Member April Michelle Davis on IndieGoGo

April Michelle Davis, NAIWE Social Media Marketing ExpertNAIWE member April Michelle Davis has opened a crowdfunding campaign to support the publishing costs of her latest book, A Princess in Disguise. Originally written almost 20 years ago, A Princess in Disguise is a coming-of-age story about a princess being forced to marry a complete stranger whom her father has chosen. She is on a mental journey, which she decides to turn into a physical odyssey as well. She is searching for who she is, who she wants to become, and for her absent mother.

Like many young girls, April Michelle wanted to be a princess when she was growing up. While watching TV shows and movies, she noticed that the princesses often had no mothers present. April Michelle wrote this book to answer the question of where the mothers are and show the struggles that princesses can face.

April Michelle wrote this book in the height of her fascination with princesses. Since then, she has become a queen, married a king, and bore a prince. This book was her first literary love, and now she is ready to share it with the world. Davis is the coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Social Media Marketing Expert for the National Association for Independent Writers and Editors and a lifetime member of the American Copy Editors Society.

Beginning this month, April Michelle and Iguana Books (her publisher) are running a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the book publishing costs. Awards for donating to the campaign include a signed print of the book’s cover art, a ebook version of the book, and a signed copy of the limited-edition printing of the book.

Visit the IndieGoGo campaign for A Princess in Disguise to contribute to April Michelle’s campaign or to learn more about the book and read an excerpt.

“Breaking In” to Hollywood as a Screenwriter Outside the System

 Join Janice and Mitchell Peck on The Freelance Life broadcast, Wednesday
May 28, 2014 at 3:30 EST. 
Mitchell will shed some light on the often mysterious/opaque process of breaking in to Hollywood as a screenwriter outside the system by using real-life case studies of nine screenwriters who Mitchell has personally helped get represented by agents, sell their scripts to movie studios, and/or get their scripts produced by major movie studios.
Mitchell Peck

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MITCHELL PECK
Mitchell Peck, founder of Hollywood Embassy, is a Producer of three studio movies (and numerous studio script development deals) — all based on screenplays he developed with first-time, unrepresented writers.  For 20 years in Hollywood as a producer, he’s specialized in working with aspiring writers outside the Hollywood system – developing their scripts, and successfully guiding them into top literary agency representation, studio deals, and produced movies (click here to view Mitchell’s IMDB page)
Mitchell recently decided to open a boutique screenplay consultancy, Hollywood Embassy – to help serious, aspiring screenwriters improve their scripts professionally.
ARTICLE
Please CLICK HERE for a link to the “About” page on Mitchell’s Hollywood Embassy website; if you scroll a quarter of the way down the page, you’ll see a piece written by Mitchell titled, “How Hollywood Embassy Began.”
 
For more information about Producer Mitchell Peck and his boutique screenplay consultancy, please visit HollywoodEmbassy.com.
NOTE: NAIWE members can be featured on The Freelance Life sharing ideas, success stories, book chats and more.  Contact editor@naiwe.com if you’d like to get on the list.
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How to Self Publish: October Teleclass with Peter Bowerman

Peter Bowerman, Writer, Self-Publisher, NAIWE Expert

Join us for a NAIWE Teleclass!
October 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Instructor: Peter Bowerman with
NAIWE Director Janice Campbell

Don’t miss this compelling one-hour member teleclass with Peter Bowerman, the Well-Fed Writer and Well-Fed Self-Publisher. He’ll be sharing his self-publishing expertise and talking a bit about what has changed since the first edition of The Well-Fed Self-Publisher was published. Peter is a commercial freelance writer who has published over 250 articles and editorials, leads seminars on writing and is a professional coach on both commercial freelancing business start-up and self-publishing.

New article on Peter’s blog:

 

Successful Self-Publishing Demystified
How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living

Landing a publisher is harder than ever. Even when you do, count on anemic royalty
rates, 18+ months to publication, giving up the rights, and still doing most of the
marketing yourself! Meanwhile, self-publishing has become more viable and potentially
lucrative than ever before.

Join Peter Bowerman, veteran commercial freelancer, popular speaker and successful
self-publisher of the multiple-award-winning Well-Fed Writer (www.wellfedwriter.com)
and Well-Fed Self-Publisher (www.wellfedsp.com) titles, as he shares proven strategies
for production, promotion, and enhanced profitability (thanks to multiple income streams
from spin-off businesses!) that have yielded 70,000+ copies of his books in print and a
full-time living since 2001.

