Savvy Ebook Marketing at CCWC Writers Night Out January 21, 2015

by Artistic Director on January 23, 2015

Ebooks are the hottest property in publishing  and that means savvy emarketing is essential. That’s why a lively group of Cape Cod Writers Center members turned out on the cold Wednesday night, January 21, 2015 at Uno’s Chicago Grill on Route 132 in Hyannis  to learn how to publicize  e-books to a wide readership.

Board member, marketing guru, and best-selling e-book author Kate Conway stepped in at the last minute on  Wednesday night after the original speaker, author Steve Manchester, fell ill with the flu.

Kate Conway

In her talk, Kate stressed that if writers wish to publicize e-books, they must follow the Rule of Three. An eye-catching cover, a compelling blurb, and opening lines that “grab” the reader.

But that is only the beginning. Successful e-book authors make sure to obtain an ISBN through, register and become active on Goodreads, understand digital conversion; register for Netgalley, learn about book blog tours, advertise selectively, limit your books to top-selling e-bookstores, give away books as an incentive, and place your work in major book events.  In other words, writing a good e-book means little if nobody hears about it!  

Thanks to Kate for her exciting and informative talk!

CCWC Congratulates Young Writer Josefa Linnell!

by web editor on January 21, 2015

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCongratulations to 10th grader Josefa Linnell of East Sandwich, who won a scholarship to the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Young Writers Workshop last summer and has also participated in Tomorrow’s Writers Today.

Josefa is considering a career in sports journalism, and she has landed a writing job with the Sandwich Enterprise, covering basketball games at Sandwich High. You can read her first story for the Enterprise here. And be sure to look for Josefa’s name on future sports stories!

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

by Artistic Director on January 16, 2015

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Have you written a book?

Many self-published authors and indie presses are aware of the various book award programs that have popped up in our industry over the last 2-3 years. What many do not know yet, however, is that the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA) at offers specific advantages and perks that others do not.

  • Open to indie authors and publishers worldwide
  • The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers
  • 70+ categories and sub-genres to enter
  • Stellar panel of literary judges, featured on the NGIBA website
  • More than $10,000 in cash prizes and fabulous awards
  • 70 winning titles gain exposure to a NY literary agent
  • Program booklet listing all winners and finalists distributed at Book Expo America
  • Exclusive annual gala reception for winners and finalists (by invitation only)
  • Website and social media recognition plus other perks for award-winning book promotion

Titles with a 2013, 2014 or 2015 copyright date are welcome for entry before FINAL DEADLINE February 13, 2015. Presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards is going into its 8th year of recognizing and honoring the best titles, authors, and publishers in the indie publishing market.

For more information, including entry guidelines, fees, and instructions; online entry form; and the list of 70 categories you can enter for consideration, go to We look forward to having you join us this year, and wish you the very best of luck!

Catherine Goulet, Chairman and Co-Founder
Marilyn Allen, Allen O’Shea Literary Agency

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The Cape Cod Writers Center is pleased to present a list of prominent writers, authors, screenwriter, poets, media experts and agents who will appear at the 2015 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, August 6-9, 2015.

An online brochure and hard-copies arrive in mid-spring when you can register for conference classes, workshops and mentoring sessions. 



Jerry Amernic — investigative journalist and author

Judith Arnold — best-selling romance writer

Stephanie Blackman — self-publishing expert

Charles Coe – award-winning poet and writing coach

David Anthony Durham – best-selling author of fantasy and historical fiction

Indira Ganesan – award winning novelist

Kate Klise — award-winning author for children’s and YA books

Deb Kurilecz – award-wining author and writing coach

Steven Manchester — best selloing eBook author and expert

Chantelle Aimee Osman – social media expert and editor

Kevin Pilkington – award-winning poet

Charles Salzberg – nonfiction and thriller author

Jan Worthington – veteran television and Hollywood screenwriter



Michael Carr — Veritas Literary Agency

April Eberhardt — April Eberhardt Literary

Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation

Amaryah Orenstein – Go Literary Agency

Rick Richter — Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary and Entertainment Agency



Scott Blagden — author and teacher

Gregory Hischak – poet and playwright

James Kershner – editor, nonfiction author, writing coach





The Cape Cod Writers Center is delighted to present two widely-acclaimed keynote speakers for the 2015 summer conference, August 6-9, 2015. We look forward to having you join us to hear these two inspiring authors next summer at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis!

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller GONE TO SOLDIERS the National Bestsellers BRAIDED LIVES and THE LONGINGS OF WOMEN, and the classic WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME; eighteen volumes of poetry including THE HUNGER MOON and THE MOON IS ALWAYS FEMALE; and a critically acclaimed memoir SLEEPING WITH CATS. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in some of the major progressive battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women’s movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of MUST LOVE DOGS, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She’s now the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, both traditionally and independently published, and has turned MUST LOVE DOGS into a series. Claire has also published her first nonfiction book, NEVER TOO LATE: YOUR ROADMAP TO REINVENTION (WITHOUT GETTING LOST ALONG THE WAY), a #1 Amazon bestseller in Women’s Personal Growth. People magazine said Claire’s writing “goes down as easy as it sounds,” Good Housekeeping called it “laugh-out-loud,” Redbook “gleefully quirky,” and the Chicago Tribune “funny and pitch perfect.”




Member News for January

by web editor on January 5, 2015

Take a look at what our busy CCWC members have been up to. Here’s a roundup of our members’ writing news for January:

CCWC board member Ray Anderson has accepted an offer from Turner Publishing for his first novel. The Trail, a thriller, conceived when he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2003, will be released in October, 2015.

Terri Arthur has signed a deal with a company that makes textbooks for English speaking high schoolers in France. They will be using excerpts from her book Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse in their new textbook, which will have a 16,000 book printing.

