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Focus Writing Groups

Do you want to know what embodies a great focus writing group? Dedication to craft, commitment and a comfortable personality mix. The Rogues Gallery Writers have been meeting weekly for years now. We’ve undergone a couple member changes, but we never missed a beat. In fact, my opinion stands that we’ve grown stronger as a group, as writers, and as friends.

Dedication comes into play in our meetings as we go over news and insights about writing and publishing that we can all use in our individual endeavors. We each stay connected to the writing world and bring what we’ve learned to each other as topics allow. We each absorb so much information each week about writing and publishing, we could never exchange it all. But when a topic comes up or a question gets thrown out to the group, invariably someone has an answer.

The Rogues commit to meeting weekly. Sure we’re tired. Sure we each have our own set of familial issues, work issues, life issues, but we always find a way to get to our meetings. Sometimes someone gets sick. Thanks to Bridget, we’re in the habit of taking minutes of our meetings, so the person who could not attend at least gets caught up on important happenings within the group.

While we’ve completed two books together as a group now, we each maintain our individual writing tasks. I believe we all benefit from our collective undertakings in our private writing pursuits. We’ve built a camaraderie like the Musketeers, all for one and one for all. As diverse as our writing styles are, the precepts of writing apply to most all genres. I always come away from a Rogues meeting pumped up.

Our personalities gelled over a year ago, and we feel we’ve produced a helluva book in The Method Writers. The book has just been sent off for final edit, so we’re particularly excited at this point. Writing is a passion, a pursuit one does not go after unless infected by the writing bug. Writing is something an author MUST do. I must say, writing with these authors is nothing short of an honor.

Cheers fellow Rogues!

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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in The Rogues Gallery Writers

 

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2012 – A Great Time to be a Reader!

I was tooling around the internet today, stumbling and bumbling with aimless curiosity, when I discovered a copy of the Rogues’ book, More Writing is Easy had sold and was returned on the same day.That really sucks for a couple reasons.

One reason is that we recently reduced the price of the book to ninety-nine cents on Kindle. Why in the world would someone return a book they only paid ninety-nine cents for? Are they so cheap that they read the book then return it so they get it for free? As a writer, this is very disturbing. Financially, writers get the short end of the money stick. Don’t go “J.K. Rowlings” on me. For every author who hits it big, there are millions struggling to make it on their day job money. Very few writers strike it rich.

Another reason I find this disturbing is the value of the content. This book is loaded with incredible writing. The story, Beware of Rip Tides is alone, worth far more than the price of admission into this book. One of the stories, Why Me? took First Place in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards for unpublished short fiction. This award-winning story, again, makes this book worth FAR more than the price of admission.

I could go on and on about the great fiction short stories in this book. The bottom line is, at ninety-nine cents, this book is an outright steal. I know, I’m biased being a member of the Rogues Gallery Writers. But I’m telling you, this book is WAY under-priced. When someone pays for it, reads it, then returns it, they make that previously mentioned ‘steal’ reference a reality.

We published More Writing is Easy as a teaser to the main book, Writing is Easy, which is a full-length anthology of short fiction written by the Rogues. The larger book is an absolute gem of short story writing. We felt the nine stories left over from the larger book were too good not to put out to the public. This fact was proven by Why Me?‘s First Place selection in the Florida Writer’s Associations annual contest.

Readers today have access to writing at prices that should be outlawed and with delivery that is instantaneous (Kindle, Nook, PDF, Sony eReader, etc). In this time of inexpensive and instant gratification reading, the authors suffer. Did you know that a book priced at ninety-nine cents, greedy Amazon takes 65% of the sale? That is internet robbery. Please take care of your authors. They do not make much money on their products. They spend countless hours crafting their work. At least allow them to procure the pittance allowed them by the omnipotent corporations.

Take advantage of good reading at low prices. I encourage readers to get Kindle and Nook apps on their smartphones, tablets, iPads, laptops and desktops. You DID know you can buy and read Kindle books without purchasing an actual Kindle, right? Same with the Nook. Get your apps and sort through the huge bargains of reading available to you, the reader.

And make sure you keep the author in mind. If you desire a ‘hard copy’ of their book, search out the author’s website and buy direct from them. This accomplished a couple important tasks – it lifts the author’s spirit to know someone cares enough about their work to buy direct, and it also places more money in the author’s pocket and no money in the greedy corporation’s pocket.

Take care of your authors and the authors will reward you with more great stories!

PS. I’ve never written a PS to a blog before, but I got to thinking after I posted this – through March 31, 2012, anyone who orders a paperback copy of Writing is Easy, the Rogues will email a FREE PDF version of More Writing is Easy! That way, you’ll get ALL the Rogues published short stories in one purchase. How cool is that? Just click on this link: Writing is Easy, purchase the book from the ClearView Press Inc site, supply your email address, and we will email a copy of More Writing is Easy direct to your email!

 

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