Fall 2012 Newsletter


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OCTOBER 6, 2012 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM 
This year the San Francisco Chapter will celebrate NRGM in collaboration with Litquake during its kick-off weekend!

Celebrating the Joy of Shared Reading

 Hear a panel with savoir faire: Three Historical Fiction Authors!
Enjoy the ambiance of French wine and cheese, reception and book signings. A FREE event.

Anita Amirrezvani -cropby Rex Bonomelli

Anita Amirrezvani by Rex Bonomelli

ANITA AMIRREZVANI, featured author in the panel will discuss her new novel, Equal to the Sunis also the author of The Blood of Flowers, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and a former staff writer and dance critic for the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. She is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

Amanda Coplin by Corina Bernstein

Amanda Coplin by Corina Bernstein

AMANDA COPLIN, featured author in the panel will discuss her debut novel, The Orchardist. Coplin was born in Wenatchee, Washington, and raised amid her grandfather’s orchards. She received her BA from the University of Oregon, and MFA from the University of Minnesota. A recipient of residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Ledig House International Writers Residency Program in Ghent, New York, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

C W Gortner

C. W. Gortner

C. W. GORTNER, featured author in the panel will discuss his newly released novel, The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile. Gortner is half Spanish by birth, holds an MFA in writing, with an emphasis on historical studies, from the New College of California and has taught university courses on women of power in the Renaissance. He is the author of The Last Queen and Confessions of Catherine de Medici, as well as The Tudor Secret, a mystery novel set in Elizabethan England. Gortner was raised in Malaga, Spain, and now lives in San Francisco. He is currently working on his next novel for Ballantine.

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue is our panel moderator and featured author. Her background is as rich and unique as her novel. Raised in the mountains where her novel takes place by a family of “talking talkers,” Amanda went on to study philosophy at Yale University where she wrote to pay her rent and then wrote for the sheer pleasure of it. Her works for the stage have been produced in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Disney Sea. Going to Solace is Amanda’s first novel. For more about her and to hear her “talk Southern” visit her delightful website: amandamctigue.com

Read more about their books here.


Linda Lee, Linda Joy Myers, Co-Presidents WNBA-SFPresident’s Newsletter

August 2012

I can’t believe summer is nearly over, can you? It’s been productive at the San Francisco Chapter as we gather new board members and get ready for our great fall events.

Perhaps you’ve noticed more activity on Facebook and Twitter? We’re so pleased to have Frances Caballo helping us get the word about our terrific members, events, and resources. Kate Farrell did the heavy lifting to sort through our membership lists and bring us all up to date, so newsletters and updates should be going out to you on a regular basis from now on.

Ana Manwaring is our new interim membership chair, joining with Kate to make sure all our data is entered correctly and that we are on track. Thank you Kate and Ana for that!

In the fall some great events are planned, the most exciting being the National Group Reading Month event with Litquake titled Joie de Livre on October 6th!

Read our NGRM chair’s longer article about this event—but we presidents would like to invite you to wear your best French outfit to celebrate this event with us! It will be great fun—held at Books Inc. Opera Plaza in San Francisco as we celebrate books, writing, authors, reading groups, and the tradition of Litquake.

And we’re excited about our mixer in San Francisco at Joan Gelfand’s house November 3. This will be a party, a celebration of our Chapter and its members, and a chance to connect with each other. What are your friends writing? When is their book launch? What books have they read lately? Come to the members’ mixer and find out!

In the meantime, what ARE you reading? I’m deeply into one of the NRGM choices: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. Be sure to read it before the event on October 6th so you can follow along the interview by Amanda McTigue and the discussion to follow.

Welcome to the fall season!


Linda Joy

Members Only CONNECT!  
Poetry and Jazz Mixer

Short performance of poetry with jazz and a short talk about performance and collaboration

Bring your business cards to network,
meet & greet:
 wine and snacks, a FREE event!

