Author and member of the New Mexico Book Association, Janet Brennan, has chosen to go public with her breast cancer. She has said, “Anyone who knows me knows that my life is an open book. If it helps just one other woman to stay current with their mammograms and self examinations, it is worth it. It is very important to understand that we are never in this life alone. There is always a very deep source of energy within us that propels us to a greater purpose.”
Janet wanted to share the following quote:
“As the beautiful birds of the sky do not fly but for the stretch of their wings and carry of the wind. Like the fish in the streams, we are borne for a greater purpose, for we are carried by water. As the fires that burn, we are made whole as the Phoenix rises from the ashes.”
-The divine union
Let’s all keep Janet in our thoughts and send her positive energy as she undergoes surgery followed by several weeks of radiation.
NMBA’s vice president, Sandi Wright, gave a brief presentation on tips and tricks for creating illustrations. Sandi shared some of her knowledge about writing and illustrating her own book. Sandi believes that everyone has the ability to draw. She demonstrated some exercises from Betty Edwards’ book, Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, by having the group make a fist with their hand and trace it. The idea behind it being that once the words “draw a fist” are processed by the brain, it activates the left side of the brain instead of the right. The right side of the brain is said to be associated with creativity and art, so an illustrator wants to work on awakening the right side while they are creating. Tracing the fist, or any other object, allows the right side of the brain to remain active.
Another helpful tip that Sandi shared was that when illustrating characters or objects, it can be very useful to mold a three-dimensional figure of the object you are attempting to draw so it can be used as a reference.
The group enjoyed the hands-on presentation, and Sandi may hold a workshop on illustration in the future.
Our annual Winter Fiesta party was scheduled for Thursday, January 16, but due to the snowstorm that hit Santa Fe, we made the decision to cancel and reschedule for another evening. A new date has been confirmed with the Bourbon Grill. The Winter Fiesta will be held January 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bourbon Grill at El Gancho, if the weather permits. A full dinner will be served, along with vegetarian and vegan options. Winners for the Book in Hand Award and Harris Award will be announced, and there will be live entertainment from The Harmonizers. Tickets are $30 per person, and nonmembers and guests are welcome! For more information and to buy tickets, click here. If you are planning on paying at the door, please RSVP to Mari Angulo/Kristen Romero by emailing email@example.com
Log in to your exhibitor profile and click this link Festival Portal (if this does not work, follow the instructions below to sign in).
Enter the following username and password to sign into the NMBA account on the portal.
Once you are signed in, the page should look like this:
Scroll down to “Manage signing events.”
Select “Add event.”
Fill out your information and follow the instructions to schedule the signing.
Events will be updated on the website but will not be included in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper insert with exhibitor information.
The link enabling you to schedule an author signing event in your exhibitor booth will be open from noon on January 15, 2020, and will close at noon on January 31. Please schedule your author signings during this time frame.
We have reserved a corner booth at one of the largest book shows in the country, The Tucson Festival of Books. Authors can expect both individual sales and bulk sales to bookstores, libraries, etc. The show will be on the University of Arizona campus, Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15.
If you want to sell your books at the show, you need to provide us with 5 books for each title you plan to show. Prices are $60.00 for the first title and $20.00 for each additional title up to a total of 5 different books. We need 100 sales sheets for binding into our promotional handout catalogue that will be distributed at the festival. Sales sheets should be a standard 8.5 x 11 inches and include the name of the book, author name, cover image of book, and any information that can help sell the book. For an example of a sales sheet, contact a board member or inquire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be a member of NMBA for us to sell your book at the festival.
Be sure to have all books, payment, and sale sheets turned in by March 1, 2020. They can be brought to the February luncheon meeting or mailed to the following address:
2336 Cedros Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Set up for the show will be on Friday morning, March 13. Everyone is welcome to attend the festival, but it is not mandatory. Board members will be there to market and display your books. If you are planning to attend, please make arrangements as soon as possible as spaces in Tucson are filling up quickly.
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