Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Two things that he mentioned stood out. When he first started out as a journalist, he used the by-line Jim Casto on his very first article. His editor told him that, if he only used that name as his by-line, he would probably wind up as a sportswriter. From then on, he was James F. Casto.
One of his books that he penned was about the Tugboat industry. His publisher talked him into buying the last 30 copies that they had left from the production run, meaning it was technically out-of-print. But since everyone recently went to Print-On-Demand, he can get just a few more copies printed up and still make money on them.
To clarify the difference between the 1936 flood and the 1937 flood, the 1936 flood was much higher and caused more damage in the local area reaching a height of 55.1 ft in Wheeling. It was basically caused by an early snow melt in the mountains and occurred in March.
Only 10 months later, a massive storm came over the area and stayed for a while. It caused more destruction down river in Huntington, Cincinnati, and Louisville. This was in January, 1937. It flooded again in Wheeling, but not as bad. Of course coming so soon behind the other flood caused severe hardship on everyone affected.
We had a number of people in atendance that told us 1st person accounts of what happened when they were 7 and 8 years old. This was when the Tabernacle building broke free and took 5 houses with it from Wheeling Island.
We had a tremendous meeting this week with a total of 16 budding authors in attendance plus our guest speaker, John McCabe, from the Wheeling Newspapers.
We had a lot of new people due to Rich’s article being published in the newspaper last week with the time and place of the meetings. Since this was the 1st Anniversary of the club, I believe that this was the most that we have had in attendance since 18 showed up at our very first meeting.
Congratulations are in order to Jo for landing the on-line free-lance assignment. Thanks for the links, Jo. Keep turning out the good work. Those small remittances will soon add up to something substantial.
Jo mentioned that she had to use the AP Stylebook in her new assignment. John McCabe repeated this advise. This book can be purchased at http://www.apstylebook.com/ . It may be cheaper to buy a copy at Amazon or you can use an on-line version for any questions that may arise. Per John McCabe, a new edition is published each year since changes are constantly made to it.
John McCabe gave us some good guidance on writing for the newspaper. The main thing deals with critical thinking – be skeptical about anything. Don’t be afraid to dig deep for your assignment. If you have an idea for an article, contact John McCabe or Mike Myers before you start your research. They’ll point you in the right direction or tell you if it’s not right for the Wheeling Newspapers. Remember there are other newspapers out there to pitch. There is a Writers’ Digest with the contact info for any newspaper in the United States.
Another helpful book that we discussed was CRAFTING SCENES by Raymond Obstfeld.
Finally we had a sign-up sheet for Rich’s live readings that will begin with the next meeting. We have a total of 10 on the sign-up sheet. Remember to have your story ready by the next meeting. You may not have to read it at the next meeting, but be prepared in case a lot of the people can’t make it.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Here is the site: http://www.demandstudios.com/
Also, if you would like to see a sample of what I write for Livestrong, here are the links to a few of my articles. They put my name and photo at the bottom, and my bio is sometimes there (not sure why it doesn't always show up -- I assume it has something to do with whoever edits the article).
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
If anyone has a copy of the article that appeared in the paper on Friday, please bring it to the meeting.
Speaking of the paper - John McCabe, managing editor, will be there to answer questions and discuss opportunities for freelance writers.
Bring a friend.