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August Meeting


Join us in August for special meeting featuring several of our very own Las Vegas Writers Group members. These women have been successful freelance writers for years and will share with us the ins, outs, and how-tos of writing for a living.

Jan Hogan was a freelance writer for 10 years while her children were young. She was published in magazines such as Adirondack Life, Dog Fancy, Law & Order, Paw Prints, AAA’s Via and Astronomy’s sister publication Night Sky. Two of her articles were re-printed in college text books. She was also a regular contributor to Casino Journal, Nevada Hospitality and Nevada Woman, which made her use a pen name as well as her own because she was used to often.

 

Then an editor from the Review-Journal called her and offered her a job – a real one, with real hours and a real paycheck. That was on Christmas Eve, 1999. Talk about a Christmas present! She has been an award-winning writer for the company’s View papers ever since, covering community news. She is also the as-told-to writer of "Under the Gun in Iraq," published by Prometheus Books in 2007. In the evening, she writes fiction. Hogan was a winner in Writer’s Digest’s 2010 annual fiction contest. She also writes screen plays and one of her scripts is currently being read at DreamWorks.

 

 

Carol Patton started freelancing in 1987 while working full time. She became a full time freelance writer back in 1995, works from home, and has written more than 1,000 published articles, five guidebooks and a short fiction story about her dog, the cardiologist.

 

 

 

Get ready to learn:

             Tips on getting hired and paid

             How to market yourself

             The importance of negotiating and how to do it effectively

             Which skills are necessary (or at least helpful)

             How to deal (and not to deal) with clients, editors, etc.

             Good Business vs. Bad Business

 

 

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  • Carolyn M.

    Another great meeting. Each time I get information on the very thing I'm needing! So glad to be involved in such a great group.

    August 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jan and Carol were a treat...charming, professional, and witty. What a pleasure to hear from pros who know their stuff and know how to communicate. Their excellent advice will be a godsend to those wise enough to follow it.

    August 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    More books for Ellen's prize stash, and I promise to not stand over the winners of my books, pointing out the good parts. I'll bring these in September. (maybe I'll just leave post-its inside directing the new reader to the juicy bits.)

    August 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good Real-Life stories about free-lance writing from both Jan Hogan and Carol Paton. Jan gave good experienced advice on the advantages of having a free-lance background even for people writing and pitching a novel. Carol clarified my own murky understanding of what "marketing" means for an individual writer. Thanks, gals.

    August 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really good, and particularly appreciated by the non-fiction writers. The reason I look so miserable in that photo is that I was a half-second late in raising my hand with the quiz answer: "The Guns of August" - Barbara Tuchman.

    August 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm always amazed at how much talent we have in the membership, evidenced by Jan Hogan and Carol Patton last night. Who said writers were shy and retiring? These ladies are creative as well as professional business women. Thank you for your excellent presentations and continuing support.

    August 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very helpful information on free lancing!

    August 19, 2011

  • Richard W.

    Outstanding presentation by Carol Patton and Jan Hogan on succeeding as a freelance writer. So much useful information was shared that many members said they were inspired to tackle the freelance jungle!

    August 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it. I may or may not be pulling an all nighter tonight.

    August 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have three books to donate. Will bring them on Thursday.

    August 15, 2011

  • Carolyn M.

    Yes, I'll bring 4 of them on Thurs.

    August 15, 2011

  • Richard W.

    Prize donations needed for our Literary Trivia contest held at the end of each meeting. Do you have any gently used books to contribute?

    August 15, 2011

  • Holly

    I'd like to send an e-pat on the butt to John Hill for his sensitive phrasing and restrained, but respectful manner.

    August 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was at the meeting last evening and found it very interesting. Having said that I believe I will attened the SCBWI meetings as I believe they might interest me more as being a Children's Picture Book writer. I thank you for allowing me to attend. I will keep this website on and if I see something that interests me I will give notice that I am going to attend. Linda P. Young

    July 22, 2011

  • John H.

    Is it appropriate to add that, as well as both Jan Hogan and Carol Patton being smart, successful freelance writers that we can all learn a lot from as our speakers, that they are also very easy on the eyes too? Is that appropriate to...what? It's not? Oh. Okay. Never mind then. Forget I mentioned it. Let's just put the whole ugly, sordid incident behind us, and just move on, okay?

    1 · June 26, 2011

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