Archive for the ‘Monthly PWSD Meetings’ Category

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!

Dan Poynter: Publishing Poynters from the Guru

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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Location: Carlsbad (Dove) Library

Dan Poynter, AuthorWhether you sell out to a publisher or publish yourself, the author must do the promotion.  This has always been true but the book publishing industry is changing.  Today, book promotion is faster, easier, cheaper, and a lot more fun.

Dan will describe the new ways to promote your book and will provide you with the necessary tools.

All specifics, no generalities.

This presentation is full of supporting statistics and scenarios.

The voluminous handout has all the (take home) details.

Doesn’t your book deserve publicity?

Dan Poynter is an author (130+ books), publisher (since 1969), speaker (Certified Speaking Professional). His seminars have been featured on CNN, his books have been pictured in The Wall Street Journal and his story has been told in The New York Times.  The media come to Dan because he is the leading authority on book publishing.  A professional speaker, he travels more than 6,000 miles each week to share his book plan.  Dan is a past vice-president of the Publishers Marketing Association.  He lives in Santa Barbara.

Canaries in the Coalmine: Lessons and Insights for Publishers from Digital Music, Video and Content Marketing

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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September 27, 2014

Location: Carlsbad (Dove) Library

David Wogahn

Thanks to the ease of producing and distributing eBooks, a rich ecosystem is evolving to support indie authors and non-traditional publishers. Music, the first digital media impacted by the evolution of the Internet, sheds light on where we are headed. Musicians (and labels) have learned that it takes multiple revenue streams and adept use of social media and online marketing to attract an audience. Online video isn’t far behind. Have you noticed how many eBook subscription services like to call themselves “the Netflix of books”?

Content marketing—using your information as a form of advertising—can be a construct to guide us in building our platforms and launching a book. How are fiction and non-fiction indie publishers tapping the power of content marketing to sell more books and raise their personal visibility?

eBooks continue to shape our marketing and editorial decisions. Join us on September 27th when David Wogahn returns for our 4th annual update on the state of eBook publishing.

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Nicole Op Den Bosch from Audible.com

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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August 30, 2014

Nicole has been working for Audible since 2009 and is currently a Rights Evangelist for ACX. She talks to authors all day, from the traditionally published to independent authors and introduces them to the Audiobook Creation Exchange. Before joining the ACX team, she acquired existing audio from content providers such as publishers, literary agents and authors for Audible.

Discussion Description
Audiobook publishing is one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry. If you’ve written an ebook or print book, learn how to have it produced as an audiobook. In this session, we’ll discuss how easy it is to use Audible.com’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) to make audiobooks. Topics include selecting audition scripts, casting a winning voice, how to work with audiobook producers, and how to sell your completed audiobook on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

 

Leah Singer: What You Must Do to Establish Your Online Author Presence

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

July 26, 2014

Location: Carlsbad Dove Library

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Leah R. Singer author of What’s Your Story?In today’s world of online marketing and social media, it’s critical that writers not only have a great book to sell, but also an established online presence. But how do you create this online platform?

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to create an online marketing strategy that includes social media (Facebook and Twitter), a simple website and blog, and tips for networking with online writers, bloggers and author platforms that can help you get your name – and book – known to the world.

Leah R. Singer  helps helps writers and entrepreneurs tell their story through online marketing and social media strategy. She specializes in connecting businesses to their ideal customers, as well as assisting unpublished authors build an online presence.

Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Leah was a speechwriter and communications manager for two college presidents at San Diego’s largest public university. She also served as Director of Communications for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Enrollment Services Department, and managed high-profile special events for the SDSU Office of the President. Before her years at SDSU, Leah worked in marketing and public relations at KPBS public broadcasting station.

Leah writes regularly for The Huffington Post; Red Tricycle; Edible San Diego; InterfaithFamily.com; Millionaire Girls Movement; and numerous other national blogs and websites.

Susan McBeth: Tips on Creating Outside the Bookstore Author Events

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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June 28th, 2014
Location: Carlsbad Dove Library

Susan McBeth is the owner of Adventures by the Book, which  she founded in 2011 to bring literature to life through unique, interesting, and adventurous author events and travels.  She is also the founder of the SoCal Author Academy, a series of hands-on intimate workshops that teach authors how to market their books and create non-bookstore events, as well as a contributor to Everyday Book Marketing published by Midge Raymond in fall 2013.

