AUGUST 2022 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”


Meeting Announcement:   Our next meeting will be on September 10, 2022, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library.  Please watch your email for invite to this meeting.  All due paying members will receive the invitation.

Wow! Where did our summer go? Sometimes technology is not our best friend. I have been trying to get the August newsletter out for the past two weeks and could not get into our Post site. Tried and tried to no avail and wah lah – last day of August finally got in.  Hope your summer was full of adventures that sparked some stories.

We are so excited about our line-up of speakers for the year and hope you will join us. If you are not yet a member, you may go to our link below and join. Let me introduce our first speaker:


Presentation Title:      Publishing Demystified

Description:     The publishing industry has never been more accessible. That is both good and bad news. With the floodgates open, the role of author, publisher, editor, agent, and publicist have become blurred. And we are inundated with conflicting information and challenges. But more books are being produced and consumed through more platforms than ever before. Join industry expert and Managing Director of Mimbres Press, Jared Kuritz, as he offers key insights on the state of the publishing industry, followed by an open Q&A session.

Bio:   Jared Kuritz is the Managing Director of Mimbres Press of Western NewMexico University and also oversees book marketing efforts. For more than 20 years as a Managing Partner with STRATEGIES Public Relations, he has worked with domestic and international authors and publishers on literary and publishing development, business modeling, and public relations and marketing. Jared is also the Director of the La Jolla Writers Conference—an annual, three-day immersion that educates attendees about the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing. Jared is also the Founder and Director of the Kops-Fetherling Books Awards. A regular contributor to IBPA, BEA, Tucson Festival of Books, and more, Jared enjoys sharing his expertise with members of the writing and publishing community. Jared is here today to share a bit about the state of the publishing industry, the publishing process, and Mimbres Press, with a Q&A to follow.

Special Note:      Mimbres Press of Western New Mexico University welcomes agented and unagented submissions in the following genres: literary fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, memoir, poetry, children’s books, historical fiction, academic books, history, reportage, biography, anthropology, culture, human rights, and the natural world. We will also consider selective works of national and global significance. Submit your work at


Visitors ALWAYS Welcome! If you would like to sit in on one of our meetings, please email us with the title “Visitor Request.”

TMTW Steering Committee for 2022-2023

Steering Committee: Gay Ann Kiser, Jerri Garza, Marti Stebbins and Rachel Barrett.  


 FEATURED WRITER: If you would like to have your writing featured in the newsletter, please submit to Robbie Burns  Please use Featured Writer in the Subject Line. 

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your composition read at the monthly meeting.  If you wish to have your piece put in the Featured Writer Section, please let us know.  If more than one image is received, they will be used in order of receipt. 

You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos which is our annual self-published collection of members stories and poems.

Writer Tools:


Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos & Word Prompts

TMTW offers a photo prompt monthly which offer encouragement to write.  Remember, your first thoughts are worth jotting down to see where the story might take you.  Use these as they are or use anything that might inspire you.

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompts 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 one photo no later than the last week of the month 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.

Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email





BRAGGIN’ WRITES: None reported this month.


Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.

Final Note from the Editor:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Writes and Trail Bits to .












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