October Program from Author U –HOT Book Strategies for Newbies & Oldies

October 8, 2014 by

HOT Book Strategies for Newbies & Oldies … Embrace Them or Perish!
Publishing: Time and Project Management, Money, Marketing, Publicity, Social Media

October 11th 10 am to 2 pm

Autumn is here … AuthorU.org has a harvest of goodies for you and it’s time to get to work! Author U’s Panel of Experts is ready to let it rip … you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers and solutions.

· You are overwhelmed … what can you do to cut corners and not cut your productivity?

· Your bank account is tilting … what can you do to keep going forward without sinking?

· You want media coverage … what can you do to get without it shelling it out $3,000 a month for a publicist?

· You need a GamePlan and Strategies … but you are clueless as to where to start (or stop).

· You know you need Amazon … how can you use it effectively to maximize your book and ebook sales?

· You know you need marketing moxie … where should you start, what should you stop and what are the latest trends?

· You think that social media is important … but feel like you are a bottomless pit—learn where to crawl, when to leap and when to e xit.

Whew! What a day is planned. Be there early … we will start Author Circles at 9.30 am for those who have questions about anything including newbies and the beginning journey of publishing. Schmoozing, hearty food and Introductions shortly after 10 am and get ready for a great in-depth program.

HOT Book Strategies for Newbies & Oldies … Embrace Them or Perish! It’s your choice, you choose.

Date: Saturday, October 11th
Cost: $30 for … price increases $10 on Oct.9th

Location: Doubletree SE, (225 & Iliff) Aurora CO

Register: http://www.meetup.com/authoru/events/211611992/


CIPA October Meeting: Publishing Bloopers

October 8, 2014 by

Learn what to avoid by finding out the top do’s and don’ts of publishing – the easy way, by hearing others share their past experiences!

Here are just a few of the mistakes we’ve made:

· Contracted with a vanity publisher who overcharged us on everything

· Didn’t think we needed an editor

· Designed the cover or the interior ourselves

· Had the teenager down the street design our website

· Started marketing our book 6 months after it was published

All hope is not lost! Mistakes are how we learn, get better at what we do, and be more successful!

Join Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) on October 18 for for a panel discussion:

Publishing Bloopers: If Only We’d Known. Our stellar panel of publishing experts will share their war stories of their own publishing journeys as well as the "rescue work" they’ve performed for clients (who shall remain anonymous.)

· If you haven’t published your book yet, you’ll learn about some of the major pitfalls and how to avoid them.

· If you’ve already published your book and made a few mistakes, you’ll learn how to correct them.< /span>

View our panel of experts here!

$20 for CIPA Members by 6pm Friday before Event
$30 for Nonmembers, Guests, Member Door Pricing

Selling Your Nonfiction Ideas

October 3, 2014 by

Seminar – Selling Your Nonfiction Ideas

Saturday, 10/25, 8:45 am to noon

Denver Woman’s Press Club

Join Corinne Brown (author of three books and many magazine articles, staff writer for Persimmon Hill and a regular contributor to Western & English Today), Mary Abel (Editor-in-Chief of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles), and Sally Stich (30-year veteran of writing for major national magazine). Topics: Beyond Google research; Turning a Critical Eye to Your Material; Answering the Questions: ”Who cares?” and “Why now?”

$40 before 10/15; $45 after. Check payable to DWPC to Sidney Nelson, 15181 W. 62nd Way, Arvada, CO 80403. Additional info Sally StichSStich9083. More info http://dwpconline.org/events/seminar-selling-your-nonfiction-ideas/

RMMWA Presents….

September 30, 2014 by

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America presents:

Back by popular demand Detective Chuck Heidel, Solving the Marty Grisham Murder and the trial of Michael Clark

Program: Boulder Police Department Detective Chuck Heidel will discuss how he solved this 1994 cold case that led to the conviction of Michael Clark. Heidel has been with the BPD over 25 years, and his first murder case was the rape and bludgeoning death of Susannah Chase in 1997. He also solved the Tantra Rapist Case and previously discussed both of those cases with RMMWA.

Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO
Thursday Night, October 9th.
Time: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Meal: Spaghetti with bolognese sauce, salad and dessert (Vegetarian entrees available upon request)
$20 for members; $25 for non-members. RSVPs are necessary.

New to RMMWA (PayPal)

If possible, we would appreciate your paying through PayPal to streamline reservations. Click bellson or 719 540 8632. Provide your PayPal account name so she can match payments to people, or make your reservation if you prefer to pay at the door. We will of course, still take checks and cash. The deadline for reservations is Monday, October 6, 2014.