Susan has worked as an events coordinator for over 20 years, four and a half of which were spent specializing in author events at an independent bookstore.  She graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with distinction in management, and a minor in German, followed by a master’s in comparative literature, while earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the Mortar Board Honor Society.  She is a member of the “One Book, One San Diego” committee and the Writing Women of San Diego.  Read more at www.adventuresbythebook.com.

 

Amy Collins: New Shelves Distribution

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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Location: Carlsbad Dove Library

Amy Collins, President of New Shelves Distribution, will talk about the advantages and challenges of working with a distributor to get your book into bookstores. She will outline how to choose the best distributor for your book, and how to put together the best presentation and marketing plan to get your book accepted by one of the top distributors. Amy will also present a realistic picture of a sales call with the top bookbuyers at the national chains, and what you as author/publisher can do to make sure your book gets the best chance to succeed in the bookstore.

Amy started her career in the book industry as the book buyer for Village Green Books in Rochester, New York. In 1996, she became a National Account Rep for Prima Publishing.  In 2001, Amy was named Director of Sales at Adams Media in Boston and quickly rose to the Special Sales Director for parent company, F+W Media.  Over the years, she has sold to Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Borders, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart, and all the major chains as well as helped launch several private label publishing programs for the book chains and companies such as PetSmart and CVS. In February 2006, she started a book marketing company for small presses that quickly became the fastest-growing book distribution company in North America, New Shelves Distribution.

 

Barbra Drizin: A Social Media Primer for Authors and Writers

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Teacher, Trainer, Speaker

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Location: Carlsbad Dove Library

Please join us for an exciting overview session of social media platforms that benefit writers and authors, with live examples of how they are used  (featuring blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, LinkedIn, e-newsletters, and marketing strategies.

Barbra is an educator at heart. Her passion is teaching others by conveying technical knowledge in a way that is easily understood. Barbra founded Start From Scratch Social MediaTM in 2010 as a means of expressing that passion.
Barbra owned and operated a successful independent staffing company in Silicon Valley during the hi-tech revolution. She worked with many start-ups and acquired a fascination with technology and became an eager student. As Barbra expanded her knowledge, her path became clear – teaching others there is a virtual world to discover and explore!

Today Barbra weaves her technical skills, knowledge of social media, experience as an educator and desire to help people into Start From Scratch Social Media.

Offering services, workshops and presentations to a target market of the “resistant, reluctant and intimidated,” Barbra demystifies social media in a fun, informative and interactive way.  Her audiences and clients walk away with the specific knowledge and motivation they need to use the resources and wealth of opportunities available by using social media.

There are three focuses of Start From Scratch Social Media:

  • Group & Organization Presentations and Workshops
  • Individual Client Education and Implementation
  • Social Media Management

Barbra also teaches Ipad, Iphone, apps, and computer.

Her mission is to make you comfortable, competent, and confident in the virtual world! And to discover which which social media platforms are right for you: for personal fulfillment, visibility, engagement and profit!

Brian Jud: Book Marketing Products and Services

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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Location: Carlsbad Dove Library
Brian Jud is an author, publisher, president of Book Marketing Works, LLC and a book-marketing expert helping publishers market their books in non-bookstore markets to increase their unit sales, revenue and profits. Brian is also the Executive Director of SPAN (The Small Publishers Association of North America). He is the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books and Beyond the Bookstore (a Publishers Weekly® book) describing new ways to sell more books to special-sales buyers. Brian is a partner in Premium Book Company, which offers commission-based sales of nonfiction, fiction, children’s titles and remainders to buyers in non-bookstore markets. He is the editor of the Book Marketing Matters™ special-sales newsletter and creator of the Special-Sales Profit Center™, a database to help publishers sell more books to special markets.

In addition, Brian conducts the Masters of Book Marketing seminars and series of Book Marketing Monthly webinars, as well as being a frequent speaker at publishing events and IBPA’s Publishing University. He is also the author of the series of ebooklets and printed booklets with Proven Tips for Publishing Success. He wrote and published seven titles on job-search topics that will be used as examples during his presentation.