Archive for the ‘Monthly PWSD Meetings’ Category

The Science of Character Naming

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Sharón Lynn Wyeth
Author and Speaker
Join us this Saturday, March 30th at the Encinitas Community Center

How do writers know what to name their characters? If you have the correct name, everybody can identify with that character and buy into what he is doing. However, the wrong name separates your audience from your character as readers cannot identify with your character. There are certain names that traditionally mean bad guys like Brutus or Bruce. Similarly there are names that indicate the good guys like Maria and Mary. Misnaming your character spells certain death for your material. How can you make sure that you have the right name?

Sharón Lynn Wyeth (said Shah-rone Lynn Y-ith) has developed Neimology® Science, the revolutionary study of how the placement of letters in a name affects who we are. Her first book “KNOW THE NAME; KNOW THE PERSON, How a Name Can Predict Thoughts, Feelings and Actions” is an Amazon bestseller that earned a Literary Excellence Award. Come here what she has to say about names and how to determine the perfect name for your characters.

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PWSD Scholarship Opportunity

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

IBPA logoIBPA’s scholarship program provides opportunities for affiliate members who are interested in advancing their publishing program to attend IBPA’s annual Publishing University and to become successful independent publishers. IBPA awards one scholarship to each affiliate, each year. Applications are submitted to the regional affiliate, not directly to IBPA. The affiliate then sends all applications received along with their recommendation(s) to the IBPA office. The IBPA Board of Directors, or their representatives, then awards scholarship to the candidates who meet the established criteria.

Read more and learn how to apply by clicking this link

So you want to be an author?!

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

February 23rd, 2013

The Valley Club
2280 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, Ca. 92009

Your Book As a Business – Make YOUR Book the Next BIG thing!

Join Charmaine Hammond, an award winning and bestselling author of On Toby’s Terms (Bettie Youngs Books, Sept. 2010), Toby The Pet Therapy Dog & His Hospital Friends (Bettie Youngs Books, Aug. 2011) and soon to be released GPS Your Best Life and Toby Says Be A Buddy, Not A Bully books (also Bettie Youngs Books) as she shares how to make your book a business, not an expensive hobby! Her new program Your Book As a Business- the ultimate guide, will be a new way of looking at your book, and its future success.

In less than two years Charmaine has written four books, developed a number of products for the corporations she serves as a professional speaker and trainer, and has had one book in development to become a major motion picture.

The secret? She treated her book as a business. In this presentation you will discover how to:

  • Make your book a business
  • Learn how to maximize your use of Amazon
  • Discover the inside scoop on planning a book launch and virtual campaign
  • Develop systems to every aspect of book writing, promotion, media, events, marketing and platform building
  • And, create a community of champions and sponsors to sell your book and sponsor aspects of your book business

Charmaine is author of the bestselling book On Toby’s Terms which is in development to become a motion picture! Charmaine is also author of Bounce Forward, Toby The Pet Therapy Dog, and the co- author of GPS Your Best Lifecharting your destination and getting there in style.

Charmaine has been featured on many TV and radio programs including Alberta Prime Time, CTV, Global News, CTSTV, CBC Radio, CTV, CHAM 820 Radio, and many forms of print media.

Visit Charmaine’s Website

 

Learn the Craft Of Screenwriting

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

January 26th, 2013

at the Carlsbad Dove Library

SCREENWRITING
Come Learn the Craft Of Screenwriting with Marni!
Have you ever dreamed of taking your work to the big screen?

RSVP here

This fun and interactive workshop will include:

  • The Differences between Screenwriting and Novel writing
  • The Basics of Adaptation – How to take your novel and turn it into a screenplay
  • Creating a marketable film story idea
  • Loglines, what are they and how to use them
  • Utilizing the Hero’s Journey to Sell Your Work
  • The 10 Most Popular Genres in Hollywood
  • 6 Simple Steps to Screenplay Structure
  • An introduction to utilizing the Beat Sheet.- a vital tool that will shape your screenwriting forever

Note: If people e-mail me in advance, I can send them the handouts (otherwise can e-mail them after the lecture/workshop)

Marni Freedman is a produced, published and award winning writer. After graduating as an award winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for Fox Searchlight, Disney, and other film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, “Playing Mona Lisa,” and was produced by Disney. She has published articles in several magazines and online sites, worked as a ghost writer for a “how to” book series and is currently in demand as a book editor and script doctor. Currently, around San Diego, you can find Marni teaching writing workshops at San Diego Writers Ink, UCSD Extension and running the popular San Diego Screenwriter’s group, The Writer’s Circle.

