Whether you are an aspiring author, a published author, a publisher or one who provides services to those who publish, the purpose of this SLPA Blog is to provide information and resources on a full range of author/publishers issues and ideas.
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:13 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Here's a good kick-in-the-pants article on being a successful indie-published author. Be sure you hear more than the crickets.


    Expectations for Indie Authors (or what did you think would happen?)

  • Monday, April 01, 2013 7:11 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Beginning writers have a lot to learn about the craft of writing, so don't take critiques personally, learn from them. Even seasoned pros benefit from critique. Open your mind and take in what resonates.


    When Your Writing is Criticized: How to Stay Resilient

  • Monday, January 21, 2013 6:41 PM | Anonymous
    Publishing University, a conference by publishers for publishers sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), will be held in Chicago on April 26 and 27. Designed for all levels of publishers the conference offers the expertise of more than 50 publishing experts, giving attendees the tools needed right now and in the future to grow book sales.

    As an affiliate member of the IBPA, the St. Louis Publishers Association is again offering a scholarship opportunity to one of its members.

    The estimated value of the scholarship is approximately $400. It includes:

    • Full attendance at the IBPA Publishing University
    • Networking opportunities with peers and mentors
    • Face-to-face access to some of the most respected names in the world of publishing
    • A special event bringing together all scholarship recipients
    • And so much more!

    Please note that in order to qualify for the scholarship you must be a member of both the IBPA and the SLPA. All other expenses of the conference will be the responsibility of the attendee. As a former scholarship recipient, I can testify that this is a wonderful conference and well worth the time and investment.

    For more information on Publishing University and to complete an application, visit . Please email your application to no later than February 8, 2013.

  • Friday, January 18, 2013 11:56 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Twitter is a great way to publicize you, your blog and your book to the world. Here are some tips on how to do it well. Don't be shy, but don't be a spammer either.


    11 Twitter Essentials You Need to Pimp Your Blog 

  • Saturday, January 12, 2013 6:24 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    If you've been blogging at least once a week like you should, you've got time and energy invested that you might want saved in case a problem arises. Make a new year resolution to back up your blog regularly. You can save to your computer or to a backup hard drive.


    How to back up your blog and save content


  • Monday, December 31, 2012 1:55 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Hope you've got some great writing/publishing resolutions posted on the refrigerator door. Here's an article to start the year off with the right words:


    11 Smart Tips for Brilliant Writing


  • Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:46 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    For those working with a publisher, be sure to work out arrangements for the e-book version of your print book. Maybe you will only have an e-book version. Particularly with smaller publishers, including university presses, check if they will do an e-book version in the first place. Thanks to SLPA member Kristin McLain for bringing our attention to this article on e-book contract negotiation tips:


    Six Essential Issues in Any E-book Contract Negotiation



  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:38 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, December 05, 2012 12:39 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Are you on Pinterest yet? If your book audience is mainly women, Pinterest may be worth looking into because there are a LOT of women there and many cruise it at least daily (warning: it's addictive!). Maybe Kim and I need to do a mini workshop on this. Below are some tips on using Pinterest for business:


    Three Quick Ways to Get Crazy Activity on Pinterest

  • Monday, November 26, 2012 12:58 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Jane Friedman writes a blog every author should follow. Here's a post by her describing what an author platform is - and what it isn't. We may have posted this already, but thanks to Peggy Nehmen for alerting us to this important article.


    A Definition of Author Platform


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