Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ideas for Marketing Your Book

*These are rough notes from our April 2016 meeting

How do you get your book out there? How do you let people know?
Podcasts are the "new thing"
Jane Friedman does a live Q&A every week/month.  Great info/tips
Jennifer has a "Street Team" on Facebook and Twitter.  A street team are people that are willing to share your posts and get your information out there for them.  The reason being only 7% of your friends will see your post.  So you need to share and have your team/friends share as well.
Book signings:
  • You have to take the time to build a base
  • Google Arts&Crafts shows to find venues
  • You need to always have something new each year.
Book giveaways are a good marketing tool.
BookBub costs nothing to submit.  You are only charged if you get in, which can be difficult. But keep submitting! It is the biggest bang for your buck where marketing is concerned. Make sure your getting reviews on your books to help (street team can help here).  Offering promotional giveaways for reviews is a good way to get team to follow through.
Write reviews for your fellow writers.
Be sure to list EVERYTHING you write on Amazon so you have a large list when someone "googles" you. List books, novellas, short shorties, etc.
Quality AND Quantity: You need to be consistently putting stuff out there.
Don't get so bogged down in media (sharing on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc) that you stop writing.

April 2016 Meeting Minutes

6:30 Meeting called to order
Members in attendance: Rita, Sarah, Cindy, Margery, Linda, Anne, David (aka Robert), Glenn, Marilyn, Jennifer, Sybil, Francia, and Jayleen.

Treasurer's Report: balance $567.21, have not sold any anthologies this month

Update on Barbara: surgery went well but she has not been cleared to venture out yet. She is working on getting out her book.

Public Relations: Affiliate news is now on OWFI

Old News:
Library Showcase scheduled for Saturday April 23 1p-4p
  • Bring  your own table covers/decorations
  • You need to have your own bank to make change
  • You'll get 2 minutes for your "elevator pitch"
  • Utilize Social Media to promote the showcase
  • Crème de la Crème has been donated in Charlotte's name
  • We now have 2 tables - 20 seats
  • Who's going? Rita, Anne, Cindy, Denise, Marilyn, Jennifer, Cathy, Cindy, Glenn, and possibly Glenn's daughter.  Jayleen is still undecided.
New News:
Friend of the Library
  • Congratulations to Anne, Linda, Charlotte, Sydney, and Abigail for placing in this year's writing contest.  We will post winner's and categories on our FB page.
OLLI Class
  • WordWeavers are going to lead 3 classes during the Summer Session.  Examples of content include: What happens in the day of the life of a writer, What gets you going, and Where do you find inspiration. Jennifer will lead the May 25th class, Rita June 1st, and Denise June 8
  • Fall classes will be more of a "how to" for outlines, contests, etc.  We will need volunteers to lead the classes starting in September over the course of 6 weeks.
Jennifer will be collaborating with Darlene Shortridge to provide an extensive workshop on Independent Publishing.  The date is set for Oct 8th and plans to run 10(ish) hours.  The venue is TBD.

Jennifer finished Summer's End and will release at the end of summer. Yay!

Mary Kincaid released a new book. Congratulations!

Marilyn is hoping to release her book Becoming Rose at the end of June.

Heather will be releasing her book soon. Good Luck!

Tate publishing was discussed and the general feeling was do NOT use this publisher. Jennifer is willing to help anyone rather than resorting to them.

Members had suggested to dedicate the Anthology to Charlotte.  Anne made a motion to do so, Margery seconded the motion.  Everyone was in favor.

Jennifer asked everyone to please please please email your edits ASAP, oh and pay dues that were due in September.

Critiques for Sybil and Sarah were discussed. Edits will be due May 17th.

Next month critiques for Eloise, Glenn, and Sally.

May WW meeting will be Spring Celebration.  We will reserve a table at Tumbleweeds. Tuesday, May 17th @ 6:00pm

Meeting adjourned (kinda) 7:55pm.  Then we discussed Marketing, see separate blog for those notes.

