The Noble Pen for Sept 20, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

September 20th, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Several companies have settled with the government in the suit over  e-book pricing.  They will terminate contracts with Apple that set minimum prices.  This suggests more price competition as a possible future, especially for those that have been in the $10-$15 range.

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Harper Voyager is launching a new line of e-published books, and has put out a call for unagented, exclusive, novel-length submissions during the first two weeks of October.   They say:

Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at


Tyree finished Breathless Stars.

Dylan was told by a reader that he creates “psychologically believable characters”.

Ciuin presented a scene of Petty Theft as a play in school and the actors want to continue playing her characters in other scenes.


Chuck Wendig offers twenty-five rules for writing stories.   Some are what you usually hear and some are distinctly different.  You’ll need to pardon his language in spots.

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 The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict. ~James Frey

There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are. ~Somerset Maugham

Upcoming Schedule

Sept 20th


Sept 27th

Dylan (1 or 2?)
Shannon (?)
Open slot

Oct  4th


Oct  11th

Open slots

Keep Writing,