Bookmark and Share


2015 Awards Competition Now Open

t's that time of year again. It's time to enter that great book you wrote and published this year in the annual Book Awards Competion.

You can enter by going to our store here and selecting the book entry "product," completing the required information, and paying using credit card or your PayPal account. Or you can download the 2015 Entry Form, fill it out, print, sign, and mail with four copies of your book to the address given.

The entry fee is $57/book this year. To enter a book in the Design/Layout category costs an additional $25.

The contest is only open to members in good standing.

Click to read the rules online.

Click to download the rules. pdf icon

Click to download the entry form. pdf icon

Awards Banquet: Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Old Spaghetti Factory ~ UPSTAIRS
731 Sunrise Avenue
Roseville, CA 95661

Cocktails 5pm ~ Dinner 6:30pm

$20 per person DINNER ONLY

We are privileged to have Bitsy Kemper as our Master of Ceremonies.

Banquet entrees come with a crisp salad, hot fresh baked bread and the Old Spaghetti Factory's signature Spumoni ice cream for dessert.  All entrees are served with the finest 100% Durum Semolina Spaghetti, unless otherwise noted.

1st Entrée choice: Manager's Favorite - 2 Sauces in one dish: Mushroom Sauce, from scratch Marinara Sauce, topped with Seasoned, Sautéed Mushrooms AND Rich Meat Sauce, from scratch recipe of ground beef sautéed with onion and celery then simmered with tomatoes and Italian spices.

2nd Entrée choice: The Old Spaghetti Factory's Famous Baked Lasagna: Layers of noodles, Marinara Sauce, ground beef and pork, and four kinds of cheese.

3rd Entrée choice: Fettuccine Alfredo: Fettuccine noodles in a butter cream sauce with shredded Romano cheese.

Milk, coffee, hot tea or iced tea has been included in the price of your dinner. 

If you choose to have lemonade, soft drinks, or any type alcoholic beverage in addition to those included with the meal, those items can be ordered at the table and paid for at the time.

Appetizers and extra desserts (Mud Pie or Chocolate Mousse Cake) may also be ordered at the table, and paid for at the time.

Tickets now on sale in our online store.

2015 Scholarship Program - $1000

Once again we are sponsoring a scholarship for a deserving young person with an interest in writing and/or publishing. This year we are awarding $1000.

Here is a pdf flyer that can be passed out to your local schools. Scholarship Flyer

Here is the Scholarship Application with all the rules and requirements: Scholarship Application

Applications are being accepted until March 15. The winning senior will be notified by April 10 and invited to attend our NCPA Award Dinner on April 26 (see above).

February Meeting
February 14, 2014

Ken and Dahlynn McKowen
Special Couples' Presentation on Travel Writing 101

Through a visual PowerPoint presentation, the McKowens will give an overview on travel writing, something they have done for a combined 60 years.

Topics will include tips on making the most of your travel time, equipment suggestions and how to effectively “show” a travel destination with words using strong visual descriptions ... plus a discussion on writing about destinations in works of literary fiction.

Their newest travel book, Best of the California Coast, was released in November 2014 and their last travel guide on California—Best of California’s Missions, Mansions and Museums—won the Ben Franklin award in New York City for best national travel guide (2009).

Contact the McKowens:  Publishing Syndicate LLC  Check out Dahlynn’s  blog:


Dahlynn McKowen is the CEO and publisher of Publishing Syndicate LLC.   A publishing house based in Northern California, the company is responsible for many books, including the highly successful Not Your Mother’s Book anthology.

Prior to Dahlynn’s publishing foray, she spent 25 years as a freelance travel writer, author, ghostwriter and copyeditor. Since selling her first feature article in 1987, Dahlynn has sold and published over 2,000 works including business features and travel articles.

Ken McKowen, whose writing career has spanned more than three decades, is an award-winning author and speaker.  In addition to their travel writing, Ken & Dahlynn were coauthors for Chicken Soup for the Soul books, creating new titles with series founders Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen from 1999 to 2009.

Ken & Dahlynn coauthored Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers and Sisters.  Dahlynn has been referred to by Chicken Soup for the Soul founders as one of their most trusted coauthors,

In 2001, Ken, with his wife and business partner Dahlynn, launched Publishing Syndicate. The successful business offers writing, editing, and ghostwriting services to publishers and high-profile clients. They also offer a free monthly writing and publishing tips e-newsletter for beginning, novice and seasoned writers and travel writers.
In 2012, the McKowen’s launched the Not Your Mother’s Book (NYMB) anthology. With seven books released thus far, there are another 25 under production, from dieting to sex to military life.

