Winter 2013 Newsletter

 San Francisco Chapter Newsletter                                         January 2013

April 13, Pitch-O-Rama, Swiss Louis Restaurant

Swiss Louie

Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter presents:

10th Annual Pitch-O-Rama: Meet Agents, Editors, and Publishers

Saturday April 13, 2013, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, Swiss Louis Restaurant, Pier 39, SF

Cost: $60 members, $70 non-members, Continental Breakfast Included

A chance to pitch your book in an informal, relaxed atmosphere at a San Francisco landmark restaurant, a tradition since 1936, in waterfront dining rooms that provide a panoramic view of the Bay.

Free Pre-Pitch Session 8:00- 9:00 am

Writers will be led through pre-pitch exercises designed to help the writer perfect the pitch, as well as the manuscript, by helping them to focus on the elements that make for a strong book proposal, especially one that will attract the attention of editors and agents.

And…back by popular demand: Publishers Panel Luncheon, $35

12:30 – 2:00 pm. Mingle and network. Must be registered to attend.

Space is limited. Register now online here.

 Linda Lee, Linda Joy Myers, Co-Presidents WNBA-SF

Dear WNBA-SF Friends,

We have had a wonderful start to 2013. We had our second mixer, at the gracious Mary Mackey’s home. We had some new faces and the support of our regular members. Good food, good company, and a great turn out made this a very enjoyable evening. I personally have been so happy to meet many of you face to face. Being in charge of the WNBA-SF website for the last 7 years, I feel like I already know most of you, but many of you I have not met in person.

Kate Farrell, our new Vice President, has been a whirlwind of activity and organization. She has brought us new members, who have been volunteering and pitching in to help us with our events. Having new people join the organization like Kate and others brings us a fresh viewpoint, new ideas, energy and is such a blessing. I have found Kate and the new people inspiring and I love to hear all the new ideas and wonderful experience they bring to us.

I encourage you to become more involved this year with WNBA-SF. We have many possibilities for doing just that, ranging from volunteering for a committee, chairing an event that’s been percolating in your mind, to simply taking part in meetings, events, and mixers. We welcome your voice, energy, insights, and expertise.

We currently have a few open board positions and would like to hear from any of our current members is they are interested. We need a membership chair, and a treasurer. Kate Farrell and I are pitching in until we find someone. Please contact either of us for more information if you may be interested.

The WNBA-SF is rebuilding and moving forward with new ideas, more face to face get togethers and member involvement. It has been an invigorating process and I look forward to seeing more of you at events and getting involved.

Linda Lee, Co-President,

 San Francisco Writers Conference 2013

San Francisco Writers Conference, 10th Anniversary, February 15-17, 2013

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, Mason & California, San Francisco!

Click here for more information.

Visit our WNBA Exhibit Booth in the Club Room just off the Lobby!

Our member volunteers will be on hand to greet you and discuss our chapter.

The exhibit table space is small and we will display ONLY information about WNBA. Unfortunately, we are not able to display members’ books or members’ promotional items, such as: postcards, bookmarks, or business cards. Our focus will be sharing information about WNBA, a unique national organization in the world of books, advocating for women authors and women’s literacy since 1917.

Many WNBA –SF Chapter members will participate in San Francisco Writers Conference as seasoned volunteers, expert editors, and valued presenters. Among them are: Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada, WNBA Emeritus Members, Barbara Santos, Linda Lee, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Mary Knippel, Linda Joy Myers, Kate Farrell, Mary Mackey, and Joan Gelfand.


Don’t miss A FREE Community event for school children, grades 3rd – 8th with R L Stine!

A free and frightfully delightful interactive session for 3rd to 8thgrade students given in-person by the author of the Goosebumps series R.L. Stine!

Date: Saturday, February 16  PROMPTLY at 10 a.m.

Place: Mark Hopkins Hotel in the Room of the Dons

This session is FREE, but admission is by reservation ONLY!

You MUST RSVP by using the online form.

Limited to the first 200 confirmed RSVPs. Register here.

HolidayParty, WNBA San Francisco Chapter, December 20, 2012

Holiday Party

Networking @ WNBA Activities and Mixers

An exciting round of chapter activities provided many rich opportunities for networking in the Bay Area community of the book over the last four months!

