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May – John Osterhout

John Osterhout’s talk, The Art of the Book, was about making your book interior look as professional as possible. John told the club about formatting conventions, the layout of the text blocks on the page, matching interior and display fonts, line and character spacing, running heads and front matter. John indicated that the best way to achieve these goals is to forgo your trusty word processor and use a design program such as Adobe InDesign (professional and expensive) or Scribus (open source and free). However, if you simply must use a word processor, avoid the font Times New Roman (it’s a cliché) and be sure to adhere to the other formatting conventions discussed. After his presentation, the audience was given the opportunity to critique samples of book interiors.

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April – Cynthia Jordan

Cynthia Jordan talked with the San Angelo Writers Club about her new book, Ruby, the third book in her Gem Trilogy, which also includes Pearl and Diamond. Cynthia also talked about sources of inspiration for her literature and her music.

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March – Laurence Musgrove

Laurence Musgrove talked with the San Angelo Writers Club about the 21st Annual Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, which was held March 23-24 at Angelo State University. The featured writer was Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman. Tony Hillerman is the author of the Leaphorn and Chee novels centered around the Navaho Tribal Police. Anne is continuing her father’s series with Spider Woman’s Daughter, Rock with Wings, and, just out, Song of the Lion.

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February – Mike Thompson

The Turbulent Trail

Charlie Deegan has gone from an Army sharpshooter to a drunken brawler to a prisoner in Yuma Territorial Prison. He escapes and heads north to change his ways and become a cowboy. On the way, he fights Indians and Mexican banditos, tangles with a crooked sheriff, and is locked in a military stockade when he is recognized as a prison escapee. He breaks out and vows never to drink again. He befriends a cowboy who offers him a job on a cattle drive. But can the hard-drinking, brawling Charlie really become a cowboy? Buy The Turbulent Trail on Amazon.

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