July 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

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Have I missed any?

Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

HOT TOPIC: Editing
This is always such a hot topic. And it can polarize a group of writers discussing the subject with comments like; You can pay $200 to $300 dollars for an edit or pay $2000 to $3000 and see little difference in the results you get. A strong recommendation from the group from writers who have experienced some real distress with different editors, is that you need to get an editor that “gets” your genre otherwise the edit you get back could totally change your manuscript.

Plug for a great editor Renee has used previously. Renee was very happy with Abigail Nathan’s copy edit of her work. Abigail’s website.
Only downfall is there can be up to a 2 month waiting list for her services.

A different kind of plug for Hot Tree Editing; they did not live up to expectations! So beware!

Editing Tools
Alternate editor to Grammarly is the Hemmingway App. Read a review.

Author Branding…
Author branding and what platforms should an author have. How much time should a new author invest in setting these up? As time spent on this is obviously time away from the author’s writing . A really interesting topic that will no doubt be revisited by the group.

What have the Scifantorites been up to…

Zane – wrote a micro fiction for this month. He has completed 75% of the James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass which he is happy to recommend to other budding authors (click here for a link on a review of this course.) And with some spare time on his hands, Zane has plotted out 10 to 12 more chapters on his SciFi series Guidance.

Richard – welcome to Scifantor. We hope you had a good time.

Renee wrote a micro fiction for this month. Well Done.

Kim is departing for the United States in a week, to visit some cons. ALL THE BEST – HAVE A GREAT TIME!

Kasia is procrastinating whilst editing book 4 of her Lexi Ryder Crime Thriller’series. Lots to say on editing and editors; always a hot topic to bring up.

Lani is working on 3 projects together with each project at a different stage. Project 1 is writing a chick lit (hard work Lani says), project 2 is plotting a young adult book (just for fun) and project 3 is brainstorming her epic fantasy i.e. doing world building. She is now using the Snowflake method to write and is using Time Tracker app from Google to keep track of the time she spends at the keyboard with each project.

Janis – missed you!

David wrote a micro fiction on last month’s topic and enjoyed it so much is looking to expand this into a novella. He has been travelling for work extensively which is getting in the way of his writing.

Cherie – missed you!

Catherine – missed you!

Brett wrote a micro fiction for this month. Welcomed Terry Turtle into his life and took some amazing photos of Newcastle.

Brendan wrote a micro fiction for this month. Well Done.

Brad wrote a micro fiction for this month. Well Done.

Becky – missed you!

and Adriana wrote a micro fiction for this month and last month’s blog for Scifantor.

What have the Scifantorites been reading, watching…

Books
Zane has been reading book 1, ‘Guardians of the Gateway’ in the Seraphympire series by Renee Spyrou.
Renee has been reading book 1, ‘Miami Downunder P.I.‘. in the Roy Findley Detective series by Zane Yates.
Kim has been reading, ‘The Taking‘ by Dean Koontz.
Movies
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Midnight Special (2016)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
The Invitation (2015)
TV
Stranger Things (2016 Season 1, 8 episodes)
Marco Polo (2016 Season 2, 10 episodes)

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…well not a theme. Your micro fiction must start with the phrase ‘Let’s do it’

Micro fiction can be viewed by clicking here.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Splinter’

Next month’s meeting…

Date: Sunday 28th August
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am (9am if you would like to join us for breakfast)
Venue: Royal Pines Golf Course – Tee’s Clubhouse
Where: Ross St, Benowa. Follow the signs for ‘Golf and Tennis’ to find the café.

NOTE: We are looking at different venues, somewhere quieter. We will advise if the location changes before the next meeting.

See you there!

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