The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter BowermanA brand new, updated edition of The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living is now available. This eagerly anticipated how-to guide to making your book a commercial success – minus the big publisher or hefty marketing budget – chronicles Peter’s own successful self-publishing path, where he indeed created a full-time living for more than five years (and counting). For more details, visit: www.wellfedsp.com.

BIO:

Peter Bowerman, a veteran commercial writer, is the self-published author of the three
award-winning Well-Fed Writer titles (www.wellfedwriter.com), how-to “standards” on
lucrative “commercial” freelancing – writing for businesses for $50-125+ an hour. He
chronicled his self-publishing success in the award-winning 2007 release, The Well-Fed
Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living, and its newly released
2014 updated edition. www.wellfedsp.com.

He’s had 300+ articles published, speaks regularly on writing and publishing, and is a
professional coach for commercial freelancing and self-publishing ventures. Check out
his book titling service at www.titletailor.com.

Teleclass Details

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You will find it by logging in at the top of any page of the site, then going to the Member Area link (more menus will drop down from here), then to the Member Benefit and Discounts link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you are not a member and you would like to join in time for this teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so.

If you would like to register for this single teleclass only, you may do so for $27 by visiting the Teleclass page.

Technologically Advanced Publishing Report- Member Teleclass

TAP-conference-image-2013NAIWE members are invited to join us January 16, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a report on the recent Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference (TAP 2013) topics and speakers. NAIWE was a media sponsor for this conference, and director Janice Campbell, and scholarship winner, Carol Topp, NAIWE’s Accounting for Freelancers Expert, attended.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Janice and Carol will share what they learned about the newest frontiers of digital publishing, including

  • Book writing tips and techniques
  • Insider tips for making it as a content publisher
  • Design essentials for digital publishing
  • Copyright principles
  • Creating synergy and keeping your brand consistent across your blog and social media
  • A look at Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and iBooks
  • And more . . .

You’ll come away with a better understanding of where the publishing world is moving, and how to choose your path to publication.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

TAP! 2013 Conference Scholarship Opportunity

TAP 2013 Conference: Orlando, Florida in JanuaryAs a media sponsor of the Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference (TAP! 2013), NAIWE has been presented with a scholarship valued at up to $745 for one of our members.

If you can make it to Florida in January, please apply! Simply send an e-mail containing the following information to support@NAIWE.com by December 15, 2012.

  • Name
  • Profession/Business
  • NAIWE Member Site URL
  • A brief statement of why you would like to come
  • Statement of commitment to come if your application is chosen

Don’t miss joining NAIWE at TAP! 2013!

In addition to the keynote by Guy Kawasaki, conference sessions will include:
Sessions will include:
  • Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to write, publish, and market your books as a self-publisher
  • How to Start and Finish Writing Your Book
  • Apple iBooks Author Fast Start
  • The Road to Kindle – A Successful Author’s Journey
  • Copyright Still Means Something for Digital Publishers
  • Copyright FAQ
  • User-Generated Content is Great (and Full of Legal Problems)
  • From Book to Business
  • Sink or Swim? Navigating Today’s Turbulent Waters as a Content Creator
  • Digital or Die: The Case for Captivating UX & Design to Bring Your Content to Life
  • Writing for the Web: How to Compel Your Audience to Action
  • Hypersyndication: How to Deliver Your Content to Multiple Platforms
  • Establishing Your Digital Publishing Identity Across Multiple Social Media Platforms
  • Creating a Video Trailer for your eBook or App Using Adobe Photoshop
  • Creating ePUB files with Adobe InDesign
  • Getting Started with Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition
  • ePUB, PDF, or DPS: Which Format to Choose?
  • Design & Digital Publishing Essentials
  • iOS 6 for Designers and Developers
  • User Interfaces Don’t Have to Suck — The Mobile User Experience
  • Finding Your Audience Tribes in a Hyper-Social Digital World
  • How To Use Compelling Photographs To Attract More Eyeballs
  • Creating Videos People Want to Watch
  • The Power of Podcasting

Pixels to Profit – Cashing In On the eBook Explosion! Teleclass with Brian Schwartz


NAIWE members, you’re invited to
join us for a member teleclass-
3:30 pm EDT on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 with NAIWE’s Kindle Expert, Brian Schwartz.

