Writer’s group offers industry knowledge


By Jennifer Byrd

Editor-in-Chief 

 

Published and aspiring writers of all genres are encouraged to attend meetings of the Mid-Oklahoma Writer’s group, an affiliate of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc., in RSC’s Learning Resources Center on the second Tuesday of each month from September through June to discuss important industry topics.

“The best part, unlike writing conferences,” said author Charles Vassel, MOW club president, “(is that) there is no charge to see, hear, and meet these speakers.”

The Mid-Oklahoma Writers group meets in LRC Room 101 the second Tuesday of each month from September through June and encourages all community members interested in writing to attend.

The Mid-Oklahoma Writers group meets in LRC Room 101 the second Tuesday of each month from September through June and encourages all community members interested in writing to attend.

 

Author Mel Odom speaks

The special guest on March 11 was Oklahoma-born author Mel Odom. Odom has 180 books under his belt, including ghost-writing gigs for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” novels. Vassel said Odom is “Oklahoma’s most prolific writer.”

Odom, who teaches professional writing at the University of Oklahoma, stressed to attendees the importance of an online presence as writers.

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E-book popularity on the rise

Odom pointed out the discrepancy between traditional publishing contracts and new electronic-publishing avenues that monetarily reward writers for their intellectual property more than ever before.

“Publishers all set up their own self-publishing sites,” he said. “When you publish with them, they give you 25 percent of what you earn, which is so much better than the 8 percent you used to get off of paperbacks.”

Some websites pay e-book authors even more, like Kindle Direct Publishing through Amazon, which pays up to 70 percent of sales.

The publishing houses scour the electronic publishing sites, searching for successful authors to sign to traditional contracts. In a fast-growing trend, Odom said many writers keep full rights to their e-books, selling only print royalties to traditional publishing houses.

“Publishers are actually cherry-picking successful authors from this group,” he said.  “There’s no sense in giving your money away to those people.”

 

Upcoming meetings

Odom is not the only successful author involved with MOW. Club Vice President Terry Mirll won the 2014 Writer’s Digest award in the science fiction category, and next month’s guest speaker is RSC’s professor Carl Sennhenn, an Oklahoma Author of the Year award winner for poetry and the 2001-2002 Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 8 in LRC Room 101. For more information on club participation, please contact Charles Vassel at 405-769-4038 or Laszls@cox.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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