SOCIETY LAUNCHES ON-LINE SPEAKERS' BUREAU
WEB WORKS ITS WONDERS FOR WRITERS
The Society's Website on the World Wide Web has become vastly more sophisticated in recent weeks,
thanks to the efforts of Webmaster Ray Hanania.
Some of the new features:
Instead of the mind-boggling former Web address, we now have our own domain: http://www.midlandauthors.com
You can read the details of the awards program on your computer screen and download the entry form.
They're all listed in detail through April 1999.
Members are listing their qualifications to speak on various subjects. This is a convenient reference for program committees, librarians, print and broadcast journalists and others looking for experts on various subjects.
Chat rooms and forums.
A place to discuss literary subjects with other writers via the Internet.
You have the option of just listing your name as a member of SMA or posting your whole biography plus a list of all your books, as several members have done already. Plus a link to your home page if you have one.
You can read the Society's history and back issues of our newsletter, Literary License.
Jazzy new graphics.
Images scroll, vibrate, flash across the screen. You have to see for yourself.
All this is free, as a service to SMA members.
LAST CALL FOR AWARDS ENTRIES
This issue of Literary License will probably reach most members before Feb. 1, the deadline for submitting books published in 1998. If your publisher won't enter your 1998 book in the SMA awards competition, don't hesitate to do it yourself. A copy of the book together with an entry form must be sent directly to each of three judges. The entry form and judges' addresses were mailed with our December issue. They're also available from our Website. Or contact the awards chairperson: Carol Jean Carlson, 773/506-7578, Winners will receive cash awards (usually $300) and plaques at the annual dinner on May 18 at the
Cliff Dwellers Club.
EXCITING SPRING PROGRAMS BECKON
Vice President Richard Lindberg and President Jim Schwab have assembled an especially attractive series of programs for spring. All will be held in the historic Cliff Dwellers Club, which has moved its literary traditions to a new site in the Borg-Warner Building across from the Art Institute. The amenities include a magnificent view of the Chicago lakefront and
reasonably priced parking in the convenient Grant Park underground garage the same parking everyone uses for Orchestra Hall.
Here's the line-up:
Feb. 9: The Truth About True Crime
Thomas Frisbie, Bill Helmer and Gera-Lind Kolarik will discuss their recently released books. Frisbie, a Chicago Sun-Times news editor and former award-winning reporter, wrote Victims of Justice, the story of the botched prosecution in the Nicarico murder case that put an innocent man on Death Row. Helmer s book is Public Enemies: America's Criminal Past (1919-1940). He's a former Playboy editor. Kolarik, former TV journalist, is the author of four books, including Prisoners of Fear and I Am Cain. All three will discuss their experiences writing about crime and mayhem in and about Chicago.
March 9: Hemingway's Cuba
Ken Patterson, owner of Mast Publishing in Mundelein, located Ernest Hemingway's former residence in Cuba during a visit to the island. He'll illustrate his talk with a slide show.
April 13: Hitting the Jackpot with Your First (or Next) Book
Jacquelyn Mitchard and Scott Turow will be paired on the podium to describe their experiences in launching their best sellers.
Mitchard's first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, took off after being featured on Oprah Winfrey's TV book club. It's the saga of a family whose child is missing. Her new novel is The Most Wanted. Scott Turow, having previously written only a nonfiction book about law school, One L, became a publishing industry by himself with his first novel, Presumed Innocent.
His subsequent best-sellers are The Burden of Proof, The Laws of Our Fathers and Pleading Guilty.
SMA MEMBERS STAR AT LITERARY WEEKEND IN SPRINGFIELD
With Scott Turow as headline speaker, the fourth annual Illinois Authors Literary Weekend Oct. 23- 24 sold out the Friday night dinner at the Illinois State Library and drew a number of other SMA members to participate in various ways. Some presented special programs in Springfield schools. Most signed books and talked to readers at
the Saturday book fair.
BOOK LEADS TO LECTURE SERIES
Lemnitzer: A Soldier for His Time, a 1998 SMA annual literary awards finalist in the adult nonfiction category by L. James Binder, has inspired the establishment of a permanent Lemnitzer Lecture Series in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the U.S. Army Historical Foundation and the Association of the U.S. Army, the series features speakers in various fields who address issues that are of interest to invited audiences made up largely of military officers, government officials, academicians, writers, journalists and others. The book (Brassey s, 1997, 353 pp.) is a biography of Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer, a former chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.
GETTING RIGHTS RIGHT
SMA Vice President Rich Lindberg reports a good experience with The Permissions Group, a rights and permissions consulting company assisting authors and others to obtain reprint rights to copyrighted material. Cheryl Besenjak, director, publishes CopyRights, an eight-page bimonthly newsletter on rights and permissions, conducts seminars for companies and tailors projects to the needs of clients. She started the company in 1990 after working in the copyright department of Scott Foresman for seven years. She is the author of Copyright Plain and Simple.
Lindberg says, "Cheryl was a big help to me in locating city maps for my next book, Return to the Scene of the Crime: A Guide to Infamous Places in Chicago."
For busy authors who have no time to do anything else but write, this is an invaluable service if you are reprinting photos and graphics. The Permissions Group is at 1247 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL 60025. Phone: 847/635-6550 Fax: 847/635-6968.
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