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Nancy Pellegrini to speak December 14 at Central Chapter meeting

Imagine being paid to write in a foreign land! Like our late member Patricia Myers, who spent summers in Paris writing about the jazz scene, Central Chapter speaker for December, Nancy Pellegrini, spent decades writing from South Korea, China and Europe. She will share her experiences with members and guests.

DATE: Saturday, December 14, 2019
TIME: 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 E. Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix.
LUNCH: A $15 lunch will be served.
REGISTRATION: Members and non-members are invited. Register for this event by sending an email Barbara Lacy or call 480-620-1358.

SPEAKER: Nancy Pellegrini

Nancy Pellegrini

Nancy Pellegrini, a journalist who spent decades writing from South Korea, China and Europe, will share her experiences with Arizona Professional Writers at APW Central Chapter’s December meeting.

Nancy wrote The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare Its Own (Penguin), 2016 and more than 1,000 articles on performing arts in China. She copyedited and proofed Penguin manuscript, wrote United Nations policy papers, and created articles for publications like the Christian Science Monitor.

Nancy managed a Beijing-based North Korean art gallery and led 40 tours in the country. In her spare time, she volunteered at the Beijing Zoo on orangutan enrichment projects. Now in Phoenix, she has opened Nancy Pellegrini Editorial Solutions, LLC, an editorial solutions business offering writing and editing services, copy editing, rewrites, ghostwriting and feature stories.

How do you price your ebook?

“What’s the right price for your self-published ebook? You’ll probably want to stay in the $2.99 to $5.99 range, new data from Kobo’s Writing Life platform suggests — and stay away from $1.99 if you want to maximize sales.” So starts an article at

To maximize your profits, Amazon’s pricing/royalty structure encourages low prices. So, if you are thinking of selling your ebook, this is an article you’ll want to read.

Should you give away your eBook free?

Dan Janal, author of Internet Marketing Confidential, writes about a marketing strategy some authors use , that of giving your eBook away for free. This should generate enough interest that Amazon puts your eBook on the “Hot New FREE Books” list so even more people find out about it. Janal explains this strategy and why it is NOT a good idea in  “What They “Forgot” to Tell You about “Give Away Your eBook Free.

His first point is:

1.     You’ve blown all your initial launch goodwill not making money. You’ve given the book away to people who hear you speak and to your true fans on your ezine and blog. Those people are the MOST likely buyers because they know, like and trust you.

He goes on in the article to give additional reasons, but bottom line, this strategy is probably not in your best interest.

A little about Dan Janal: He is considered one of the founding fathers of internet marketing. He has written more than 6 books that have been translated into over 6 languages and has spoken all over the world about internet marketing. His website,, can help authors get more interviews and more publicity for their books or eBooks.