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Jerry D. Simmons Publishing Insider- TIPS for WRITERS Publishing & Marketing Blueprint for Book Marketing

Jerry D. Simmons Publishing Insider- TIPS for WRITERS Publishing & Marketing

Blueprint for Book Marketing

Planning and execution of book marketing must become equal partners for a publication to have any chance at success. Too many times lack of results from a marketing campaign is directly proportional to the lack of information about the components necessary to mount a good campaign. Writers, authors and publishers hoping to crack and then penetrate the market for book sales must follow a broad blueprint for launch marketing.

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Sydney Writers’ Centre- Turn your blog into a book & Boorondara Literary Awards now open & Many Writing Courses

Sydney Writers’ Centre- Turn your blog into a book & Boorondara Literary Awards now open & Many Writing Courses

“Author platform” is the latest buzzword making the rounds of the publishing industry. Gone are the days where you could write in isolation and then let your amazing words propel you to fame and glory. These days, if you want to get noticed by publishers – and if you want your books to sell – it can be useful to have an “author platform”. (You can read more about this here on Writing Bar.)

One way to build your author platform is through your blog. But you need to be smart and strategic about it. I love how bestselling author Kerri Sackville (pictured) rose to fame, largely due to the following she developed via her blog and social media. Of course, she is an amazing writer, but many people would not have discovered this if it wasn’t for her blog. The upcoming Blog to Book seminar is a must for anyone who wants to build their author profile to get the attention of publishers, agents and readers.

You’ll learn:
the steps Kerri took to build a fan base for her blog Life and Other Crises
how she built her profile online
why you need to contribute to other blogs (and how to do this)
strategies to get noticed by publishers
how to make yourself a “marketable” author
the types of blog posts you should aim for
why you need to become a valuable member of the blogging community
and much more
Kerri is author of When My Husband Does the Dishes: A memoir of marriage and motherhood and The Little Book of Anxiety.
From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville and Valerie Khoo
Two-hour evening seminar on Wednesday 18 July 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

What’s wrong with this sentence?

She likes cooking and to read.

This is an example of faulty parallelism.

When you’re writing, your aim is to construct sentences that are balanced. In other words you want to match like with like – verbs with verbs, noun phrases with noun phrases, gerunds (-ing words) with other gerunds, and so on. This is called parallel construction.

The above sentence isn’t parallel because it combines a gerund (cooking) and an infinitive (to read). To make it parallel you would write:

She likes cooking and reading.

Here’s another example:

WRONG
The course was about writing, editing and how to get your book published.

RIGHT
The course was about writing, editing and getting published.

Boroondara Literary Awards
Writing short stories is not only a great way to hone your craft – you could also get your story published or win cash!

The 2012 Boroondara Literary Awards are now open. This national short story prize will be judged by crime writer PD Martin and is for stories of 1500 to 3000 words in length. First prize is $3000, second $1000 and third $500. There is also a category for young writers in the Boroondara area (in Melbourne).

Upcoming courses
Build Your Profile Using Twitter

Demystify tweeting in this intensive and informative seminar on all things Twitter. This simple social networking service has taken the world by storm and for authors and business owners, it can be a powerful way to build a brand. You’ll learn all about Twitter terminology, how to create your Twitter strategy and how to find the right people to follow.

Two-hour evening seminar on Tuesday 17 July 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85
Creative Writing Stage 2

Take your creative writing to the next level. In Creative Writing Stage 2, you’ll not only have a chance to build on what you’ve learned in Creative Writing Stage 1 or Writing Books for Children and Young Adults, you’ll also get to put into practice what you’ve learnt and take part in valuable workshopping sessions. This course is ideal if you want to extend your skills or if you want to hone your completed pieces.

5-week course starts Tuesday 17 July 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395
Business Writing Essentials

Is your writing holding you back at work? Would you like to improve your written communication and your job prospects? Business Writing Essentials is a one-day seminar that will help you refine your writing skills so you can write clear and professional correspondence and business documents.

