GCWA March 2021 Meeting

March Zoom Meeting 

D.L. Havlin

Speaker: D. L. Havlin
Topic: Building a Platform for Both Non-fiction and Fiction Authors

March 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Zoom meeting

What’s a writing platform? It’s not built on the top of telephone poles, but it is a requisite for non-fiction authors and a valuable addition to the fiction writers marketing arsenal. This class deals with the way to build one, a legitimate one, in the field which you wish to write. Is a doctorate necessary? No, but a real, thorough, and defensible knowledge of your subject matter is critical. Ways to construct that “pulpit to preach from” are offered in this class.

DL Havlin is an unretired businessman who has traveled a large portion of the world, having visited over 100 countries.  He managed offices in places like London, Singapore, Frankfort, Acala Spain and many more.  He has visited the jungles on the Sepic River in New Guinea, the Buddhist temples in Bangkok and the Babi Yar Monument in Kiev. In his travels he has discovered that humans have very similar appearances but their cultures make them as distinct as visitors from another planet.

He’s been writing 30+ years. DL writes historical, literary, women’s mainstream, and suspense/mystery novels.  He has ten books published. The latest is Escaping Skeletons, a mystery/suspense series.

www.DLHavlin.com

Past Speakers

GCWA February 2021 Meeting

February Zoom Meeting 

 

author panel

Bob McCarthy, Rick Pullen, Marty Ambrose, Carol Kennedy, Judy Loose

Subject:
A panel of authors will discuss the pitfalls of publishing (the good, the bad, and the ugly).

February 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Zoom meeting

Bob McCarthy: All publishers are not created equal. Some homework tips before you sign a contract.

Rick Pullen: The ups and downs of the writing life. You’re on top one minute and plunge to the depths the next thanks to the vagaries of the book publishing business.

Marty Ambrose: Dodging the Pitfalls of Publishing Today:Finding an agent, Working with an editor, and Marketing a book.

Carol Kennedy: Don’t Forget Who Your Readers Are And Don’t Forget Who Will Actually Be Purchasing Your Book

Judy Loose: Lessons learned while working with an agent. Do your research before signing any contracts.

Handout from Eric Simmons January 2021 Presentation–
Getting Your Book Into Libraries

Past Speakers

GCWA January 2021 Meeting

Handout from Eric Simmons January 2021 Presentation–
Getting Your Book Into Libraries

Eric Simmons

Speaker: Eric Simmons
Subject: How to get your book into libraries

Eric’s third book, “Getting Your Book Into Libraries,” which he will be discussing today, evolved from his well-received article, “How To Get Your Book Into Libraries”  The article is currently the top Google search result, excluding Ads, out of over 2 billion, on the subject of “getting your book into libraries.” In his book,which opened at #1 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” in the Library & Information Science Category,  Eric breaks down his strategy and methodology for contacting Libraries.  “Getting Your Book Into Libraries” is believed to be the first book ever written on how self published Authors can get their books into libraries.

Since Eric began introducing his books to Librarians two and a half years ago, 117 Libraries, including 7 of the Nation’s largest, have ordered 157 copies of his books. Using email as his primary means of communication, 114 Libraries or 97% of his customers purchased after receipt of, on average, 3.7 emails.
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GCWA November Zoom meeting

November 2020

Zoom meeting. Directions to follow.

Speaker: April O’Leary
Topic: What Publishing Path is Perfect for You?

April O

Decades ago aspiring authors had only two options secure a traditional publishing deal, or if you couldn’t get one, publish your work yourself for a small fortune. Fortunately, writers have many more publishing paths available to traverse today that include various levels of difficulty. In this presentation, April O’Leary, founder of O’Leary Publishing, will discuss the pros and cons of each path including the amount of time and technology skills required for the author, the upfront cost, the opportunities for distribution and ownership of your work. You’ll walk away with a clear trail guide to help you publish your book with success. See you at the top!

About April
April O’Leary is the founder of O’Leary Publishing, a hybrid book publishing company that serves independent authors who want a book to grow their brand, share a message or build a community. She is the author of six books and the host of the I’m Booked podcast. For more information you can visit www.olearypublishing.com and download The Influencer’s Path to Successful Publishing free today.

Meeting: November 21, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (Zoom meeting)

FAPA

Submissions open September 15, 2020

According to Book Awards Chairman Bruce Ballister, an “Earliest Bird” option will open on September 15th with a substantial discount to $65 per entry. On November 1st, the Early Bird special commences as usual, but the entry fee goes up to $75. This rate will continue to January 15th when we go back up to the standard fee of $95 for non-members and $75 for members. Helping on the Committee this year will be Kome Onokpise and Darryl Bollinger.
Last year’s award-winning books are available in the myFAPAstore .

Enter Today

GCWA Writers Retreat

Proud to announce what is sure to be a grand event, with Master Story Teller, Kim Weitkamp. She will be joining us on our cruise to the bahamas and sharing stories and tons of valuable lessons. Click under the News tab above on Writers Retreat or here to read all about it.

VERY IMPORTANT! You must register by October 1st to get in. Deposit only is due at that time, so hurry before it’s too late!