Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome to O.C. Writers!

We're so happy you've found us. If you aren't already familiar with the group, I'll let you in on a little secret: we aren't like other groups. We don't charge membership dues. We don't hold monthly meetings. And we aren't bogged down by bureaucracy.

What we are is a motivated network of published and aspiring authors dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and learning from each other, as well as creating and sharing opportunities for writing growth. We started as a Facebook Group after Nanowrimo 2012 with just a few members and have since grown to nearly 200 Facebook members, nearly 200 members, and a newsletter mailing list of more than 100 members.

And why have we grown at such an incredible pace?

It's because we offer some really cool stuff. Here's a current list:

We're also planning to coordinate group anthologies, as well as marketing and promotion opportunities for our published authors.

But these are just the ideas we've come up with so far. O.C. Writers and what we offer is--and always will be--a work in progress. That's the true benefit of our group, we're always going to grow and change, and with motivated writers like you, I'm sure we'll just keep getting better and better.

Happy writing!

DeAnna Cameron
Founder, organizer, and passionate booster
O.C. Writers

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Promo Opportunity for Published Authors on Lit Central O.C.

Hi, writers -- 
I'm offering something new at Lit Central O.C. If you write an article for the e-mag and you're a published author (books &/or stories), you can have one title promoted on the new Lit Central O.C. Bookshelf for a full month. You can see it here:

If you want to read the rules, you can find them on the "Submission" here:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 2014 Newsletter Is Out

The July newsletter has been sent out with details and RSVP information for our next workshop, which will focus on independent and boutique publishing options. You'll also find a roundup of good news from O.C. Writers, an update on the anthology, and much more. If you didn't get it in your inbox and you want one, please sign up by subscribing in the sidebar to the right.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Announcement: Self-Publishing and Boutique Publishers Workshop Coming Aug. 10

Have you been wondering what the right publishing choice is for your book? We've assembled an expert panel on the topics of boutique publishing and independent publishing to help you understand your ever-changing publishing options.

Check out our panelists:

  • Shawn E. Bell,  author, screenwriter, publisher, naturalist, and media god. Shawn walks authors through every phase of the independent publishing process. 
  • Calee M. Lee, CEO of Xist Publishing, the largest children's book, digital-first publishing start-up. Calee began as a self-published author before creating her own company. 
  • Sonia Marsh, award-winning author who knows how to market books online and in person. She offers "gutsy" book coaching to authors, as well as webinars and workshops on the topic of branding, platform building, getting your book into Costco, and more. 
  • Gayle Carline, columnist and author of seven books. One was released with a traditional publisher, and she has released the others herself. Gayle regularly teaches a workshop titled "Self-Publishing: Is it for you?"

Cost: FREE, but reservations are required because seating is limited. RSVP at the Meetup site (
Date: Sunday, Aug. 10
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m. 
Location: El Toro Library Community Room, 24672 Raymond Way, Lake Forest, CA, 92630 

We would love to have as many questions as possible in advance so our panelist can prepare. Please see our Facebook Group page, or you can email Workshop Coordinator Greta Boris at

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Newsletter Is Out

The June newsletter is out now with information on the next O.C. Writers workshop, an author photo opportunity, Nyx's new column focusing on technical issues, a terrific interview with Kas Sartori by Kitt O'Malley, and much more. If you didn't get it in your inbox and you want one, please sign up by subscribing in the sidebar to the right.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Next O.C. Writers Mixer -- at Muldoon's

Gather with your writing friends at a fine Irish pub. Come prepared to name your favorite Irish poet or novelist, and raise a glass to the lyrical tongue. For details, visit and RSVP here:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May Newsletter is Out: Introducing Goal May-nia

The May newsletter is out a day early so those not on Facebook will see the update about Goal May-nia (starting tomorrow!). 

There's also info on the next group mixer (and the pics from the one last week), an anthology update, a request for tech-type questions for Nyx's forthcoming column, links to some of the helpful writing-related articles you might have missed on, and more. 

If you didn't get a newsletter and want one, please sign up for the O.C. Writers Mailing List in the sign-up form in the sidebar. 

Thank you!