Monthly Meeting Admission 
This Admission does not apply to Zoom video meetings

Our regular Monthly Meeting location 
(the second Wednesday of every month)

Monthly meeting gatherings temporarily suspended during COVID-19. Meetings will be held online until further notice.

When meeting gatherings resume, this will be our planned location:

THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center
Argus Room  •  8001 Dale Ave.  •  Richmond Heights, MO 63117

    • Members – FREE
    • Non-member Guests – $10 per person, cash or check at the door 

(Guest fee will be applied to Membership if you decide to join at that meeting)
Doors open at 6:30 PM for networking. Business meeting begins at 7:00 PM. The formal meeting concludes at about 8:30, with networking continuing after the meeting. 

Here's a link to Google Maps for location and directions.

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: 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, September 14, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • via

    Join the St. Louis Publishers Association on September 14 and learn “How to Utilize Your Networks to Sell Books”, presented by Author, Public Speaking Coach, and SLPA Board Member Kevin Desrosiers. 


    We all have networks of friends and acquaintances. Are you effectively utilizing them, without being pushy, to sell your upcoming or existing book? As self-published authors, we are responsible for marketing our own books.  You can’t do that all on your own. Your networks are a tremendous source for support.  They can reach people and open many doors that you do not have direct access to.  


    It isn’t as simple as just asking your network of friends to promote or sell your book though. It takes time to build interest and not make them feel like you are just another person marketing their product. 


    In this presentation you will learn:  

    • How to identify your existing networks that can help 
    • How to find and develop new networks 
    • What your networks can do for you 
    • How to start generating interest from your networks and when to use them 
      • One sentence pitch 
      • Positioning Statement 
      • Elevator Pitch 
    • When to start the book networking process 
    • How networking has benefited Kevin’s book sales 


      Kevin Desrosiers is a Speaker, Author, Public Speaking Coach.  In addition to talking to audiences about his book, Bridge Over Adversity, he speaks to organizations about the art of public speaking and coaches business leaders on how to become more effective presenters. Visit   


      ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS:  Sign up is free. You can join from your smartphone, computer, or tablet. If it’s your first time, follow the prompts and allow it to access your camera and microphone. Click on this link for the meeting: Meeting ID is 867 8214 4399. Password is 668448. 


    Past events

    Wednesday, August 10, 2022 TikTok and BookTok That Won't Stop
    Saturday, July 16, 2022 How to Sell Books by the Truckload - with bonus perk!
    Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Wherever Books are Sold: A Guide to Forming Lasting Partnerships with Independent Bookstores
    Wednesday, June 08, 2022 How IBPA Can Help You Publish Like a Professional
    Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Walk, Trot, Run: An Author's Journey from Novice Writer to a Multi-book Publishing Contract
    Saturday, April 23, 2022 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Defining Your Purpose - An Interactive Author Experience
    Wednesday, March 09, 2022 SLPA Vendor Showcase
    Saturday, February 19, 2022 How to Publish Your Book Fundamentals - Virtual Conference
    Wednesday, February 09, 2022 Representation Matters: How Eyeseeme African American Children’s Bookstore Got Started and Why It’s Important
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Tax Tips for Writers and Self-Publishers
    Wednesday, December 08, 2021 Polish Your Pitch
    Saturday, November 20, 2021 How to Publish Your Own Book - online workshop
    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Fine Tune Your Platform and Get Immediate Feedback
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Securing Audiobook Rights: What Writers Need to Bring an Audio Book to Market
    Wednesday, September 08, 2021 Using NetGalley to Promote Your Book
    Wednesday, August 11, 2021 SLPA Vendor Showcase
    Saturday, July 17, 2021 Book Marketing Cornerstones: Your Author Website and Email Newsletter
    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 How to Write a Memoir that Wins Over Readers and Publishers
    Wednesday, June 09, 2021 Navigate Your Marketing Path to Success
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 How to Independently Publish Your Children’s Book
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Blog-Your-Book and Supercharge Your Website
    Saturday, April 03, 2021 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 The Memoir Process -- Turning Tragedy into Triumph
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Improve Your Writing and Sell More Books Using Beta Readers
    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Video Content Creation for Indie Authors – Simplified
    Wednesday, December 09, 2020 The SLPA Celebrates 25 Years!
    Saturday, November 14, 2020 ONLINE How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Fine Tune Your Platform and Get Immediate Feedback
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Building a Better Book Brand
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020 A Speaker Who Writes Shares with Writers Who Want to Speak …and Sell More Books!
    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Reviews: Step One on the Road to a Successful Book Launch (and Ultimately Sales)
    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 How to write a sizzling synopsis
    Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Use Amazon Advertising Like a Pro
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Relaunch! How to Recharge Older Books to Boost Sales Today
    Saturday, April 25, 2020 CANCELED - How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, April 08, 2020 How Authors Can Connect with Readers and Inspire Sales without Leaving Home
    Thursday, March 19, 2020 SLPA Happy Hour
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Your SLPA: Members Get More!
    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Confessions of a Kidlit Author: Mistakes, Failures, and Other Mishaps that Led to Publishing Success
    Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Your Book is Published! Now What? (How to Promote Your Work as an Author)
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Pitchapalooza: The One-Minute Book Marketing Challenge
    Saturday, November 16, 2019 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Put Your Book on Amazon—the Easy Way!
    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 St. Louis Publishers Association Happy Hour
    Wednesday, October 09, 2019 Book Clubs: What Every Self-Publisher & Author Should Know
    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 YouTube For Authors: How to Attract Readers and Sell More Books Using Video
    Wednesday, August 14, 2019 SLPA Vendor Showcase
    Saturday, July 20, 2019 Fire Up Your Book Project With Ingram Spark!
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019 How do I get my book placed in the local library?
    Friday, June 14, 2019 Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Marketing Your Books by Finding Fans Rather Than Simply Pushing Unit Sales
    Wednesday, May 08, 2019 Author Journey Panel
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 How to Publish Your Own Book
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Make Your Book Designer Happy
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Easy Social Media Marketing for Authors
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Getting into Independent Book Stores
    Wednesday, January 09, 2019 The Power of Press
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Pitchapalooza: The One-Minute Book Marketing Challenge
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 All About Editing
    Saturday, November 03, 2018 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Successes and Failures
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Audiobooks: From Your Words to Their Ears
    Wednesday, August 08, 2018 SLPA Vendor Showcase
    Saturday, July 21, 2018 The Ins and Outs of Amazon and Getting Your Book Into Book Stores and Beyond
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 How to Market Your Book in the Social Media Age
    Friday, June 15, 2018 Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention (Gateway Con)
    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 The Importance of Building Your Visual Identity
    Wednesday, May 09, 2018 Brave Rave: Writing and Marketing Children's Books
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Book Description Blast!
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Hypnotic Book Marketing
    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Publishing and Marketing Panel Discussion
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Build Your Audience and Credibility with Confidence!
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Polish Your Pitch: The One-Minute Book Marketing Challenge
    Saturday, November 18, 2017 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know
    Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Creating Relationships for Marketing Your Book
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Write Marketing Into Your Book
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Publishing in Literary Journals
    Wednesday, August 09, 2017 SLPA Vendor Showcase
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 Jedi Book Marketing with Judith Briles
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 YouTube, Facebook Live and Periscope: Easy Ways to Market Your Book Using Video
    Friday, June 16, 2017 Gateway to Publishing Conference & Convention (Gateway Con)
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 How to Market Books Online: Advice From an Analytics Expert
    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
    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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