Friday, November 30, 2012

Young Adult Market News

The following post is from SLHW President Ruben Soto:

For those of you that have stories for the YA market you'd better finish them and publish them. It is the HOT genre right now due to the popularity of "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight".

Harper Collins will start selling their own YA ebooks from .99 cents to $2.99. We need more YA stories with Hispanic/Latino main characters. I'm going to attempt to write my own short stories for this market.

Read the complete article in the NY Times.

HarperCollins Imprint Aims at Lucrative Young Adult Market 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Amazon Best Sellers

The following post is from SLHW President Ruben Soto:

I hope to make this list one day and I hope many of you will as well. Let's get motivated to finish those books!

Amazon Best Sellers: best Hispanic American Literature & Fiction

Discover the best Hispanic American Literature & Fiction in Best Sellers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SLHW Christmas Tertulia Contest

The following message is from SLHW President Ruben Soto:


Please remember to write a short story of up to 500 words for our contest on Monday Dec. 10 during our Christmas Tertulia. The story should be about the Holiday season and it can be either fiction or non-fiction.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Journey to the Underworld

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Latino Author dot Com

The following post is from Edna Campos Gravenhorst:

I encourage all our members to sign up with , this is a great FREE tool for us to use to build our writer's platform (editors and publishers google you to see what presence you have in the market). When my name is googled my bio on comes in as the sixth post. As writers/artists we are the best people to market our names and our work, no one else has the same passion we have for our work. Alelante escritoros!

Monday, November 19, 2012

New e-Book

The following notice is from SLHW President, Ruben Soto:

Okay, here is the link to my latest book "I WENT TO HEAVEN AND I SAW GOD". It is written with my pen name Ben Brocard. It will be FREE for the next 5 days and you can download it NOW and please after you read it I would appreciate it if you can rank it (1-5 stars) and also leave a review on Amazon. This will help increase the sales after the 5-day free promotion. I appreciate your support and please share this link with everyone you know since the book will then be on sale not only in the US, but also Canada, Europe, India, and many other countries around the world. Since I am on this special format Amazon will promote the book in all of these countries for me. God bless you all and I hope you enjoy the story.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Book Review: The Last Viking

I hope you enjoy my book review of "The Last Viking" which appeared in Sunday's San Antonio Express-News.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Miami Herald News Story

Ruben Soto

The Miami Book Fair International is being held this week and I read this very interesting article in the Miami Herald about how there are more self-published authors than ever and how many are making this their main business. Read the entire article it may just motivate you to do the same. I know it has motivated me.

Here is the Link: Self-Publishing Industry

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday's (TODAY) Meeting

The following post is from Ruben Soto, SLHW President:

Dear Members and Friends of the Society of Latino/Hispanic Writers,

Just a reminder that tonight we have our Writers Networking Night at the La Madeleine on Park North Shopping Center at 7:30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Don R. Varney, who is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and soon-to-be author. Attached is his photo.

We hope to see you there so you can share with us what you have been working and what you hope to accomplish next year.

We will also share with you some exciting information and especially of an event scheduled tentatively for April 2013.


Ruben Soto
President and Founder

Thursday, November 08, 2012



A Celebration of Women

a special multi-media poetry reading to honor

the premiere of a unique art and poetry book

with poems by San Antonio Poet Laureate

Carmen Tafolla

and full color art by

Catalina Gárate

original choreography by Annette Flores &

Soul Fusion Dance Company

 "Twelve Ways to Wear a Rebozo"

style demonstration by

noted mujeres in our community

Saturday, Nov. 10th @ Esperanza

922 San Pedro (entrance on Evergreen)

6:30pm Music and Mixing

7pm Program

8:30pm Book signing and Reception

Free and Open to the Public

(donations appreciated)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Xican@ Press Releases New Book




Aztlan Libre Press, an independent Xican@ press based out of San Antonio, Texas, announces the publication of its fourth book: Nahualliandoing Dos/An Anthology of Poetry in Nahuatl, Español and English.

his 52-page publication includes 28 poems by 19 poets from around the U.S., amongst them such veteran writers as Francisco Alarcón, Carlos Cumpián, Reyes Cárdenas, and Esmeralda Bernal. Other poets include María Cifuentes, Israel Haros López, Miguel Ángeles, Adriana Alexander, Karen An-hwei Lee, Xanath Cáraza, Hector Chavana, Xico González, Scott Hernández, Luisa Leija, Marisol Picazo, Diana Noreen Rivera, Ken “Bluetown” Treviño, Adrianna Herrera and Michelle Zamora.

Many of these writers are educators, scholars and professors; all are writers experimenting with languages, and broadening community. Right now with all of the “brown hysteria” going on in Arizona, the anti-immigrant sentiment, the doing away of the Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson, and the banning of Chican@ and other authors, it is more incumbent upon us as Xican@s to return to our American Indian culture and traditions, and as the Mayan concept of panche be explains: “buscar de raiz la verdad” (to search for truth at its root). We should go back to our roots to recover, or uncover, lost things, one of the most important being the native languages that were decimated and transformed by two

“conquests”: the Spanish and the United States.

This publication continues the work of recovering the original language of the Mexica/Aztec people, Nahuatl, yet placing it in a contemporary Chicano spiritual, cultural, and literary context.

All of the poems selected for this publication include all three languages: Nahuatl, Epañol and English. A glossary of Nahuatl words is also included. Printed on archival and acid free paper.

To purchase Nahualliandoing Dos/An Anthology of Poetry in Nahuatl, Español and English, or other Aztlan Libre Press publications, visit For a review copy, contact Publishers/Editors Anisa Onofre or Juan Tejeda at the telephone number or e-mail address below. Aztlan Libre Press books are also available through Small Press Distribution at

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

OLLU Plans to Cut Mexican American Studies

Varney to speak to SLHW membership

The following post is from Ruben Soto, president of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio:

Don R. Varney, a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and soon-to-be author will be our guest speaker on Monday, November 12 for the Writers Networking Night event. It will be at La Madeleine located at Park North Center starting at 7:30pm. Hope to see you all there!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Soto publishes Christmas Love Story E-book

The following post is from Ruben Soto, President of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio:

My new E-book “Love is What I Need – A Christmas Love Story” is available for FREE until Thursday on Amazon! Please download it from the link below since it will help increase my Amazon ranking. I registered for the exclusive Kindle Select

program and the 5-day free promotion is part of the package. Your support is greatly appreciated and please leave your reviews and comments on the Amazon site, too (whether you liked the story or not). Thanks to my fellow writer Lupe Gonzalez for helping me with this story that I started writing 6 years ago right before I moved to Miami. I revised it for the Christian Romance market and am using my pen name Ben Brocard. Thank you!