The Noble Pen for Feb 19, 2015

Next Noble Pen Meeting

February 19th, 2015 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


A lot of people seem to be having busy lives lately.  This means that anyone wanting a review slot can get right into the schedule.


People are arguing over whether Harper Lee really intended to approve the publishing of her first novel, which has been tucked away for almost 60 years (see last week’s newsletter), and that she might be taken advantage of.

Your newsletter editor sees no problem.  Nobody is stealing anything from her.  If it isn’t acclaimed by the critics then you can just figure it was a first novel and so what, and shouldn’t affect her reputation.  If you disagree, let’s discuss it at the meeting.


Ciuin has mapped out all of Stories of Paris.  She got a perfect score on a school paper.

Tyree sent Dog at the Foot of the Bed to a publisher who is considering a re-issue.


J. A. Konrath is a successful author who blogs frequently about the advantages of self-publishing and ebooks, and the situation in the traditional publishing industry.  His Dec 19 and Jan 13 posts are interesting reading.

His blogged advice on how to write and get publishing, up to 2010, is collected in a $3 Kindle book from Amazon.  Contact your newsletter editor if you’d like to see the 2008 version (pdf).

Natalie Whipple lists advantages and disadvantages in both publishing routes.  Her post is on Nathan Bransford’s web site.

The left-hand column of Branford’s site also lists a lot of advice on writing topics.

Upcoming Schedule

Feb 19

Feb 26
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Mar 5
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Mar 12
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Mar 19
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