April Meeting Minutes 2017

Hi Everyone, Today we held our April meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Dawn, Kim, Ryan, Mike, Mary.


The Editorial Board met on April 2. We have almost all the rejection or acceptance letters mailed out to the submitters. That should be completed over the next week and winners will also be contacted next week. We are starting on the layout.


We are working on Mike’s second book, Down on the Dock. He has had great success with this first book Firewood Happens. We will order another proof this week for final reading and editing. Mike is a finalist for the Humor category for the MIPA awards with Firewood Happens. Hooray, Mike!


ShoreIndie is a new contest in 2017. https://shoreindie.blogspot.com/2016/11/shoreindie-contest-2017.html?m=1

Indie Author Fringe online conference on Saturday June 3. For info, email info@ornaross.com.

Dawn at Farm by the Lake had successful Storyteller events over the last few months. She is now planning entertainers for June, July, and August.

Mike will be at Bethany Books in Baxter on Saturday, April 29, for Indie Book Day (Independent Book Store Day).

The second Saturday in May (May 13) will feature Wm Kent Krueger as the author for the Bookends event at the Uptown Café in Wadena. 11 AM. Presented by An Open Book bookstore.

Check out Evernote as a way to record thoughts and ideas on your Smart Phone and other devices. Great for story ideas so you don’t lose them.


Ryan has an editor doing developmental editing on his story every two weeks. (Lisa Cron.) He is finding this very helpful but challenging.

Mike says the Chanhassen Library has put on some writing seminars that have had good tips. He says the libraries are very supportive of local writing groups.

Sharon has been so busy with the Talking Stick 26 book and Mike’s second book that she has gotten a bit behind on sending out emails. She is trying to catch up now.

We had a good time reading things we were working on and having others critique. After that, we had a lively discussion on our writing habits and whether or not we have specific schedules for writing. Most of us don’t but we would like to!

Hope to see you next time.