From Connie Cockrell, APW president and Rim Country Chairperson:
The Rim Country chapter of APW is a member of the Chamber and so we get notice of upcoming events. Feel free to sign up for the Chamber breakfast/lunch or other events. I am thinking of attending the Business Showcase on October 23. I’d like to have 2-3 other authors join me in sharing the booth. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you’re interested. You must be a member of APW to participate.
Here’s the description: In October we will be holding our 2nd Annual Flea Market Business Expo. Held at the Payson High School parking lot on Saturday, October 23rd from 10am to 2pm, this event is a great low-cost marketing and networking opportunity. There will be music provided by KRIM, food trucks and we encourage businesses to bring candy for any trick-or-treaters who stop by. Spaces are $100 for Chamber members and half of the proceeds will go to the DECA program at the high school. Please reserve your space by October 15th. And be sure to ask about our sponsorship opportunities for more bang for your marketing bucks!
Connie Cockrell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. The APW Rim Country meeting for August will be a time for sharing what you have been writing this summer.
Topic: APW Rim Country August Meeting
Date: Aug 11, 2021
Time: 01:00 PM Arizona
Maybe the Book Festival inspired you! Maybe your travels! Let us know what you’ve been working on. APW members have been sent the Zoom link. Nonmembers are welcome to attend and participate as well. If you misplace the link or did not receive it, you can find it in the Members-only section of the website. Or, email Connie.
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: email@example.com for the Zoom link.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.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!
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.
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.