Events

MONTHLY MEETING TIME AND LOCATION

We meet regularly on the second Wednesday of the month in a location that provides easy parking and a quiet setting:
THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center / The Argus Room, 8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Here's a link to Google Maps for location and directions.

Doors open for networking at 6:30 PM, meeting begins at 7:00 PM. The formal meeting concludes at about 8:30, with networking continuing after the meeting.

In addition to SLPA’s Monthly Meetings, we list other significant publishing events and local events of our members. To be included on our calendar, send an email with full details to: webmaster@stlouispublishers.org. Meeting topics are subject to change depending on availability of guest presenters. Check our home page and blog for up-to-date information.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    How can you accelerate early success as an author? You can use digital marketing and analytics to build your online brand with more wins and less wasted time and energy. And at the St. Louis Publishers Association meeting on June 14, PenPath founder Alex Cruz will teach you how.

    Authors attending can expect to become more polished in what is happening in the digital marketing world as it pertains to driving sales and building a personal brand. Success stories from PenPath’s clients will follow, as well as a Q&A session. Attendees will see tactics, creative work, and the process used to drive results.

    Join the SLPA on June 14 for tried and true first-hand digital marketing experiences from PenPath and its clients.

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    Alex Cruz is a digital marketing expert and the founder of PenPath. While attending the University of Missouri, he founded his first online publication, which reached millions of readers globally. He later started an analytics software startup that turned into what is now one of the fastest growing digital agencies in St. Louis.

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    St. Louis Publishers Association Monthly Meeting:

    2nd Wednesday of the Month

    The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117

    Doors open at 6:30pm for networking; meeting begins at 7:00pm

    Monthly meeting cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members (guest fee will be applied to membership if you join at that meeting)



    • Friday, June 16, 2017
    • Sunday, June 18, 2017
    • Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO

    The Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention (Gateway Con), presented by the St. Louis Writers Guild, will be held Friday afternoon through Sunday, June 16 – 18, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO, across from Lambert International Airport. The St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA) is a sponsor and will lead one of the workshops. The conference will also have free events for readers, including a Hall of Authors book fair area.

    For more information about the conference and to register, see www.stlwritersguild.org/gatewaycon.html

    We hope you will attend either as a writer or as a reader supporting your local indie authors.

    SLPA will have a table at the Hall of Authors to promote our organization. If you are an SLPA member in good standing, you may assist at our table and sell your own book. Signups will be taken at the APRIL and MAY SLPA meetings, or you may contact Peggy Nehmen at membership@stlouispublishers.org


    Screenshot from St. Louis Writers Guild website:



    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    Our regular monthly meetings (every 2nd Wednesday) feature informative, engaging, and educational presentations, discussions, and workshops.

    Check in again soon for updated information on this meeting!

    St. Louis Publishers Association Monthly Meeting:

    2nd Wednesday of the Month
    The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room
    8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117

    Doors open at 6:30pm for networking; meeting begins at 7:00pm

    Monthly meeting cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members (guest fee will be applied to membership if you decide to join at that meeting)


    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Westborough Country Club

     

    Jedi Book Marketing

     Saturday, July 22, 2017


    With Dr. Judith Briles
    "The Book Shepherd"

    Contrary to what many authors believe, writing the book is only 10% of publishing... marketing is the 90% that will make or break book success.

    Gone are the days of national book signing tours where an author travels from city to city to meet fans and be featured on TV, radio, and in print. Most authors are homebound with their favorite cup of coffee or tea and constant laptop companion. To the surprise of those who are traditionally published and the bewilderment of those who are self-published and indie, it’s up to the author to be in charge of all marketing and publicity.

    That means you. You need to think of your book as a product that you are bringing to the market. The knowledge, tools, tips, and techniques delivered in this workshop will impact every decision you make along the way.


    Your takeaways will include:

    • Creating a plan that’s a fit for your book and your buyer.
    • Identifying which social media platforms to use and which to dump.
    • Why and how to use the cyber town hall to position a book launch.
    • How to “ride the draft” of your competitors.
    • How to get your name out there and get recognized while keeping your sanity.
    • Discovering freebies that will tickle your book marketing fancy.
    • How to create branding that waves a flag to your buyers.
    • How being quirky can get followers to open your tweets, postings and blogs.
    • How your author profile can kill your book sales and how to fix it pronto.
    • Why authors should create a no-brainer newspaper.
    • Why QVC and The Shark Tank are important to all authors.
    • Why taking a contrarian position can soar media presence and book sales.
    • How to develop a social media network, making the most of community events.
    • How to resurrect a tired older book (and sometimes author).
    Book marketing means creating chatter and buzz about the author and book. Is it work? Is it scary? Is it confusing? Yes to all. Yet it can be fun. It does take commitment and hot spit, but it turns you into a marketing machine... one step at a time.

    Judith Briles will charge up your light saber so you can cut through the confusing maze of book marketing and stay on target.

    “Remember, your focus becomes your reality.”

