This Thursday we have our normal Norcross Scribblers meeting. We have a lot to go over, as we prepare for the December 1, 2018 book signing at Newsong Church.
Hopefully you have seen the advertisement placed in the "Places To Go, Things to Do" in the Hometown News. We will talk about getting out to our Sphere of Influence over the next two weeks, to see how many folks we can encourage to come to the church for the book signing.
Also, in conversations with both Rodney of Best Seller Management, and with my publisher, the importance of getting book reviews up on the Amazon site was stressed. Also, there is real value in being a certified buyer of the book when you leave a review. I am think of a program designed for each of us to get each other to leave certified buyer reviews. More on that when we are together but here is the outline:
1) We each commit to buying 1 book on Amazon from one of the Scribbler Authors.
a) That will produce both a spike in the books position in the Amazon software, and then we will each leave one review for one author every month.
b) This will mean we are each committing about $15 - 20 each month to buy an authors book, and then the time to read and review the book.
c) But we should get $5 - 10 back from Amazon or our publisher in royalties from the sales that are occurring each month as well.
d) If enough of us are doing this, it should mean each month you will have at least one sale registering with Amazon,
e) and by the end of a year, we will have sold 12 books, left review for 12 books, and bought 12 books. Anyway, I am really interested in seeing how this might raise our authors awareness to the Amazon API (software systems).
I would like to spend time thinking through the resources we can get to help support our chapters. Right now we have three paying resources, and that covered the October fee for the web site and also helped defray the cost of the November advertising in Hometown news for the book signing. I would like to get another 7 resources, so that they will cover both the monthly fees for the website, and the monthly advertisements we are doing. I am interested also in find us all good resources we can use for our books. For instance, editors, cover designers, graphic artists, website creators, etc. If you know of anyone you have worked with that I could speak to about being a resource please let me know. I plan to speak to the Restaurant we are meeting in each month about being a resource for us as well. That may entail us leaving a food review on yelp, but more on that after I meet with them.
I want to review everyone's schedule for December. The third Thursday in December is December 20th. And the 4th Wednesday is December 26th. (Day after Christmas). Will you be available for the meetings at your respective chapters if we hold to those dates? I need to know, so I can confirm everything with both the restaurant in Decatur and for the Hometown News for the advertisements. It is my hope that the December meetings will also be a bit of a Christmas celebration for us. 2018 is the third Christmas for Norcross Scribblers and the first Christmas for the Decatur Scribblers. We have so much to be grateful for and to celebrate.
A big "Thank you" for all who came out to support Mike and Leda Owens last Friday at their Book Signing at Southern Pen. My network of folks said that the weather was terrible last Friday in Atlanta, so many thanks to those who made the extra effort. I did speak to Mike and he sold a number of books, and was in good spirits about the signing.
Please remember that I have a book signing at the same store this Saturday from 10:30 - 2:00 PM. Any visitors would be greeted warmly!
Finally, be writing down who you will be approaching to attend our book signing event at Newsong on Saturday December 1st.
I look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday.
Grace and Peace,
Book signing season is fast approaching!
Mike and Leda Owens, two of the Norcross members, have a book signing this Friday at the Southern Pen Bookshop in Monroe. If you can, stop out to support them.
I have a book signing at the same location on Saturday November 17th! Again, if you are in the area, please stop on by.
Finally, we will have the Scribblers Book Sign at NewSong Church on Saturday December 1, 2018 in Monroe.
I have attached to this e-mail the copy of the advertisements that have been run for the various book signings and meetings. I have circled each of the advertisements that have appeared in all of the November Hometown News magazines. Much thanks to our "resources" who have helped defray the cost of the advertisements.
I have also attached an invitation sheet that Luanne made for the event. Please begin circulating this to all of your "sphere of influence" folks. If each of us can reach 100 - 200 friends, family, church members etc, and if even a small % show up, it will be a real success.
A good part of our meeting on the 15th will be spent preparing our marketing plan for our book signing event.
Also, I will give a report on the work I am doing with RebellBooks - Rodney Bell's group, marketing my books.
Please let me know if you are able to attend the meeting. I need to advise the restaurant again of the number of seats to set up for us.
The next meeting of the Decatur chapter of Scribblers is Wednesday, October 24th at MIssion Haven at 235 Inman Drive, Decatur, GA at 6:30 PM.
If you did not get to attend the last meeting, it was marvelous with six or more new writers coming for the first time to hear about Scribblers.
Claire Hertzler will be leading the meeting.
If you are coming to the Decatur meeting please park on Inman near 235. Someone will direct to the meeting room. You can reach Claire at 404-357-2108 if you get lost! The MIssion Haven facilities are actually a group of homes, and we meet in the basement of one of the homes. Once you have been there one time, it is easy to find. (Also Claire had put out signage with arrows directing folks to the right home, although some of us...that be me, were not that observant! ) So, if you are coming the first time and need help finding the room, please do call Claire.
