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CWIP Monthly Meeting, April 16

The Chicago Women in Publishing Board has decided to institute a yearly State of the Organization meeting to foster transparency and cohesiveness in CWIP. We'll hold the first annual meeting on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, where we will discuss the following topics, all of which are vital to the continued success of our organization:

  1. The state of our membership numbers and trends
  2. Financials
  3. Programming
  4. Open board and committee positions

We'll also discuss the CWIP officer elections that will be held in May. We currently have nominees for these elected positions, but we welcome any others who would like to run:

  • Executive Committee
  • VP of Strategic Planning
  • Secretary

We still need nominees for these positions:

  • VP of Business Development
  • Treasurer - Receivables
  • Treasurer - Payables

Please send nominations by May 15, 2014 to Jill Welsh, Nominating Committee Chair, at Check our website for information about the positions:

This meeting is for members only. It's free to attend, and attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free CWIP premium membership. To register, go to

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking
6:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Announcements
6:45 to 8:00 p.m. – State of the Organization and questions
8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Post-meeting networking

190 S. LaSalle St., 40th floor, Adams Room, Chicago, IL 60603

Our members are our greatest resource. Your input is valuable to us and we want your voice to be heard. We hope you'll join us on April 16 for this exciting meeting!

April Mentor Night with DePaul University, April 22

Where: DePaul University — Lincoln Park Campus
Arts & Letters Hall #103
2315 N. Kenmore Ave
Chicago , IL 60614

Date: Tuesday, April 22

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For our April event, CWIP's Mentoring Program has teamed up with DePaul University's Publishing M.F.A. program for a Mentor Night with DePaul University. The Mentor Night will feature a panelist of CWIP Mentors sharing their experiences in the publishing industry and addressing questions. The night will begin with a structured discussion and then open for an interactive Q&A session.

This is an open event for CWIP members and DePaul students. So feel free to bring a friend!

Panelists and Discussion Topics

The CWIP panelists participating are 3 Mentors, each representing a different field in publishing: Freelance Editor Tara Quigley, Author Florence Osmund, and Entrepreneur and Author Zach Price. The discussion will be loosely focused on freelancing, writing, and traditional and digital publishing.

Have a question? Submit it to Allison and we'll include it in our panel!

Located near the CTA Fullerton el stop, accessible by Red, Purple, and Brown Lines
Street parking is available.

CWIP Mentors’ Biographies
Tara Quigley—Freelance Editor
Tara Quigley has worked in the writing and editing field for over four years. She currently works at Entangled Publishing, where she is the managing editor for the teen imprint and the assistant editor for the adult contemporary romance line. She also owns Type A Editorial Services, where she provides manuscript critiques, developmental editing, and copyediting services for her clients.
Twitter: @TaraMQ

Zack Price—Entrepreneur, Author, Digital Publishing
Zack Price is a serial entrepreneur who has been starting businesses since age 10. Zack started his own book publishing company, Price World Publishing, with his brothers in 1999. Since then the business has published hundreds of books. Zack’s brother Rob is an IBPA board member and runs Price World Publishing. His other brother, David, works at Amazon HQ in their Publishing Division.
Zack’s current startup is called Blog Into Book ( This new innovative service helps bloggers get published on all major platforms (Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Google Play, Kobo). He is also the author of “Playing With Glass: 100 Days With Google Glass” which can be pre-ordered through
Twitter: @Zackonomics
Instagram: @zcprice

Florence Osmund—Author
Florence Osmund spent a long career in a variety of corporate administrative management positions in the Chicago area, the latest one being Regional Administrative Director for AIG. When she left that position in 2008, she decided to retire from corporate life and write novels. After much trial and error, she published her first book, The Coach House, in 2012. The sequel was released in 2013. A third novel just came out in February, and she is currently working on a fourth.

Her first two novels won the BRAG Medallion award—an honor granted to less than 15% of all self-published books that are submitted to the worldwide indieBRAG organization. Her third novel is currently under consideration. She is also a book reviewer for this organization. In an effort to inspire and educate novice writers, Florence main tains a website where she shares her journey in the publishing arena.
Facebook author page:
Twitter: @florenceosmund

World Book Night with the Chicago Writers Conference, April 23

Chicago Women in Publishing is celebrating World Book Night with the Chicago Writers Conference and everyone who loves books is invited! As a bonus for attendees of this free event, Chicago author Patricia Skalka, whose first Dave Kubiak mystery drops in early May, will be giving a reading, AND there will be a special appearance by well-known author Scott Turow. CWC's social media coordinator has been designated a Book Giver for World Book Night, so arrive early and snag a copy of Scott's book Presumed Innocent!

Join us to learn more about the Chicago Writers Conference and meet members of both groups, while you mingle and network in one of Chicago's best bookstores, The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square.

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Book Cellar Café, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago , IL 60625
The Book Cellar is a short walk from the CTA Brown Line's Western Station; CTA buses also use this station. There is a public parking lot beside the train station and street parking in the area.

Free admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
RSVP here or by phone at 773-508-0351.

Chicago Writers Conference is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events. The 2014 CWC will be held October 24–26 at the University Center in Chicago.

Social Media Boot Camp, May 21

Join us on Wed., May 21, for CWIP's new interactive Social Media Boot Camp. Get yourself to the forefront of all the dynamic marketing and informational platforms of social media. This isn't your mother's social media session; you'll learn how to use social networks to promote yourself and/or your business through hands-on practice with Shannon Downey, an industry leader and the owner of Pivotal. With an instinct for people and a passion for what’s new and next, Shannon has built a career innovating new techniques to communicate in an increasingly complex and ever-expanding universe. Don't let the newest trends and information in social media practices pass you by. Continue to watch the CWIP website and our eCWIPs for more details on the May program.

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Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association, April 26

The Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association (CHICATA) was established in 1987 as an independent professional association of individual translators and interpreters. Practicing interpreters and translators oftentimes encounter dialects or regional terms at work or in the community. Come to this meeting to explore all the dialects, idiolects and other “lects” variants used between English/Spanish and other languages. You will learn the importance of dialectology and how this knowledge could help you better serve and communicate with clients in the U.S. Presented by Dr. Denise Cloonan Cortez de Andersen, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University.

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Open Books, Room #2; 213 W Institute Pl, Chicago, IL 60610

SAVE THE DATE: CHICATA Conference, Saturday, May 3, Alliance Francaise. The theme will be "Build a 360º Marketing Plan for your Translation/Interpretation Business."

Upcoming 2013-2014 CWIP Events

CWIP meeting, Apr. 16

Mentoring with DePaul, Apr. 22

World Book Night, Apr. 23

Social Media Boot Camp, May 21

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