Saturday, September 26, 2009

Release: SPAWN Making Changes

Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network Helps Authors and Creative Professionals with New Benefits, New Web Site, and New Vision

The publishing world is changing rapidly and the leaders of Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) have made changes to help their members keep up. For 13 years, the non-profit member organization has offered information, resources and other benefits for authors, freelance writers, artists, and other creative professionals.

To better serve its membership, SPAWN is moving forward with a new leadership team, a Facebook presence, new webmaster, and a brand new Web site ( brimming with useful articles and resources related to writing, publishing and marketing.

Visitors to the Web site who sign up for SPAWN's free monthly SPAWNews newsletter also receive a new ebook: Promote Yourself! 25 Ways to Promote Your Work Whether You’re an Artist, Author or Small Publisher.

SPAWN dues are $45/year. New and renewing members receive the ebook or print book of their choice; a listing in the SPAWN Member Directory; inclusion in the SPAWNDiscuss email Discussion Group; discounts on publishing-related services and products; an opportunity to be listed in the Catalog of Members’ Books and Services, opportunities to participate in various SPAWN activities at a discount; and access to the meaty, monthly SPAWN Market Update newsletter.

The Market Update is one of SPAWN’s most popular member benefits. This monthly report is bursting with a multitude of opportunities for authors, freelance writers, artists, photographers, screenplay writers, publishers and other creatives. Each issue of the SPAWN Market Update includes dozens (sometimes hundreds) of valuable resources. The searchable Market Update archives, which are available to members, contain literally thousands more opportunities.

Patricia Fry, author, publisher and charter member of SPAWN is the new Executive Director, and Susan Daffron is SPAWN's new President and Webmaster. Daffron was selected for the job because of her depth of experience in both Web design and book publishing.

The goal with the Web site redesign was to bring the site up to date to better reflect new best practices for small publishers in the age of Web 2.0 without sacrificing any of the educational material the site has offered for many years. The new board of directors has also revamped the list of benefits members receive. New benefits include discounts on editorial services, book cover design, interior layout services, consulting, printing, and writing software.

The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1996. Visit SPAWN at


Patricia Fry, Executive Director at

Or Susan Daffron, President/Webmaster at

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