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The Society of Southwestern Authors- Gary Wagnon July 20, 2011 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BUZ: SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGIES

The Society of Southwestern Authors

Gary Wagnon

July 20, 2011 Forum/Brunch

10 am-1pm


Whether you are publishing a book, selling a product or promoting a new idea, it’s all about creating a buzz. Get people talking about you and interacting with you and your marketing is done!

Imagine yourself in a group of people and somone askes what you do. How long could you go on about your project? (Probably longer than they wanted to hear.) We get passionate about our projects and can go on forever. That’s the basis of social media. It’s about building relationships with others.

What is Social Media? While most people associate social media with Facebook or Twitter, video sharing sites like YouTube and blogging platforms like WordPress are also part of the collective known as social media. The best analogy for social media is a party with a couple of million of your closes friends. “The most common mistake I see in social media is the person who views social media as an advertising medium.” It is not called “advertising media.” It’s called “social media” because it’s about providing valuable content that entertain or enrich the other person.

Gary wagnor is the creator of Social Media Lab and has trained hundreds of people how to use social media both effectively and efficiently. He will present his “Social Media Funnel” concept plus discuss strategies for using the major social media sites to build a buzz for your business.

Don’t forget to call in your reservations to (602) 546-9382 OR e-mail ssabrunches@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior (in this case, July 13).

Forums are held at Four Points Sheraton (Speedway and Campbell Tucson Arizona( 10 am-1 pm)

NOW $20 w/reservation-still $25 at the door-includes lunch & speaker

No credit cards please.

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 40, No. 3 June/July 2011

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Pan Left- Pan Left Filmmaker Angela Soto Wins Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) Lumie Award

Pan Left Filmmaker Angela Soto Wins Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) Lumie Award

Pan Left Members and Angela Soto Displaying Lumie

On June 9, Pan Left Filmmaker Angela Soto won a Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) Lumie award in the Emerging Artist Category. Angela is truly deserving of this award as she is an accomplished Chicana film maker with 12 films to her credit which have all screened in film festivals around the country. This is particularly amazing when you consider that she screened her first short film in 2004, The 2004 ALL SOULS DAY PROCESSION, in the All Souls Day Film Festival. It was a 10-minute photographic show from the procession that celebrates death. This continues to be an important theme for Angela as she has since produced five films influenced by the All Souls Theme: EL DIA DE UN MUERTO (2005), PERRO MERTO (2006), GOOD GRIEF(2007), and TWO ENDINGS(2008).

In March 2006, her full-length feature film MIA’S JOURNAL screened at the 2006 Wingspan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, drawing the largest festival audience.

2008 was a banner year for Angela as she finished Vicenta, a short film about her mother that screened at the Women’s Film Festival in Albuquerque in March 2008; and La Virgen de Guadalupe was awarded Best Film in the 2008 Nuestras Raices Film Festival.

She’s currently collaborating with Cabaret Boheme and filming their live performances. Cabaret is a vaudeville variety group, with dance and skits performed in front of a live audience. She has also collaborated with ZUZI, at their 2010 performance of Crossing Boundaries. Her work and collaboration with Pan Left Productions has led to productive relationships with many other organizations and Tucson luminaries like Le Petit Carnival, Academia de Baile Tradicion y Cultura, Inc., David Tineo, and musicians Ted Ramirez, Pablo Perigrina, Enius, and Intertwine.

Angela is currently working on a documentary on David Tineo and writing a script called Green Corn Tamales.

Angela’s films have enriched all who see them, but she is especially adept at impacting historically marginalized and underrepresented communities such as the Mexican/American community and the GLBTQ community and the intersection of those two communities. Angela continues to give back to her community through examining and portraying the intertwine of her roots and those of this border community. She helps emerging artists to shine, and she can depict the depth of established artists. Congratulations, Angela!

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Romance Writers of America Phoenix (RWA)- Desert Dreams Writers’ Conference 2012

Believe in the Power of Your Dreams
April 27 – 29, 2012
Chaparral Suites Resort – Scottsdale Arizona

Keynote Speakers:
NY Times Best Selling Author Allison Brennan
Martha Alderson, AKA The Plot Whisperer

Desert Dreams Writers’ Conference provides authors of all skill levels – from beginner to multi-published – with the tools necessary to take their writing to the next level. Sessions will include general writing, career development, genre-specific, agent/publisher spotlights, as well as an agent/editor panel. There will also be one-on-one appointments with editors or agents, a book signing, and keynote addresses.

Conference registration includes:

•Workshops Friday afternoon and all day Saturday
•Two-hour workshop Sunday morning
•One-on-one appointment with editor/agent (based on time of registration and availability)
•Friday evening mixer
•Dinner and keynote address on Friday
•Editor/Agent panel
•Saturday luncheon
•Participation in Saturday book signing
•Saturday evening dinner and brainstorming session
RWA early registration (through December 31, 2011) is $215.
Non-RWA early registration (through December 31, 2011) is $235.

Prices increase $20 on January 1, 2012. Registration deadline is March 15, 2012.

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Hope to see you all there.

Vijaya Schartz
Desert Dreams Conference 2012
Blogger – Committee – Speaker

Award-winning Science-Fiction, Romance with a Kick

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