My workshop series “Better than Fiction: Writing your Memoir with Flair” starts Thursday Sept. 28 at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library in downtown Palm Springs at 10 a.m. The every-other-week, five-session series will focus on using fictional writing techniques to bring life to your memoir. The sessions are free and are offered in conjunction with the Palm Springs Library and Inlandia Institute. For more information and to register, go to https://goo.gl/forms/57wVF9ew3Kvi4CXo2.
I will be one of two featured readers at Koffi in Rancho Mirage, October 8, 2017, at 2 p.m..Â This series of book talks and readings by local authors is hosted by Donna Fitzgerald. I will be talking about my Johnson Station series and reading a bit from the forthcoming third book in the series, Marcia’s Revenge.
Have you ever bought an independently (or self) published book, and wished later you hadn’t wasted your money? Have you ever published one? I will be leading a discussion titled “Raising the Bar on Indie Publishing” at the Indie Author Fair at the Corona Public Library as part of Indie Author’s Day. I will be discussing the IBPA’s recent development of an industry standards checklist for professionally published books and Sunacumen Press’s standards for writing quality. The event is sponsored by Inlandia Institute and will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (food trucks nearby). I will also be representing the Palm Springs branch of the National League of American Pen Women on a panel discussion “Why a Writers’ Organization Might be Right for You.” Also represented on the panel will be people from the Diamond Valley Writers Guild, PoetrIE, Coffee House Writers Group, and Wild Lemon Project.
I will begin my workshop series on how to self-publish your books on Monday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Rancho Mirage Public Library. The five-week workshop is free and is sponsored by the library in association with the Inlandia Institute. To get more information and to sign up, go to https://goo.gl/forms/8sqRvPR86lTYt9Pu1.
September 23, 2017
Thanks to all who attended the DVWG’s Book Fair.
6-8 p.m. March 6
Join me and author Lynne Spreen for the Inlandia Institute-sponsored workshop on self-publishing. This session will cover creating your author website and using social media (everything but Facebook) to market your book. Lynne will talk about her successes with blogging, e-mail blasts and other social media tools. The sessions are free and are held at the Welwood-Murray Public Library in downtown Palm Springs (corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz). To sign up, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
3 p.m. March 11 (Saturday)
I will be at the Wheatmark Publishers booth (137) at the Tucson Festival of Books from 3 to 4 on Saturday, March 11, to sign copies of my Johnson Station novels and give readers a chance to win a unique (and tough) jigsaw puzzle, featuring downtown Johnson Station.The puzzles celebrate the release of the first two Johnson Station novels, Gracie’s Revolution and Jackie’s Campaign. Come by and enter the drawing for a Johnson Station jigsaw puzzle. The Tucson Festival is now the third largest book fair in the country, after Washington, D.C., and Chicago. and is held on the U of A campus.
10 a.m.-noon March 12 (Sunday)
I will be signing books in the Pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books to sign copies of my Johnson Station novels. Come by and enter the drawing for a Johnson Station jigsaw puzzle featuring a “photo” of Johnson Station (on the right). The Tucson Festival is now the third largest book fair in the country, after Washington, D.C., and Chicago. and is held on the U of A campus.
6-8 p.m. March 20
Join me and author Lynne Spreen for the Inlandia Institute-sponsored workshop on self-publishing. This final session of the workshop series will cover creating your Facebook Author page and using Facebook marketing, book festivals and fairs, book signings, reviews and advertising. The sessions are free and are held at the Welwood-Murray Public Library in downtown Palm Springs (corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz). To sign up, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 p.m. April 9 (Sunday)
I will be introducing Jackie’s Campaign and talking about my Johnson Station series at the monthly book-reading hosted by Donna Fitzgerald. Come and have a cuppa and enjoy the camaraderie of your Palm Springs writer friends. Koffi at 71-380 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (three blocks west of The River).