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July Guest Speaker: Michael A. Ventrella

Topic: How to Impress Editors of Themed Anthologies

Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 6:30 pm

With the exception of “best of” and personal anthologies, pretty much all have themes. Once an editor announces the theme and solicits stories, hundreds pour in. Michael A. Ventrella has been on both sides of this, as editor and writer, and will provide advice for making sure your story stands out from the rest.

Michael A. Ventrella has five novels published and has edited or co-edited ten themed anthologies, including the “Baker Street Irregular” series with NY Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry, “Release the Virgins,” and the recent “Three Time Travelers Walk Into…”  He also has a few nonfiction books about music and the US Constitution. He leads the Pocono Liars Club in Pennsylvania which sponsors writing seminars and workshops.  On his web page(www.MichaelAVentrella.com), he dispenses writing advice and interviews authors, editors, and agents about the publishing world. In his spare time, is a lawyer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to connect for the July speaker:

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81486424433?pwd=TGtaL1NkeGRhS01SZURsNExEQnhvZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers.
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

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The TWA Critique group will meet via video call

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and critique submissions in advance, like always.
  2. On Wednesday connect via video call to share your critiques. The meeting will start at 6:30. 
  3. Email your comments directly to the author after the critique. The author’s email address will be included in their submission. 

How to connect for the critique group (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month):

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81486424433?pwd=TGtaL1NkeGRhS01SZURsNExEQnhvZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers like this: 
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

Some things you should know:

  • I may mute you. I have some admin controls that allow me to address issues as they arise. I’ll use them as needed to help the meeting succeed. 
  • This might not work for all people on all systems. In general, video calls require a decent internet connection, and updated browser, and a few other tech requirements. We are choosing one of the most flexible video call platforms to help ease this, and we’ll do our best to support you, but please be patient. This is best effort on our part. 
  • This might be lumpy. There may be errors. We’ll figure this out as we go. 

FAQs

Can I mail my critiques to the author? 

No. We are not providing home addresses of the authors. Please send your comments via email. 

I hate technology and I don’t want to do this. 

That’s okay. You are welcome to download the submissions and email your comments directly to the author. No need to attempt the video call. Or, you can wait for the live group to resume. 

Is this free? 

Using the Zoom software to join this call is free. TWA is paying for a Zoom Pro membership to make this work. Your annual dues are covering this cost. Thanks for being a member and making this possible! 

What other questions do you have?

Email them to info@aksnyderbooks.com. 

Thanks for your patience as we work through the lumps in the process! Looking forward to seeing you all. 

Alycea