Saturday, November 3, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Joan Gelfand’s Home, San Francisco

RSVP HERE to make a reservation and receive directions.

 Check out our Blog for featured articles written by our members

  • Nina Amir on Blogging a Book
  • Cathy Robbins on Travel Writers Conference
  • and more!


Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo

We are pleased to introduce you to Frances Caballo, our new Social Media Editor for the San Francisco Chapter, a terrific member of our publicity team.

Frances Caballo is a social media marketer, trainer and strategist with more than 23 years of communications experience. She has worked with writers, businesses and local, regional and national nonprofits at all levels of management: http://www.act-comms.com/

She helps clients attain their social media marketing, communications, and public relations goals. Frances specializes in social media training for beginners, intermediate and advanced users, manages social media marketing accounts for clients, and trains advanced users on how to succeed in social media marketing. Her book on social media marketing for writers will be published in the fall. 

Presently, she is the Social Media Editor for Redwood Writers and the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. A graduate of the University of California, Frances also studied at the Universities of Madrid and Salamanca in Spain and is bilingual in English/Spanish.


Ana Manwaring

Ana Manwaring

Our newest officer and a most welcome one: Ana Manwaring, Membership Chair

Ana Manwaring, www.anamanwaring.com, writes, edits, and teaches creative writing. She’s branded cattle in Hollister, out-run gun totin’ maniacs on lonely highways, lived on houseboats, consulted brujos, visited every California mission, worked for a PI, swum with dolphins, and writes about it all. She’s finished her first thriller set in Mexico and is currently writing a memoir of the years she lived in Mexico. Ana’s Petaluma Post column can be found at: www.petalumapost.com.





Sell Your Books from Facebook

By Frances Caballo, WNBA-SF Chapter Social Media Editor

Have you ever wished you could open the cash drawer to a register and sell your books on Facebook? Well, you can. Facebook Fan Pages (versus Facebook profiles) give writers the option to openly promote sales of their books and even sell books right on Facebook without having to direct fans to Amazon or other websites. By using one of the following applications, writers can finalize sales quickly.


This software will enable you to import your existing Web store onto Facebook. Pricing ranges from a free plan to set up one store to $500/month for an unlimited number of stores.


If you have an international audience for your book – and why wouldn’t you? – this free app can offer purchases and check-outs in 37 languages. All payments are secure transactions. An added benefit to this program is that you can use the application on your website as well as on Facebook and manage both online shopping accounts from one control panel.


Payvment claims to be the most popular Facebook storefront with 50,000 retailers and more than 1 million products. The application offers three plans: a free version, a paid version for $299.95 per year, and a “pro” plan (contact the application for pricing). This application provides some nice features, such as social sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and email. Its “social scoreboard” shows shoppers what their friends like, want, and already own. An added benefit is that Payvment will list your books in its wider shopping mall, giving your book greater exposure. Payvment accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards, and can link to a buyer’s checking and PayPal accounts.


This application doesn’t provide any free plans but its paid plans are very reasonable and provide many nice features. Paid packages range from $10 to $20 a month. It has Facebook stores in 50 countries, supports more than 35 currencies, and offers full translation services.


Vendorshop operates over the more secure protocol (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure or “https”) and carries the VeriSign Trust signature and McAfee Secure application. You can customize your storefront and your readers can select their preferred shipping options. If you have a Fan Page for each of your books, you can manage all of your storefronts from one dashboard. An added feature is that you can integrate your store with Google Analytics (see Resources for information on Google Analytics). Vendorshop will process all transactions through PayPal.

If you would like to quickly finalize sales on Facebook – and not risk the chance that once your fan reaches Amazon they will purchase someone else’s book – one of these applications should serve your needs nicely.

Note: This article is an excerpt from the author’s book Social Media Just for Writers: Best online marketing tips for selling your books, which will be published in October.


 How to Join and Renew Online


Join our community of writers and readers in the San Francisco Bay Area to celebrate the book in all its forms!