We began with an amazing panel of authors of historical fiction for National Reading Group Month on October 6th moderated by member, Amanda McTigue. For the first time, WNBA San Francisco co-sponsored our annual NRGM event with Litquake on its kick-off weekend and held it at Books, Inc. Opera Plaza. It was a true success with an avid crowd of readers who enjoyed learning more about the genre from authors Anita Amirrezvani (Equal of the Sun), Amanda Coplin (The Orchardist), and C. W. Gortner (Queen’s Vow). Two of our authors were selected for Great Group Reads 2012.

Joan Gelfand, past president, hosted a November 3rd Mixer for Members Only in her lovely San Francisco home on a bright sunny day with a stunning view of the ocean. While snacking, our members shared their many creative and community projects.

Privileged to be hosted by Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen, we enjoyed the talented company of our members for a Holiday Party at their Nob Hill home, December 20th.

Starting the New Year with true inspiration, we gathered in the charming Berkeley home of Mary Mackey on January 12th to meet new members, share contacts and toast to our 2013 projects!

We thank our hosts, our collaborative partners, and especially our members who bring their unique talents to these gatherings. We learn from one another the power of writing, the joy of reading, and how to support our work.

For photos of our events, visit our Facebook page!

Kate Farrell, Vice-president 


Patricia V. Davis

Patricia V. Davis

Note from Our Blog Editor

I’m thrilled to be the new editor for the WNBA-SF site blog!

 Our goals are to post a new article every two weeks that will help all of us in our writing and publishing endeavors. Articles on social media, the craft of writing, marketing, technology for writers and the latest industry news, are all welcome.

What we will not do is post promotions for individual books or author events unless they are pre-approved or sanctioned by the Women’s National Book Association. Otherwise, we will have what amounts to no more than an advertising newsletter rather than the go-to resource for every member that we’re hoping our WNBA-SF blog will become.

The instructions on how to submit and the guidelines for submissions are available by clicking on the blue button on the home page. If your article is selected, naturally we will print your name and your bio, with link backs to your site or your Facebook page or whatever you wish. In that way, WNBA members will get the benefit of your knowledge and experience as well as learn about you and your work.

We look forward to your submissions!

Patricia V. Davis

PATRICIA V. DAVIS is the author of the bestselling Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece, and The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know. Her latest work and first published fiction, “Chopin, Fiendishly” appears in Tales From the House Band: Volume I.  Patricia holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and Education, and is the founder of The Women’s PowerStrategy Conference.


Like Us on Facebook & Share Your News Every Thursday

Have you noticed our Facebook page lately? It is a great online venue to promote our events, post pictures of members, and invite readers and writers to join our chapter. If you haven’t visited it yet, please do so and give us a “like.”

New to the page is our open invitation every Thursday asking members to post information about workshops, contests, readings, and book recommendations. So when you see our weekly post asking you to share your news, we hope you will use the opportunity to inform us about a great book you just read or a workshop you think our members would find interesting.

On Friday through Wednesday, we will continue to use the Facebook page in a manner that promotes the mission of our chapter.

We have also updated our Facebook posting policy, which you can access by clicking “About” (beneath our logo).

Frances Caballo, Social Media Manager

Frances Caballo, Social Media Manager

Frances Caballo, author of Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books

Literacy Partnership, Living Room, Santa Rosa

Holiday Party, Donated Books

Literacy Partnership

A BIG shout out to all those members who donated board books for infants and toddlers ages 0 – 5 at the Holiday Party in San Francisco!

We collected over 30 books and half of those are on the theme of “Going to Bed.” These books will become part of our Early Literacy program with the Living Room, a day program for homeless mothers and their children in Santa Rosa. We plan to begin our pilot there in March using these books to demonstrate the use of picture books in early childhood and to give them to the families.

To train readers in our community, we are co-sponsoring a workshop in the techniques of sharing picture books with children in May 2013. You are all welcome to participate.

Picture Book Storytelling

Saturday May 18, 9AM – Noon, FREE

The Sitting Room, Penngrove, CA (near Sonoma State University) 

For all who want to make a child’s day! Learn how to bring a picture book to life and how to use the book as a springboard for meaningful conversation. All are welcome: parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. You are invited to bring your favorite picture book to share. We will learn the tips and techniques that enliven the telling of a picture book and then practice techniques in pairs. Along the way you’ll see how these magical books can create a unique bond between adult and child as well as develop literacy skills.