Please do let Claire know if you are coming, so she can be prepared for the number of seats needed.
You can attend both the Norcross and Decatur meetings if you like. It is always wonderful to meet so many different writers and learn from their experiences.
For those not in attendance at the Norcross meeting, the upcoming book signing opportunity will be reviewed as well. We will need the list of Decatur authors that will be attending the book signing on December 1, as well.
Also, Claire has found a radio program where authors discuss their books. She is going to be on the program shortly, and you can find out more by attending the Decatur meeting, and by reviewing the upcoming events on the Scribblers web site. (www.Scribblersweb.com).
I hope many of you will be able to make this meeting.
Grace and Peace,
Scribblers - Norcross Chapter September 20, 2018
The Scribblers Chapter met at the Crossing Restaurant in Downtown Norcross. It was our largest gather yet, with 15 in attendance.
The meeting had several sections including:
1) Introduction of guest/new potential resources
2) Marketing Opportunity Reviews
3) Author submissions and review
Section 1) Introduction of guests/ new potential resources
a) Our guests for the meeting included Vickie Bley of the Southern Pen Bookshop and Turnip Press.
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Vickie came to us through Gary Pulliam who is also a publisher who has attended our meetings in the past and came with Vickie to this meeting as well. Thank you to Gary for exposing the Scribblers group to this potential resource for us.
Vickie shared with us her unique bookstore concept, where independent authors can have their book shown and marketed for a "shelf space" fee that can be quarterly, semiannual or annual. The authors get to keep 80% of the collected payments for the books, and the authors get the ability to have signings and other exposure.
Since the meeting several authors have explored the possibilities with Vickie, and at the Decatur Scribblers meeting the following week, Charles de Andrade announced that he had placed his four books with the Southern Pen Bookshop, and had scheduled a book signing at the shop for Saturday November 17th.
Charles visited the bookshop, and was impressed by the concept that Vickie is driving. Vickie also mentioned another book store based in Florida with a similar concept that Charles will be checking out for the group as well. Members are encouraged to check out how Sothern Pen Bookshop is highlighting Charles work, and Charles will keep the team informed on how the program is working.
The Southern Pen Bookshop and Turnip Press has joined Scribblers as a "Resource" and will be supporting the group through the monthly payment to help defray the cost of the scribblersweb.com site.
b) We also welcomed several new visitors including Stephanie Brown and her husband. Stephanie spoke about her book using the human body's wonderful complexity as a description as well of the church body. Stephanie has joined the Norcross Chapter, and more about her book can be found on the scribblersweb.com site shortly. QUICKENED! Made Alive Spirit, Soul, Body [as Stephanie Hughes] and self published it in 2002. In this book, the operation of the Church as the Bod y of Christ is aligned with functions of ten systems of the human body, its cells and blood cells. This book brings spiritual enlightenment to the Medical Profession, and Medical enlightenment to the Spiritual Community. A copy of Stephanie's synopsis of the book is also attached.
Section 2) Marketing Opportunity Reviews
a) On the marketing front we discussed the upcoming Scribblers Book Signing to be held on Saturday December 1st at :
New Song Church at 628 Camp Lake Road, Monroe, GA 30655.
Pastor Cameron at the Church offered the use of the facility for no charge, and he will also have his books on display as well.
We can thank Luanne Scrogan of the Norcross Chapter for the connection.
The book signing will start at 10:00 AM and go to 3:00 PM. Each Scribbler's author will have their own table, and the ability to display both their books and their banners. Scribblers will be checking on placing advertisements to promote the book signing event, and each author will be encourage to alert their sphere of influence about the event. We look forward to that event.
b) We continue to look for additional marketing opportunities, especially in the holiday period.
c) All Scribbler members are encouraged to check out their listings on www.scribblersweb.com. Please be sure the links to your books are there, as well as the information on where your books can be found for purchase.
Section 3) Author submissions and review
a) Mike Owens shared a chapter from a new book he is working on. Like so many of us have experienced, there are times the story seems to stop, seeking a direction to go. Mike was able to glean some thoughts from the different members about where the story could head.
Going forward, we will be developing this portion of our meetings further, so that more writers can share what they are working on.
The next meeting of the Norcross Scribblers will be on Thursday October 18th at 6:00 PM at the Crossing Restaurant. Here is the current agenda:
1) Welcoming of guests - No guest speaker is currently expected.
2) Marketing Update -
a) Preparation for Book Signing on December 1 - Advertisement review
3) Author Submission - Bill and Noy Peelers latest Letter (attached here for review.) Bill and Noy are working on compiling these letters into a book Currently Bill and Noy are in Cambodia serving as missionaries.
4) Web Site updates
5) Florida Scribblers Chapter developing - Likely launch is January 2019 - North Lake Presbyterian is considering being the sponsor'