Author Mindy Hardwick will talk about writing for teens on Monday, March 4, at 11 a.m. in the Edmonds Library. The event is a part of EPIC’s Monday morning writing group, which meets at 10 a.m.

Hardwick's books for teens include "Stained Glass Summer," an award finalist in Children’s literature, and "Weaving Magic." She can also be found writing sweet, contemporary romance available in ebook including "Vintage Valentine," "Love's Storms," "Love's Bid," and "Love's Christmas Gift." Hardwick holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She teaches classes on writing for children and children’s literature for educators in the Seattle Pacific University SPIRAL Program. She facilitates a poetry and YA literature workshop at Denney Juvenile Justice Center and says her best ideas come from the teens.

Hardwick blogs at: and her social media connections are on her website at:

Author Naomi Baltuck at EPIC's Monday morning writing group.
"What are you afraid of?" asked award-winning author Naomi Baltuck at today's writing group. "You have to start out with what scares you most." For Baltuck, that meant tackling social media by starting her blog, and adding photos and observational stories to augment the writing tips she posted.

Baltuck's debut novel, , written with her co-writer sister came from a reverence for storytelling. "I taught my children to frame their world as stories," said Baltuck. Those children have gone on to win awards and scholarships for writing.

Baltuck also advised today's group to join PNWA, the Evergreen chapter of RWA (even for non-romance writers), and SCBWI for children's authors. And if the idea scares you, then you know it's something you really need to do now.  -Janette

On Monday, Feb. 25, award-winning author Naomi Baltuck will speak at EPIC's Monday morning writing group. The group meets at 10 a.m., and Baltuck will speak at 11 a.m. Space is limited to 20 people, and we frequently hit maximum capacity.

Title of talk:   One Writer's Path to Publication.  In today's swiftly changing and turbulent world of publishing, there are many options for the writer who aspires to become a published author.  Join Naomi Baltuck for an informal conversation about her journey.
Naomi Baltuck is a professional storyteller and co-author of The Keeper of the Crystal Spring, a Doubleday Book of the Month Club selection. Her book, Apples From Heaven, won the Anne Izard Storytellers'™ Choice and three Storytelling World Awards. When not writing or storytelling, Naomi is researching the world or outside editing her garden.  Casts of eccentric characters live in her head and her house. She is still hoping Harold Godwinson will win the Battle of Hastings.

You are invited to EPIC's Monday morning writing group at 10 a.m. in the Edmonds Library. Afterward, stick around for EPIC's 11 a.m. speakers series on publishing. Upcoming speakers include:

Feb. 25 -
March 4 -
March 11 - and
March 18 - no speaker; please join us for organizational meeting
April 15 - l, publisher of My Edmonds News

EPIC's 2nd V.P. Ed Davis welcomes author Mary Trimble.
"I love self-publishing," said Mary Trimble in her talk today at EPIC Group Writers, which touched on the differences between traditional publishing her first books, "Rosemount," "McClellan's Bluff," and "Tenderfoot," and the total control she found using Amazon's Create Space for her latest work, "

Trimble gave the group copies of her marketing plan for "Tenderfoot," which included visiting remote drug stores (they were good book customers), and blogging weekly with passages from her published works. She also recommends entering contests and searching for "online book listings" to find reviewers. Her works have won awards, which provide legitimacy and publicity. In addition, Trimble writes articles and markets her work with postcards from PS Print -- "they have great sales, sometimes 50% off."

"I work full-time at it," said Trimble, making it clear the life of a published author is not spent reclining on pleasure yachts with a martini. And while she may have started her writing career putting together articles for "Sail" magazine, then moved on to "RV Life" and stories about the West, but "TUBOB" covers her time in Gambia. That's a varied writing career, and one marked by the greatest gift any writer can possess - Trimble has the discipline to finish her books. And with her new understanding of self-publishing, more markets are right around the corner. -Janette

Image from Mary E. Trimble's book.
On Monday, Feb. 11,  author Mary E. Trimble will speak on developing a marketing plan, after EPIC's Monday morning 10 a.m. writing group. Trimble will speak at 11 a.m. The free event is in the Edmonds Library, although seating is limited.

According to Trimble, "Many agents and/or publishers ask for a  marketing plan before they'll consider taking  on an author's work. Even if an author plans to self-publish, having an organized marketing plan is an essential tool." Trimble will provide tips on creating your own marketing plan.

Trimble is the author of "TUBOB:: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps," and "Tenderfoot, Rosemount and McClellan's Bluff." She is a member of Northwest Women Writers, and her website is 

"There was something wrong with the machine," read Ingrid Ricks today from the opening pages of her new book, "Focus." Ricks visited EPIC's Monday morning writing group to talk about her book on vision loss, and about jumping from the traditional-publishing path to self-pub. 

Ricks told the group she found indie success using Lightning Source, and promoting her memoir "Hippie Boy" via SCRIBD, Open Salon, and podcasts to build a platform that is now attracting traditional attention, as in the agent kind. But until they can offer her the freedom and money she's found on her own, she's not inclined to respond to their courting.

For EPIC writers, stay tuned for Ricks' list of writer resources, so you can follow her lead. And if you're wondering about that machine at the start, you've got to "focus on what counts," according to Ricks. That means don't fret about the changes in the publishing industry; instead focus on the oppotunities. And for Ricks, it means enjoying her time as a publishing leader. -Janette