Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Printing and Publishing Options for Authors

St. Louis Area This Wednedsay
Printing and Publishing Options for Authors

Imagine that you’ve finished writing your book. You have also completed the important tasks of hiring a competent editor and graphic designer. Now it’s time for you to take the next step in the publishing process and get it into a form (either physical or electronic) that readers can consume.

You’ve probably heard of such terms as traditional, independent, and self-publishing. You may also have come across words such as offset, digital, and print on demand. But what do these terms means, how are they different, and which one is right for you?

What are your best options for getting your book printed so that you can hold the very first copy in your hands? And let’s not forget making your creation available as an ebook. Also, how much will all of this cost you?

At our next meeting, Warren Martin, Linda Austin, and guest speaker Leland C. Shanle Jr. will answer these questions and more in our presentation, “Printing and Publishing Options for Indie Authors.” Our panel will also share some of their personal experiences with the publishing process as they cover the following topics:

  • Traditional Publishing
  • Self-Publishing
  • Independent
  • Buyer Beware
  • Printers
  • Ebooks
  • Distribution
  • Some Things to Know and Remember
 

Warren Martin independently published his first novel, Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden, in 2012. He served twenty-one years in the U.S. Army and, after retirement, transitioned into corporate business operations and, later, his own business. Warren divides his time among writing, research, teaching business courses, and pursuing a PhD. in business and leadership. In addition to serving on the SLPA Board as vice-president and secretary, he is a member of St. Louis Writers Guild and the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). Visit: Blog , Website, Book Trailer, Amazon Page, YouTube Channel, St. Louis Green Berets.

Linda Austin is the author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a memoir of her mother, who grew up in Japan around the time of WWII. She also writes poetry and published Poems That Come to Mind: for those who love someone with dementia. Linda encourages life writing on her website, www.moonbridgebooks.com and consults on indie publishing and social media. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Leland C Shanle Jr. Lieutenant Commander, USN (Ret), is a pilot, an award-winning author, and a military/aviation technical adviser for the movie industry. His consulting projects include Pearl Harbor, Behind Enemy Lines, The Day After Tomorrow, and Stealth. Shanle is the author of three books: Project Seven Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, a novel of war, and ENDGAME in the Pacific. His fourth is slated for release in 2014. He has also written for Aerospace Testing International Magazine and is a contributing editor to Airways Magazine. Shanle has adapted his book, Project 7 Alpha, as a screenplay for a major motion-picture studio.

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(the second Wednesday of every month)
Brentwood Community Center
2505 Brentwood Blvd - Room 101
St. Louis, MO 63144

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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.


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Authors Supporting Our Troops 2014



154 authors sending 1260 books... so far

  Recently I was introduced to Armand Rosamilia via a mutual friend on Facebook. Armand came up an idea to offer some sort of support and also a way to show some appreciation for our US Troops overseas by creating a Facebook Event to collect autographed books from authors that will be sent to Afghanistan and other places where US Troops are stationed.  Aside from being a worthy cause, being a retired Army guy myself I have a personal interest in anything that can be done to support our people and so I jumped on board and donated some books.  At the time of posting this, 154 Authors have donated 1260 books, with more on the way.

  If you are an Author it’s not too late to participate, click Here to get to the Facebook Event Page and contact Armand.   We also purchased event T-shirts to assist with shipping costs and so if you like to get a T-shirt you can go this link and get one.   


  
Thank you for reading and for your support, and please remember  that there are numerous ways to support our Troops.  Most of you may not be Authors but there are other ways to provide support. While there a lot I could mention, I'll share the Green Beret Foundation with you and will admit to being a bit bias since I'm on the Advisory Board.  The Green Beret Foundation provides resources to facilitate the special needs of our wounded, ill and injured and imparts unique support to the Special Forces community in order to strengthen readiness and uphold Green Beret traditions and values.  You can go to the link and read move about what this organization does and how to make a donation.  