Co-Sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter


Mother Reading to Child, Early Literacy

Mother Reading to Child


WNBA 2012-2013 BOARD
Co-President: Linda Lee, Linda Joy Myers

Vice President: Kate Farrell

Treasurer: Open

Secretary:Teresa LeYung Ryan

Membership Chair: Open

 Today-Will-Be-A-Perfect-Day, Michael LarsenA Wish List for Perfect Days

 By Michael Larsen

In memory of my brother Ray, a SFWC benefactor, who had many of them

If your days were perfect, what would they be like? Your list will be different, but it might include:


  • having harmonious personal and professional goals that motivate you to do whatever it takes to achieve them
  • putting short-term goals in the service of long-term achievements with enduring value
  • living as simply as possible, as if every day were your last
  • knowing what enough is and earning it with daily effort
  • loving what you do so much you don’t notice time
  • balancing

–desire and necessity

–giving and having

–time and money

–thought and feeling

–comfort and the need to create and serve

–serving others and yourself

–sitting and moving

–screen time and the rest of your life

–work, home, and leisure

–ownership and access

–sound and silence

–planning, flexibility, and spontaneity

–imbalances created by the need to focus on an activity

–yin and yang 

In the World

  • filling your days with challenges that inspire your creativity
  • seeing opportunities in change, problems, and the unexpected
  • earning and enjoying the respect, admiration, friendship, and support of everyone you know
  • expressing gratitude through giving and service
  • having time and money to devote to the people, ideas, projects, and organizations you’re passionate about
  • learning about what excites you and what you need to know
  • laughing and making others laugh
  • making decisions, knowing that that money, technology, and other forms of power are useful tools but destructive masters
  • meeting your responsibilities as a citizen of a neighborhood, city, state, country, and the world
  • transforming anger about problems into positive action
  • needing no contact with the legal, medical, or corporate world, government, or large institutions, except to try to improve them
  • being able to work anywhere
  • helping strangers who can’t help you
  • celebrating your achievements

 At Home

  • waking early, after an uninterrupted night’s sleep, next to your beloved, knowing the best way to use the day and eager to start it
  • having a home that has charm, character, and a garden, and that  is filled with love, light, color, art, music, and books, and that enlightens, entertains, and inspires everyone who enters
  • spending time with a family that is a source of love, renewal, encouragement, and wisdom
  • loving and needing the joys of domesticity but not letting them lessen your courage, discipline, and determination to pursue the dreams you were born to fulfill
  • sharing simple, varied, beautiful, colorful, delicious, nutritious, locally produced food
  • having a spiritual practice that brings you peace of mind
  • being at peace with your significance in 400 billion galaxies
  • living in a place that’s safe, good for raising children and provides privacy, diversity, a sense of community, natural beauty, a creative environment, access to culture and kindred spirits, local and independent sources of products and services, effective schools and government, full employment, freedom from want, a climate without extremes, planned growth that enhances the quality of life, community involvement, and the freedom to live as you wish
  • renewing your sense of wonder at the beauty and grandeur of nature
  • reading books you love without being disturbed, with Bach or Mozart providing the  soundtrack
  • working in your garden growing the fruits, vegetables, and flowers
  • using only what you need and minimizing waste
  • exercising your mind and body
  • understanding the value of people, information, and experiences and giving them the attention they deserve
  • having patience with others and yourself
  • being debt-free and saving for the future you want
  • experiencing no form of marketing
  • doing all you can as well as you can and expressing your gratitude for the day
  • making love as if it were the first time and the last
  • renewing yourself with sleep that begins the moment you snuggle your beloved

What makes a day perfect is subjective, but unlike this list, it’s likely to be simple. May every day be as close to perfect as you can make it. Like a rose, you were born to bloom. Now is the time to start doing whatever is best for you and becoming who you were born to be. As Anne Frank wrote: “It is never too late to start doing the right thing.”

Please feel free to share this list. I hope it inspires you and those you love to make a list and share it. This list will always be a work in progress, and I’d like to learn from yours. Many thanks for your time.

Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen-Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents / Helping Writers Launch Careers Since 1972 / / 415-673-0939 / 1029 Jones St. / SF / 94109The 10th San Francisco Writers Conference: A Celebration of Craft, Commerce & Community

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