One-day seminar on Wednesday 18 July 2012
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395
TIP: Nauseous vs nauseate
We’re not trying to make you feel ill with this one, just remind you that there is a difference between nauseous and nauseate. While many people use these words interchangeably – so much so even the Macquarie Dictionary acknowledges this – there is a clear distinction between the two.

Nauseous is an adjective meaning to cause nausea or sicken.

For example:
What is that nauseous smell coming from the fridge?

Nauseate is a verb and means to become affected with nausea, or sicken.

For example:
Sailing on such rough seas was nauseating.
She complained of feeling nauseated.
Weird Words: Scripturient
If you’re a writer you probably know this feeling – the feeling you get when you just have to write. Something. Anything! Well, there’s a word for that feeling. Scripturient. It means “having a desire or passion for writing” or “one who has a passion for writing”. It’s sometimes described as “possessing a violent desire to write”. I’m not so sure about violent but the urge can be pretty strong!

In these illustrations by the Project Twins you’ll find beautiful visual representations of weird words like scripturient. Some other favourites of ours are:

Ultracrepidarian – A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.

Pogonotrophy—The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a moustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

Plan ahead – Travel Memoir
Whether you’re living like a local in Bali, hiking in the Himalayas, or living it up in Europe, your story could be the next big hit. Travel Memoir is steadily growing in popularity. In publishing, books like Eat, Pray, Love or Bill Bryson’s travel series have sold millions between them.

If you’re planning your first trip abroad or want to turn your old travel journals into a compelling story, Travel Memoir will show you how. This course is designed for anyone looking to write their own travel memoir or improve their travel blog. You’ll learn how to structure your story and make it unique, how to describe places and characters without clichés, and techniques for writing on the road.
Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
5-week course starting Wednesday 15 August 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

This week on Writing Bar
For many Australian journalists the Walkley Awards represent a pinnacle in their career. Established in 1956, the awards are held annually and recognise the very best in Australian journalism over 33 categories. We recently had a closer look at all things Walkleys and you can read all about it on Writing Bar.

Also on the Writing Bar this week, Life Writing guru and author, Patti Miller, spoke to Australian Story host Caroline Jones, about Patti’s most recent book, THE MIND OF A THIEF. The talk was held as part of Stanton Library’s In Conversation series. You can watch the full interview here.

WEBPICK: Superhero Nation
Ever thought of applying your fiction writing powers to comics? Superhero Nation not only offers advice on writing and editing novels, it’s also a great resource for anyone interested in reading and writing comics.

Posts are separated into sections covering general fiction and superhero writing and cover everything from avoiding superhero clichés, how to finish your manuscript, a handy list of superpowers,
and much more.

Other upcoming courses
WEEKEND course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter
When: Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Marina Go
When: Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 16 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Nicola Robinson
When: Week beginning Monday 16 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Steven Lewis
When: Tuesday 17 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 17 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Tony Spencer-Smith
When: Wednesday 18 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When: Wednesday 18 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle
When: Thursday 19 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When: Thursday 19 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Tuesday 24 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
When: Tuesday 24 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Thursday 26 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Blogging for Business with Steven Lewis
When: Friday 27 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 31 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 1 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 1 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Every Friday starting Friday 3 August 2012 for six weeks
Time: 10.00 am – 12 noon
Cost: $450

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 6 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When: Thursday 9 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter – NEW DATE
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 9 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 13 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 13 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Monday starting Monday 13 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 15 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 16 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff
When: Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND Course: Write a chick-lit novel with Lisa Heidke
When: Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Sell Your eBook on Amazon with Steven Lewis – NEW DATE
When: Tuesday 21 August 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 22 August (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Tony Spencer-Smith
When: Thursday 23 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle
When: Monday 27 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 5 September 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Perfecting Your Pitch with Sue White
When: Tuesday 11 September and 18 September 2012 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: Self-publishing – How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
When: Thursday 13 September 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Program: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 18 September 2012 for six months
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $1980

Weekend Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett – NEW DATE
When: Tuesday 30 October and 6 November 2012 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: How to Write a Business Book with Valerie Khoo
When: Friday 16 November 2012 (half-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: $295

WRITING TOURS
Writing in Bali with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Saturday 21 July to Saturday 28 July 2012

Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – FULL
Arrival: Thursday 18 October 2012
Departure: Saturday 3 November 2012

Sydney Writers’ Centre
Suite 3, 55 Lavender Street Milsons Point NSW 2061
http://www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au

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Beowulf Alley Theatre Company- A Sizzling Summer Party! Sunday July 15, 2012

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company- A Sizzling Summer Party! Sunday July 15, 2012

A Sizzling Summer Party!
There’s a party goin’ on!