    – Qui-Gon Jinn

    Judith Briles, aka The Book Shepherd, has shepherded more than 1,000 authors and created 500 bestsellers and award-winning books. She’s knowledgeable and entertaining and has personally authored 35 books that have been translated into 16 languages, sold a combined 1,000,000 copies, and generated in excess of $5,000,000 in revenues from combined book sales and speaking fees. As an advocate for authors, Judith knows publishing inside and out, using traditional, independent, and self-publishing possibilities. She hosts the podcast AuthorU - Your Guide to Book Publishing (which generates over 100,000 downloads each month) and is the Founder of AuthorU.org. Visit her website at TheBookShepherd.com.

    Sign up before JUNE 1st for a chance to win a FREE one-hour consultation session with Judith!

    Saturday, July 22, 9am to noon

    Westborough Country Club
    631 S. Berry Rd, St. Louis (Oakland), MO 63122

    EARLY BIRD!

    Register before JUNE 1:

    $20 for SLPA members
    $30 for SLWG members
    $40 for non-members

    June 1 through July 16

    $30 for SLPA members
    $40 for SLWG members
    $50 for non-members


    • Wednesday, August 09, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    No matter how you’re publishing, it takes a team of publishing experts to turn a manuscript from a draft into a finely crafted book. Authors need publishers, book coaches, editors, graphic designers, printers, web designers, illustrators, and marketers.

    The annual Service Provider Showcase, hosted by the St. Louis Publishers Association, will feature publishing professionals of all specialties who will be ready to answer questions for inquiring authors.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a roomful of people who can help you at every stage of your book project. This is a chance to ask questions and get a feel for who they are and how they work.

    • If you’re at the beginning of your book’s journey and trying to develop your concept or story, talk to one of the book coaches or ghostwriters.
    • Undecided on going independent or finding a publisher? Talk with local publishers and find out the variety of options.
    • Does your manuscript need organizing or your sentences need polishing, or do you need help with the writing process? Chat with an editor!
    • Do you need an eye-catching cover and help laying your book out for print or uploading to Amazon? Get to know graphic designers with the knowledge and talent to turn your manuscript into a book.
    • Need illustrations for a children’s book or visual aids? Talk with an illustrator and check out their portfolio.
    • Curious about printing options? Talk to a local printer!

    This is a FREE event and open to the public. Service providers: to apply for a table, please contact SLPA President Warren Martin at president@stlouispublishers.org.

    St. Louis Publishers Association Annual Service Provider Showcase:

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117

    Doors open at 6:30pm for networking. Showcase begins at 7:00pm and continues until 9:00pm.

    For more information, visit our website at: http://www.StLouisPublishers.org


    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    Are you an emerging writer or experienced? Do you write fiction or nonfiction—or poetry?
    Learn tips and techniques on how to get published in literary journals. Meet our panel of established writers: Linda O'Connell, Gianna Jacobson, Kim Lozano, and Kelli Allen, who will share personal experiences and inside knowledge on the topic of publishing in literary journals.

    St. Louis Publishers Association Monthly Meeting:

    2nd Wednesday of the Month
    The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room
    8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117

    Doors open at 6:30pm for networking; meeting begins at 7:00pm

    Monthly meeting cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members (guest fee will be applied to membership if you decide to join at that meeting)


    • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    Our regular monthly meetings (every 2nd Wednesday) feature informative, engaging, and educational presentations, discussions, and workshops.

    Check in again soon for updated information on this meeting!

    St. Louis Publishers Association Monthly Meeting:

    2nd Wednesday of the Month
    The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room
    8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117

    Doors open at 6:30pm for networking; meeting begins at 7:00pm

    Monthly meeting cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members (guest fee will be applied to membership if you decide to join at that meeting)


    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    Our regular monthly meetings (every 2nd Wednesday) feature informative, engaging, and educational presentations, discussions, and workshops.

    Check in again soon for updated information on this meeting!

    St. Louis Publishers Association Monthly Meeting:

    2nd Wednesday of the Month
    The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room
    8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117

    Doors open at 6:30pm for networking; meeting begins at 7:00pm

    Monthly meeting cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members (guest fee will be applied to membership if you decide to join at that meeting)


    • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    Our regular monthly meetings (every 2nd Wednesday) feature informative, engaging, and educational presentations, discussions, and workshops.

    Check in again soon for updated information on this meeting!