Like I said, there are many ways to support, be it though a Facebook event like Authors Support Our Troops, the Green Beret Foundation, or one of the many other organizations that provide support to our Troops - it's up to you who and how you support.  


 In closing I'll leave you with a version of the Star Spangled Banner that I like and find to be very inspirational performed by Madison Rising

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Free Burma Rangers



Photo Essay of Relief Mission in Western Karen State - See more at: http://www.freeburmarangers.org/2014/02/20/photo-essay-of-relief-mission-in-western-karen-state/#sthash.bekroAtB.dpuf
Photo Essay of Relief Mission in Western Karen State (Eastern Burma)


Although this is not a book or publishing related blog post, it is a human interest post worth attention and writing about.  The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is an organization I have a personal interest in not just because of the oppression and human rights issues in Burma, but also because the organization was created by David Eubank who is a long time friend as well as a fellow Green Beret and former Team Commander of mine. 

With everything that takes up our time and interest in the world, most people are unaware of what is happening outside their own circles, and places like Burma is one of those places.  Since 1997, FBR has trained over 110 multi-ethnic relief teams and there are 48 full time teams active in the Karen, Karenni, Shan, Pa'O, Arakan, Kachin, Chin and Lahu areas of Burma. The teams have conducted over 350 humanitarian missions of 1-2 months into the war zones of Burma. On average between 1,000-2,000 patients are treated per mission with 2,000 more people helped in some way. The teams have treated over 360,000 patients and helped over 750,000 people.

The following is part of a photo essay of a relief mission and you can see and read about the rest of it at the FBR link.  When you get to the site check the About tab and other parts of the site that provide some extensive background about the organization, its mission, and efforts being taken to assist the peoples of the region. 
Sign up for their Newsletter and Like and Follow thier Facebook page and check out their YouTube Channel  
  Excerpt from Photo Essay:
Six of the newly trained relief teams were led by the Kler Lwe Htu FBR leader, Koala Bear, to Ler Doh Township for a relief mission in December 2013.  The people visited on this mission were
Team en route during mission
forcibly relocated in 2006 and have just now begun to move back to their original villages. 15 percent of the people are farmers, 30 percent survive by gardening (betelnut, durians) and the rest are day laborers. Since the ceasefire, the people have more right to work and travel, but are facing food and health problems still.



In Kywe Ja, three villages have two schools with 12 teachers and 181 students. In Sa Le, three villages came but there was only one school, with 10 teachers and 143 students. Both places had
nursery schools.  All the school teachers are from the Burmese Government and get a salary from them; the school head master/mistress salary is 105,000 kyat per month (about US $100). The schools are going well but there are some children who cannot go to school.



Follow the link for the rest and learn more about the efforts to help the people in Burma. 
 Facebook page and  YouTube Channel 


Since 1997, FBR has trained over 110 multi-ethnic relief teams and there are 48 full time teams active in the Karen, Karenni, Shan, Pa'O, Arakan, Kachin, Chin and Lahu areas of Burma. The teams have conducted over 350 humanitarian missions of 1-2 months into the war zones of Burma. On average between 1,000-2,000 patients are treated per mission with 2,000 more people helped in some way. The teams have treated over 360,000 patients and helped over 750,000 people. - See more at: http://www.freeburmarangers.org/about/#sthash.dxi7Cnuu.dpuf
Photo Essay of Relief Mission in Western Karen State - See more at: http://www.freeburmarangers.org/2014/02/20/photo-essay-of-relief-mission-in-western-karen-state/#sthash.bekroAtB.dpuf


Photo Essay of Relief Mission in Western Karen State - See more at: http://www.freeburmarangers.org/2014/02/20/photo-essay-of-relief-mission-in-western-karen-state/#sthash.bekroAtB.dpuf
Photo Essay of Relief Mission in Western Karen State - See more at: http://www.freeburmarangers.org/2014/02/20/photo-essay-of-relief-mission-in-western-karen-state/#sthash.bekroAtB.dpuf