The cast of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Exorcism’. From left to right David Swisher, Evan Engle, Michael Fenlason and Ken Beider. Not shown: Mark Klugheit.
WHERE?
Beowulf Alley Theatre Company
11 S 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85701

WHEN?
Sunday July 15, 2012
Doors open at 5:00pm

WHAT?
Beowulf Alley Theatre wants to invite all of our friends, family and neighbors to a party! Sunday, July 15th we will open our doors at 5:00pm and invite you all to enjoy good food, drink, a fantastic working theatre and mostly, really great people! This is our way of thanking all of the wonderful volunteers, artists and patrons who have walked through our doors this year. So come on down, have a drink and a bite, enjoy our space and our company!

As a special that evening, we will be offering our season ticket subscriptions for only $99. With that, you get a ticket to all 8 of our 2012-2013 mainstage shows! This year we’re presenting Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler & Jeff Whitty’s The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Joel Gross’ Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh, Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels, Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love.

This is a great way to enjoy your local downtown community, a fantastic place of arts, food and culture!
HOW?
We encourage everyone to show up! Our doors will open at 5:00pm to let everyone in to enjoy the space, some special sneak-peek previews will happen around 6:00pm and we hope that you enjoy! If you need any more infomation, please feel free to call us at (520)882-0555 or send us an email at theatre@beowulfalley.org

About Beowulf Alley Theatre Company

Beowulf Alley Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to enriching the community and enhancing appreciation of the arts through the production of innovative, invigorating theatre and theatrical education with the highest standards for acting and production. Funding is provided through ticket sales and the generous support of individuals and businesses, with smaller support from granting agencies and foundations. Founded in 2001, the intimate, 95-seat theatre provides a facility that meets professional standards where performing artists, educators and technicians can present their skills. Beowulf Alley has received critical acclaim, including five Mac Awards and eleven MAC nominations, as well as recognition in the Tucson Weekly’s “Best of…” Awards for acting, set design and new play presentations. The company has presented over 400 performances to Tucson audiences and provides performance and rehearsal space for rent by other organizations.

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Abingdon Theatre Company- John Marshall Jazz Quintet August 12, 2012 & Abingdon Bay Ridge One-Act Festival at Christ Church Saturday, August 25, 2012

Abingdon Theatre Company- John Marshall Jazz Quintet August 12, 2012 & Abingdon Bay Ridge One-Act Festival at Christ Church
Saturday, August 25, 2012

John Marshall Jazz Quintet
Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 7pm AND 9pm
The John Marshall Quintet will fill Abingdon Theatre with the sound of Jazz for one evening with two special benefit performances for Abingdon Theatre Company. Having learned his craft, with help from Ornette Coleman and Lonnie Hillyer, trumpeter John Marshall went on to work with a succession of big bands led by Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Al Porcino, Gerry Mulligan and Dizzy Gillespie. In the late eighties John and pianist Tardo Hammer co-led the Bopera House, a standard-setting quintet which also featured tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama. Originally from New York, John moved to Europe in 1992 and became a member of the brass section and featured soloist with the West Deutscher Rundfunk Big Band, basedin Cologne, Germany, he is one of the brightest contemporary hard bop trumpet voices. John Marshall leads his own quintets in Europe and has put out seven CDs as a leadersince 1992, and many more as a sideman. He now returns to New York for the month of August to appear at Abingdon Theatre with an amazing assembled group of jazz musicians. http://www.marshallbop.com
Tickets $40
Special Offer! USE the CODE “JMQFRIENDS” for $25 tickets if you purchase BEFORE AUGUST 1st!

