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Memoirist Kathryn Black at CAL April 22

April 11, 2009

Who: Memoirist Kathryn Black presents, WRITING FROM YOUR LIFE: The Art and Craft of Memoir

What: Colorado Authors’ League luncheon

When: April 22, 2009, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where: The Cork restaurant in Boulder

Cost: $20 members & affiliates; $25 non-members

RSVP: Maryjo Morgan (970) 663-4184 maryjo.morgan@comcast.net (Please include your menu selection.)

Are you curious about beginning a memoir, or have you already begun? CAL member Kathryn Black, author of two award-winning memoirs and featured in the February PBS special “American Experience: The Polio Crusade,” will help you along that path. She’ll answer your questions, including: What is a memoir? What do I need to know before beginning a memoir? How do I shape my idea? What makes a memoir marketable? Get details and register at http://www.ColoradoAuthors.org.

Dom Testa at Colorado Authors League

February 9, 2009

While You Were Driving, He Inked a 6-Book Deal!

At the Colorado Authors’ League February Luncheon, Denver radio celebrity Dom Testa will tell you how!

From Legal Pad to Six-Book Contract: Turning a Rough Idea Into Publishing Success

* February 25, 2009 12:00 – 1:30 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Hampden Ave. and I-25, Denver

* Cost – $20 CAL members and affiliate members; $25 non-members

* Register at www.ColoradoAuthors.org

Do you dream of a multi-book deal while listening to The Dom and Jane Show on the radio as you’re commuting to work? Get the dish from Dom Testa on how he parlayed his young adult, sci-fi idea into a 6-book deal.

Most authors dream of a multi-book deal, few get one. Dom Testa did and being a local celebrity in Denver had nothing to do with it. His speciality is juvenile fiction with a twist of sci-fi. Dom will reveal what he did to put it all together in today’s dicey publishing market where money’s tight and few are taking on “new” authors. Yes, things are possible and advances can be yours. Learn how by attending February’s luncheon program.

* Yes, Dom was a “new”author.

* Yes, Dom got a fat advance.

* No, it didn’t matter that he was on the radio in Denver! 

Could you do the very same thing?

After more than 30 years in radio broadcasting, Dom Testa still has fun every morning hosting “The Dom and Jane Show” on Mix 100 in Denver…even though he will never love the alarm going off at 4am.Besides radio, Dom routinely works with schools and libraries to host writing workshops and assemblies for students. Plus, his Galahad book series for young adults was acquired by Tor Books in New York, resulting in a six-book deal. The first volume, The Comet’s Curse, has already won an EVVY Award, as well as an International Grand Prize from Writer’s Digest Magazine.

What is the Colorado Authors’ League? Established in 1931 to “foster the art and craft of authorship,” the Colorado Authors’ League boasts more than 250 professional writers, including authors of adult fiction and nonfiction, magazine journalists, children’s book writers, playwrights, and poets.CAL’s monthly luncheons feature topics professional writers want, such as marketing, working with agents, writing for new media, generating publicity, and other professional development topics, plus great networking! CAL also sponsors writing seminars and scholarships. The prestigious CAL Awards honoring CAL’s outstanding writers in a variety of categories recognize the best in Colorado writing. Are you a published writer? Take your place among the national best selling authors and local legends in the Colorado Authors’ League. Membership information and much more is waiting for you at www.ColoradoAuthors.org.

CAL Luncheon – Legal Ins and Outs of Writing

January 6, 2009

Important Colorado Authors’ League Luncheon — Don’t let your writing dreams turn into nightmares.

They loved your article, so they stole it and put it online!

Homage? Or stealing?

Trademark? Copyright?

How much of this can I quote?

Am I liable for what my co-author does?

Will this get me on Oprah in a bad way?

Do I need a lawyer?

Professional writers must stay on top of the legal ins and outs of writing in today’s world. On January 28th, the Colorado Authors’ League will help you learn how to protect your work and not step on another writer’s toes.

What: Colorado Authors’ League luncheon

When: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 11:30 – 1:30

Where: Sheraton Four Points, I-25 and Hampden Ave., Denver

Cost: CAL and affiliate members – $20; non-members $25

Register: www.ColoradoAuthors.org

Everything you want to know on a variety of writing and publishing legal issues including e-books and electronic rights, the Internet, freelancer and author contracts, permissions and releases, copyright ownership and author/publisher’s personal liabilities. Jon Tandler will discuss these legal issues and more that are critical to writers and authors, including recent litigation around Google and Harry Potter. This session and Jon’s information will be practical and current, and is a must for today’s word entrepreneurs!