Friday, April 8, 2016

March 2016 Minutes

Holy cow, I am finally figuring out how to post the minutes!

6:35pm Meeting called to order. Those in attendance include: Jennifer, Sarahlyn, Jayleen, Denise, Margery, Abigail, Marily, Glenn, David, and Francia.

Slips of paper passed around for those wishing to be considered for the OWFI scholarship

Treasurer report: $792.31balance with no new sales

Abigail: has list for FB "book of the day", let her know if anyone has anything new to add to rotation.

Jennifer welcomed new secretary Jayleen Mayes (yay!)

Old News: 
  • Local Author's Library Showcase: Jennifer will have a mtg about it. Set for Saturday April 23 from 1p-4p.  Looking for those wishing to speak or read.
  • Edmond Author's Fair moved to May. $30 for full table, $15 for half.  Good crowd, usually does well.
  • Anthology: Final edits need to be sent to WW email. Next meeting critique for Saralyn and Sybil.
New News:
  • Ladies Connection on May 12th, opportunity to promote books. Conflicts with OWFI.
  • Friends of Library contest awards maybe April 21st? Keep checking emails.
  • Denise OWFI Board Update: will have Gong Show this year, budget has been less successful, Stephen James to speak and looking for keynote speaker for next year.
  • Steve Berry will be at Gilcrease Museum in April
  • OWFI early bird registration ends today! $175 vs $200 tomorrow
  • Baskets: need a theme. Suggestions include "Deadline Survival Kit" and "Deadline Reward". Plans to seek out Maria Gus for help with a Bville Basket again this year.
  • Centerpieces: if you have a book, make a centerpiece for the raffle and tell Peggy Chambers.
  • Table Reservations: need to know how many ppl plan to attend
  • Hotel Reservations: need to know who's bunking up...plans to cancel 2 of the room reservations.
  • Affiliate news deadline? Abigail will send another email because last news was never put up. Jennifer will also double check with Mary.
  • Drawing for OWFI scholarship: 2 @ $75 each goes to Abigail & Jennifer. Congratulations!
  • We are sponsoring 1/2 category @ OWFI this year.
  • Denise concluded the meeting with some background information about OWFI
Next meeting April 19th @ 6:30pm

Thursday, December 3, 2015

November 17, 2015 Minutes

Those who attended the Bartlesville WordWeavers Club meeting in November were Jennifer (President), Saralyn (Treasurer), Abigail (PR), Erin (Secretary), Cindy, Tawnya, Charlotte, Sally, Rita, Stacey, Marilyn, Linda, Margery, and Ann. We also had two first time guests: Glenn and Francia Vermillion. Glenn and Francia were extremely fun to talk to and would be valuable new assets to our club. We hope to see them again soon!

On the day of the meeting the club had given away free copies of the Seasons of Life anthology on Kindle. Most people forgot until that afternoon, but we ended up having 118 Kindle copies taken that day with no PR.

Old News:

We were reminded not to forget to share the Book of the Day on Facebook.

There was information given out about four upcoming writing competitions:
  • 2016 Oklahoma Book Awards - Deadline January 8, 2016
  • OWFI Conference May 13th and 14th - Deadline February 1, 2016.
  • Friends of the Library, February 1st, 2016 - enter by the end of December, 2015
  • 10th Annual North Texas Book Festival Book Awards on April 8th and 9th, 2016 - Submissions Sept 1st, 2015 - December 31, 2015.
Kindle copies of Seasons Remembered will be given out for free on December 13th and 15th. Let's try to remember to publicize this time around. Who knows how many copies we could get out there with some PR effort if we gave away 118 without any!

New News:

OWFI has changed formats on their Newsletter. It is now being updated monthly on the webpage.

Our December meeting will be shared with our club Christmas Party. It will be taking place on December 15 at 6:00 pm at President Jennifer McMurrain's house. Bring your favorite goody; sweet or savory. Please remember that we will be conducting a normal club meeting as well as celebrating, so print out and edit the stories we are sent for a critique session. An e-mail with more details will be forthcoming.