Pixels to Profit – Cashing In On the eBook Explosion!

You’ll Learn…

  • Market Research
  • Create Compelling Content & Publish
  • Optimize and Increase Visibility
  • Wider Distribution and Syndication
  • Building a Marketing Machine
  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Advanced Topics

Bio:
Authorpreneur Brian Schwartz is the creator of the award winning 50 Interviews series and has published 20 titles in the last 2 years. Driven out of a need to provide his authors access to the digital book market, he launched KindleExpert.com in 2010 to provide digital conversion and sales optimization services for other authors and publishers. His title of ‘Authorpreneur’ encompasses the roles he fills as CEO, author, speaker, trainer, publisher, and consultant. He’s currently the President of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association – a 20 year old association, and the first of its kind dedicated to self-publishers. He’s been featured on NBC & CBS, in the Denver Business Journal, and is the author of a monthly column for the Northern Colorado Business Report highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Colorado.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

How to Blog Your Way to a Book Deal: Teleclass with Nina Amir

NAIWE Members, you’re invited to
join us for a member teleclass-
3:30 pm EST on Wednesday August 15, 2012
with NAIWE’s Blog to Book Expert, Nina Amir

Nina Amir, Blog to Book Expert, NAIWESome say the blog-to-book craze reached its height back in 2009, but more bloggers are landing deals and having their books released per month currently than at that time. Agents and acquisition editors continue to troll the Internet looking for blogs to turn into books because they want to find books as close to a “sure thing” as possible. A blog with an established readership and a blogger with a built-in fan base or platform represents a successfully test marketed book idea.

Rather than just blogging and then repurposing your posts into a book, or booking your blog, learn how to write, publish, and promote a book on the Internet using blog technology. Blogging a book is the easiest and quickest way to write a book and promote it at the same time. If you can write, you can blog. That means you can blog your way to creating a successful book—one that attracts readers and publishers. You can produce a manuscript, and promote and publish your work one post at a time in cyberspace. If you attract enough readers, you may also get “discovered” by an agent or publisher.

Learn how you can blog your way to a book deal or to create a blog that attracts readers, agents and publishers. This class also will touch on how to book a blog and why a successful blog ensures a successful self-published book.

This session will outline how writers who blog or blog a book:

  • publish as they write
  • build author platform while they write
  • get noticed by agents and acquisition editors

Session takeaways:

  • Why all aspiring authors should blog
  • What to blog about
  • 10 reasons to blog a book
  • The pros and cons of blogging vs. blogging a book
  • 6 things you need to do before you blog a book
  • 3 things you need for your blog to get discovered
  • The elements a blog needs if it is to become a book


Nina Amir, Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products, to craft careers as authors and to achieve  goals and fulfill their purpose. She blogged her book, How to Blog a Book, Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books), in five months. Find out more about her, the products and services she offers and her blogs at www.ninaamir.com. You can sign up for a free book, author or blog-to-book coaching session or receive her FREE 5-Day Published Author Training Series by visiting www.copywrightcommunications.com.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

The Seven Things Every Author MUST Understand About Publishing

Call in an listen to The Freelance Life!NAIWE Publishing Expert Jerry D. Simmons will be on The Freelance Life online radio show this coming Wednesday. His topic will be:

“The Seven Things Every Author MUST Understand About Publishing”

Recording of Part 1 of this interview:

They include:

(1)              It’s a business,

(2)              Two distinct parts to becoming a successful author,

(3)              Become a student of the marketplace,

(4)              Good story trumps great writing,

[6/2/2010 Note: We didn’t get through all the questions, but we’ll finish on Wednesday, August 4, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.]

(5)              It’s easy to get published, difficult to sell books,

(6)              Perception is critical, every author has choices, and

(7)              There are no guarantees, ever.

Here’s the recording of Part 2 of this interview:

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the program. We hope you can join us!

  • The Freelance Life
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2010
  • 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 38165

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Three Myths of Publishing with Jerry Simmons

The Freelance Life Online Radio ShowNAIWE Publishing Expert Jerry D. Simmons will be on The Freelance Life online radio show this Wednesday. His topic will be:

Three Myths of Publishing

1)     Self-publishing eliminates any chance at landing a traditional contract

2)     You always need an agent to land a traditional contract

3)     Your publisher will always take care of you

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the program. Join us!

  • The Freelance Life
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2010
  • 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 38165

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