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, November 13, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    You’ve finished your book! Now you’re ready to show it to the world. But, if you are like many authors, the idea of navigating the publishing process seems as complicated and intimidating as updating the switch and router settings on your home Wi-Fi. But guess what – that’s really the simplest step!

    Writing your book — that’s the hard part. All the work from conception, to developing the first draft, to revising and rewriting, it can sometimes take years to make that manuscript into the story you want to tell. It can be just this side of raising a child. Ask your mother how easy that is. 

    Getting it edited and laid out can have a steep learning curve unless you already know the steps. And a cover? Creating a masterpiece to represent your magnum opus to the world is no small task either. Eventually selling it, getting it in front of the audience you know will love it … that can actually feel like sorcery.

    But putting your book on Amazon, as an e-book or paperback? You can do that in a few hours.

    Put Your Book Where Your Audience Can Find It

    At the November 13 meeting Pat will show exactly how easy it is to upload a print book and an e-book with a live publishing demonstration. Come prepared to take notes and make a list of steps to get your book in front of the readers who’ll love it.

    Pat Dorsey, a former SLPA vice president and current board member, has spent his career as a professional business writer helping people and businesses tell their stories. A technical/business communication consultant and owner of Mightier Than The Sword Consulting, he is also the co-founder of indie publisher Legendary Planet. As an author, he’s put many titles on Amazon including God’s Forge4 Avery PlaysMightier than the Sword, the Candle Game series, the eerie collection of true firsthand accounts of local ghosts in Haunted Webster Groves, and the upcoming novel The Champion Sky.


    • Saturday, November 16, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • St. Louis Community College - Meramec – Social Science Bldg, MC-SO 108

    November 16, 2019 • Sa 8am – 12pm

    St. Louis Community College, Meramec campus

    How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know

    Have you been thinking about writing a book (or perhaps you have written one) and are curious about how to publish it yourself? In this four-hour workshop, we’ll cover the realities of independent publishing, how editing and design can make your book look great, options for getting your book into print, sales channels, eBook production and tips for book marketing. Presented by the St. Louis Publishers Association. No senior discount. Class held at MC-SO 108

    Register through the St. Louis Community College. Here's a link:

    www.stlcc.edu/ce  

    Look for this course number: WRIT-704 F05 

    Or call: 314-984-7777

    Meeting Date: Saturday, 11/16/2019

    Meeting Time: 8:00AM – 12:00PM

    Location: Meramec – Social Science Bldg, MC-SO 108      

    Fee: $39


    • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room

    At the St. Louis Publishers Association meeting on December 11, authors will have a unique opportunity to practice their book-pitching skills and get valuable feedback from professionals. Learn how to hone your "elevator speech" at this special book marketing session hosted by SLPA past president and marketing master Bob Baker.

    Make no mistake: Your ability to clearly communicate who you are and what your book is about will lead to more publicity, more readers, and more sales. As a self-promoting author, you need to learn this skill.

    At the December meeting, one by one, authors will take the hot seat and have one minute to describe their books. A panel of experts will critique each pitch and make suggestions on how to make it more concise and enticing. Audience members will also be encouraged to offer feedback, as time allows.

    Current SLPA members will be given preference for the author “hot seat” spots, then we'll take volunteers from the audience in the remaining time.

    It's a great opportunity to polish your book pitch, whether you get direct feedback on your pitch or you simply observe the advice that other authors get. So bring your best pitch to the meeting!

Past events

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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