November 19: Tell Your Story to Sell Your Story

Join us on November 19 when Jennifer Crawford from Social Media Rescue will share how indie authors can shine on social media by finding, connecting, and engaging with their specific audience. You don’t need a large following on social media, but you do need the help of some raving fans. Learn what it takes to turn a casual reader in a rabid fan by giving them more than just your book.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 19th November
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Rd
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-3883

PRESENTER BIO

jensheadshot2015Jennifer Crawford is the co-owner of Social Media Rescue. Social Media Rescue is a boutique agency that works closely with small businesses and organizations on unique approaches to social media marketing, branding, new media, and business strategy. She specializes in using creativity, humor, and fun to inject unforgettable qualities into your marketing.


In addition to running a business, she is a podcaster, Founder of DC PodFest, and an improviser with The Improv Imps. She lives with her husband and three-legged rescue Pug in Fairfax, Virginia.

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August 27th: Keeping Your Audience Engaged / Writers’ Roundtable

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

Your book is out. You have a list of followers on social media. How do you keep your followers engaged, or attract new followers without constantly saying, “Buy my book, buy my book” on every tweet?

Join us at the August 27th meeting for a presentation on keeping your target audience engaged with creative marketing initiatives without saying a word about your book.

At the conclusion of the presentation, we will also have a writers’ roundtable. Participants can bring in samples of their unfinished work to have critiqued by the group.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, 27th August
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Sherwood Regional Library
2501 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
703-765-3645

PRESENTER INFO

Ayesha-l.-Shoulders

Ayesha Shoulders will share her advice and experience, gleaned from the marketing of her two novels, When it’s Time to Walk Away (2011) and When Love’s Knot Enough (2015).

Website: Ayeshashoulders.com
Facebook: 
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Follow Ayesha on Twitter
@ayeshashoulders

January 30th: Marketing Strategies

Join us on Saturday, 30th January and work on your marketing strategy with our special guest presenter, Tracee Lydia Garner.

Please note that we’ll also be voting in our elected officers.  This will take place after the presentation.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, January 30th
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Martha Washington Library (Room 14A/B)
6614 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, VA 22307-1799

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION
You ARE a writer and as much as you’d like to simply stay in your cave and write, marketing is a necessary evil that you will have to tackle at some point if you want to get your book out there. You need a strategy and to be prepared. Preparation is half the battle to success. We will discuss all the different platforms for print, ads, social media campaigns to get your book out there. This presentation will also provide you with a sample marketing plan and give you some practical and low-costs tips to make any of the marketing efforts you choose, work for you.

PRESENTER BIO
TraceeG picture 2012Tracee Lydia Garner is a speaker, private writing coach and author of five books. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, she holds a degree in Communications from Old Dominion University. She tremendously enjoys the written and spoken word and prior to entertaining full-length novels, was a contributor to her alma mater’s campus literary magazine for her poetry.

Writing her first novel at 23, Tracee submitted it to a nation-wide contest hosted by BET Books, then the largest publisher of African-American fiction, where her story entitled Family Affairs, beat out hundreds of other contenders, winning the grand prize, a monetary advance, an all expense paid trip to NYC to accept her award with leading publishing professionals and a contract for publication. She signed a book deal for two more titles. Tracee has been writing since she was in elementary school. She teaches Romance Novel Writing and How to Write the Novel at the college level and has done so for ten years. Tracee uses a wheelchair due to having a form of Muscular Dystrophy, a neuromuscular disease. Anchored Hearts is Tracee’s fifth book.

Website:  http://www.teegarner.com/
Follow Tracee on Twitter @Teegarner

October 31st: Marketing – before, during and after you are published

Join us on Saturday, October 31st for a presentation on what to do before, during, and after you are published.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, October 31st
12:30-3:30 p.m.*
George Mason Meeting Room
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 256-3800

* The presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m.

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION
Marketing takes place long before the contract is signed, before the book is released and well into the life of the novel.

Are you doing all that is necessary to make sure that you are presenting a ‘good face’ when marketing your novel.

This presentation will guide you through some of the basic mistakes that new authors make and hopefully give you some great tips on how to make marketing work for you.

PRESENTER BIO
bio pic 2Working as an author in the world of literature has given Sandra Bowman the tools she needed to help others with marketing.

When asked how she did it; she would gladly help and guide authors. When she was approached by Intrigue Publishing 5 years ago she gladly accepted the position.

Sandra is also a talk show host; on WLVS Radio in Washington DC and has gained an audience of over 1 million viewers every week. Her show can be seen and heard in more than 27 countries and all 50 states.

Marketing is just part of what she does; she also is a self proclaimed shoe diva and selfie queen.

She is the mother of five grown children and can now say; her grandchildren total tops out at 9 (with the newest set of twins being born just four months ago).