September General Meeting – Reedy Press and a Harvest of Opportunities

Meet the Publisher

Writers are invited to meet with Josh Stevens, publisher and editor at Reedy Press, during the September general meeting of In Print Professional Writers Organization (IPPWO) from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 10, at the Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E Main Street, Cherry Valley.

IPPWO members, as well as non-members, may bring their ideas to discuss with Stevens and his representative, Molly Page, and hear what Reedy Press is seeking from writers.

Page is the author of  100 Things to do in Chicago before You Die, a regional best seller. According to Stevens, Page is a marketing dynamo, and is taking the lead for Reedy in acquiring new regional titles on Chicago / Illinois.

Bring Your Book Pitches

Stevens plans to be available to speak with authors individually for 10 to 15 minute time slots, and to take proposals for books.  A variety of non-fiction subjects may be proposed such as history, communities of note, tourism, food, institutions, iconic neighborhoods, guide books, sports. Include your bios and any information on published work you wish to mention in a package for Stevens to review. Continue reading “September General Meeting – Reedy Press and a Harvest of Opportunities”

A Different Approach to Storytelling, Writing for Non-Fiction Publications

A recap of July’s general meeting.

by Tricia Wagner

Chris Linden, editor and writer for Northwest Quarterly Magazine, joined In Printers for the July meeting and shared insights about writing for non-fiction publications. He stressed that, though a non-fiction magazine like Northwest Quarterly showcases true stories, writers should still tap into their creativity and provide pieces that demonstrate the universal qualities of great writing: strong characters, emotion, setting, and conflict.

In reviewing proposals, Chris looks for writers who can tell him a great story. Northwest Quarterly Magazine covers Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Northwest Chicagoland, and he looks for content that is local, inspiring, and has good visual appeal. The staff of Northwest Quarterly recognize that negative stories are easy to find. Their mission, by contrast, is to be publishers of relentlessly positive, uplifting, and informative magazines. Chris encouraged In Printers to think differently about the news and take a different approach when capturing non-fiction stories – one that illustrates the rich quality of life that can be experience in the local area. As the magazine is release quarterly, Chris looks for stories that match the season. The topics he accepts are broad, and examples include nature, conservation, animals, people of interest, regional history, tourism activities, home living, and local business and industry. Continue reading “A Different Approach to Storytelling, Writing for Non-Fiction Publications”

Word of Artist 2 Guideline Reminder

Artist Guidelines:

* Any medium is acceptable but it must be on the 16×20 canvas provided by In Print.

* Stories are open to interpretation, but please nothing of a graphic nature.

* Finish the sides of the canvas.

* The title of the artwork will be the same as that of the selected written piece.

* Some portion of the words of the story must be included in the artwork as well as the author’s name. Please sign your work.

* If your canvas will contain dimensional art, we ask that you add the hardware before you begin work. D-links with wire work well with our hanging system.

* Artwork must be dropped off by July 11 to be included in the book.

* For your convenience, completed art may be brought to the In Print meetings on June 13 or July 11, 1-3 pm, at the East State Branch of the Rockford Public Library.

* Artwork dropped off after July 11 can still be in the gallery exhibition, but will not be in the book.

If you have any questions or need to make arrangements for drop-off, contact Mary Lamphere at WordofArt@inprintwriters.com

*SAVE THE DATE!*
A WORD of ART 2 Reception, in Cooperation with the Center for the Arts and Spirituality and Art@Emmanuel, will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 from 5-8 pm with the program running 6-7:30. It will again be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue Rockford, Illinois 61104.
Word and Art will be displayed, authors will read their work and artists will talk about their inspiration.
Books will be for sale.
This event is free and open to the public.