Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hi all - Just thought some of you might be interested in checking out this webinar from Writer's Digest: "How to Hook an Agent With Your Query Letter."


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Author Podcasts

Hi Writers,

This is Jason Pyles writing to you from Salt Lake City. I found this article that might interest the more tech-savvy, do-it-yourself types of members in the group. Here's the link with my explanation below:

A brief explanation:
I'm a huge fan of podcasts, which are basically radio shows that are recorded and posted on the Internet, so people can listen to them at their convenience. Lots of people run their own podcasts, including me. My podcast is about movies. Anyway, the article above explains how some authors are promoting their books through podcasting. Neat! (Not to mention, it would be an ideal storytelling medium for tall tale tellers like Rich — who was once a guest on one of my podcasts.)

Again, it's probably for those who are more technically ambitious, but it's not as difficult as you might think; after all, if I can do it — anyone can.

Happy writing (and podcasting!)


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Calling all members

Hi all.
We have a special guest coming to this month's meeting. She is Meredith Mileti Cohen, who's debut novel will be released this year by Kensington Publishing. Meredith is co-coordinator of this year's Pennwriters Conference May 13-15 in Pittsburgh. She will also discuss the writing life. Meredith is a friend of mine and I would appreciate if everyone made an effort to turn out. There will be a press release in the paper sometime this week and I may make the talk radio rounds. There will be no pressure to sign up for the conference. It is a great chance to talk to an author who has gone through the same pains that we all know so well. She will be bringing printed material so I am trying  to get a handle on how many to expect. Please let me know at

Thank you. Fred

Monday, February 28, 2011

Joanie's Blog

Hi All
Make sure you check out Joanie's new Blog.

Friday, February 25, 2011

I really haven't forgotten you all!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to send a little note to say hello and that I haven't forgotten you! As many of you know, my family and I moved in November, and things went from crazy to really crazy in a very short amount of time. Plus, I started grad school in January, so just about every free minute has been spoken for since then. In any case, I wanted to let you all know that I haven't bailed on you, I promise! :) I keep checking the blog and I try to stay on top of what's happening. I'm really going to try to come to the next meeting, so hopefully I'll see you all there. Take care and happy writing!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Interesting link

Hi All
I thought some of you might be interested in this:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Our Blog's New E-mailing List Works!

Not to beat a dead horse, but this e-mailing list does, in fact, work.

So, this post is mostly a demonstration for Fred; it's also a reminder that if you want to join this mailing list where every new post from this blog will show up in your inbox, then send me a quick e-mail to

Jason Pyles,
Salt Lake City

Thursday, January 27, 2011

An E-mailing List For EVERYBODY in the OV Writers' Group

Hi Writers,

This is Jason Pyles in Salt Lake City. For a long time now, the members of this group have wanted a way to receive e-mail updates from this blog. Blogger only allows for a small number of people (like, 10) to receive these posts via e-mail. So, this won't matter as much to you exclusive folks who are already receiving this post in your inbox.

Nevertheless, I've THINK I've figured out a clever way for the rest of us to receive these updates via e-mail every time someone posts something new. Therefore, if you'd like to receive these e-mail updates, send me a quick e-mail to this address:

I will enable the forwarding of every post that's published on this blog to come to whatever e-mail address you use to write to me.

Thank Fred. He has harassed me long enough to figure this out. I had to do something, so he'd leave me alone.     ; )


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tolstoy's Top 4 and BookBaby

Hello Fellow Writers,

Jason Pyles writing again from Salt Lake City. I have two potential gifts and one announcement:

1.) I was listening to a podcast the other day and heard someone quote Leo Tolstoy's "Top 4 Elements of a Great Novel." (Yes, the Tolstoy of "Anna Karenina" fame.) Here are the four, starting with the greatest:
a.) Transitions
b.) Context
c.) Character
d.) Story
There ya go. Now go write your "War and Peace."

2.) Also, there's a relatively new Web site that might interest you self-publishers. It's called BookBaby, and here's the link:  I'm just passing the info along; this isn't necessarily a recommendation. Nevertheless, I will say that I've sold my CDs through its affiliate company, CDBaby, for years, and I've been very pleased. Check it out.

3.) I live in a small town just southwest of Salt Lake City. Population 23,000. Anyway, I was pleased to discover that my tiny town has its own version of the OV Writers' Group. They're funny, and they do a nice job. Here's their blog if you'd like to check them out:

Take care and happy writing.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hi All

Here is a website that might interest some of you:

Also: Here is one for Rich:

And: Rich, have you changed your email address? Your mail is coming back to me.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Monday Readings?

Hey Rich
Do we have any readers lined up for Monday?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Writers Write

I though this may interest some of you. Forwarding does not imply endorsement.