Wichita Public Library Local Author Day

Wichita has a diverse array of authors in our midst! Many of them will be in attendance at the library’s Local Author Day with copies of their books available for sale, including children’s titles.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Get connected with and support your friendly local authors from August 24, 2 p.m to 4 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library location at 711 W. 2nd Street, Wichita, Kansas 67203.

*Borrowed from the article at Wichita on the Cheap, https://wichitaonthecheap.com/local-author-day-at-the-wichita-public-library/

August 20 Meeting – Animal Response Team

Bk 1 - Blossom 5x7Do you write stories that include animals? Have you ever considered what might happen to your animals in case an emergency happened? Or have you considered having a character involved in animal response during a disaster?

Personally, I write children’s stories about Blossom the cow and her friends. I haven’t though about what might happen to them if a disaster struck their farm. Maybe I should…

The meeting this month will have a representative from KSART (Kansas State Animal Response Team) sharing information about the organization. They develop and maintain working relationships with other disaster response organizations. Emergency Management and Red Cross are two such key agency relationships. Actions by teams and team volunteers must be made with the focus of the big picture, helping the people of Kansas and their pets through natural and man made disasters.

KSART website for more information.

August 20th Meeting Schedule

12:30 Board Meeting, other members are always welcome

1:30 Carolyn Schultz, KSART and writing about animals (our own authors)

2:30 Marketing opportunities

3:30 Critique, additional Board discussion (if necessary)



Seeking Baseball Themed Plays

baseball player at bat hitting ball clipart
baseball player at bat hitting ball clipart

Award and festival winning playwright and poet seeks scripts. Looking for short, 1-20 minutes, baseball themed plays to accompany my play, DUGOUT MEMORIES, to make a complete evening of baseball theme plays. Currently have not set a deadline. No restrictions on content except plays must have a baseball theme. Contact Jerry-Mac Johnston with questions or submissions. Hard copies submit to 1438 S. Arcadia, Springfield, MO 65804 or email attachments to wurdriter@gmail.com. Jerry-Mac is a member of the Springfield (MO) Writer’s Guild.

Jan 16 KWA Meeting – Media Kits

January 16, 2016 KWA Meeting at 1:30 pm in the Rockwell Library on Ninth Street.

Do you have a finished writing project that you are ready to promote? Are you getting ready for that stage of the writing process? Pulling together all of the many pieces and parts about that project can be complicated. But it can be even more stressful if you are suddenly asked for the details about the project and you aren’t ready to provide them.

Starla Criser will be presenting a program on Media Kits and Marketing Plans. She will provide handouts and samples. And then the membership will add their own experiences, advice, and questions.

Business Cards for Creative Types

Business card

A writer wants their words to be memorable, but there’s another item they want everyone to notice…their business card.

 Your name, email address, photo and website are sufficient introductory information. Experts argue if you really need to add your writing genre. If your website has links to your Facebook fan page, Pinterest page and Twitter feed, there is no need to include those items on your card. Likewise, your home address and phone number are superfluous.

 When designing your own calling card, keep in mind your primary objective. There are three types of literary business cards: trade, personal and marketing.

 Trade business cards are best for self-published authors or freelance writers. These could include email address and website, so potential clients can contact you for jobs.

 Personal business cards work for authors linked to a traditional publishing house, where they want name recognition. These are perfect for networking with readers and other writers. This card should contain information about you, not your books. Social media links could also be included on a personal card.

 Marketing business cards focus on the product you are promoting, rather than the genre or author. This type of card is for each successive book you produce and market.

 A photo helps people remember you. However, make sure it’s a head-shot only. You may have a fabulous body, but a business card is no place to flaunt it.

 Lauren Ruth, literary agent of Slush Pile Tales, throws away generic business cards she receives from authors. The types she keeps are the ones with the author’s photo and a printed pitch on the back of the card. “I knew exactly who this author was,” she said.

 You may want to include the main tagline from your pitch on the front of your business card. “Non-preachy inspirational fiction” and “quirky small-town romance” might be two fun examples.

 Vista Print is usually the first place new writers go for business cards. They have tons of choices and bargain-basement prices. A simple set of 500 is under $25. Staples.com is having a sale right now, 250 full-color, matte finish business cards for $20 (regularly $30), with free shipping. Other printers are Zazzle.com, Uprinting.com and Printrunner.com.

 A template makes designing your own business card a snap. Most printers have several to choose from, depending on your needs. Once you have decided on a style for your card, color and content can be addressed. Simple, but memorable, are the watch words.

 Who should you give these fabulous communication creations to? Everyone! Friends, family and acquaintances can share your business cards with people they know. Fellow writers meet industry professionals all the time. They might remember you would be a perfect fit for a certain agent or publisher. The networking ripples could extend beyond the whole literary pond.

 “If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea. “–David Belasco, the Bishop of Broadway

Credits: Author Business Cards, Lauren Ruth, from www.slushpiletales.wordpress.com; The Best Business Cards for Creative Writers, Jennifer Stone, from www.ehow.com; Author Business Cards are Different, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, from www.jenniferswriting.blogspot.com.

Your Email Signature is Your Easiest Promotional Tool

In today’s world we communicate via email. Of course many of us still make phone calls and text, too. But the common way we communicate with friends and family, our readers, our agents, our editors, and our publishers is via email. Your signature is an important way to reveal information about you. It is the cheapest form of promotion you can find. Use it well.

This week my article at the Writers Tools blog on my website  is on The Art of a Writer’s Email Signature. Be sure to read this article and check out the number of links on how-to’s for creating email signatures.

Starla Criser

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