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.
  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013 10:44 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)
    What should you blog about? Should you keep it all business? Joel Friedlander posts why you should Blog Your Own Story
  • Thursday, September 05, 2013 12:09 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Working with an editor can be scary and disheartening, even for the best of writers, but think of it as a learning experience. You don't have to make all the changes they suggest, but think twice about the changes you don't agree with.


    Working with an editor

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:13 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    Here are two free sites where you can find independent (free) book reviewers OR you can sign up yourself to be a book reviewer. Reviewing books of the same genre as yours on your blog is a good way to attract interest to your blog and therefore to your own books. Post your reviews on Amazon - be sure your Amazon profile mentions the complete url of your blog (make it a live link) and the titles of your books so if anyone clicks on your review signature they will see your work. Goodreads is another networking place to post your reviews.


    How to find reviewers for self-published books

  • Monday, August 05, 2013 11:28 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    LinkedIn is not just a business network where you create a profile just to have a presence and then ignore it. LI is a lot like Facebook, where you can join groups and participate. Do a search for writer and/or publisher groups to network with and learn from each other. Search for groups revolving around interests pertinent to your book theme or topic and participate as a involved member, not as an author. There you may mention your book casually in pertinent conversation, and group members who want to find out more about you because they like your comments can simply click onto your profile and discover you have a book. Either way, do not spam by repeatedly posting sales pitches for your book. Patrick Dorsey, a member of our SLPA LinkedIn group, shared the following article:


    The REAL Power of LinkedIn for Authors


    There are many more writer groups than this article mentions, so search away!



  • Friday, June 28, 2013 1:36 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    The newest literary genre is actually New Adult Literature, a cross between YA and Adult, but this post asks us to consider social media as a type of literature, and it can be!


    Navigating the newest literary genre

  • Wednesday, June 05, 2013 11:00 AM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    While everyone needs an editor, we can do our best to self-edit our work first. Below are links to some easy tips:


    Avoid Repeaters Like These


    Editing Your Memoir: Showing vs Telling





  • Monday, May 20, 2013 1:49 PM | Linda Austin (Administrator)

    If you are not following Joel Friedlander, you should! Here's his blog post about using SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques on your blog to attract search traffic.


    Author Blogging 101:  Introduction to SEO, Part 2


    You may not be able to use all these tips (ex. metatags), but there are plenty of others you can try.

  • 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.

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