April 22: Ready to Publish? Let’s run the numbers

Join us on April 22 for an informative presentation on options for publishing based on timelines a writer should expect.  Based on personal and anecdotal experience, Betsy will discuss finding an agent, traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing to provide a general guide to what may be best for each writer.

MEETING DETAILS

Saturday, 22nd April
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Burke Center Library
5935 Freds Oak Rd
Burke, VA 22015
(703) 249-1520

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Born in Washington, DC, Betsy Ashton was raised in Southern California where she ran wild with coyotes in the hills above Malibu. She earned her undergraduate degree at UCLA, her first MA at Keio University, Tokyo, and her second MA and doctorate at USC.

Her first mystery, Mad Max Unintended Consequences, was published in February 2013. The second in the series, Uncharted Territory, A Mad Max Mystery, came out in April 2015. Her third in the series, Unsafe Haven, is due out later in 2017. She is the past president of The Virginia Writers Club.

November 21st: Query Letter Workshop

Join us on Saturday, November 21st for an interactive workshop on how to write a Query Letter.

MEETING DETAILS
Saturday, November 21st
12:30-3:30 p.m.*
Herndon Fortnightly Library
768 Center St.
Herndon, VA 20170-4640
(703)437-8855

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

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION
Queries letters are one of the most important ways to get your writing published traditionally.   The query letter is oftentimes the only opportunity you have to get your manuscript noticed.  Join us for this interactive workshop to learn the “hook, bait, switch” method of writing query letters, and to find out what to put in the query letter and what to leave out.

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Lucian21Ethan Vaughan is a current freelance editor and former literary agent.   He enjoys literature of all types, with a special emphasis on fantasy and historical non-fiction.  Ethan earned his B.A. in political science from George Mason University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in history. You can view his professional blog at http://searchingforthestory.blogspot.com/ and his services and rates at http://ethanedits.blogspot.com/.

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.

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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).