Sunday, February 5, 2017

Alan Spector - A Writer's Journey


St. Louis Publishers Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lessons Learned: A Writer’s Journey from Baseball Fields to Battlefields  -- presented by Alan Spector

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

In that regard, in 2006, when I was developing the manuscript of my first book, I was at a family gathering and asked a would-be-author cousin how her book was progressing. She excitedly reported she was working closely with her agent and editors at the publisher toward a final draft. In return, she asked me how I was doing on my early draft and what kind of feedback I had received. “Feedback?”
She was incredulous, “You mean you haven’t shared your work with others yet? When are you going to get out of your cave?”
I immediately knew what she meant, and added “get out of my cave” to my list of things I was learning about being an author. Sure, I had interviewed people for my book and done a lot of research away from the confines of my computer, but I was enjoying the actual writing process so much I hadn’t reached out to others to get any critical feedback.
My next steps were to 1) join a local writer critique group, 2) register for a couple of writers’ conferences, and 3) develop a list of willing beta readers — the first of which was my wife, who is now the more-than-willing first-reader on all of my manuscripts and is ecstatic when she gets to wield her red editing pen.
My list of lessons learned continues to grow, and First Lady Roosevelt was right. I’ve been learning from others’ mistakes — because I’m out of my cave. And I’ve been making plenty of my own. Here are but a few of the lessons that I’ll be glad to share with you in more detail at the SLPA meeting on February 8:
  • Don’t quit your day job… unless you already have.
  • Grow thick skin… rejection is inevitable.
  • Everyone will have an idea for your next book… and some of them are good.
  • Self-published? Tolerate Amazon… but market to direct sales.
I also look forward to hearing what you’ve learned from your mistakes and those of others — oh, and from successes as well. If you’re like me, you’ve had both. I hope to see you and learn from each other on February 8.
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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.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ebooks Sold in one Month - 3,000



I recently read a friends Facebook post about selling 3,000 ebooks in one month and achieving a recorded 1,075,000 Kindle Normalized pages read, I had to ask what is the strategy?

KenFarmer kindly shared the strategy used to market and build an audience:

 
Well, primarily, it's like we've said from day 1. You gotta write a series of books.  Assuming, they're worth a (edited 😊), if a reader likes the first, then they'll automatically buy the rest. You have to keep 'em coming. The other thing we did starting last August was to price all of our books at $0.99 and sign them up exclusively with KDP Select.
 "But one thing I never, but never do is ask anyone to 'buy my book'."
https://www.amazon.com/Nations-Ken-Farmer-ebook/dp/B00LGZ3D9S/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8I post something in the way of content daily, whether it's one of my PONDERINGS with a link to one of the books or an excerpt. But one thing I never, but never do is ask anyone to 'buy my book'. That's a real turn off. Give them something that helps them or post a recent 5 Star review and just put the link to the page on Amazon. Don't say 'check this out', 'go here', 'buy my book' or anything of the sort. Just post the link. That action will automatically post the book cover. If it's interesting enough, they will go to the page on Amazon. Plus you have to post something different each day. So many amateurs post the same thing over and over again...people will start skimming over it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


https://www.amazon.com/Flynn-Nations-8-Ken-Farmer/dp/0998470325/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485133597&sr=1-1&keywords=flynn+ken+farmerKen Farmer didn't write his first full novel until he was sixty-nine years of age. He often wonders what the hell took him so long. At age seventy-five…He just released #16, Blue Water Woman, sequel to Lady Law. Ken's newest novel, FLYNN (#8 in the Nations Series) due to be released by January 2017…read more about Ken Farmer





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.
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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)