A WWA member recently brought my attention to the fact that
the WWA web site had old information on it, regarding the WWA Press. My old,
non-functional e-mail was listed, and some members were getting irritated
because I never answered them. This has since been
cleared up by the web master. But just in
case, please remember: If a page or e-mail contains "WRWA," it is
outdated and should be brought to the attention of the web
The WWA Press' e-mail is: email@example.com
There is another reason, or excuse, if you prefer, that I
might not respond to you as quickly as I should. I have set a goal of premiering three projects at the Spring 2013
WWA conference in Oshkosh. This is my goal, and not a deadline that anyone else
has imposed on me.
I am not happy with the lack of progress that I've made since
I was appointed WWA Press Manager. I have been slow
to respond to members who have been good enough to send submissions. But I have
assembled a small crew, a Press Review Board, that is currently helping me out.
As WWA continues to progress, and as the WWA Press grows, I look forward to the
day when we have an entire virtual office of people in touch on a daily basis,
processing all of the high-quality submissions from our growing WWA Press
membership, as we publish more and more books.
One thing that has taken up much
of my time is my learning of Photoshop and InDesign. I have taken classes and
purchased instructional books at my own expense, to learn how to work with these
desktop publishing programs. I am happy with how my pace of learning has picked
up in recent months, with this software, and with the field of book design and
As I learn all these skills, I
am constantly thinking of how I can share this knowledge with WWA members. Any
ideas out there?
If you plan to attend the Fall conference in Wisconsin
Rapids, please talk to me. Remind me how long you've been waiting to hear from me.
At the Fall conference, I will have teasers for at least one
project. Maybe a second. Ideally, for all three! I say "teasers," because some
aspects of these projects are being kept under wraps until their debut in Spring
2013. For example, it should be common knowledge by now that one project is a
"Wisconsin's Got Talent" type anthology -- but that is not its actual title.
(The real title is a confidential!)
As for that anthology, NO! It's not too late to submit. It
won't be too late until it's sent to the printer. And if your submission is too late, we'll consider it for "Anthology II." (Or should I maybe say
"III"? Hm, maybe that's giving too much away...)
While I'm trying to get you as excited about future WWA Press
projects as I am, please, please do
not forget the one WWA Press item that has been published: Robert Gard, Windmill
Man, by our own WWA President, LaMoine MacLaughlin. As I like to say about
It's been 20 years since his death
Now, celebrate his life
By buying a book published on the centennial of his
(Note to LaMoine: This is not meant as an attempt at
Thanks, everyone, and I hope to see you at the Fall
Manager, WWA Press
PO Box 334
Random Lake WI 53075-0334
Real e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Call for Submissions to WWA Press Anthology
The Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association Press has published
its first book: Robert Gard: The Windmill Man, compiled and edited
by LaMoine MacLaughlin.
What’s next for the Press? One project, being assembled right
now, is an anthology. Others will be...?? Read on!
This project’s code name is Wisconsin’s Got Talent. That won’t be
the final title (I despise cheap imitation), but it indicates the
What genre are we looking for? Any and all. “Genre” is not an
operating term for this project. (“Excellence,” however, is.) Toss
aside your preconceptions. Tear free from the straight-jacket of the
term “genre.” We’re looking for short to medium-length pieces that
you consider your most highly-polished, brilliantly-sparkling gems.
If the piece you submit is a past winner (or runner-up, or even
no-show) in a past WWA contest, please indicate so in your
“Can my work be previously published?” Yes, as long as you own
the publication rights. You'll be asked to sign a statement to that
Do you have a book project? We’d like to hear about it.
Illustrators! We want you!
No, we’re not forgetting what the 2nd “W” of WWA stands for. And
the word “illustrator” is not... quite... exactly what we need.
Many future projects will need professional-level graphics to
match the professional-level writing. We’re looking, not so much for
“illustrators,” as we are searching for “graphic collaborators.”
When the written work needs accompanying visuals, we believe that
the author and artist need to work collaboratively, so that words
and pictures complement each other.
(Publication of comics, or "graphic narratives," or whatever
high-falutin’ term you prefer, is a distinct possibility on the
Send us samples of your art (copies only, please; do not send
Readers -- we need readers!
Because we’re anticipating a flood of high-quality submissions,
we need a crew of readers to help identify the very best candidate
pieces for the WWA Press. Can you help? Please contact us.
How to submit
For the anthology: Short to medium-length pieces may be submitted
for immediate consideration.
What’s the deadline?” If you are reading this, we have not yet
reached that deadline. Submit your work when it’s been polished to
submittable perfection. Worst case scenario: It will be considered
for “Anthology II — the Sequel.”
Ready to submit something? Other questions?
Click here for complete submission