Photo courtesy DANIELLA SEGURA/Yakima Herald-Republic.
Author Kizzie Jones sent along this photo from the Dachshunds on Parade event in Ellensburg. Jones not only visited the tiny burg in Central Washington, she is also on the road (via airplane) this week to New York City to accept awards on behalf of her book, "How Dachshunds Came to Be..." See the full story in , and send Jones lots of good wishes as her book builds momentum!



Winner Donna Warren (photo by Yoojin Song).
The public is invited to party on Thurs., June 20, from 7-8 p.m. at Red Petal Cakes in Edmonds in celebration of our inaugural writing contest winners!



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Donna Warren’s entry, “The Red Pig,” took first place in EPIC’s inaugural writing contest. Warren, along with fellow winners in the Adult and Youth categories, will be honored at a party and reading at on June 20, from 7-8 p.m.

The Adult winners are as follows: First Place went to Donna Warren for “The Red Pig”; Second: Victoria Peters for “Kaidja”; Third: Susan Ferguson for “Citizen’s League”; Honorable Mention:  Jeanne Gerhard for “Inspiration.” In the Youth category, First Place went to Ailish Mackey for “Behind Those Glasses”; Second: Kunjan Chadha for “Mother”; Third to Lauren Mallory for “An Overweight Girl in a Dressing Room”; and Honorable Mention (tie) to Angela Lee for “Las Vegas” and Ethan Brown for “To Kill Intolerance.”

The contest was led by EPIC’s Dianne O’Connell, Sheri LaVay, and . When Jones was asked about the entries, she said, “I was surprised with the intensity of feelings and the grappling with harsh realities of life, which were much more evident than expected in the youth writings.”

O’Connell was struck by the opening line in “An Overweight Girl in a Dressing Room”: “A lonesome dove in a two-ton beast.” “It speaks for every girl of any age who has ever been told or who believes she is too fat,” said O’Connell. She was also “surprised and pleased at the number of Youth Division entries received. If we can continue to support and encourage young writers and poets, I think we will have done a very good thing.”

According to Jones, “The annual fall Write on the Sound set the stage for a strong writing community in Edmonds. The formation of EPIC cultivates a climate all year long to benefit those who desire to come together and support one another in the craft of writing. What once might have been considered a solitary endeavor has been reinvented into a community of those who write and encourage and inspire others to write.”

Contest leader LaVay summed up the value of writing: “Remember, you don’t have to be a published author to be a writer. Writing is simply good for the soul and many times is soul-saving.”

An e-book featuring the winning compositions is set to be released in time for the June 20 party. For more information on the event and the local writing community, see . (Cover photo All Rights Reserved for photographer Sienna Votry 2013).

Editor's note: The EPIC Group Winners e-book anthology is

Winner Donna Warren (photo courtesy Yoojin Song).


Edmonds-Woodway High School instructor Nancy Branom sent a sweet card to EPIC's Sheri Lavay -- and we just want to send the thanks back a thousand fold! Thank you, Nancy, for encouraging your awesome students to enter EPIC's inaugural writing contest. We look forward to meeting you and the students at the June 20 reading at Red Petal.

Thank you,
--Janette, on behalf of EPIC



Kim Pearson; photo courtesy Kizzie Jones.
“I can be anybody,” said Kim Pearson today, in her talk, “What a Ghostwriter Does and How She Does It.” As a ghostwriter, Pearson has is a “writer, bartender, therapist, and actor on the page, not the stage.” She takes an interesting concept, say, one on following through on psychic hunches, and turns it into a finished book in nine months. “About the time it takes to gestate a baby.”

She spends a great deal of time listening to her clients, who often come from her industry connections. Her questions narrow down the market and the real reason why the topic is important to the client. Pearson tapes her conversations, which are then transcribed. Payment is one-third at the start, one-third at the halfway mark, and one-third on completion. Freelance ghostwriters generally make $10,000 to $100,000 per project, but average at $37,000.

Pearson’s career began when she wrote down her grandmother’s life story, and a friend’s daughter wanted the same sort of help with her own family history. Afterward, Pearson went to small businesses and offered to write their history, provided she could use their work for promotion. That was critical because most paying clients demand secrecy, along with the copyright. Pearson happily provides both.

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