Monday, April 12, 2021

Social Media Marketing workshop for writers May 1


Learn about social media marketing from 10 a.m. to noon, May 1, from Nicole Lanahan, nonprofit executive director and multi-published author, at a free online workshop hosted by the St. Louis Writers Guild.

Have you ever wondered if there’s a magic day or time to post? She’ll answer that question and share tips on how to:

build a platform

engage readers authentically

and turn followers into sales

To join the meeting, on May 1 click the turquoise button labeled “Join Current SLWG Meeting” on the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Events page (www.stlwritersguild.org/events) or use the Zoom link below:

https://zoom.us/j/7028903800?pwd=bHp3cWhpWHBQSW9wMXgzM3N4cE5qZz09

Meeting ID: 702 890 3800

Password: SLWG2021

Call in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Nicole Lanahan is executive director of  the million-dollar nonprofit, Got Your Six Support Dogs, which she founded five years ago. She is the author of nine young adult and adult romance books under a different name. As a moonlighting superhero, she prefers to keep her alter ego a secret, but on weekends you can find her competing in agility trials with her Australian Shepherd or rocking out in a band.

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.


Monday, March 15, 2021

How to Self-Publish Like a Pro


Join author education specialist Meghan Pinson from 10 a.m. to noon, April 3, for a free online workshop hosted by the St. Louis Writers Guild entitled, “How to Self-Publish Like a Pro: The Parts You'll Hate, but Have to Do!”

She'll cover the worst, least fun, least creative parts of the indie-publishing process, including:

Tackling the administrative tasks that require precision and timing

Choosing a distribution plan you can live with

How to  get your book to look like a book, not a document with book-sized pages

What you need to know about metadata 

To join the meeting, on April 3 click the turquoise button labeled “Join Current SLWG Meeting” on the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Events page (www.stlwritersguild.org/events) or use the Zoom link below:

https://zoom.us/j/7028903800?pwd=bHp3cWhpWHBQSW9wMXgzM3N4cE5qZz09

Meeting ID: 702 890 3800

Password: SLWG2021

Call in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meghan Pinson is ringleader of My Two Cents Editing, a small band of specialists who provide expert editing, engaging critique, and fearless consulting to authors of novels and nonfiction manuscripts. She specializes in story development and author education and is the author of My Two Cents Editing's Indie-Publishing Workbook: A Guide to the Industry's Best Practices. Connect with her at www.mytwocentsediting.com.

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org. 


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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Pitch to publishers and hear from writing experts at March 6 online conference


 At the March 6 “Writers on Zoom” online conference, experts will offer “how-to” tips on research, characterization, poetry, memoirs and humor, as well as advice for portraying the Deaf culture and community. 

The daylong event is free to St. Louis Writers Guild members, though registration is required. The $20 fee for nonmembers includes access to recordings of the six workshops. Sign up using Eventbrite on stlwritersguild.org 

If you have questions you’d like the speakers to address, post them at least a week in advance to the St. Louis Writers Guild Facebook page or email SLWGInfo@gmail.com with MARCH 6 in the subject line.

Concurrently, the Guild will host pitching to publishers on March 6. Register in advance on Eventbrite for up to two five-minute pitch sessions with publishers, including North Star Editions, Owl Hollow Press, The Wild Rose Press and Coffee House Press. Pitches are $10 for SLWG members, $20 for nonmembers.

The online conference is part of our yearlong celebration of the Guild’s 100th Anniversary. Learn more about the speakers and their talks, as well as what genres the publishers are seeking at www.stlwritersguild.org under the Special Events tab, Writers on Zoom.

Agenda

9 a.m. – RESEARCHING THE LUNATICK ASTRONOMERS, Andrew P.B. Lound 

10 a.m. – BEYOND NAME, AGE, AND SIBLING NUMBER: Turning Your Pinocchios into Real Characters, Jody Feldman 

11 a.m. – TRUE-BIZ: Best approaches to portraying Deaf culture and community, Zack Jodlowski

NOON BREAK

1 p.m. – TIPS FOR MEMOIRISTS—Craft, Family, and How to Get Your Book in the World, Linda Joy Myers

2 p.m. –  WRITING LIKE MY HAND IS ON FIRE, Jane Ellen Ibur

3 p.m. –  WHAT IMPROV COMEDY CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT HUMOR WRITING, Bob Baker


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Learn How to Write Query Letters and Pitch Your Book to Literary Agents

Learn how to write query letters and pitch your book to literary agents and publishers during a free online workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 6, featuring authors Catherine Bakewell and Brad R. Cook.

