Events

MONTHLY MEETING TIME AND LOCATION

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: 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, April 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom.us

    Michael Daehn, a veteran digital marketer and author, will be presenting to the St. Louis Publisher’s Association on April 14th, 2021 about how authors can use their published books to supercharge their website.

    Daehn published his first book, The Seven Keys to Marketing Genius, over a decade ago. He just recently broke it down into individual blog posts and added it to his website. “It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time, but I never got around to it,” said Daehn. “As a marketer, I know the value of adding that content to my website, but the task of turning my book into individual posts was tedious.”

    During the pandemic, Daehn got an idea when looking for ways for his 12-year-old son, Ivan, to keep busy and help him with the business. “Turning your book into blog posts involves a lot of copying and pasting, but it is not that complicated. I was able to show my son how to do it and let him work on his own creating the posts for a few hours at a time.”

    The results were overwhelming. By turning his book into blog posts, and sharing those posts to social media, he saw his month over month website traffic triple. “I knew it would be good for my site, and search engine optimization, but the results were far greater than I expected.”

    When Daehn realized how much blogging his book helped his website, he decided this would be a good way to help authors like himself do the same thing. He has a full-time business building website and email campaigns and decided to add this as a service he can provide to others.

    “There are a lot of authors like me that have written books primarily to promote their business, and this is another way to leverage the hard work of writing a book by enhancing your website and social media presence,” said Daehn.

    Daehn will be giving a presentation to the St. Louis Publisher’s Association (SLPA) on April 14th to show authors how to take advantage of their published books. “My goal is to show people how this works so that they can do it themselves. The SLPA is a great community of authors helping each other. I have learned a lot from this group and I hope they get some use from this information,” said Daehn.

    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:  https://zoom.us/j/86782144399. Meeting ID is 867 8214 4399. Password is 668448.

    Michael Daehn, MBA, is an award-winning digital marketer and an expert at helping you get more customers from your website. He has over 30 years of marketing experience, has written 6 books and served as a professor of business at various universities. He has worked with Disney, Nordstrom, Joyce Meyer and many others. Learn more at MichaelDaehn.com.


    • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom.us

    Join the St. Louis Publishers Association on May 12 and learn “How to Independently Publish Your Children’s Book”, presented by #1 best-selling children’s author Sheri Fink. Discover how you can go from simply having an idea, to believing in that idea and taking the next step of starting your children’s book. She’ll offer tips on how to focus your narrative and how to stay motivated and encouraged throughout the writing process.

    Sheri will also cover aspects of the illustration process including how to find, vet, and hire an illustrator, along with the author-illustrator relationship and how to pull all the different elements together to get ready for publishing. She’ll share strategies on how you can effectively and affordably publish your children’s book as an independent author. Sheri will also help you choose the best indie publishing path based on your unique goals, using the approach she’s used for her nine award-winning children’s books.

    Sheri Fink is an inspirational speaker, #1 best-selling author, and president of Whimsical World. She is best known for her beloved children's books, including The Little Rose and The Little Unicorn. Her mission is to inspire, delight, and educate children of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem and high achievement. Discover more at SheriFink.com and WhimsicalWorldBooks.com. 


    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:  https://zoom.us/j/86782144399. Meeting ID is 867 8214 4399. Password is 668448.


    • Wednesday, July 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • via Zoom


    Will anyone want to read my story?

    This is a question most aspiring memoirists have asked themselves at one point or another, and it often leaves writers paralyzed, wondering if their story is worth telling.

    In How to Write a Memoir that Wins Over Readers and Publishers, author and editor Nellwyn Lampert will outline the four-pillar framework for aspiring writers who seek to write memoirs with meaning and purpose. Nellwyn identifies the key points memoirists need to address in order to write reader-focused books that sell.

    Everyone has a unique and powerful story to share; the key is in figuring out how to tell that story so it has a meaningful impact on readers. In this lecture, Nellwyn will identify the essential questions authors should ask themselves before they finish their first drafts. She will also explain two simple strategies writers can use to find clarity and confidence in their projects to prevent writer’s block and self-doubt. Each of the four pillars in this framework will achieve a twofold goal: they will help authors find ease in their writing process and will help them better position their stories for sale to a publisher.

    Nellwyn Lampert is an author, book coach, and nonfiction editor at The Puritan literary magazine. Her memoir, Every Boy I Ever Kissed, was published by Dundurn Press in 2019. Nellwyn holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College and teaches online memoir writing classes at nellwynlampert.com. She is currently writing her second book.

    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:  https://zoom.us/j/86782144399. Meeting ID is 867 8214 4399. Password is 668448.


Past events

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 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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