OFFICERS. Cindy Brookshire – President/Treasurer; Linda Johnston – Projects Manager/Liaison to Virginia Writers Club; Katherine Gotthardt – Liaison to the PWC Arts Council; Carol Keily – Keeper of the Membership List

WRITERS PRESENT. Maureen Arvai, Tom Basham, Cindy Brookshire, Carol Covin, June Forte, Katherine Gotthardt, Ressurrection Graves, Jolea Harrison, Linda Johnston, Rodney Jordan, Steve Pendlebury, Robin Tucker, Dan Verner; guests Runetta Hynes and Rona D. Lewis

OLD BUSINESS. Treasurer’s Report. Voted to give $100 to the PWC Library Foundation from our royalties on New Departures and keep $51.80 in reserve. Leigh Giza will arrange presentation/photo. PWC Arts Council/Arts Alive! 2013 is April 13 from noon to 8 pm @ Hylton Performing Arts Center. Katherine Gotthardt, Claudia LeFeve and Ressurrection Graves are planning Write by the Rails’ participation, which includes book sales/signing tables (in shifts), readings in a performance space and children/youth activity. To participate, email writebytherails@gmail.com. GMU Fall for the Book Festival – is Sept. 22-28 in Fairfax. Save the date of Thurs., Sept. 26 for a possible GMU-PW campus event – guest writer TBA.

NEW BUSINESS. Book Nook Columns. Dan Verner has been orchestrating online Book Nook columns for Prince William Living magazine. If you have a suggestion of an ad sponsor so the column can appear in the print magazine, email Dan at writebytherails@gmail.com. Changing Monthly Meeting to Another Night? Discussion was half-hearted so we tabled it for now. Write by the Rails Directory. Robin Tucker will compile a member directory for our chapter, similar to the one on www.VirginiaWritersClub.org. While you’re there, take a look at our chapter information — thanks to Linda Johnston for adding that.

SPEAKER. Ressurrection Graves was our speaker on marketing yourself online. Some highlights: If you have a blog, be yourself and people who are attracted to your writing will find you. No one wants to buy an unknown author’s book – build your audience. Be the solution to someone’s problem. Make your story connect with the reader. Preserve the valuable information in your book – don’t blog it away. Use new, value-added information for your blog. Use key words /tags, provide links to related stories and always end with something the reader can download or buy. Radio is the best medium for writers to sell their books, but leave your listeners hanging. Thanks, Ressurrection!

UPCOMING EVENTS. Write by the Rails Meet and Greet, Tues, Feb. 26 from 2-4 pm at Panera, 4300 Merchant Plaza, Lake Ridge “Authors Alley” at Annual Spring Craft Show, Sat., March 16, 9 to 3 pm Gar-field HS (14000 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge – across from Potomac Mills Mall) email garfieldSPRINGcraftshow@gmail.com for details. Bull Run Regional Library is sponsoring its Second Annual Local Author Fair on May 4. Application deadline is March 22. Contact Dolores Bowman at 703-792-4546. Manassas Museum is looking for local authors for book sales/signings at Manassas Railway Festival, June 1 and Civil War at the Junction, Aug 24 & 25, Contact Doug Horhota, Programs Coordinator, Manassas Museum system, dhorhota@manassasva.gov or 703-257-8265.

NEXT MEETING. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West Street, Manassas. Speaker: Filmmaker Tom Basham from Nokesville will talk about his feature films, screenplays, children’s book and movie review blog, BashMovies. Save the date for the Thursday, April 18 meeting (same time and place). NVCC Woodbridge professor and past VWC president June Forte plans to share The Art of the Interview – getting your subject to open up, what questions to ask, and more.

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