Sunday, January 8, 2017

How to Build & Maintain Your Author Platform

Wednesday January 11, 2017

In the digital age, with the number of books being published at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever to efficiently and effectively reach your readers. Even if an author pairs with a larger publishing company, every additional bit of marketing can help. The first step to marketing is building an author platform: a following based on who you are and what you do. It is much deeper than a marketing campaign for a single book.

An author platform can vary wildly between authors, based on their personalities, books, and target audiences. At the monthly SLPA meeting on Wednesday, January 11, we’ll explore what should be included in all author platforms, as well as different options that may work well for you, such as: growing an email list, choosing and managing social media profiles, creating a website, blog, vlog, or podcast, scheduling and attending events, and more.

A smart author platform draws on other important pieces of the writing puzzle — such as your business plan, target audience, and market research — and should be in progress before you start querying authors and agents. It could mean the difference between receiving a publishing contract or a rejection.

Jennifer Geist is the publisher at Pen & Publish, Inc., and its imprints: Brick Mantel Books, Open Books Press, and Transformation Media Books. With experience in editing, book compositing, photography, graphic and web design, marketing, writing, and more, she manages every book from acquisitions to publication and beyond. Geist received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing with a focus in small press publishing through Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked with numerous small presses, and her stories and photos are published in a variety of literary magazines.
Our regular Monthly Meeting location
(the second Wednesday of every month)

THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center
Argus Room
8001 Dale Ave.
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Here's a link to Google Maps for location and directions.
Doors open at 6:30 PM for networking. Business meeting begins at 7:00 PM and continues till 8:30 PM or so with networking continuing afterward till about 9.
Monthly Meeting Admission 

  • Members – FREE
  • Non-member Guests – $10 per person, cash or check at the door
(Guest fee will be applied to Membership if you decide to join at that meeting)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Book Trailer for Forgotten Soldiers - Jeff Senour Music

Check out the updated version of the Book Trailer for “ForgottenSoldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden.

The wonderful and appropriate music theme for the trailer was generously provided by Jeff Senour/CTS. Their great music and Freedom Rock Experience program is worth checking out.   

The CTS Freedom Rock Experience combines’ professional and aspiring student musicians for an unforgettable school fundraising concert performance.

Jeff Senour / CTS are also participants and supporters of the SNOWBALL EXPRESS: An annual event Serving the Children of our fallen military heroes.

"Snowball Express" - CTS - Consider The Source, written by Jeff Senour from Jeff Senour on Vimeo.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Free Kindle Download for Christmas

Free Kindle Download for Christmas - 24th & 25th. Thank you to all who've already got it, and if you have not downloaded it yet here it is - share with your friends as a gift to them and please share with anyone you think would enjoy this book - thank you and Merry Christmas
Available on Amazon for Download
 Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden

 Cold War Mystery about Air Force Captain Jacob Walden shot down over Vietnam in 1970 and the untold story of why he never returned home. Forty years later Journalist Ted Pratt investigates what may be the sudden reappearance of Jacob Walden and follows the trail to find Jacob. Ted encounters Charlie Smith, a secretive and seasoned Operative who may have answers to the question about “What Happened to Jacob Walden,” and why Jake never returned home.