Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN)

In an earlier blog post I discussed the value of joining professional organizations as a self-publishing author. I promised brief overviews of the organizations listed in that blog post. The first organization covered was SPAN. In this post I will be providing an overview of the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network or SPAWN.

The organization states its mission on the homepage of its website, www.spawn.org/, and I have posted it below:

The Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) provides information, resources and opportunities for everyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether you are an author, freelance writer, artist or you own a publishing company.

SPAWN also encourages the exchange of ideas, information, and other mutual benefits. On this Web site you will find information on writing, marketing, and publishing. It also offers links to research sources, publishers, printers, and the media.

Membership dues are $65 per year.

SPAWN has a free e-newsletter that interested parties can sign up for by clicking on this link.

The organization is open to creative people who are writers and artists but from the bulk of the information on the site it appears the organization is heavily tilted toward writers but does have a lot of material and opportunities that benefit artists as well.

The focus of the organization is towards how to make a living as a creative individual with information on marketing and diversifying creative efforts in ways that allow the writer or artist to generate income. The organization is an intriguing one that authors should take the time to examine thoroughly.