Minutes from Writer’s Guild/Poetry Circle July meeting

Minutes from Writer’s Guild/Poetry Circle meeting

July 8, 2014- 6 pm- Arts Center

Attending: Fred Basset, Connie Terpack, Lee Wyndham, Amaryllis Turman, Roy Richardson, Charlotte Ehney, Lee Padgett, Philip Carango

Discussion Items

Social media outlets- Facebook page, Blog, Twitter. Do you need them or not?

Group’s blog/website  – send your member bios to amaryllisturman [at] gmail[dot] com to be included on the group website.

We need regular content for the blog. The schedule has not be decided but it has been suggested to have weekly posts. Concerning content, one idea is to post mirror image collaborations. Amaryllis Turman is collecting poems and pictures of artwork to post one each month. Send submissions to amaryllisturman [at] gmail[dot] com

Charlotte Ehney has created a Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/authorcharlotteehney

Roy Richardson has created a Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/rwrichardson

Amaryllis Turman has created a Facebook author page

For all of us that want to revamp our FB pages: 7 Ways to Instantly Transform Your Facebook Business Page- Read more at http://blog.canva.com/transform-facebook-business-page/#rDAtty5qx1icAV0y.99

BookBaby is giving away Guy Kawasaki’s book about self-publishing free through July 31st. Click here to download a free copy of Guy Kawasaki’s APE: How to Publish a Book. It is helpful book about self-publishing. In case you are wondering, APE stands for Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur.

There is a call for entries for the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards short story competition. Early bird deadline is September 15, 2014. Click here to find out more about submission guidelines and entry fees.

There was a discussion about formalizing this group by having active officers, creating plans for community involvement and activities during the year. In September 2014, we will be structuring the group. If you are interested, contact amaryllisturman [at] gmail[dot] com.

Some ideas for the coming year

  • Public poetry reading in April 2015
  • Mirror image exhibit at Arts Center and local restaurants

Last but not least, make sure your Arts Center membership is up-to-date. If you are not sure if you are a current member, you can find out from Amaryllis Turman.

Book Signing Tips

You have published and printed your book and now what?

Next stop: Have a book signing.

If we have a book signing, we want it to be successful.

Here are a few tips discussed in a previous meeting that can help to boost attendance:

  1. Advertise in the newspaper
  2. Use social media – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube
  3. Offer free books to the first 10 (or however many) attendees
  4. Invite local book club members