ABINGDON’S 20th SEASON KICK-OFF PARTY!
Monday, August 20 from 6pm – 10pm

Come visit old and new friends. Look back at Abingdon’s thrilling 19 year history. Eat. Drink. Laugh. Get a sneak peak of Abingdon’s newest Programming – our Family Theatre Wing. And hear what the 20th season will have in store!
20th Season Subscriptions will be available for sale August 20!
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Abingdon Bay Ridge One-Act Festival at Christ Church
Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 7pm

Submissions were invited from playwrights who have had a history with Abingdon and who have shown talent and dedication to writing full-length and short plays. Treatments were submitted on a social theme: “All mankind struggles to balance personal needs with their responsibility to society.” Three Abingdon staff members selected three playwrights to receive a commission: Kevin Armento, Bo List, and Jen Silverman.

Three guest professionals will attend and judge the festival, naming one playwright as the winner of The Father Hamblin Festival Award and an additional cash prize. The Staged Readings at Christ Church Bay Ridge will be cast with professional actors and directed by Abingdon’s Artistic Director, Jan Buttram, Associate Artistic Director, Kim T. Sharp and Abingdon Director of Playwriting Outreach, Bara Swain.
Suggested Donation $10 CASH ONLY at the Door
Christ Church Bay Ridge
7301 Ridge Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY

A HUGE THANK YOU to all that DONATED to the ANNUAL APPEAL! We made it to $106K! You can still contribute to our Pledge of $35K for a 4th show. Every $2 you give STILL GETS US AN EXTRA $1 until the end of July!

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Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter – 2012 Conference, “CRIMINAL MINDS August 11, 2012

Early registration ends midnight, July 11. 2012 for the Desert Sleuths WriteNow! 2012 Conference, “CRIMINAL MINDS: Investigating Today’s Writing Scene” to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., August 11, 2012 at Millennium Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 7401N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale.

The lineup this year, includes licensed psychotherapist and author Dennis Palumbo; publicity guru Dana Kaye; multi-award-winning author Sean Chercover and an FBI Special Agent. In addition, acquisitions editor for the East Coast-based Five Star Publishing, Denise Dietz, will be accepting 15-minute pitches.

Palumbo, whose Los Angeles private practice specializes in creative issues, is also a mystery writer, and his newest crime novel, Fever Dream, is now available, published by Poisoned Pen Press. He is a former screenwriter with credits that include the feature film My Favorite Year and ABC-TV’s Welcome Back, Kotter. Palumbo is also a regular contributor for Psychology Today Magazine. Palumbo will demystify the writing process and share his tips to overcoming obstacles to the creative process.
Chercover is the author of the novels Big City Bad Blood, Trigger City and The Trinity Game, as well as short stories that have appeared in a number of anthologies. His work has received the Anthony, Shamus, CWA Dagger, Dilys, Crimespree, Gumshoe and Lovey awards, and has been shortlisted for Edgar, MacAvity, Barry, ITW Thriller and Arthur Ellis. He will talk about his writing process as a successful psychological suspense author.

Writers can learn more about publicity and marketing from Dana Kaye, who received her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and worked as a freelance writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, Crimespree Magazine, Windy City Times, and on GapersBlock.com. Her publicity career includes creating innovative media campaigns for award-winning, bestselling authors such as Jaime Freveletti, Jesse Kellerman and Gregg Hurwitz.
There are also a few pitch sessions still available for Denise Dietz, senior editor for Five Star, which is an imprint of the internationally renowned Gale Publishing. Ms. Deitz will take a limited number of novel pitches from attendees for $15 on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to register, then send an email to desertsleuths@gmail.com to reserve a session.
Conference fees, which includes continental breakfast, plated lunch and afternoon snack, is $80 for Desert Sleuths’ members before midnight, July 11, and $85 from July 12 to Aug.11; for nonmembers, the advance price is $90, and $95 (registration fee includes Desert Sleuths membership through 2012).

For complete conference details and to register, please visit: http://desertsleuths.com/conference.
Feel free to forward this announcement with your writer and reader friends.
Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter

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