Readers will never find any death/dying, sad, preachy or sappy stories in a NYMB book—the “other” anthology can have those stories. All NYMB books are funny, daring, different and smart.

Download and read their full bios (pdf): Dahlynn McKowen     Ken McKowen

Meetings are held at:

Emeritus at Citrus Gardens
7418 Stock Ranch Road (near Greenback & Sylvan)
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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
Sun Terrace - view 1
Sun Terrace - view 1
Sun Terrace - view 2
Sun Terrace - view 2

Map and directions to Emeritus


NEW- 2015 Anthology

Showcase Your Writing

The 2015 NCPA Anthology Project Seeks
Your Creative Contribution

Deadline Monday, December 13, 2014

Send us your writing. No gimmicks. No contests. No fees.

We want to showcase the writing of our members -- and in so doing, practice the art and the business that leads to publishing excellence.

If you are a member, just write. If you are not a member, join and write.

Your submissions will go through the normal publishing process: acquisition, contract, editing, proofing, publication, and marketing.

The submission guidelines are provided below, or click here to download a PDF version.

Submission Guidelines & Information

  1. Northern California Publishers and Authors (NCPA) will publish an anthology of members’ work; the anticipated public release date of the book will be in April of 2015.

  2. The deadline for the receipt of member submissions is Monday, December 13, 2014.

  3. Our goal is to showcase and bring public exposure to our members’ work, so we will accept a wide range of materials – both fiction and non-fiction content – on any theme or topic.

  4. Almost all genres and forms are acceptable, for example, short stories, essays, non-fiction articles, travelogues, columns, op-ed pieces, self-help, children’s stories, and poetry.

  5. The project is designed to be a learning experience beginning at the writing end, during the editing process, and to the publishing culmination.

  6. We will do our best to ensure that all member submissions are published. However, editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that they consider “not-publishable.”

  7. We reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not meet local community standards for decency. Also we are not accepting manuscripts in the general genre of erotica. While we do not shy away from controversy, we also reserve the right to reject manuscripts that would cause harm or threaten the safety of any particular person or group of people.

  8. Your content must be your own creation, for which you own the rights and for which you agree to extend to NCPA the right to publish in a variety of media.

  9. There is no cost for you to participate or to be published.

  10. However, you must be an NCPA member before your content will be accepted and published.

  11. E-mail submissions to NCPA Past President Ted Witt at: As an alternative, you may also submit a flash drive with your content in person at any NCPA monthly meeting. The subject line of your e-mail should state: “Submission for NCPA Anthology.”

  12. Content must be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft Word format, capable of being edited and manipulated.

  13. Submissions should be of a length succinct and appropriate to your story. We expect that most stories will be between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Poetry usually will be fewer words.

  14. Your manuscript should include a right-side header with your name, your e-mail address, your telephone number, and the number of words contained in your manuscript.

  15. The Chicago Manual of Style will serve as the standard for all issues regarding grammar, punctuation, usage, and style.

  16. By submitting your work, you are agreeing to participate in traditional publishing tasks, including the editing of your work by editors, dialogue with an editor, your approval of final changes, and proofreading PDF galleys of your work.

  17. Before your work is published, you will be presented with a simple two-page contract giving limited publishing rights for Pretty Road Press, who will be the publisher of record on behalf of NCPA.

  18. No remuneration will be offered, and no royalties will be paid. Profits from the printed book, if any, will go to NCPA.

  19.  During the publishing process, authors will be asked to submit biographies, photographs and other materials pertinent to the marketing of the book.

  20. All authors who are published in print will receive two free copies of the anthology. Additional copies can be purchased at a wholesale price.

  21. Members who want to volunteer and learn new skills at the same time are encouraged to contact Ted Witt (TedWitt@PrettyRoadPress) to be involved in the project with editing, layout, design, manufacturing, and marketing.


December Meeting Minutes Available

The minutes from the November 8 meeting are now available to read on our Meeting Minutes webpage or you can download them as a PDF.


Our Affiliates


     APSS Logo        IBPA logo

Community Partner

    UC Davis Extension logo


Upcoming Events

February Meeting:
February 14, 2015

March Meeting:
March 14, 2015


Membership application pdf icon

Members Only

Yahoo Group

Click to download current newsletterJanuary - February 2015 pdf icon