Author: Phil Mayes

Writing Structure

In our writing group, there was at one time an ongoing discussion between two members on structure: one plotted out the entire arc before writing; the other jumped into the stream and let the story cut its own course. I

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Local Publishing and Marketing

Steve Figler pointed to an interesting article about small publishers in L.A. and asked why we couldn’t do that here in Santa Barbara. Good question. There are a few small presses here, but they mainly specialize. Bandanna Books is run

A Couple of Link Recommendations

I got an email the other day from Sabrina Doyle of FocusStars: Hi Phil, I just wanted to send a quick thank you for your site, some savvy teens and I are getting a lot of use from it! Our

The Belize Writers’ Conference

Elizabeth James wrote to the SB Authors Publishing and Marketing Group about a writers’ conference in Belize, and I’m passing it on in case anyone is interested: My name is Elizabeth and I’m a writer in the Bay Area. I’m reaching

Notes for 1/15/18 Marketing Meeting

Aniaya took notes at the meeting — thanks! I took these from her google docs posting at, ask me for the password. Discussed last weeks’ agenda Bringing in guest speakers (Betsy) What do you have trouble with and what