HWG Press Waves Series
HWG Press Waves Series
At the HWG Press our goal is to produce our own books to promote the Guild and its author members.
At the HWG Press our goal is to produce our own books to promote the Guild and its author members. Read more
About this project
The Houston Writers Guild is a community of writers of all skill levels striving to improve their craft and career through education and camaraderie.
The Guild offers its members workshops/conferences/webinars to learn about their craft and critique groups with excellent participant feedback. Its main purpose is to create opportunities to build careers through networking, as well as, opportunities for author book sales throughout the Greater Houston area and neighboring communities.
The Guild was founded in 1998 by Roger Paulding with seven participants and has grown to more than 200 active members today. Over its first fifteen years, the Guild sponsored 36 workshops and six 2-day conferences. Roger led the group until 2013, when he passed the reins to Pamela Fagan Hutchins. On September 17, 2014, after a terrific year of leadership, Pamela passed the torch on to Fernanda Brady and Denise Satterfield. Together they are geared up to take HWG to a higher level. Their vision is, with the help of volunteers, to make the Houston Writers Guild a household name in the writing community.
Part of their vision is the establishment of the HWG Press, an internal publishing press that works to bring undiscovered authors' works to the public while providing resources and opportunities for any budding writer.
As Press Director I hope to reach our fundraising goal to provide the opportunity to produce a series of genre and themed base anthologies to be published biannually featuring hand chosen top 10 entrants for each book. These funds will not only finance the production process of these books, but also assist in the promotion and marketing needed to publicize these authors' contributions while promoting literacy.
Risks and challenges
There are an inordinate amount of risks or obstacles we could encounter, and have as we are currently in the final proof phase of our first anthology, Waves of Suspense.
Since we are a non profit a majority of our volunteers and staff are not paid, and therefore work to juggle and balance their 9-5's with the blood, sweat and tears they pour into our projects. We have experienced time frame delays due to deadline extensions for more submissions, editors, beta readers and graphic artists and formatters. The small budget we have initially is stretched as tight as possible to invest money and resources where it most benefits in professional services while volunteers juggle the rest.
Luckily through the local writing community we have networked and tapped into the talents and jobs some of our own members have and were able to work through issues that arose. We all wear many hats and find that while this can mean choosing to go forward with certain aspects of our production plan and not others, we plan to see this vision through to the end.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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