September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Texas National Bank in Alpine, TX.

Program: Longview and East Texas Poetry Society presented by Jerri Garza

Moderator: Robbie Ann Burns

Light Refreshments

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

The falling leaves of September find these west Texas writers ready for a change! Bright new ideas are coming along with the brilliant autumn colors.

Texas Mountain Trail Writers are beginning a new writing year with a Saturday afternoon meeting, hoping to make it easier for more people to attend. The first one will be September 22 at 3 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Texas National Bank in Alpine. It is extremely casual and light-hearted.

The program will be presented by Jerri Garza about the Longview and East Texas Poetry Society. See below for more information.

You are welcome to bring a friend and a smile. We look forward to seeing you.

Steering Committee of TMTW

September Program: Longview and East Texas Poetry Society

TMTW program for Saturday, September 22, 2018, will be held in the Community Room at West Texas National Bank in Alpine, Texas from 3 to 5 p.m.  Members and guests will hear how the discovery of early records of a Texas poetry society could provide ideas for utilizing their projects in a contemporary writers’ organization, and learn of a new home for the records.

Guests are welcome!

Photo Writing Prompts — Members’ Photos

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompt by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Kip for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please have images at high resolution for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

September’s four photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them.

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Nimrod International Journal Writing Conference

On October 20th, Nimrod International Journal will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers, a day of one-on-one writing workshops, masterclasses, readings, and panel discussions at The University of Tulsa.

The Conference will feature workshops on poetry, fiction, memoir, young adult fantasy, mystery, nonfiction, and attracting publishers, as well as one-on-one editing workshops, agent-led novel pitch critique sessions, readings, and panel discussions. Guests include many award-winning authors.

For more information and to register, visit

Indie Beacon Associate Memberships Available

As a member of the publishing world, you know that it is continually changing and at a fast pace.  Bourgeois Media & Consulting has been hard at work creating a family of services that benefit Authors and anyone eager to learn more about marketing of their books.

Over the past 7 years we have worked hard helping over 700 authors learn how to better market and sell themselves and their books.  We continue to grow with each new year, as we are adding new programs, events and opportunities for the Authorpreneur to take advantage of.

We are now happy to announce our newest program that begins August 1st.  Our Associate Membership.

This membership is designed to keep an author, or a member of the publishing community to be aware of the programs, events and other valuable information that is available to them through our organizations.  Plus, it will even help you to save money.  In a world where over a million new books are uploaded to Amazon each year, authors need every possible resource to effectively market their books in multiple ways.

The best part of this Associate Membership is that it is good for anyone who wants to learn more about marketing in any form.  And it only cost $25.00 per year!  But, to be clear, the benefits are not as detailed as our full membership.

To learn more about the Associate membership, please click on the link below:

Kahini Magazine Open for Submissions

Submissions are open for Kahini Magazine, and paying $100 for each accepted piece.

For more information, visit

Free Editing Contest

Dr. Bob Rich is  offering a contest with the prize being a free edit of a full-length manuscript.

Details are at

Entry is free.

Dr. Rich will give free detailed feedback on the first 1000 words submitted, which is a benefit by itself.

As a professional editor since 1999, Dr. Rich works for a number of small, independent publishers, and a steady stream of authors pre-submission. In 2007, he won the Preditors and Editors “Best Editor” award.

Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018.

To learn more about Dr. Rich, visit

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference announces event at UCA

November 9-10 with headliners Allison Joseph and Megan Mayhew Bergman

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference will host its second annual event at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, which will be held November 9–10, 2018. The conference is open to all, though it will cater to women-identifying writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors, and beyond. The conference’s goal is to provide a space for camaraderie, connection-making, and inspiration.

“Given the success of last year’s conference, when over 190 writers gathered, we are thrilled to be hosting this important meeting again at UCA,” explains Sandy Longhorn, conference director.

The conference will include a Friday evening reading from Allison Joseph, author numerous books of poetry, most recently Confessions of a Barefaced Woman and Corporal Muse, published recently by Little Rock’s Sibling Rivalry Press. Her work frequently joins autobiography to cultural narratives and histories of Afro-Carib communities. Joseph’s honors include fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and from the Illinois Arts Council. Saturday will feature a lunchtime reading from Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of the short story collections Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Bergman is an essayist for The Paris Review and contributes literary criticism to The Washington Post and New York Times.

Conference attendees have the option of registering for the conference only for $100, or for the conference plus one of the pre-conference writing workshops for $135. Registration fees include access to events, on-site catering, and parking passes. Conference organizers seek to ensure that all events are accessible and inclusive. Attendees may also choose to attend the Saturday lunchtime event only, featuring a talk from Megan Mayhew Bergman and a buffet lunch, for a cost of $25. To register for the conference, visit

Braggin’ Rights

From Doris Rangel

I am back to writing romance, but as an indie author instead of with Silhouette. (I just can’t take the frustrations in traditional publishing anymore.) If any of you read romance, my book FINDING JULIE is mostly set in the Davis Mountains. It’s both an ebook and paperback and is on Amazon. It can be read free with Kindle Unlimited. I also have a new series out as of this month. The series name is Viva, San Antonio! (All books in the series set in San Antonio, of course) The first book is BULLDOG VS. THE CRUSHER, out now in ebook, paperback, and KU. Book 2 will be out next month. The series is about three childhood friends who grew up in the city, but the stories are basically stand alone and don’t have to be read in order.

Should anyone be interested, my website can be found at

Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

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Final Note from the Editor:

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