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June 9: Humor and the Author’s Platform

Connie Cockrell of Rim Country Chapter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: APW Rim Country Meeting – Guest Brad Graber: Humor and the Author’s Platform
Date: June 9, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona

Humor and the Author’s Platform
Everyone loves to laugh. So how can an author leverage a great sense of humor to sell books? Join us on June 9th at 1:00 pm to hear Brad Graber discuss the use of humor in building and maintaining relationships with readers.

Brad Graber is an award-winning author who writes novels because he grew up in a family where no one ever listened to him – so he made up stories about them. Brad’s latest release is What’s That Growing in My Sour Cream? – a collection of over seventy essays from Brad’s monthly humor blog: There, I Said It! Brad is also the author of two novels of contemporary fiction: After the Fall and The Intersect. Brad’s third novel Boca by Moonlight is scheduled for release January 2022. Brad currently lives in Phoenix with his husband, Jeff.

Contact: connie.cockrell@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

APW Rim Country Meeting Wed. May 12, 1:00PM

Arizona Professional Writers:
It’s member share time! What have you been working on? Any challenges? Any victories? Let’s share.
Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Open to members and non-members.
CONTACT: Conniecockrell@gmail.com if you did not receive the link.

April 14 – Find you inner poet!

April is National Poetry Month

APW Rim Country Chapter Virtual Meeting

Topic: Let poetry release your imagination-Open discussion

Date: Apr 14, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM Arizona

Zoom link: The meeting is open to all. Members have been sent the zoom link. Nonmembers should email Connie Cockrell, Rim Country Chairperson for the link.

 

Play with your inner poet! Connie will be leading the discussion as we write poetry based on the forms created by Stephanie Peterson Abney. It should be fun!

March 17 – Get more book reviews!

APW Rim Country invites you to their March 10 virtual meeting with Marylee MacDonald, “Get More Reviews for Your Books.”

Topic: Get More Reviews For Your Books with Marylee MacDonald
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Zoom: The Zoom link has been sent to all members. All are welcome. If you did not receive the link, contact conniecockrell@gmail.com

Get More Reviews for Your Books

How can new authors get more reviews? In this presentation, Marylee MacDonald will share data from five recent book launches. She’ll talk about BookishFirst, BookShout, BookFunnel, Goodreads giveaways, Choosy Bookworm, Story Origin, newsletter swaps, and other marketing methods.

Marylee MacDonald is the author of Surrender, Body Language, Bonds of Love & Blood, The Rug Bazaar, The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers, and MontpelierTomorrow. She has 90,000 Twitter followers and 21,000 newsletter subscribers, and her website, MaryleeMacDonaldAuthor.com, helps authors write, edit, and market their books.

Websites: maryleemacdonaldauthor.com and www.maryleemacdonald.com

Rim Country February 10 meeting with Marylee MacDonald

Rim Country Chapter February 10 Virtual Meeting with Marylee MacDonald

Marketing expert and coach, Marylee MacDonald, will be the speaker at our next Rim Country Virtual Meeting.

APW member Marylee MacDonald has lots of knowledge about sales and how to go about selling your books. She will give you facts about how to enhance your book’s Amazon page through “money quotes.”

A “money quote” is a pithy sentence written by a professional reviewer, and it belongs in the Editorial Reviews’ section of the Amazon book page. Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly are the two biggest sources for editorial reviews. However, there are many less expensive options. Learn about them, and a tool that will help you format your “money quotes” correctly.

Topic: APW Rim Country Chapter Guest: Marylee MacDonald- Amazon Ads-Money Quotes
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 A.M. AZ (MST)
Zoom: The link has been sent to members. Guests are welcome. If you need the link, contact Marie Fasano for the link.

Marylee MacDonald is the author of Surrender, Body Language, Bonds of Love & Blood, The Rug Bazaar, The Big Book of Small Presses and Independent Publishers, and MontpelierTomorrow. She has 90,000 Twitter followers and 21,000 newsletter subscribers, and her website, MaryleeMacDonaldAuthor.com, helps authors write, edit, and market their books. Marylee MacDonald is the winner of the Jeanne M. Leiby Chapbook Award, the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the American Literary Fiction Prize, and many others.