    St. Louis Publishers Association Monthly Meeting:

    2nd Wednesday of the Month
    The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room
    8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117

    Doors open at 6:30pm for networking; meeting begins at 7:00pm

    Monthly meeting cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members (guest fee will be applied to membership if you decide to join at that meeting)


Past events

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Marketing and Self-Promotion with Robert Yehling: 40 Years of Success
Saturday, April 22, 2017 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 An Author’s Journey from Concept to Marketing
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Author Resources Right at Your Fingertips
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Lessons Learned: A Writer's Journey from Baseball Fields to Battlefields
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 How to Build & Maintain Your Author Platform
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Polish Your Pitch: The One-Minute Book Marketing Challenge
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Self-Publisher or Traditional Publisher?
Saturday, November 05, 2016 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 What's Your Plan: Why you need a business plan for success
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 FULLY FUNDED: a Panel Discussion with Successful Crowdfunding Authors
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Annual St. Louis Publishers Association Service Provider Showcase
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Printer vs. Publisher (It’s Not a Fight!)
Saturday, June 25, 2016 How to Build an Audience, Grow Your List, and Sell More Books!
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Working with a Local Small Publisher
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 What It Really Takes to Be a Children’s Book Author
Saturday, April 16, 2016 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Author Resources Right at Your Fingertips
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 Licenses, Taxes and Business, Oh My!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Putting Your Life on the Line—Memoir Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Why Speak?
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Pitchapalooza & SLPA Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 It Takes a Team
Saturday, November 07, 2015 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Put Your Book on Amazon—the Easy Way!
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 Building Your Author Platform: How to Grow a Fan Base and a Presence Online and Off
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Find Your Publishing Team at the SLPA’s Annual Vendor Showcase
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 Sell More Books With Branding
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Savvy Media Relations for Authors: The New Rules of Profitable Self-Promotion
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 How to Turn Your Author Website Into a Book-Selling Machine
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Author Feud: The SLPA’s book design game
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 Editors: The Secret Ingredient in Every Successful Book
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Perfect Pitch: Developing an Irresistible Elevator Speech to Sell Your Book
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Everything You Need to Know For A Successful Book Signing
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Leveraging Amazon Kindle for More Exposure
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 The Book Marketing Brainstorm Returns
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Publishing Law 101 for Authors
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Book Marketing Boot Camp with Sandra Beckwith
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 How to Land Media Appearances and Deliver a Great Interview
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Crowdfunding 101 for Authors – How to Fund Your Next Book Project Using Kickstarter and Other Sites
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Connect with the Best: Author Vendors and Service Providers Marketplace
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Audiobooks: How to Take Your Book to Listeners and Tap Into the Hot Audio Market
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Book Marketing Online: How to Build Your Author Platform (Without Driving Yourself Crazy)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Children’s Book Writing and Publishing
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Printing and Publishing Options for Authors
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 What You Should Know About Writing a Book, Before You Start Writing
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 What’s Stopping You From Writing and Publishing Your Book?
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Jump-Start Your Book Publishing Year and Plan for 2014
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Pitchapalooza!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Write Your Book Faster By Using Writing Tools
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Ebook Platforms and Design - How to Format Them, Where to Sell Them
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Marketing Through Pinterest (and How to Budget Your Time for Social Media)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Connect with the Best: Author Vendors and Service Providers Marketplace
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 What I Learned From Publishing My First Book
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 From Unknown to International Bestseller: How I Got on Oprah, the Today Show, and Landed Three Major Book Publishing Deals
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Hypnotic Book Marketing: How to Create Descriptions and Sales Offers That Mesmerize Readers and Sell More Books
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Increase Your Book Sales through Email Campaigns and Drip Marketing
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Yes, Authors ARE in Business: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Publishing, Product Development & Entrepreneurship
Saturday, March 02, 2013 Getting Your Book Published: What You Need to Know
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Beyond the Book: How to Write Killer Book Titles and Back Cover Copy, Assemble Media Kits, and Craft a Fresh Message for Your Backlist Titles
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 How to Plan and Organize a Successful Book Launch Event
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Holiday Party and Networking Blitz
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Blogs and Websites: What to Look for Before You Leap
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Marketing Novels for Success
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Ready for Your Close-Up: Prepping for Interviews and Public Appearances
Saturday, September 08, 2012 Blogging for Authors
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 Field Trip to Mira Publishing
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 A Business and Legal Primer for Self-Publishers--from Concept to Distribution, Part two
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Social Media for Authors and Publishers
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 Self-publishing: A Business and Legal Primer from Concept to Distribution
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 The Publishing History of Rachel DuPree
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10 Things Every Author Should Know About Amazon.com
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 How to Build Your Book Publishing Dream Team
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 How to Make Your Book Look Good
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Dec 14 meeting: Holiday Networking Blitz
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 Nov 9 meeting: Ebooks Demystified
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Oct 12 meeting: Irresistible: Unusual Strategies for Creating Buzz & Demand for Your Book On & Offline
Saturday, October 01, 2011 Masters of Book Marketing Summit
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Sep 14 meeting: Public Appearances as a Book Marketing Tool
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 August 10 meeting: Field trip to No Waste Publishing!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 July 13 Meeting: Aiming For an Agent/Publisher - The Query Letter Story
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 June 8 Meeting: You Can Write, But Can You Communicate?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 May 11 – Tell Me More: Creating Interest in Your Book with Everyone You Meet
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Apr 13 – Beyond the Blog: Increasing Your Internet Presence
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 Mar 9 – Book Marketing Made Easier
Saturday, March 05, 2011 How to Publish Your Book
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Feb 9 – Is An Agent Right for You?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Jan 12 – Start the New Year in Style
Saturday, November 13, 2010 Getting Your Piece of the Publishing Pie
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