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Random Writing Quote:

“Writers don't make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don't work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck's book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man's stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more.”

--Donald Miller

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Date: October 21, 2017

Speaker: Susan McBeth

Topic: "AuthorPreneurs"

Susan McBeth

Susan McBeth founded Adventures by the Book™ in 2011 to more intimately connect readers with authors and their books through unique and interactive literary events and travels. Affectionately referred to as “multi-sensorial” opportunities, her dynamic brand of literary events are custom-designed and redefine traditional author readings.

Since 2011, Susan has coordinated dozens of author events and travels, including of course an Under the Tuscan Sun Adventure with none other than Mayes herself, an Equestrian Adventure with New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Letts, a Chinatown Walking Tour Adventure with New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, multiple Ladies Literary Tea Adventures with bestselling authors like Sarah McCoy, Eowyn Ivey, J. Ryan Stradal, and Christina Baker Kline, a Paris/Provence Adventure by the Book with New York Times bestselling author Susan Vreeland, and even a Fancy Nancy Children’s Tea Adventure with New York Times bestselling children’s illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser.

Having specialized in event management for over twenty years, including four and a half years as Director of Marketing and Events for one of the oldest independent bookstores in the United States, Susan is the happiest she has ever been in career right now. “I want to transport you to historical and magnificent destinations – whether they be half way around the world or right in our own backyard.”

Susan is also the founder of AuthorPreneurs™, an incubator program for writers. She is a contributor to Midge Raymond’s Everyday Book Marketing and a contributing editor to international online magazine Wine Dine & Travel, with her column “Travel by the Book”. She has been featured on NBC San Diego, KPBS, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Magazine, Women’s Radio, Reading with Robin Radio, and many more. Susan is a facilitator for the San Diego State University Osher Institute’s ‘Ed’-ventures and sits on the advisory committee for KPBS One Book, One San Diego. She holds a Masters in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in German Literature from San Diego State University, where she earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board Honor Society.

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Upcoming November 18, 2017:


Speaker: Jeff Lyons

Date: November 18, 2017

Topic: "Finding the Heart of Your Story"

Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons is a published author, screenwriter, editor and story development consultant with more than 25 years experience in the film, television, and publishing industries. After two successful appearances at SCWA, he’s coming back by popular demand. His talk will focus on isolating the major conflicts in the story, the theme, and the heart of their story. After his presentation, Jeff will open up the time to do one-on-one with the audience and their story ideas, allowing everyone to see how to practically implement the day’s lessons.