Websites: maryleemacdonaldauthor.com and maryleemacdonald.com

 

Carol Osmond Brown Celebration of Life

Date change – March 7

Carol Brown’s son, Bryan, has booked the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix on March 7, 2021 at 1 pm for Carol’s celebration of life ceremony. Bryan is in the process of putting it all together now. The space that is booked is a large outdoor space but with a 50-person limit due to Covid. (10 of those will be reserved for family.) The celebration will be live-streamed, which will allow more APW friends to participate.

Bryan is hoping to have some stories or testimonials from some of his mom’s friends. These can be prerecorded in advance. He will edit it together for the event.

Please send memories, stories, testimonials to Bryan Lee Brown bryanleebrown@gmail.com Photos are welcome. Also, let Bryan know if you’d like to attend, live or streaming so he can send the link.

Please pass this on to other friends who might not see this. Thanks for your help!

November 11 Virtual meeting with Connie Cockrell

This month APW Rim Country’s guest on Wednesday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. is our own Connie Cockrell.

Topic: APW Meeting -How to conquer Amazon Ads with Connie Cockrell
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Arizona (MST)

Zoom: The link has been sent to members though all are welcome. If you did not receive the link and would like to attend, send an email to Marie Fasano. You’ll receive the link a day or so before the meeting.

How to conquer Amazon Ads

Connie Cockrell has just immersed herself in Amazon Ads. Think it’s too hard? Think again. Some tips and tricks to start small and, perhaps, gain much. Plus, some links to help you along the way.

Connie Cockrell Bio
A 20-year Air Force career, time as a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for Connie Cockrell’s story-telling.

Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY before she joined the military at age 18. Having lived in Europe, Great Britain, and several places around the United States, she now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published twenty books so far, has been included in five different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Connie’s always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one.

She can be found at ConniesRandomThoughts.com, on Facebook, on Twitter or on Amazon.

October 14 Virtual meeting with Laurie Fagen

This month the APW Rim Country meeting will have an exciting guest – Laurie Fagen.

Laurie will talk about the challenges of writing crime fiction during the pandemic, and how she created a project that was more inspiring and positive.

Laurie Fagen had a great career in radio, commercial and cable television, video productions and print journalism. She has published two crime fiction mystery novels, Fade Out and Dead Air in her “Behind the Mic” mystery series, along with two audio books and two novellas.

She recently launched “AZ Creates!” and hosts the twice-monthly YouTube web series to highlight creatives in Arizona. Each show also includes an interview with a published writer who reads from their book; a highlighted arts nonprofit; and upcoming arts events in “Something to Look Forward to.” The episodes can be seen at https://is.gd/AZCreates, and her writing website is http://www.ReadLaurieFagen.com.

You may find out how to be a guest on Laurie’s show!!

Topic: APW Rim Country Guest Laurie Fagen
Time: October 14, 2020 01:00 PM MST

Members and nonmembers are invited to participate. Members have been sent the Zoom link. If you did not receive it contact Connie Cockrell, Rim Country Chapter Chair for the link.

Marsha Ward’s new book: Surprising Charity

Rim Country Chapter APW member, Marsha Ward‘s latest book, Surprising Charity in her Shenandoah Neighbors series, is now available at Smashwords.com! Marsha is an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work.

September 9 Zoom meeting with Nancy Pelligrini

Nancy Pellegrini

APW Rim Country‘s September guest speaker, Nancy Pellegrini will enthrall us with stories of her two decades in Korea and China before coming to Phoenix in June 2018. She covered performing arts in China, mostly as the stage section writer/editor for Time Out Beijing and Time Out Shanghai magazines and many others. She is the author of The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare Its Own (Penguin Random House, 2016). She came to Phoenix in June 2018 and set up Nancy Pellegrini Editorial Solutions, LLC, where she offers writing and editing services.

Nancy spoke earlier this year at a meeting but if you missed it the first time, join Rim Country for this fascinating talk.

Join us on Zoom Wednesday, 1:00 PM September 9, 2020.

Members have received the Zoom link in an email and will receive a reminder. If you are interested in attending and did not receive an email, contact Marie Fasano.