August 25th, 2012

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

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? 

August 21st, 2012

Book Launch Party: How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure

Heartfelt_Letters_To_TreasureYou and your guests are enthusiastically invited to join us on Monday evening, August 27, anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., to help celebrate the official launch of my exciting new book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure, a comprehensive reference book that will help you and those near and dear to you who would like to write heartfelt letters that will be treasured always.

The event will be held in Yoga Studio A at one of my favorite places, Soul at Home: A Marketplace for Living, 17612 East 17th Street, Tustin, California 92780  (Phone 714-573-7685). To get there, exit the 55 Freeway at 17th Street (the first exit north of the Interstate 5 interchange) and travel east, towards Tustin, for just a couple of blocks; the store will be on your right in a small shopping center. (If you reach Prospect, you've gone too far.) Light, healthy snacks and sparkling cider will be served. Read the rest of this entry »

August 6th, 2012

PWSD Website Updates and SEO Tips for Authors

Welcome PWSD members.  Thanks to all of you who attended the July 28th meeting.  Please download Jeniffer Thompson's Presentation Handout and Presentation Slides by clicking the preceding links.

In the meeting, Jeniffer Thompson discussed the new PWSD website and the opportunity for PWSD Members to create a robust member profile page.  If you would like to update your existing profile page, please send the following details: Read the rest of this entry »

July 28th, 2012

Indie Publishing With Amazon

Thom Kephart - PWSD speaker from AmazonThom Kephart

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.

July 10th, 2012

Get your Professional Headshot Taken

FYI: Reserved spaces are filled, however, there might still be an opportunity at the event in the event that someone cancels or does not show up.

Every professional needs a good—make that great—headshot. Often times, people are afraid to have their picture taken, or they are worried that they can't afford it. This typically results in no headshot, or worse, a headshot that is poorly lighted and unprofessional.  When you get the call to appear as a guest blogger, or to speak at a conference, you'll be glad you took the time to get your headshot taken.

Publishers & Writers of San Diego has arranged for a professional photographer to come in and offer affordable headshots to its members at the next PWSD meeting.  You won't want to miss this fantastic opportunity!

WHO:  Chad Thompson, of Chad Thompson Photography, will bring lighting and gear to capture individual headshots.  Each sitting will last approximately 15 - 25 minutes.

WHEN:  Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 9:30 to Noon.

COST: $35 (cash, check, or credit cards accepted on site).


Wear something flattering, solid colors are best for photographs—busy prints and stripes can be very distracting on film.

Ladies: bring extra make-up to touch-up right before your shoot.

View Chad Thompson's Work



July 9th, 2012

Sell More Books Online

Author and Speaker Jeniffer ThompsonJoin us at the Carlsbad Dove Library (directions) on Saturday, July 28th as Jeniffer Thompson, of Monkey C Media, reveals all the bells and whistles of the new and improved PWSD website:

  • Learn how to optimize your PWSD page
  • What to include and why it will increase your overall exposure
  • Announce your upcoming book events
  • Contribute to the PWSD community blog
  • and more….

Plus, learn how to get your own site ranked in the search engines and drive traffic to your website.

  • Learn why you need a professional website
  • What makes an author site powerful
  • How to optimize your site for more visibility, drive traffic, and sell more books.

This is one meeting you won't want to miss!


Plus, Chad Thompson, of Chad Thompson Photography will be offering professional head shots for just $35. Everyone needs a professional headshot, so don't miss out!  Visit his website to reserve your space today.

June 25th, 2012

Use Your Book to Sell You and You to Sell Your Book

With: Deirdre Maloney, Momentum

When: June 30, 2012
Where: Carlsbad Library

For many of us, writing and speaking go hand-in-hand. Whether we write about it it or talk about it matters less than that we’re expressing meaningful messages about the things we believe in.

The good news is that each of these distinct skills – writing and speaking – directly leads to the success of the other. Published authors find new levels of interest and credibility when pursuing speaking engagements, and effective speaking can dramatically increase the number of books sold.

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May 23rd, 2012

Welcome to the new PWSD website

Welcome to our brand new PWSD website.  Whether this is your first time or your hundreth, we welcome you!

Publishers and Writers of San Diego (aka PWSD) is a nonprofit trade organization focusing on the business of publishing. Our mission is to help independent publishers and authors understand the many facets of the industry and publish as successfully as possible. We emphasize upholding professional standards, regardless of how a work is brought to market, and learning together about this constantly changing business.

We hope you'll take a few minutes to look around our site: check out our fantastic roster of 2012 Speakers, sign up for our FREE newsletter, and join us!  We look forward to meeting you!