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PWSD Holiday Party – 2012

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Thanks to everyone for coming out for the 2012 Publishers of San Diego and Writers Holiday Party this year, it was a smashing success.  We had a packed room, everyone looks fabulous in their festive outfits and we shared a good amount of cheer!  We are very much looking forward to a productive and successful year in 2013. Stay tuned for our updated 2013 schedule, we’ve got some fantastic speakers lined up this year!

Annual Holiday Party!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Please join us December 7th, 2012 at the La Costa Valley club for our annual year-end celebration and social!

Celebrate a fantastic year in publishing, enjoy food and live entertainment, and of course discuss your writing and ideas!

Most importantly, bring a friend (or two). This is a great opportunity to network and meet important people in the publishing industry!

This event is FREE to the public so bring all of your writer or aspiring writer friends to join us for an exciting evening.

Friday, December 7th, 5pm-7pm

Location:

La Costa Valley Club
2280 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, Ca. 92009

Come Learn the Craft Of Screenwriting with Marni!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Have you ever dreamed of taking your work to the big screen?

Join us January 26th and learn the Craft of Screenwriting with Marni!

This fun and interactive workshop will include:

  • The Differences between Screenwriting and Novel writing
  • The Basics of Adaptation – How to take your novel and turn it into a screenplay
  • Creating a marketable film story idea
  • Loglines, what are they and how to use them
  • Utilizing the Hero’s Journey to Sell Your Work
  • The 10 Most Popular Genres in Hollywood
  • 6 Simple Steps to Screenplay Structure
  • An introduction to utilizing the Beat Sheet.- a vital tool that will shape your screenwriting forever

Marni Freedman photoMarni Freedman is a produced, published and award winning writer.

After graduating as an award winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for Fox Searchlight, Disney, and other film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, “Playing Mona Lisa,” and was produced by Disney.

She has published articles in several magazines and online sites, worked as a ghost writer for a “how to” book series and is currently in demand as a book editor and script doctor. Currently, around San Diego, you can find Marni teaching writing workshops at San Diego Writers Ink, UCSD Extension and running the popular San Diego Screenwriter’s group, The Writer’s Circle.

Be sure to RSVP to our next meeting.

Naming Workshop: Branding You, Your Book, and Your Business

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Liz GoodgoldLiz Goodgold
RedFire Marketing and Branding

Your readers really do buy a book by its cover AND by its title.  Most authors just guess at the process and ask a few friends, but Branding Gury Liz Goodgold is ready to spill the beans to ensure your title sizzles and sells.

Learn how to incorporate you brand vocabulary into your titles and how to make your brand soar.  Liz will show you how to create a winning title that creates “flawless recall” and much much more.

As a bonus one lucky attendee will be selected for a “coach and call out” session in which Liz will help you with both your brand and your book title.

Be sure to save a space at our next meeting by getting on our list
RSVP here.

How to Communicate with More Success and Less Stress: The Publishers & Writers Edition

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Sarita Maybin, Speaker at Publishers and Writers of San DiegoSeptember 29, 2012
Carlsbad Dove Library

How to Communicate with More Success and Less Stress: The Publishers & Writers Edition
Sarita Maybin

In this interactive presentation you will learn how to communicate in a way that gets your ideas heard and encourages the cooperation of others. You will also discover how to keep the contagious effect of naysayers’ negativity from rubbing off on you and find out how to set limits with people who make unreasonable demands. Sarita will share her Top 10 Positive Communication Phrases and three ways to say “NO” nicely!

About the Speaker: Sarita Maybin is an international speaker and communication expert whose upbeat and interactive style allows her audiences to have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication situations and work together better. Her client list includes Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles County, Department of Navy and the Las Vegas Convention Center among others. Since 1993, Sarita has spoken in almost all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, Asia, Mexico and Iceland. She has been interviewed on TV and radio shows about her book – If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say? 

Indie Publishing With Amazon

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Thom Kephart - PWSD speaker from AmazonThom Kephart
Amazon

This is a crash course overview on the independent publishing opportunities Amazon offers through CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing and Author Central, among others. Learn how to use these services to distribute your book in print, digitally to Kindle devices and apps, and then connect with your customers.

Be sure to RSVP to this very informative meeting! We’ll see you there.