December Write Brain Pikes Peak Writers


December Write Brain
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cottonwood Artists’ School Get the _map_
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Write Brain sessions are free to members. Non-members may attend ONE Write
Brain for free; additional Write Brain sessions are $10.00 each.
How to Have a Killer Booksigning with Beth Groundwater and Madge Walls
Most writers hate books signings. They sit there like a blob and
therefore don’t sell many books. Unless you’re Stephen King or Danielle
Steele, you won’t either – unless you stand up, get close, and get personal!

Since the publication of their first novels, Madge Walls and Beth
Groundwater have done dozens of book signings in bookstores across the
country. There’s rarely a lineup waiting for our dazzling presence, yet
we do sell books! We sell them one at a time, as fast as we can. At the
end of two hours the book store manager is beaming and wants us back.

Learn the secrets of having a Killer Booksigning from these two
experienced authors–who don’t always agree.
Beth Groundwater’s debut mystery novel, A Real Basket Case, was released by
Five Star to good reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and other national
publications in March, 2007. It was nominated for a 2007 Best First Novel
Agatha Award. To Hell in a Handbasket, the second in the Claire Hanover gift
basket designer mystery series, will be released in May, 2009. Also, Beth has
published eight short stories in various genres, including one in Wild Blue
Yonder, Frontier Airlines’ in-flight magazine, one which was translated into
Farsi, and one which was performed in live theatre. Visit Beth’s website at and her blog at
Madge Walls was a lifelong resident of Hawaii until moving to Colorado
Springs in 2001.Her first novel, “Paying the Price,” was published in 2005. The
story is a reflection of her years as a single mom and Realtor on Maui,
packed with lots of mother-daughter conflict and a real estate deal that goes
terribly bad, threatening to wreck the lives of everyone involved. It’s also an
insider’s view of the difficulties of life amid the swirling cross-cultural
currents in what some would consider Paradise. “Paying the Price” is the
recipient of an EVVY Merit Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers
Association and the Reader’s Choice Award 2006 from the Hawaii Book Publishers
Association. Madge was been the guest of honor at many dozens of book clubs who
have read “Paying the Price” and invited her to join the discussion, either in
person or by long distance phone. Her next novel, “Buyers Are Liars,” is
slated for publication in 2009. Retired from the real estate business, she
now earns her living as a freelance indexer of nonfiction books.
does not commit you to attending, but does enable us to prepare enough materials
for expected attendees, and importantly, it gives us a way to contact you if
we have an emergency change to the Write Brain session, such as a
postponement due to weather.


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