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Key Success Factors for Writers Today and into the Future – Slides

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Steve Wilson, CEO of FastPencil, an end-to-end writing and publishing platform, presented his observations about challenges and opportunities for independent writers today. He generously agreed to share his slides. Also, he announced a new collaboration between FastPencil and the bookstore chain Books-A-Million to support independent publishers. A link to the program as well as some information about it are also available below.

To read the Press Release, click here.

Click below to view the slides from Steve’s presentation:
Key Success Factors for Writers Today and into the Future with Steve Wilson

Visit the bookstore chain, Books-A-Million’s website here.

‘Writer’s Road to Publishing Success’ Weekend with BBL Publishing on Nov. 19-20

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

GET ANSWERS AND A PLAN IN 2 DAYS! Today’s publishing world is full of exciting opportunities for writers – and a lot of decisions. If you’ve ever questioned your next steps to finishing that manuscript, getting published, finding your audience, or finding a team to help you, you’re not alone. Stop now, and make a decision to attend this hands-on workshop from two veterans of the writing and publishing world that will give you your personal roadmap to success.

This one or two-day workshop is for writers of all levels. Detailed agenda and tickets available here: Only 10 seats still available!  (PWSD, PWOC, SPAWN, IBPA members receive a $10 discount)

The Screening Room
210 1/2 Windward Way
Oceanside, CA 92054


Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST
Sun, Nov 20, 2016, 9:00 AM –  2:00 PM PST


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How to Make More Money from Your Writing – Slides

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

We had a wonderful presentation on Saturday, July 30th by Speaker and Author, Carla King. You can view her slides from the presentation, below.

Get Carla’s Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors, 3rd Edition eBook. To get 40% off, use code VP92G, by clicking here.

How to Make More Money with Your Writing and Related Works by Carla King on Scribd


Gemini Adams Wants to Help Get Your Book Noticed!

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Gemini Adams gave a sensational presentation at PWSD’s last meeting, and we want to extend a warm and happy thank you for her time and all of the wonderful information she passed along to our attendees!

For those of you who weren’t able to make it, or perhaps are hoping to get just a smidge more information, Gemini has given us a copy of the handout from her presentation to share right here on our website! Three cheers for that!

Get Your Book Noticed!

Keep on writing folks.

Many Thanks to Robin Cutler for Sharing her Spark with PWSD

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Robin Cutler, the brains and brawn behind independent publishing and distributing powerhouse IngramSpark, gave an enlightening presentation this past weekend. From explaining how Ingram was able to merge their traditional publishing distribution with the ever expanding worlds of independent publishing and print on demand titles, to best practices with ISBNs & distributing through multiple retailers, Robin showed up to share her knowledge and experience with PWSD members, and we are all grateful!

Best of all, she was kind enough to make sure that no one would miss out on what she was able to share the members in attendance. If you weren’t able to attend, or just can’t quite remember what that last slide said, have no fear! Robin sent over her presentation slides, and you can download them right here, right now. Just click here: The Business of Independent Publishing: IngramSpark 101.

Make sure you check out the calendar for our upcoming events (Can you say Publicity with Marika Flatt?!), and sign up for the PWSD Newsletter so you’re always in the loop!

Keith Ogorek Brought is A-Game to PWSD!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Our February presentation was chock full of amazing tips and information from the Senior V.P. of Marketing of Author Solutions, Keith Ogorek! If you missed our latest meeting, but still want to know more about The 4 Paths to Publishing, you’re in luck! Keith was kind enough to leave us with his presentations slides. Be sure not to miss our March meeting! Head on over and RSVP now!

PWSD Welcomes Mark Coker from SmashWords

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Smashwords founder and CEO Mark CokerNearly a full-house enjoyed a stellar presentation from Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker. He has very generously shared his slides from the presentation with a wealth of great tips, resources, and secrets to selling more ebooks and making more money.

Dan Poynter visited PWSD on October 25th

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Dan returned to our meetings to give some signature “Poynters” on publishing. Dan has become one of, if not the, leading authority on publishing. PWSD is honored that he took the time come visit, and share his knowledge with our small family of writers and publishers her in San Diego. If you missed the lecture, or want to revisit the slides, you can find them here!