March 5, 2022: Judi Fennell – In the Know-How; Guide to Indy Publishing

Thinking of indie-publishing? What do you need to know? What do you need to do? Who do you hire? What do you do yourself? There are many roads to travel when going the indie-publishing route and it can seem overwhelming. Author/owner of www.formatting4U.com, Judi Fennell, has been helping authors navigate the pathways to indie-publishing since 2012 … Read more

Jan. 8th, Meg Case:

 Marriage of Genres:  Jane Austen and the “Romance Novel” All six of Jane Austen’s novels end with marriage.  It is thus no surprise that Austen is often considered a “romance writer.”  But what exactly does that mean?  Is it true?   This interactive talk will begin by asking the RI Romance Writers how each member defines … Read more

Nov. 6th, 2021 Tracey Townsend: Writing for Deep POV

Writing deep point of view can be a challenge, especially when you know so much more about what’s happening than your characters. If you’ve ever been critiqued for “head hopping” or “perspective surfing,” this is a conversation you want to be part of. Find your voice and keep wandering gazes and ideas where they belong in this … Read more

April 10, 2021 – Alison O’Donnell, Stupid Cupid

Local RI comedian Alison O’Donnell will share funny and painfully true stories about the men she’s met and dated from a variety of dating websites. Meet dozens of the author’s most memorable and unforgettable dates! The Weary Widower, The Desperado, Mr. Clean, and Ivan the Terrible are just a few. With each tale, you’ll learn … Read more

March 6th, 2021. Penny Sansevieri – Sell Books on Amazon

How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon Amazon is a great place to sell books, but most authors (and publishers) underutilize the free systems Amazon offers. Metadata, keywords, and Amazon’s backend systems are also something that are often misunderstood, and underused. This deep dive class will dig into all of the pieces that … Read more

Jan. 9th Bonnie Phelps: “Amazon Advertising — Not as Scary as it Sounds”

Have you ever wanted to set up an Amazon Advertising campaign for your book but the thought of slogging your way through the set-up process scared you silly? Help is on the way. This presentation uses screen shots, examples, and step-by-step instructions to guide you through each of this advertising option. The step-by-step instructions will … Read more

Dec. 12th, Roundtable, Holiday Fun

In the November newsletter, Tina O’Reilly contributed a thoughtful article about the challenges of trying to balance the varied demands of publishing and marketing books, from cover design and formatting to investing time on social media, and time and money on ads on many platforms with actually writing those books. Our December meeting will be … Read more

Nov. 7th – Piper Huguley, Authenticity Sells

If you are able to open yourself up and connect to an audience to show the truth of who you are, that’s authenticity. It sells. Reflecting the authentic in your work is a crucial skill. I will share my journey of how I excavated my truest self and found passion for what I wanted to write. … Read more