(The directions to the Denver Press Club, located at 1330 Glenarm Place in Denver, are as follows: Take 1-25 to 6th Ave. east. Turn north onto Santa Fe to Colfax Ave (15th) and turn right (east). Go about 4 blocks to Glenarm, turn left (north). The Denver Press Club will be about a block and half down on the right hand side, across from the Denver Athletic Club. It’s a small stone building with an awning. Parking is available to the south, in the lot n ext to the Press Club, for $5. Bring singles or a credit card. You must pay the machine and then leave the ticket on your dashboard. Otherwise, there is meter parking on the street, for which you will need quarters. The Denver Press Club telephone number in the event you get lost is 303-571-5260.)

Want to know more about ROCKY MOUNTAIN MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA? CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: http://www.rmmwa.org/

Colorado Authors’ League Marketing Program Oct 11

September 24, 2014 by

Colorado Authors’ League has gathered four book marketing experts to offer insights for both traditionally published and self-published authors in the program "Sizzle! Sizzle! The Creative Side of Selling a Book" on Sat., Oct. 11, 8:30am to 12:30 at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood.

Members and non-members who attended CAL’s first program said that one of highlights was hearing the different viewpoints from experts with different backgrounds on the panel and being able to ask them your specific question. The marketing program will follow the same format.

The panel will include book publicist Jen Halligan, owner of Jen Halligan PR and a graduate of the Denver University Publishing Institute; Scott Johnson, who launched Sputnik Design Works in 2000 and has designed hundreds of books and publications; Terry Wright, a local independent publisher and author of several thriller novels; and Nate Guy, a bookseller for Barnes & Noble who can draw from his experience seeing how readers react to books on shelves every day.

Registration is open now at the CAL web site www.coloradoauthors.org. CAL members can sign up in advance for $20 through Wed., Oct. 8, or $30 at the door. Non-members pay $30 in advance at the CAL site, $40 at the door. The program will be held in the Community Room of Red Rocks Community College, 13300 W. 6th Ave. Service Road.

For more information visit www.coloradoauthors.org or contact:

Denny Dressman, Co-VP/Programs, dennydressman chris 303-882-4910

Denver Press Club Gridiron Show

September 24, 2014 by

Friday, Oct. 10, GRIDIRON SHOW, 7 p.m., at the Reiman Theater in the
newly renovated Margery Reed Hall building (2306 East Evans Avenue) on the DU
campus, next to the Daniels College of Business. Tickets cost $30 per
(You can sign up right now at _http://tinyurl.com/kvnjynl_

There will be a cash bar and free appetizers.

Do you love satire? Do you enjoy seeing big names from media and politics
let their hair down on stage?

Governor John Hickenlooper and the Hick-tones will perform once again as
the Denver Press Club brings back the satirical Gridiron Show — with a
theme of "50 Shades of Crap."

Guest introducers include Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Lt. Gov. Joe
Garcia, and the team of Gloria Neal and Amani Ali.

This event is open to the public and is a fundraiser for the nation’s
oldest press club.

It’s a night of satire, mostly in song, skewering politics, popular
culture and whatever else catches our fancy.

The core cast returns: Edie Sonn, Stephen Koenigsberg, Ruth
Darling-Goldberg of Vintage Spare Parts, Tom Corona, Cynthia Rose, Cynthia Hessin of
Rocky Mountain PBS, Kevin Flynn and Bruce Goldberg. Fred Brown, the retired
Statehouse reporter from The Denver Post and 9News, once again will serve as
master of ceremonies and offer up some hilarious haikus. Theresa Marchetta,
anchor/reporter at KMGH-TV, will deliver the fake newscast this year along
with Cynthia Hessin.

Our performers will include, among others, part of the 9News morning crew
(Gary Shapiro, Cory Rose, Belen DeLeon and Gregg Moss), who will sing one

"No Sacred Cows" is our permanent theme, and join us as we prove it.
Free parking will be available in the underground parking lot of the
Daniels College of Business, off University Boulevard, just south of Evans

Our thanks to Brian Olson for creating two video promos for the Gridiron
show. You can find the 30-second promo at http://youtu.be/84RNJYhd1hk and
the 15-second promo at http://youtu.be/g-MRBPV4470

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Sept 11 Meeting

September 1, 2014 by

RMMWA hosts Harriet Hamilton
Deputy Coroner, Summit County CO for
"Death in a Ski Town"
September 11, 2014

Where: Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver
When: Thursday Night, September 11th.
Time:6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program


Sour cream asparagus chicken

herb wine marinated grilled chicken breast covered with a sour cream asparagus sauce garnished liberally with chopped bacon bits over parsley buttered noodles

Greek tomato cucumber salad…

chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, assorted olives and feta cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette< /b>

& of course Elements Catering special Mystery-themed Desert

(Vegetarian menus provided upon request)

Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non-members. RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Donnell Bell or call 719 540 8632 to make your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, September 8, 2014. (Donnell confirms all reservations. If Donnell does not reply to your e-mail, she does not have your reservation)

(NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.)

