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Meetings are held at the Pyramid Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse, 901 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California. Registration starts at 8:30 am, the meeting starts at 9:30, and the program starts at 10:00. Pre-pay is now available using PayPal! Click the button next to the meeting and follow directions. Payment at meeting by cash or check is also still accepted. Members must register by 5:00 PM the Friday before the meeting to receive the reduced rate. Registration and pre-pay ends at 5:00 PM Friday. Drop-ins are welcome Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis.
July 2015 - No Meeting
August 8, 2015 - Mark Coker, Smashwords
Introduction to eBook Self-publishing
Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords. Its mission is simple, says Coker. "We want to create the world's single best ebook publishing and distribution platform for our indie authors, publishers, literary agents and retailers."
Coker is the co-author of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of Hollywood celebrity. He also wrote the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free), the Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook) and The 10-Minute PR Checklist (helps entrepreneurs and business managers think more strategically about public relations).
September 12, 2015 - Rachel Simeone, Zetablue Marketing
You’ve written a book--maybe ten --are published, use social media, and have even developed a fan base. But when readers have more choices than ever, how do you take your marketing plan to the next level--or from ground zero--to get the word out?
Rachel Simeone is president of Zetablue Marketing, a service that provides authors with an effective, affordable approach to marketing their books. Zetablue offers coaching and consulting services that accelerate book sales, target the ideal reader and develop a community of fans that will promote your book for you. Using high impact, low cost marketing strategies, they develop book marketing strategies to achieve your goals and accommodate your budget.
October 10, 2015 - TBA
November 14, 2015 - Marina Adair
The Craft of Writing a Successful Series
From plotting and planning to keeping your characters straight and your storylines fresh, Montlake and Forever’s bestselling author, Marina Adair, will share the intricacies of writing a book series.
Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author who holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. As a writer, she is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.
Along with her bestselling St. Helena Vineyard series and Heroes of St. Helena series, she is also the author of the Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.
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