September 2012 • Vol. 23, No. 09 • Download pdf version
Marcia (Marci) Evanick
BY KASEY MICHAELS
NINC lost a longtime member when Marci was so cruelly taken from us after a valiant year-long battle
with what she called her “Unicorn ALS—because my doctors say my form of the disease exists, but nobody’s
ever seen one.”
She knew what she was facing—writers will research anything—but that didn’t stop
her from using one of her hospital DNR bracelets as a bookmark. She spent her last
year easing the way for her family and friends, and made arrangements to donate her
body to Johns Hopkins Hospital to further ALS research.
Marci wrote 42 books during her career, was honored by accolades and awards
from several organizations, and reached the pinnacle, the New York Times Bestseller List.
Her contributions to NINC from 2008 to 2011, both as a conference volunteer and
then two years as NINC Treasurer, changed the organization. It was Marci who first saw
the need to totally revamp NINC’s financial accounting system. It was Marci who
showed us how to institute changes that clarified the distribution of assets and allowed
for the special one-day programs that now preface the conferences, enabled us to draw more industry guests,
and made projects like The NINC Binder possible. She even found ways to feed attendees again! It was her explanation
of proper bookkeeping that allowed us to enlarge the content and scope of Nink. And all while
pinching every penny and staying true to NINC’s mission.
President’s Voice: Cause for Reflection
NINC 2012 Profitable Partnerships:
First Word: Exploring New Profitable Partnership
Make the 2012 NINC-NY Conference Your
2013 Election Ballot
2013 Annual Business Meeting Proxy
There’s Gold in Them Thar Bergen
The Story Plant: Growing Authors
Writing Is Taxing: Ooops!
The Mad Scribbler: The Dunce Cap
Even as her illness worsened, she remained on the Board, and assisted the incoming Treasurer, familiarizing
her with the details of the job. When she could no longer hold the phone and her family had to assist her,
she still refused to simply stop helping and resign, leave the job to others. “I finish what I start,” she told them.
But, sadly, there were things left undone; there
simply wasn’t enough time. In order to at least partially
thank her, NINC members have volunteered to
finish the job Marci began last year, that of converting
and uploading the remainder of her books in eformat, where they will live forever; her legacy to
her fans, her husband, her five children, her six young
grandchildren. For writers never die, not as long as
their words can be read.
During Marci's illness, NINC members—even
those who’d never met her—sent her books, silly
cards, sillier little gifts, letting Continued on page 5
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