Program: Harriet will speak to the duties of a coroner in Colorado, as well as share anecdotes of some of her most unusual cases. Guaranteed to be an informative and entertaining program.

Coroner’s cases: All victims of homicide or suspected homicide or violent means; suicide or suspected suicide, persons dead on arrival at a hospital (DOA); victims of accidental death or suspected accidental death; unattended / unwitnessed deaths, cases of overt or suspected child, elder abuse; persons dying in aircraft crashes, vehicular crashes (auto, motorcycle, boat or adjunct vehicle); All deaths occurring while the decedent is in police custody, or during transport; cases of recovery of skeletal remains; postmortem de composition; industrial or employment accidents; death by poison or suspicion of poison; cases where the victim dies suddenly when in apparent good health; All deaths associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures; patient who has sustained an injury (fracture, fall, concussion, etc.) prior to or during hospital admission; and exhumations (disinterment) performed for the purpose of establishing the cause of death or clearing up a question relating to the cause of death.

Additional Duties include but are not limited to: A scene investigation and follow-up investigation, includes possible notification of next of kin; conducting follow-up interviews; documenting findings; providing testimony at depositions or in court; releasing of information to public via press releases; assisting at autopsies; assisting DA, local law enforcement, ambulance, and fire departments; and reporting to various agencies.

Miscellaneous duties include: Attending continuing education seminars, and providing training to law enforcement, schools, health agencies or other community service agencies in the field of Death Investigation.

Pikes Peak Writers September Write Brain

August 27, 2014 by

What: Self-Publishing: The Good, The Bad, & The In-Between Who: Steve Burt "The Sinister Minister"
When: Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Carnegie Room, Penrose Library, 20 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs (parking on street and in parking lot at meters is free after 6:00 PM)
More Information: Self-publishing is becoming more commonplace and has shown itself to be a feasible alternative to traditional publishing. But what are the pros and cons? The details? The real nitty gritty? Steve Burt, an award winning self-published author, will address, among other topics, writing, editing, self promotion, and publishing options (print, e-book, and audio). Find out where to begin and how to carry it through to book sales.
About the Presenter: Steve Burt first appeared on readers’ radar in 2004 when he won the coveted Bram Stoker Award, horror’s top prize, for a collection of weird tales called Oddest Yet. Then when FreeK Camp and FreeK Show came out, two novels about psychic and paranormal teens, his following grew. Critics loved them, too, and the series won 20 international awards. Now the buzz is out that FreeK Week, releasing July 24, is the best one yet. Steve writes full-time and lives in Florida with his wife/editor Jolyn. You can find out more at www.steveburtbooks.com.

Stories on Stage Contest

July 15, 2014 by
Sharing this note from Stories on Stage with BOOC Members!

We are holding a writing contest for our show Ain’t Life Grand? which will be performed on September 13 in Denver. We are seeking story submissions based on upbeat tales of quiet satisfactions and small – or not so small – triumphs.

The winning story will be read as part of the show by one of our professional actors alongside stories by Carol Anshaw, Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter and
Gary Schanbacher.

So send us your story!
The winner will receive 2 FREE tickets to either performance of
Ain’t Life Grand? AND a $50 Check!

Submission Deadline: 5pm on August 18, 2014
Please send stories to: info

Please note:
Word Limit: Each writer may submit one story of up to 2,250 words.


  • Arial font
  • 14 pt font size
  • Line spacing at 1.5 Lines
  • Indent paragraphs
  • Microsoft Word attachment or in the body of an email

Performance Info:

Saturday, September 13 at 1:30pm & 7:30pm, at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center (721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver)

By submitting your story, you allow Stories on Stage the right to read it on September 13, 2014 for two performances of Ain’t Life Grand? Stories on Stage will not retain any rights after the show.

Subscriptions are On Sale!

Check www.storiesonstage.org for all the latest information about the 2014-15 Season or call us at 303-494-0523

3 Steps to Selling Your Book By The Case – with Brian Jud

July 1, 2014 by

Tuesday, July 22 | Tuesday, July 29 |Tuesday, August 5

Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) is excited to welcome Brian Jud as our speaker for our September meeting. Brian is the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books, a complete resource for selling books in bulk to non-traditional markets. He is also the Executive Director of APSS, The Association of Publishers for Special Sales.

As a lead-in to his live CIPA presentation in September, Brian will teach 3 web inars this summer for CIPA members and non members. Get a jump start on learning how to sell your book by the case to non-traditional buyers! In these 3 classes, Brian will take you step-by-step through the process of prospecting for potential buyers, writing the proposal, and negotiating the special sale of your book.


Members $25 for all 3 webinars

Non-Members $37 for all 3 webinars

Can’t make all of the dates? No problem! The webinars will be recorded and the replays will be available. But, you have to register to get the replays!

Register today at http://www.cipacatalog.com/products.php?product=CIPA-Summer-Webinar-Series

Don’t wait! "Seats" are limited.


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