Tuesday, July 18, 2017

St. Louis Writers Guild: Strategies for critique partners and groups

Critique is essential to any writer’s betterment, but receiving criticism on one’s hard work is a difficult thing!
Author/illustrator Jennifer Stolzer will discuss how to find errors, target weaknesses, and explore possible writing solutions in a critique group setting during a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 5, at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO., 63131. Free to St. Louis Writers Guild members; $5 for nonmembers.
Jennifer, who heads the Guild’s critique group program, will discuss protocol and tactics when it comes to both giving and receiving criticism from other authors.
She lives and works in St. Louis, MO. Jennifer graduated from Webster University with a degree in digital media and animation, and uses this skill set to create bright and engaging characters in both pictures and words. Her illustration company, Jennifer Stolzer Illustration, has served the St. Louis area and its authors for seven years. Find samples of her work at www.jenniferstolzer.com or on facebook under Jennifer Stolzer Illustration.
Jennifer is also the Guild’s secretary.
Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rick Miles offers July 8 workshop for “The Undaunted”

Since the advent of e-publishing, the book world has seen a revolution, allowing many authors to achieve the dream of writing full-time. Unfortunately launching a career is more than just writing, and the challenges are just beginning.
“Writing a book is hard. Publishing is even harder,” said Rick Miles, CEO and co-founder of Red Coat PR. He will discuss ways to help you master the literary industry and cement yourself into your new career at a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, July 8, at 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63131.

Rick understands the minefield of the publishing world. He created Red Coat PR to be the company that provides authors and publishers with unique opportunities in marketing, branding and business management.
“As a writer, you pour your heart and soul into your work, and likely hope to teach, entertain, or inspire. Whether you love to write a hard-hitting romance or an epic fantasy adventure, you are an artist with a unique talent and voice,” he said. “Readers in every genre eagerly await new content, ready to discover the next great work. Your work.”

The new world of publishing has many opportunities for you to publish, but those opportunities bring a number of questions. How do I get reviews? Can I get into a brick and mortar store?  How do I use social media? Should I go on a book tour?  Who is my targeted audience and how do I reach them? How do I market? These questions inspire doubt and fear, making it all that much harder to navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of publishing.

“You are not alone,” Rick said.Our team has more than fifty years of collective leadership, project management, digital development, and marketing experience. Together we can help build your brand and launch your career. You are the undaunted!”

Key points of the workshop include:
Valuing your work
·        Price Point
·        Free Books
Finding your target audience
·        Online Advertising
·        Print Advertising
·        Book Clubs
Reader Communities
·        Which social media outlet reaches your audience the best
·        Book Conventions
·        When is one right for me
·        How do I know if it’s the right one
·        Truths about Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
·        iBooks love
·        Kobo Promotions
·        Amazon

Previously Rick was the Vice President of an International Risk Management company specializing in strategic and financial risks. He is the co-founder of Penned Con, a book convention hosted annually in St. Louis, MO., where all proceeds are donated to charity. He created the Penned Con Scholarship Fund at Action for Autism, a 501 (c)(3) charity.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Peter H. Green: Making biography readable, salable and absorbing

You have a story to tell. If it’s an autobiography, just because it happened to you, it’s not necessarily interesting. If it’s a biography, it has been a couple of centuries since you could start with the day your subject was born and proceed from there. If it’s historical, how do you interweave your individual’s life with the major events of the day? In short, to persuade your reader to buy, read, and enjoy your book, you’ve got to answer the question for your prospective reader, “Why should I care?”

Join author Peter H. Green at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, at The Lodge Des Peres for a workshop presentation, “Making Biography Readable, Salable and Absorbing.” Free to members of the St. Louis Writers Guild; $5 for nonmembers.

He will explore the options and techniques of narrative, or “creative” nonfiction, establishing the premise or “hook” for the story setting the scene, creating dialogue, plot development, pacing, and weaving your story into its historical background.

Peter--a writer, architect, and city planner reared in a family of journalists--found his father’s 400 World War II letters, his humorous war stories, his mother’s writings, and his family’s often hilarious doings too good a tale to keep to himself, so he launched a second career as a writer.

After years of architectural work and proposal writing for his design firms, he went back to Washington University to study creative writing with such accomplished authors as Catherine Rankovic, Robert Earleywine, and Rick Skwiot, resulting in the release in 2005 of his biographical memoir on the often humorous antics and serious achievements of his dad’s World War II adventure, Ben’s War with the U.S. Marines, (Second edition, Greenskills Press, 2014) and Radio: One Woman’s Family in War and Pieces (Greenskills Press, Nov., 2016). The life and times of the last pet he owned. “The Night We Ruined the Dog,” can be found on his website, www.peterhgreen.com.
Learn more about the St. Louis Writers Guild at www.stlwritersguild.org