Sept 28, 2019 Willow Sanders – What Comes Next?

You Wrote a Book, Now What?

Congratulations! You finished a novel.  Whether it’s your first or your fourth (or beyond), you may wonder “what should I do next?”

The answer is market.

While posting it to your social network and asking your friends and family to purchase might equate to a few ticks in the sales column, what else can you do to establish a loyal following and successful release strategy?  Join author Willow Sanders as she details intermediate strategies for building a lasting readership.   

Come prepared to take notes, as this discussion will be chalk full of information detailing things like building distribution lists, engaging with bloggers to attain reviews, advanced social media marketing, and much more!

About our Speaker

Willow Sanders

A marketer by day and author by night,  she writes sweet with heat Contemporary Romance as well as Romantic Suspense.  This year she had a dual release Romantic Suspense, I Will Always Find You and Found.  Her debut novel, Dirty Little Secret won breakout author of the year in 2012 from and was the Book Buzz PR – Romance Novel of the year.  

She has been a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) since 2004, both in Chicago and now in Phoenix so if you participate you’ll be seeing a lot of her in October and November.  She is also the Vice President of Desert Rose RWA and the publicity chair for Valley of the Sun. 

When not writing you can find her torn between her loyalty to the Fighting Illini and her husband’s loyalty to Michigan State, bemoaning traffic, feeding her caffeine addiction at the Green Mermaid (otherwise known as Starbucks) and trying to find the connection between her and the Gilmore Girls–because she is certain she is a long-lost family member.  

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Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Doors open 9:15. Program runs 10am – 2pm.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on our payments page or by contacting  no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Oct 26, 2019 Melinda Rucker Haynes – Story Compass

Find Direction and Get Your Story on Track with STORY COMPASS©

STORY COMPASS© is a creative development process and tool Melinda developed and uses on every book she writes. She has given SC trainings and workshops online, to RWA chapters (first was to Romance Writers of New Zealand), Arizona State Library Assn., Novelists, Inc., writers organizations, community colleges and many other venues.

For our morning workshop, Melinda will supply practice STORY COMPASS© for our members play with and come up with some great story ideas. Everyone from beginning writers to NYTimes/USA Today best-selling authors love to use STORY COMPASS© to stimulate creativity and explore uncommon, unpredictable combinations of fiction elements than can be used to create distinctive and interesting stories. Using STORY COMPASS©, a writer can work with any or all of the elements of fiction–plot, character, setting, and theme to find direction and get their story on track.

Afternoon Session: Personal Time Travel -Find Your Story in the Past

For most readers and writers time travel is entertaining conjecture. Some, such as best- selling author Taylor Caldwell, have actually experienced the past through regression hypnosis and used the information gained in her best-selling novels.

Millions of people have discovered that it is not necessary to accept the theory or philosophy of reincarnation to experience a “past life” during safe, relaxing and always interesting regression hypnosis.  Often the trance time travel experience is so vivid and the information so detailed that many have been able to verify dates, places, events and existence of the person and/or the past life experienced.

 Writers who have traveled time via regression or progression hypnosis often discover a time period, characters and setting detail that either support their current work in progress or inspires them to investigate and create something new.

About our Speaker

Melinda Rucker Haynes, M.Ed., CH, served as a university lecturer and adult education research project director. She jokes she learned to write fiction as a research grant writer who moonlighted as a corporate trainer of fascinating people working at an area in the Nevada desert that didn’t exist. Finally escaping academe, she joined Seattle romance writers in their pursuit of writing awards and readers. Her paranormal and suspense novels have won over twenty awards and more than that number of readers in some universe. Given her singular interests and education research background, Melinda produced STORY COMPASS©, a creative development process and tool, and became a certified hypnotherapist specializing in creative development for writers with her Personal Time Travel© regression hypnosis process.  

After gypsying around the world, living in four foreign countries—most recently Washington D.C. and Tucson—Melinda’s current interests and hobbies include magical thinking, frequent fantasy flying, and chronicling the shocking confessions of a menopausal vampire in Seattle.

For more information, visit

Meeting Information

Meeting fee of $30 for SRW members $35 guests and walk-ins includes a single-entree buffet lunch.  Doors open 9:15. Program runs 10am – 2pm.  Please let us know you’re coming by reserving on our payments page or by contacting  no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting. Walk-ins accepted on a space available basis only.

Sherri Shackleford – Using a Kanban Board (Online Class starts Sept 9)

Using a Kanban Board to Increase Productivity

A Kanban board is a way to visualize workflow. Goals are broken down into tasks which are organized by ‘waiting’, ‘in-progress’ and ‘completed.’ In this class, I will demonstrate the basics of organizing a Kanban board, and how the board can be personalized for individual use. Visualizing workflow is an excellent way for authors to stay focused on the tasks at hand while ‘parking’ tasks that can distract from the primary goal. The boards can be as simple or as complex as needed for the user. While Kanban boards are available as computer programs, I will be using the old-fashioned method of a dry erase board and post-it notes.  By the end of the class, participants will have an overview of how to use a basic Kanban board to increase productivity. 

About the Instructor

A former naval reservist with a top-secret security clearance, Sherri Shackleford writes rapid-fire suspense featuring captivating characters and heart-pounding romance. She’s authored more than a dozen novels for Harlequin publishing, including both historical and contemporary suspense.

How to Register:

This three-week class begins September 9, 2019 and is conducted via Yahoo group. Register by paying the course fee ($30.09 SRW members, $40.09 nonmembers) on our Payments page.  No Refunds, except in the case class is cancelled.

Shortly before the class begins, the moderator will send you an invitation to join the group. The invitation will be sent to the email shown on your PayPal payment, so if you wish to use a different email address or have questions, please contact