There is some exciting news for various club members! Jennifer was accepted by BookHub, which is notoriously difficult to get into. Charlotte had a book signing the Saturday after the meeting at the Nowata Library.

For NanoWriNo this year our club had 3 participants. Abigail wrote her first full draft of a book, Saralyn worked on a rough draft for All the Little Pieces, and Jennifer was writing the rough draft of her next novel. These ladies deserve lots of respect for making that commitment and trying to write everyday!

Margery announced that she is almost done editing a book for Robert Peters. He already has one book published in the 90's. He needs help formatting and publishing on Amazon. He also needed editors. Several club members volunteered to help Mr. Peters.

Last but not least, Abigail got not one, but two contracts for "Pockets" Magazine. She will be in two back to back issues: Jan/Feb 2016 and March 2016.

I hope to see you all in a couple of weeks at the Christmas Party!

Erin McMillan, Bartlesville WordWeavers Club Secretary

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 20, 2015 Minutes

Members attending the October 2015 meeting were Jennifer McMurrain, President; Cindy Bolder, VP; Sarah Lynn, Treasurer; Erin McMillan, Secretary; Tawnya Hobbs York; Marilyn Boone; Sybil Copeland; Linda Durkiss; Rita Durrett; Charlotte Smith; Darla Tressner; Hillary Smith; and Eloise Peacock. We also had a guest, Suzanne Read, who paid her dues and joined at the meeting. Welcome Suzanne! We look forward to reading your work.

Sarah Lynn gave the Treasurer's Report.

Jennifer informed us that the club had given away 44 Seasons of Life the weekend before as a promotion.

In our New News, Jennifer had come out with her 3rd novel in her Quail Crossings series: Missing Quail Crossings, the Tuesday before. Jennifer is currently busy with a book tour. We congratulate her on the fruits of her labor and wish her the best in her travels.

Charlotte Smith had received another delivery of her book Murder, Murder Everywhere that day. Congratulations, Charlotte!

Congratulations are also in order for Sybil; she just completed a story about her home for her memoir. It is a tour of her home. Sybil gave a helpful suggestion in that pictures are a handy tool for writers.

Rita informed us that she has a 4th editor for her project, and we are all hoping for headway.

Pepper Hume has an art exhibition in Dewey. Go check it out.

For our Main Business portion we discussed our new anthology, Seasons to Celebrate.

Jennifer gave all the present members handouts on the overview of the book, such as rules and protocol. On October 27th she e-mailed the guidelines to all members.

Present members were able to sign up for her own submission deadline. There are two for each meeting until August 2016.

Tawnya took some pictures of the meeting for the WordWeavers Club website. Thank you, Tawnya!

The next WordWeavers meeting is November 17th. Details are forthcoming.

Thus ended the Official Meeting.

Jennifer McMurrain then took us through her notes on the "Fast Draft" workshop given by Candy Heabens. We learned many suggestions on how to write a draft in two weeks.

The meeting adjourned.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

January 2015 minutes

*No December minutes were take due to it being our annual holiday party. 

President Barbara Shoff brought the meeting to order with seventeen present.  Anyone having trouble sending entries to OWFI should watch the video by Jennifer McMurrain. Try to make your word count have a 50 word “cushion” because some programs come up with different numbers which can disqualify your entry. We covered the costs for OWFI and the scholarships available. We encouraged entries to the Friends of the Library contest, which also has its deadline on February 1st, and to Listen to Your Mother Oklahoma, Chicken Soup, and Good Old Days magazine. In memory of Bob Long, a motion to give $50 to the Homeless Shelter was passed. Several also gave donations totaling $16, so the amount from our treasury would be for $34.  A motion to compile a list of books about writing our members would be willing to loan to others was passed. .  We critiqued  two stories. Then Barbara encouraged anyone wanting to submit something (10 pages or less) to be critiqued to send it to her  by Friday Feb 13 to then be sent out to others for our next meeting February 17. Meeting adjourned. ~ Diana Purser