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22 awards celebrated at 2015 annual dinner

NCPA announced winners of its annual book contest April 26 at a dinner held at the Roseville Old Spaghetti Factory. For books published in the calendar year 2014, winners were:

FICTION Category:

Third Place, Pianist In A Bordello, by Mike Erickson
Second Place, Justice & Closure, by Daniel Pastre
First Place, The Money Run, by Richard Steele

POETRY Category:

Honorable Mention, I Am Somebody, by Frances Kakugawa
First Place, Rumination, by Matthias Mendezona


Third Place, Faces of Rescue, by Sharon Darrow
Second Place, From Hindsight to Insight, by Sharon Darrow
First Place, In Borrowed Houses, by Frances Fuller


Honorable Mention, Candy & More Sweet Stuff, by Norma Jean Thornton
Honorable Mention, Front Office Mastery, by Karl Palachuk
Honorable Mention, Employees and Internal Processes, by Karl Palachuk
Honorable Mention, Running the Service Department, by Karl Palachuk
Honorable Mention, Support and Service Delivery, by Karl Palachuk

CHILDREN'S Category:

Honorable Mention, Homer Finds A Home, by Ronald Javor


This category is an award for the Publisher, rather than the author. If self-published, the author can submit:

Honorable Mention, Confetti, by Pat Morin
Honorable Mention, Front Office Mastery, by Great Little Book Publishing
Honorable Mention, Employees and Internal Processes, by Great Little Book Publishing
Honorable Mention, Running the Service Department, by Great Little Book Publishing
Honorable Mention, Support and Service Delivery, by Great Little Book Publishing
Third Place, The Red Chair, by Pretty Road Press
Second Place, Rumination, by Pretty Road Press
First Place, In Borrowed Houses, by Frances Fuller

A huge thank you to our NCPA awards dinner sponsors

You helped make the evening a huge success, ending up in the black!

Cheryl Anne Stapp, Author/Historian: “The Stagecoach in Northern California,”  “Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past” & “Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women” –

Frances Fuller, Author: “In Borrowed Houses,” a true story of love and faith amid war in Lebanon –

California Writers Club (CWC Sacramento Branch) – Enjoy luncheon, writers network and open mic events!  –
Margie Yee Webb, Author: “Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings” and “Not Your Mother’s Book … on Cats!”  –

Teresa LeYung-Ryan: Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan teaches authors and publishers how to attract fans before and after publication

Wilson Trophy Company: Awards, trophies, plaques and much more – (916) 927-9733 – – 1724 Frienza Ave., Sacramento CA 95815

Travel ID Cards: Your source for travel IDs. –  (916) 803-1665, PO Box 214673, Sacramento, CA

Gold Seal Publisher: Hector Barrera – Print & Bind Your Own Books – (209) 247-9346 –  2912 - 5th Street, Ceres, CA 95307


2015 Scholarship Program Winner

Congratulations to Tia Jenkins! Tia is the winner of the $1000 NCPA Scholarship award this year. Tia is invited to the April 26 Awards Banquet with one guest (dinner paid by NCPA) to receive her scholarship award. As Tammy Andrews, Scholarship Chair, said in her notification to Tia: "your excellent skill and dedication to writing is what got you here. It's a privilege to help you follow your dreams."


2015 Election Results!

No surprise since there were no contested positions. Here is your 2015 Board:

President - Sharon Darrow
Vice-President - Amy Rogers
Secretary - Tom Kando
Treasurer - Laurie Hoirup
Communication Director - vacant

Congratulations to all; looking forward to a wonderful year.


May Meeting
May 9, 2015

Annual Business Meeting

Meet Your New Board

This will be a networking meeting. The new NCPA Board will be introduced, there will be a brief annual business meeting, a wrap-up discussion of the Book Awards Banquet, and Amy Rogers will provide an overview of the IBPA Conference.


June Meeting
June 13, 2015

Meet Connie Goldsmith, Author of 17 Books

Very special guest speaker for NCPA 13 June 2015 meeting

Connie GOLDSMITH, reviews children’s books, is an award-winning author of more than 17 non-fiction books and counting, and has published more than 200 magazine articles. She is a columnist for California Kids, plus she’s an RN with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of public administration in health care.  She has three non-fiction books coming out in the fall of 2015, and two more for 2016.  Lerner is her publisher.  (And after this meeting, she’ll be a member of NCPA, and eligible to enter her books coming out in 2015, in our Book Awards Banquet in April 2016!)

Goldsmith will present on:

Nonfiction: Writing it Right

The advice to write “what you know” has floated around for years. What that really says is to know what you write—and that means research, lots of it. “To me, writing nonfiction is like being a permanent grad student without having to take any of the tests,” says Goldsmith. She will speak about several topics in nonfiction writing at the June NCPA meeting. These include:

  1. Planning Your Proposal: Get paid before you write by scoring a contract through a well-developed book proposal.
  2. An Inbox Full of Ideas: Make part of your research come to you.
  3. Recycle Your Research: Write a magazine article based on the research you did for your book or vice versa. Write on the same topic for non-competing audiences.


Full biography
Connie Goldsmith has written 17 nonfiction books (including three coming out fall 2015 and two for 2016) for middle-school and upper-grade readers, mostly on health and science topics. She has also published more than two hundred magazine articles for adults and children. (Lerner has published all but one of her books.)

Of her two newest books, Bombs Over Bikini was named a Junior Library Guild Selection ad a best children’s book in its category by the Bank Street College. It received an outstanding designation from the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California.

Traumatic Brain Injury received a starred review from Library Media Connection. Other books have been named California Readers science selections, outstanding science trade book by the National Science Teachers Association, and Society of School Librarians International Best Science Book, among others.

She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and of the Authors Guild.

Goldsmith is also a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and master of public administration in health care. Additionally, she writes for nurses and a child health column for California Kids, a regional parenting magazine in Sacramento, where she lives.

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Meetings are held in the "Sun Terrace" room on the third floor, NOT the first floor room we have been using for the past several years.

To get to the third floor room, take the elevator that is to the left of the front desk. The Sun Terrace room is across the hallway from the elevator. Look for signs or someone to greet you and point you in the right direction.

Here are some photos (provided by our Communications Director, Ken Umbach) to help orient you (click to enlarge).

Elevator to Sun Terrace
Elevator to Sun Terrace
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Sun Terrace - view 2

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