Gustaf Berger’s short story “Victor Manure” has been accepted for publication by Kzine, a British print and online journal, for their September, 2015 edition.

Chip Bishop has been elected to the Advisory Board of the national Theodore Roosevelt Association ( Chip is the author of two Roosevelt-themed books, the latest of which is Quentin & Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love During the Great War.

Harvest Home Books has added another e-book to its online collection: Cape Cod Harvest: A Gathering in of Cape Cod Stories by Jim Coogan and Jack Sheedy (first published 2007). Filled with history and lore, it is available on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

Mary Collins’s essay “Santa Baby” was published in Brevity magazine’s Christmas blog essay contest. Her essay “Grout” was accepted for publication by Talking Writing, and she was interviewed for a Meet the Author segment by Under the Gum Tree, following the publication of her essay, “Strays.”

Bill Cutcliffe recently published a 28 page book of poems, A Cape Cod Passion. The passion is poetry; most of the subjects are of Cape Cod. The book can be found on Amazon.

Devon Ellington’s short steampunk story “Loyalty Strata” appears in the anthology New Legends: Mercenaries, Engineers, Captains.  She just signed a contract for Killer Quintet with Amber Quill Press.

CCWC board member Steven P. Marini will read from his latest novel, Calculation, on January 21 at 2:00 PM at The Hub, an arts center in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Alexis Rankin Popik, CCWC member and author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is teaching a class of young writers at Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford in January.  This will be her second session as OSS, an all-girls’ middle school whose goal is to “challenge each student to reach her full potential by developing academic competence, social confidence, cultural proficiency, intellectual curiosity, integrity and hope.

Ray Schumack is pleased to announce that an excerpt from his News Dispatches from the Korean War, about a deer wounded by artillery fire and saved by a squad from 3rd Division Recon Company, was included in an anthology published by the Military Writers Society of America titled All Gave Some.

Read the Barnstable Patriot’s terrific review of Wendy Shreve’s latest novel, Dark Sea: Shadowwater II at this link.

Barbara Eppich Struna’s first novel, The Old Cape House has been selected for a promotion through Bookbub and will be available for $0.99 on Jan 23, 2015 online at Amazon, iTunes, and B&N. She’ll also be participating in a Historical Novel Blog Tour on Jan.12. Details on her blog: Barbara Struna Blog.

Former CCWC President Kevin Symmons has sold his fourth novel—a YA romantic thriller titled Chrysalis—to his award-winning publisher, Wild Rose Press.

Writer and dancer Katrina Valenzeula was accepted to National Association of Pen Women for both writing and choreography.

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted to our blog and Facebook page on the first Monday in February. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, January 30. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear. We do not have room for longer articles or reviews, but you may include an email or website link so readers may contact you or find further information. If you have multiple events, signings, etc. coming up, the best way to publicize these is with a link to a calendar on your own blog or website. (Please note that we reserve the right to edit any announcement for length or for potentially offensive or controversial content.)

Calliope Poetry Readings at the West Falmouth Library

by web editor on December 29, 2014

Calliope PicCalliope’s 8th season continues!

Sunday, January 11th, 3 PM.
Open Mic Sign-up, 2:45 PM.
$5 suggested donation.



Kim Baker is a poet, playwright, photographer, and NPR essayist. She is the publisher and editor of Word Soup, an online poetry journal that donates all its submission fees to food banks. Her poetry chapbook, Under the Influence: Musings about Poems and Paintings was published by Finishing Line Press. She is the Poet-in-Residence of the Wickford Art Association and organizes its annual poetry and art show.

J.D. Scrimgeour is a poet and nonfiction writer who has published a book of poems, The Last Miles, a chapbook of poetry, Territories, and a CD of poetry and music, Ogunquit & Other Works. His book of nonfiction, Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class, won the AWP Award for Nonfiction. He coordinates the Creative Writing program at Salem State University.

Cammy Thomas’s second book of poems, Inscriptions, was just released from Four Way Books. Her first collection, Cathedral of Wish (Four Way Books), received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Recent poems have been published in Appalachia, Bateau, The Classical Outlook, Spillway and in other journals. She has received a fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.


From Bourne Bridge. Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles. Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking.

From Woods Hole. Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign). Take a right, and go less than I mile.  West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House.)

For more on the reading, and all of Calliope’s activities, visit

More Honors for David Litwack

by web editor on December 18, 2014

Local author and CCWC member David Litwack continues to rack up the end-of-year honors.

Along the WatchtowerHis novel Along the Watchtower was named one of the Best Kindle Books of 2014 and is featured on the Digital Book Today website as a Weekly Great Read. You can follow this link to read more about the awards or click here to buy the kindle edition.

Congratulations, David!

The Cape Cod Writers Center is proud to announce that David Litwack, who participated for several year in one of our writer’s groups since published several novels ,was just named by Evolved Publising as one of the  two winners of the Pinnacle Achievement Award for Fall 2014.

 The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky



After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.

 Congratulations David.  We are so proud of you!  

It’s become a holiday tradition! Each year for the December Writers Night Out, the Cape Cod Writers Center expects its members to show their literary abilities by writing a six-word story and compete for the best.  This year was no exception at Writers Night Out, December 10, at Uno’s Chicago Grille on Route 132 where thirty members appeared and more than half of them presented their stories.

We began with cocktails, followed by a delectable holiday dinner, a book raffle, and announcements by board president Jim Hill and Executive Director Nancy Rubin Stuart and business manager, Janet Gardner.


And then the fun began!

Winners of the six-word story were Susan Trausch, first prize  and Paul Raymer, second prize!

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Paul Raymer


 Congratulations and happy holidays to all!