We sponsor mixers, panels, workshops, and more, bringing together authors, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians, and readers.

Join or renew by FILLING OUT THE ONLINE FORM on our website with all your information for our Membership Directory and for the National Directory. Click HERE!

This year, in keeping with all other chapters nationwide, there is only ONE renewal period, June 1 – August 31. Membership runs from June 1 – May 31 each year.

Subscribe to our Newsletter by OPTING IN with your name and email on our website sidebar. We cannot enroll you.

Become part of the WNBA national network of chapters, a venerable community of the book, advocating for women authors and women’s literacy since 1917.

You will receive quarterly issues of Bookwoman, the national newsletter—this year in electronic format.




Read more about the National Reading Group Month event, October 6th, and how you can help….just below!

 Benefits of Membership

WNBA-SF Branch is part of the long standing network of the Women’s National Book Association Chapters that connects women, and men, who are passionate about books, writing, and literacy in the community of the book -since 1917.

Here in San Francisco, many different events offer you numerous networking and career building opportunities.

Just some of these are listed below:

  • National Reading Group Month, the organization’s annual signature event, this year on October 6th in collaboration with Litquake on their kick-off weekend at Books, Inc., Opera Plaza, featuring a panel of new authors. FREE

  • CONNECT! Mixers each quarter, networking for Members Only, first one November 3rd. FREE

  • San Francisco Writing Conference—volunteer positions February 14-17, 2013

  • Meet the Agents event in San Francisco, Date and location TBA, April 2013

  • Effie Lee Morris Children’s Lecture with the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, May 2013

  • Networking with other WNBA chapters in cities around the US helps you publicize your book and you

  • Outreach to a national audience is easy and built into being a member of the SF Chapter

    • Being a member helps to promote the importance of reading, writing and literacy


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

Vice President: Kate Farrell

Treasurer: Chris Payne

Secretary:Teresa LeYung Ryan

Membership Chair: Anna Manwaring

French wine, cheese, fruit, and pastries


Books, Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave.


National Reading Group Month Event

NRGM is for Book Lovers! Reading groups are proving that good books bring people together. National Reading Group Month salutes reading groups—and every WNBA Chapter across the country celebrates with a variety of live events: http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/.

San Francisco Chapter’s event on October 6th is an extraordinary one!

Joie de Livre: Celebrating the Joy of Shared Reading is co-sponsored by Litquake during its famous weeklong San Francisco Literary Festival. Enjoyment of literature is at the heart of Litquake and National Reading Group Month, bringing books, authors, and readers together! A FREE event.

Our 2012 host bookstore is the spacious and well-located Books, Inc. Opera Plaza whose staff is already preparing publicity with a poster and access to their long list of book clubs and reading groups—our target group.

The outstanding panel of three talented authors of historical fiction will provide the main fare—food for thought and rich discussion: Anita Amirrezvani, Amanda Coplin, C.W. Gortner led by a skilled moderator, a debut author in her own right, Amanda McTigue.

Wait! There’s more!

We’ll have free copies of Great Group Reads 2012, selected by a national committee of NRGM, and free copies of Reading Group Guides 2012, a paperback with discussion guides for 2012 titles. Free French wine, cheese, pastries, and fruit.

All are winning ingredients for the delight of our WNBA community and book lovers! It has been a pleasure planning this event with our national coordinator, Susan Walker, President of Charlotte, NC Chapter, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

In the spirit of the occasion, please invite all your friends and colleagues to attend and to dress with a touch of French savoir faire!

Please volunteer! We’ll need greeters, servers, set up and take down, purchasers of wine and makers of all treats, an author escort for Amanda Coplin arriving at SFO. Books, Inc Opera Plaza can hold over 300 guests.

Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell

To volunteer, please email me, Kate Farrell: catharine.farrell@comcast.net. Let me know what you’d like to do; we’ll need about 10-15 volunteers. 

See you there! Spread the word!

Kate Farrell, Chair, National Reading Group Month