol)

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Prompt Club – March Meeting

The March meeting was light in attendance, but heavy on talent.  The stories each handled the second person POV in a different way, which was very interesting.  With only four stories to read, we had plenty of time to discuss the problems we had writing with the second person point of view.  Suffice to say, not everyone likes to read or write it.  While the prompts may not always be popular, they are always a learning experience.

For more information about the Prompt Club, check out our page on Facebook for meeting reminders, submission opportunities and general encouragement.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 21, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library.  The selected prompt is: Write a story about reincarnation.

Word of Art 2 Words are Up!

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Please take these next few days to go through all of the submissions. Beginning Monday, March 30, you may send your request to Please be sure and read the Artist Guidelines.

Stories and Poems can be found here.

Space is limited to thirty stories/pictures.
Don’t miss out on this creative collaboration!

Save the Date! Friday, September 4, 2015 will be the Word of Art 2 Exhibition and Book Release Reception.

Writers as Readers Review – The Fault in our Stars


Written by Cindy Kremer

The January selection of Writers As Readers (WaR) was The Fault in our Stars. The February selection was The Fault in our Stars. The March selection became The Fault in our Stars. FINALLY, we were able to meet one week after our regularly scheduled meeting in March. The fault was the beastly weather we experienced this winter.

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