Chapter News, Meetings

Panel Discussion: Path to Publishing


Join us, Wednesday, June 7 at 7 pm for a special event, a panel discussion – Path to Publishing. We’ve gathered seven newly published authors, writers just like us, who will share their stories from idea to publication.

The discussion, led by Judy Kelly, will encourage you wherever you are on the writing path. Hearing how other writers moved from idea to paper to published, will ignite your passion and jump-start you on your way.

You’ll hear yourself say, “If they can do it, then so can I!”





April 2 Chapter Meeting: Working with Editors with Kathryn Johnson

Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What type of editor acquires books for a publisher? How does the work of an in-house line or copy editor differ from prepublication and developmental editors? In this new and exciting age of publishing, writers of all ages, experience levels, and genres have many more sources for support during the process of writing and publishing their work. All of which improve the chance of successful publication.

Join MWA-Montgomery on April 2, 2016, when local author, creative writing teacher, and private editor/mentor Kathryn Johnson unravels the mysteries of what editors do (or don’t do) for their authors. She’ll discuss the reasons many veteran authors now employ a private editor to fine-tune a story before showing the manuscript to their agent and publisher.

The session will also cover ways in which any author can find and hire a developmental or prepublication editor whose style and ability matches their personality and needs, while avoiding scams and inferior editing services.

About the Speaker

Kathryn Johnson photoKathryn Johnson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The author of over 40 novels with major U.S. and foreign publishers, she writes under her own name and a variety of pennames. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christie Award and won the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller’s Best Awards.

Kathryn’s recent novels include a trilogy of Victorian thrillers (writing as Mary Hart Perry) inspired by the lives of Queen Victoria’s daughters, and a new contemporary romantic-suspense series, Affairs of State, published under her own name. The first two titles, Mercy Killing and Hot Mercy, launched in 2014. A third title, No Mercy, will appear this fall.

In 2008, Kathryn founded a writer’s mentoring service, to aid individual authors in reaching their publication goals. She also teaches for The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Her popular course, The Extreme Novelist, inspired the book by the same name, which is now available everywhere in both paper and digital formats. Currently, she is Vice-President of the Mystery Writers of America/Mid-Atlantic region.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

Chapter News

February 25: Networking Happy Hour at Azucar

MWA-Montgomery is pleased to announce we will be hosting a networking happy hour February 25 with members of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA).

This event brings together people from all sides of the publishing industry to meet, mingle, exchange business cards, and have fun!

Please join us Thursday, February 25, at Azucar Restaurant, 14418 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar.

We will be in the private room next to the bar. Please enter through the side door (not the main restaurant entrance). Parking is plentiful and free.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Admittance is free for MWA and MBPA members. All others, $5 cash or check at the door.

Email Katherine Pickett at with questions or to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!


October 14 Meeting: The Many Paths to Publication, with Katherine Pickett

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM.

Today, writers have more ways than ever to get their books published. The broad categories of traditional and self-publishing—the most common routes—are each full of possibilities. Big 5 publishers, midsize and academic publishers, and small presses all fall under the traditional model.

Self-publishers, on the other hand, can choose to do it all themselves, hire professionals to help them, or work with a self-publishing company. And those aren’t the only options. You may also wish to collaborate with a business or nonprofit or investigate the newest trend, hybrid publishing.

At the October 14 meeting, we will explore:

  • What you get with a traditional publisher
  • What you need to do to self-publish successfully
  • How hybrid publishing fits in
  • The work-for-hire model
  • E-book publishing
  • The financial side of publishing

We’ll also engage in a self-assessment for choosing the path that’s right for you and your book.

Many writers want to see their books published. After this presentation, you will know what your options are and be on your way to determining which one will lead to your success.

About the Speaker

© 2013 | Kristina Sherk Photography |

Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services, LLC, and the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. In her 15 years in the publishing industry, she has gained experience in nearly every type of publishing. She worked in-house for McGraw-Hill Professional and Elsevier Inc. for a combined seven years before launching POP in 2006. Through POP she offers copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. Her clients include Wisconsin Historical Society, McGraw-Hill Education, and Texas Tech University Press, as well as self-publishers and authors under contract with traditional presses. For insight and advice about writing, editing, and publishing, visit her blog at

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 PM

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring, MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot


March Chapter Meeting with author and publisher Craig Schenning

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How to Publish Your Book in the 21st Century

If you are an author who is interested in having your manuscript published but have too many questions to even know where to begin, then you should attend the information-packed seminar “How to Publish Your Book in the 21st Century.” Continue reading “March Chapter Meeting with author and publisher Craig Schenning”