May Meetup @ Red Bank Public Library

Our "formal" meeting in May will be a fantastic time to touch base with our work.  We'll also do the usual goal setting, friendly banter and perhaps a writing exercise thrown in to for good measure.

We have a ton of new writers who may want to check us out.  Formals meetings are a great opportunity since they have structure and we can get a chance to hear about your projects and desires.  What are you working on?  What do you wish you could be writing?  We want to help you get there and you'll find a genuine support among our members.

Like us?  Become a member. It's okay to come a few times gratis, but I only ask if you decide the group is for you to pitch in.  I pay the meetup website out of my own pocket and try to break even. Some years we do, some we don't, but I'm a starving artist too.

Hope to see you then.  In the meantime, put your face to the sun, then your pen to paper.  Or, bring your laptops to your favorite space and type away....  You can do it!



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  • A former member
    A former member

    BTW, no matter what your political leanings, Huff Post Books section is good. If you only have time to read one blog, here's three suggestions -

    The publishing business­
    If you are more interested in how to make your self-pub book not look like a train wreck, read Joel Friedlander at And if you want a profanity laden kick to the pen monkey pants, try Chuck Wendig at­

    I also mentioned­ last night. If you are too shy to go to a critique group or want more, scribophile let's free memberships post two things at a time. It's a point based system, earn by critiquing, post by spending. They have three possible formats so no matter how loose or thorough you critique, they adapt to your style. Longer critiques = more points. Every piece will eventually hit the spotlight, even if it's waiting in line for weeks - suggestion is to review what's ahead of you to move the line.

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Mary Ann G.

      Sharon thank you for this information. So very glad to have met you.

      May 11, 2013

    • Wendy

      Sharon as always you are have a wealth of knowledge. Thanks a bunch for sharing with us

      May 14, 2013

  • William T. L.

    Sharon's insightful comments regarding self publishing are invaluable to people like me who know little about self publishing, but plan to pursue this route. Thanks Sharon.

    May 7, 2013

  • Miriam B. M.

    All I could say was WOW! enjoyed every moment. Thanks for all the tid-bits. It was a great learning experience.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the clearest article regarding Create Space and Lightning Source differences and it's recent -­

    For LS, you are the ISBN owner of record. That means you go to Bowker and purchase a block of ISBNs. When you publish, you return to Bowker and update your info for that ISBN you used. Reselling ISBNs - in the US, people are reselling ISBNs. That original purchaser is still Bowker's contact point. If they don't update Bowker about your book, it's not in Books in Print. One of the reasons companies like Create Space and Smashwords give them away as part of their service to self-publishers is the bulk pricing. They buy thousands. Some authors prefer to use the ISBN they own with those two services because they want to control the relationship with Bowker.

    Even though all these firms may use the words 'publisher' or 'company', you don't need to go set up your own LLC.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad I came.......remind me of next meet up. Jill

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Miriam B. M.

    looking forward to meeting other members of the group, and learning more.

    May 5, 2013

  • William T. L.

    Will be there

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi , i'm new to the group and i'm a aspiring writer . Is this group open to anybody or is it for people at a certain level ?

    April 25, 2013

    • Wendy

      anyone, any level!

      April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brand new to the group. Would love to come to one meeting to find out more!

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so excited to meet with fellow writers to be INSPIRED AND INSPIRE OTHERS

    April 22, 2013

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