Jon Tandler is a Denver based attorney and partner with Isaacson, Rosenbaum PC, specializing in intellectual property and publishing law. His work includes counseling and representing publishing, software and other media-based firms, preparing content acquisition agreements and licenses to suit specific editorial, publishing and production distribution arrangements, advising on intellectual property and other proprietary rights questions.

Kick off your writing year with a serious boost to your professionalism. Join your peers in the Colorado Authors’ League for this must-do luncheon!

What is the Colorado Authors’ League, and why aren’t you a member?

Established in 1931 to “foster the art and craft of authorship,” the Colorado Authors’ League boasts more than 250 professional writers, including authors of adult fiction and nonfiction, magazine journalists, children’s book writers, playwrights, and poets.

CAL’s monthly luncheons feature topics professional writers want, such as marketing, working with agents, writing for new media, generating publicity, and other professional development topics, plus great networking! CAL also sponsors writing seminars and scholarships. The prestigious CAL Awards honoring CAL’s outstanding writers in a variety of categories recognize the best in Colorado writing.

Are you a published writer? Take your place among the national best selling authors and local legends in the Colorado Authors’ League. Membership information and much more is waiting for you at www.ColoradoAuthors.org.

Colorado Authors’ League Program on Branding

November 6, 2008

“Hey, I’m a writer. What does a brand mean to me?”

Branding is what you are to the marketplace – from your identity,
trademarks and intellectual property through your positioning,
messaging and marketing materials. Your brand, and its grip on your
customer base, determines your success and value.

Colorado Authors’ League presents Andy Cleary and GENIUS SIMPLE
Branding to help you find the magic and momentum of your brand, and
boost your writing career to the next level. GENIUS SIMPLE Branding
blends branding principles that date back to the beginning of the
world’s number one brand, Coca Cola, with state-of-the-art branding
techniques

What: Colorado Authors’ League Luncheon

When: November 26, 2008, 11:30 – 1:30

Where: The Cork in Boulder, 3295 30th St., Boulder

Cost: $20 member/affiliates, $25 non-members

RSVP: by 11/23 http://www.ColoradoAuthors.org

Contact: Diane Wunnicke, 303-598-7997, wunnicke@msn.com<mailto:wunnicke@msn.com> or http://www.ColoradoAuthors.org

Branding is essential for:

Connecting with your customers in 23 seconds or less.
Determining your best business model and saturating the right marketplace.
Creating memorable, congruent, non-threatening, pain killing, credible messaging.
Getting customers, staff, and vendors on the same page, infused with your vision.
Driving a marketing machine that is cumulative and compounding.

Andy shares his GENIUS SIMPLE Marketing Engine Process

Identity – Create your branded identity package, including logo mark and integrated marketing tools.

Lead Generator – Open multi-channel conduits – high touch and low touch – to existing clients and prospects.

Incubator – Build your customer base.

Converter – Determine your prospect-to-customer cookie cutter.

Sustainer – Set up your customer retention and referral programs.

Follow-through – Make your marketing system automatic, congruent, cumulative, and compounding.

Momentum – Get your firm on a roll.

Get a leg up on 2009, before the crush of holiday activities gobbles up your time and energy. Spots are limited. Sign up today!

Colorado Authors League Oct 22 Luncheon

October 7, 2008

The Colorado Authors’ League Presents Publicity Expert Elizabeth Yarnell…
“Be Found: The Secrets to 21st Century Publicity”

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Four Points Sheraton (I-25 and Hampden, Denver)
$20 members, $25 non-members (RSVP deadline: Sunday 10/19 midnight)

“Let’s face it: it’s not enough to write a book and then sit back and wait for the publisher to promote and sell it. You have to take charge and help generate your own publicity so that your book will sell.”

BUT … What if you hate public speaking? ~ What if you don’t like to travel?

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as we look at Web 2.0 tools to help generate interest in book without ever leaving home.

Social networking, blogging, and content sharing are just a few of the topics we’ll cover. Mystified? Don’t be. Come get a crash course in internet publicity that will give you websites, ideas, and motivation.

Elizabeth Yarnell is a local author and CAL member whose personal publicity efforts have resulted in multiple radio and television appearances, numerous features in national magazines and newspapers around the country, and two months on the Denver Post local best sellers list. She believes that the new interactivity of the internet offers unprecedented opportunities to be found by a global audience. Check out her blog HERE<http://www.effortlesseating.com/>.

Dan Poynter to speak to publishers

September 22, 2008

Self Publishing guru Dan Poynter will be speaking to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association on something like October 23 or 24, whatever the third Saturday is. Meeting will be at the Doubletree by Stapleton, I’m pretty sure.