January 2013 BUZZ
A Happy, Healthy New Year Message from the President
As writers, let’s plan on a Happy and Successful New Year and here’s five Writer Resolutions to accomplish that worthy goal:
1. Ink in May 11th on your calendar for our 10th annual Symposium “Marketing Travel Tales” and register ASAP! To save your place at the round tables and what’s shaping up to be the most rewarding event in our association’s history, mail your member discounted $20 admittance, made out to BCATW, ASAP to Karoline Cullen, Box 1035, Delta, BC V4M 3T2.
Michael DeFreitas (www.iwritetravel.com/) returns to keynote again, using power-point to show how to sell travel stories to an increasing number of international publications! Then for further inspiration, colleagues will share their own successful insights into marketing travel into an array of publications, e-zines, books and public speaking as well as press trips… And there will be lots of prizes to inspire future good-time tales!
2. Put your profile on our dazzling new site! Your profile gives more clout to our website, our association and your own media opportunities. *It pays to advertise! A well-paid assignment, speaking engagement and helpful contacts soon resulted from our an earlier BCATW profile …
So following onsite our Blog page instruction for your sake and ours, add your profile. Just as they helped Chris and me, Karoline <email@example.com> and Mari <firstname.lastname@example.org> will readily assist you in this worthy endeavor! Or easier yet, send Mari your profile and photos. For $20, she’ll upload these onto our site …
3. Represent your work and our Association at writers’ events! Help us fly the BCATW flag once again at WOTS, Surrey Writers’ Conference and other writer events! It can be a chance to sell your wondrous travel books as well as our association, which will result in new members needed to reinvigorate our association! Who’d like to participate in such building of our association? If interested in this rewarding enterprise, please contact Ruth Kozak at email@example.com!
4. Check out your new BCATW site. Read the message of your recycled Prez! Read the latest installment of Buzz! You can immediately be inspired by my vigorous and blatant promotion of our association. And be assured that it’s going to be another great year!
Now an honorary member, Michael De Freitas will soon be added to our list of media members. And his last Symposium’s inspiring power-point presentation on photography will soon be linked and available for viewing!
The best resolution involves increasing your BCATW role and yes, might even mean joining our Board! As you might know, my presidency and Baila’s treasurer position are interim positions. It’s clearly time for esteemed colleagues to take a turn at keeping our association alive and vibrant! Taking on leadership challenges enhances the clout of your resume…plus provides an array of rewarding opportunities. If interested in being more a part of our association’s future, contact me to discuss this possibility at 596-5422 or through firstname.lastname@example.org
– Rick Millikan
As your $48 annual fees are due January 1st, please send a cheque made out to “BC Association of Travel Writers” and mail this to me Baila Lazurus, as BCATW treasurer. Some members will need to gather up the every two-year requirement of tear sheets.
– Baila Lazarus
BC Association of Travel Writers
PH3 1433 East 1st Ave
News from Members
Julie H. Ferguson is proud that Tourism BC picked up her image of a Bald Eagle on the Harrison River. She shot the photo during a thrilling and luxurious three days and two night getaway in a cottage at Rownena’s Inn on the River in early December, courtesy of Pretty Estate Resort. This included a festive Christmas dinner, a private tour with the owner, Betty Anne (Pretty) Faulkener, afternoon tea while I interviewed her, and a boat trip with Fraser River Safaris. For a blow by blow account, visit http://stampsinmypassport.blogspot.com for three posts and more images.
Pacific Northwest Diver e-Magazine ran a piece on Jett & Kathryn Britnell in their November 2012 issue that featured Jett’s underwater photography. It is available for download at http://pnwups.com/. Pacific Northwest Diver is published by the Pacific Northwest Underwater Photographic Society (PNWUPS), an organization formed to encourage interest and participation in underwater photography. One of Jett’s images was also used for the cover shot.
Cherie Thiessen has articles in this month’s Canadian Yachting, (the Pender Islands), Pacific Yachting, (Russell Island) and two articles in the winter issue of Aqua Magazine (Galiano’s Literary Festival and a profile on Jon Guy from Saturna Island.) She wishes all members a Happy New Year with lots of fun assignments, great press trips, and real money.
Ruth Kozak has had a couple of recent publications (Ithaka and The Asklepeion of Kos) in EuropeUpClose as well as two stories in Travel by the Books (one on Lord Byron in Greece, the other on Yannis Ritsos, a Greek poet from Monamvassia); Her story about Pauline Johnson, the Mohawk Princess poet who wrote many poems about Stanley Park will be published in Literary Traveler. Ruth will be starting to instruct all her various writing groups beginning January 7th including WAVES writers in New Westminster, Champlain Heights Community Centre; Brock House and various classes for the VSB and New Westminster school board night school programs. These include creative writing and Memoirs. Ruth’s novel “Shadow of the Lion” is currently in the hands of the Thomas Dunn (St Martin’s Press) publishers being assessed. She’s keeping her fingers crossed as she works on another work-in-progress about the Iron Age Celts and enjoys retracing her ancestor’s roots.
Carol Ann Quibell has been busy. She recently had an article published in the Senior’s Silver and Gold Magazine on the topic of retiring abroad, focusing on Nicaragua and Belize. Read more at http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Silver-and-Gold-Magazine/silvergoldwinter2012/2012120201/#28 . Her monthly column RVLiving http://www.rvwest.com/rv_living talks about eating across Canada and read RVwest’s online edition with on her piece http://www.rvwest.com/article/kitimat/treat_yourself_to_authentic_aboriginal_food_near_kitimat.
Although craft shows kept Joei Carlton Hossack busy for most of December 2012 she is now gearing up for a busier January 2013. In addition to the 9 regular craft shows that she attends Joei will be participating in a Book Fair at the Yuma County Main Branch Library on January 12. She will be lecturing at a Rotary Club on January 18th and participating in a 3-day event with the Yuma Potpourri Artists on January 25, 26 and 27. Joei was also interviewed and stories about her were published in December in WomenRVers.Blogspot.com and RVWheellife.com so check them out.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Happy New Year!
– Karoline and Darlene
Your BUZZ Co-Editors