Random Writing Quote:

“Here is a lesson in creative writing.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.

We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.

If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

--Kurt Vonnegut

Fauzia Burke

Speaker: Fauzia Burke

Date: July 16, 2016

"Online Branding for Authors"

Every author’s digital brand is his or her biggest asset, and creating one is vitally important for long-term success. However, there have never been more demands on an author’s time than today. In this session, you will learn which efforts are worth your time and which ones are a distraction. Whether you're an author or someone who advises authors (publisher, agent or publicist), this session will be relevant. You will learn through examples and case studies how to connect all the elements of digital marketing (website, mailing list, blogging, social media, advertising and publicity) into a cohesive, successful and sustainable personal brand.
 

Fauzia Burke is the founder and president of FSB Associates, an online publicity and marketing firm specializing in creating awareness for books and authors. She’s the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors (Berrett-Koehler, Spring 2016). Fauzia has promoted the books of authors such as Alan Alda, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Francis, S. C. Gwynne, Mika Brzezinski, Charles Spencer and many more. A nationally recognized speaker and online branding expert, Fauzia writes for the Huffington Post, MariaShriver.com and MindBodyGreen. For online publicity, book publishing and social media advice, follow Fauzia on Twitter (@FauziaBurke) and Facebook (Fauzia S. Burke).


Upcoming speaker for August 20, 2016:

Steven G Jackson

Speaker: Steven G Jackson

"Structure Matters: Engineering a Novel"

Steven G. Jackson is the author of the 5-star thriller novel The Zeus Payload. He has two more thriller novels near completion, and several others in the planning stage. He’s also a playwright, with four produced comedies in the last two years. After a career as a technology director in the aerospace business, he started his new career as a full-time writer. He also serves the SCWA as a Vice President.

Steven will delve into the details of structuring a thrilling novel, leveraging his Master of Professional Writing degree, his writing experience, and his engineering background, to give a comprehensive look at why structure matters, and what professionals are looking for when they evaluate your novel. You’ll leave with knowledge and tools to help you build a thrilling tale.

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