Saturday, November 11, 2017

Support the Cleve and Steve Show

Cleave Sylcox and Steve Thomas have been and are fantastic supporters of local St. Louis area Authors and have a YouTube show that they produce with their own unique style, while also promoting local Authors.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Meet this years Book Publishing Professionals at the SLPA Service Provider Showcase
 Wed Aug 9 at Richmond Heights Community Center
Meet the Local Publishers

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Meet The Editors at St. Louis Publishers Association

Meet this years Book Publishing Professionals at the SLPA Service Provider Showcase
Wed Aug 9 at Richmond Heights Community Center

Meet all the Professional Author Consultants, Editors, Book Coaches, Illustrators, Publishers, Printers, Designers, and Online Marketers.
Pre-Event Post #1: Meet the Editors

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Free Ebook Download Memorial Day Weekend Download a Free ebook copy of my book 
“Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden” 

This weekend is NOT about BBQs or the beginning of the summer Movie Lineup – it’s about remembering our Fallen and Never Forgetting them – 

“You Are Not Forgotten”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dr. Judith Briles coming to St. Louis

 Saturday, July 22, 2017

With Dr. Judith Briles
"The Book Shepherd"

(Register before June 1st for EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT) 
Contrary to what many authors believe, writing the book is only 10% of publishing... marketing is the 90% that will make or break book success.
Gone are the days of national book signing tours where an author travels from city to city to meet fans and be featured on TV, radio, and in print. Most authors are homebound with their favorite cup of coffee or tea and constant laptop companion. To the surprise of those who are traditionally published and the bewilderment of those who are self-published and indie, it’s up to the author to be in charge of all marketing and publicity.

That means you. You need to think of your book as a product that you are bringing to the market. The knowledge, tools, tips, and techniques delivered in this workshop will impact every decision you make along the way.

Your takeaways will include:
  • Creating a plan that’s a fit for your book and your buyer.
  • Identifying which social media platforms to use and which to dump.
  • Why and how to use the cyber town hall to position a book launch.
  • How to “ride the draft” of your competitors.
  • How to get your name out there and get recognized while keeping your sanity.
  • Discovering freebies that will tickle your book marketing fancy.
  • How to create branding that waves a flag to your buyers.
  • How being quirky can get followers to open your tweets, postings and blogs.
  • How your author profile can kill your book sales and how to fix it pronto.
  • Why authors should create a no-brainer newspaper.
  • Why QVC and The Shark Tank are important to all authors.
  • Why taking a contrarian position can soar media presence and book sales.
  • How to develop a social media network, making the most of community events.
  • How to resurrect a tired older book (and sometimes author).
Book marketing means creating chatter and buzz about the author and book. Is it work? Is it scary? Is it confusing? Yes to all. Yet it can be fun. It does take commitment and hot spit, but it turns you into a marketing machine... one step at a time. Judith Briles will charge up your light saber so you can cut through the confusing maze of book marketing and stay on target.

“Remember, your focus becomes your reality.”
– Qui-Gon Jinn

Judith Briles, aka The Book Shepherd, has shepherded more than 1,000 authors and created 500 bestsellers and award-winning books. She’s knowledgeable and entertaining and has personally authored 35 books that have been translated into 16 languages, sold a combined 1,000,000 copies, and generated in excess of $5,000,000 in revenues from combined book sales and speaking fees. As an advocate for authors, Judith knows publishing inside and out, using traditional, independent, and self-publishing possibilities. She hosts the podcast AuthorU - Your Guide to Book Publishing (which generates over 100,000 downloads each month) and is the Founder of Visit her website at

Sign up before JUNE 1st for a chance to win a FREE one-hour consultation session with Judith!

Saturday, July 22, 9am to noon
Westborough Country Club
631 S. Berry Rd, St. Louis (Oakland), MO 63122
Register before JUNE 1:
$20 for SLPA members
$30 for SLWG members
$40 for non-members
June 1 through July 16
$30 for SLPA members
$40 for SLWG members
$50 for non-members

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.
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.