You can find the Zoom address on the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Events page (www.stlwritersguild.org/events) or click here on Feb. 6 to join the meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/7028903800?pwd=bHp3cWhpWHBQSW9wMXgzM3N4cE5qZz09

Meeting ID: 702 890 3800

Password: SLWG2021

Call in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago


Catherine Bakewell
will discuss the  “Five Steps to Having a Strong Query.”  

“Whether it's your first time sending a query or if you're tearing your hair out re-writing and re-querying for the thousandth time, this lesson is for you,” Catherine said. “I'll be going over the basic elements of a query and how to make them stand out. This talk is primarily for fiction writers querying literary agents, and especially for those authors querying YA or MG books.”

Brad R. Cook will share the “New Rules for Pitching.”

“The publishing world changed over the last year, and pitching was one of the biggest areas affected,” he said. “We'll discuss how to pitch your book online in 2021. Tips on where to find the agents and publishers, plus how to act and what to say when you get in front of them.” 

Catherine Bakewell is the author of We are the Song, a middle-grade fantasy novel to be released in Spring of 2022 by Holiday House. Catherine has lived in France and Spain, where she romped through gardens, ate pastries, and worked on her novels. She is represented by Jordan Hamessley of New Leaf Literary & Media. You can check out Catherine's blog about querying and find out about her editorial services at catherinebakewell.com.   

Brad R. Cook is the author of historical fantasy novels and award-winning short stories. He began as a playwright, dipped into the corporate writing world, and served as co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press. He currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. He learned to fence at thirteen, and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with a centuries’ old classic. https://www.bradrcook.com/

Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Jan. 9 workshop: What authors need to know about Amazon


If you’re a self-published author, understanding Amazon is crucial. Join Matt Davids from 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 9, for a free online workshop and learn about “The Amazon Mindset: What Self-Publishing Authors Need to Know About the World’s Largest Bookseller.”

You can find the Zoom address on the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Virtual Events page (www.stlwritersguild.org/virtual-events) or click here on Jan. 9 to join the meeting: 

https://zoom.us/j/7028903800?pwd=bHp3cWhpWHBQSW9wMXgzM3N4cE5qZz09

Meeting ID: 702 890 3800

Password: SLWG2020

Call in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Matt’s presentation will cover strategies and tactics for optimizing your books so they sell.

“We must learn how to make our books stand out from the millions of other books on Amazon,” he said. “We'll start with several key elements that are needed to understand Amazon and then dive into practical tips you can apply today.” 

Matt Davids is a full-time creator of tabletop role-playing game books, including the Amazon bestsellers, The Book of Random Tables and The Book of Random Tables: Quests. All his books can be found at dicegeeks.com. Matt is also the host of the Dicegeeks.com Tabletop RPG Show, a podcast featuring interviews with game designers, writers, and filmmakers. He is happily married to his beautiful wife, Erin, and is the father of three boys

To learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild, go to www.stlwritersguild.org


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Guild honors young writers at Dec. 5 holiday gathering


Join a celebration honoring award-winning young writers at the St. Louis Writers Guild’s annual holiday gathering from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 5. 

You can find the Zoom address on the Guild’s Virtual Events page (www.stlwritersguild.org/virtual-events) or click here to join the meeting: 

https://zoom.us/j/7028903800?pwd=bHp3cWhpWHBQSW9wMXgzM3N4cE5qZz09

Meeting ID: 702 890 3800

Password: SLWG2020

Call in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

At this free online event, learn how fourth- through eighth-graders created stories that all began with the words: “Beneath the mask…” 

Winners of the first Young Writers Awards (High School Edition) for ninth- to twelfth-grade students will also be invited to read their stories centered on the 2020 theme: Beneath the Mask. 

Judging was based on originality, cohesiveness, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Award-winning author Jody Feldman judged entries in the 4th – 5th grade and 6th – 8th grade levels. Anna Ojascastro Guzon and Michelle M. Haberberger of Your Words STL judged contest entries for the Young Writers Awards (High School Edition). Your Words STL is a non-profit that uses creative writing workshops, tutoring, and collaborative projects to help amplify the voices of those who are marginalized. 

The Young Writers Collection, an anthology of winning entries in both contests, will be published and available on Amazon by mid-December.

SLWG offers an associate membership is for young writers who are currently enrolled in middle school, high school, or an equivalent alternative. Associate members have access to special areas on the website and special events hosted by St. Louis Writers Guild. Associate members are welcome to attend age-appropriate SLWG Events. Associate Membership is $5 per year, which is applied to the young writers programming. Go to the YWSTL tab (Young Writers of St. Louis) on the Guild’s website, www.stlwritersguild.org