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Memories, Memories

presented by Kathrin Herr

LIVE November 3rd at 2pm CDT time

What's the difference between a memoir and an autobiography? Kathrin Herr's specialty is helping authors perfect and polish their memoirs.

You might have suffered some unbearable pain or struggled with an almost impossible goal or calling. Telling that story could be a life-giving message to another who is facing the same challenges. Learn how to tell your story not only effectively, but with passion and clarity.

Kathrin will cover:

  • Developing your "Why" for writing your story
  • How to start writing and finish a draft
  • How to structure your draft into a story people want to read (discussing theme, your author  mission statement, developing your characters, and structuring your timeline)
  • How to find or work with an editor on your memoir
  • Publishing Considerations and why I recommend self-publishing
  • How to get your book read--general marketing advice for memoirists 

Discounted for Community Members - Find the password in the forum under Discount Codes then– Click here to sign up!
Not a member but want the discounted price? Register in our Authors Community first, then join the forum, then come back here and register as a member!

Non-Members - pay $35.

Kathrin Herr is founder of The Writing Mechanic. She has more than 5 years professional experience in copyediting and developmental editing. She earned her Masters of Arts in Christian Studies, and is adjunct professor of humanities at Simpson College.

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 Are You a Hobby Writer or an Author?

presented by Tom Blubaugh

LIVE October 18 at 2pm CDT time

How strange would it be to suddenly see a building sprout in a community and remain vacant-no advertising, no stock, no staff, just a name. Maybe not even the a sign with the name of the owner-just a business name that no one can identify. Crazy, right?   Yet many authors write a book or books without branding their name, building social media relationships, developing their target market, growing an email list, becoming transparent through blog articles, making their website sticky, and placing their books on Amazon without doing any serious promotion.

FREE to Members - Find the password in the forum under Discount Codes then– Click here to sign up!
Not a member but want the FREE Webinar? Join our Authors Community first, then come back here and register as a member!

Non-Members - pay $20.

Tom Blubaugh will discuss the importance of authors understanding the difference between having a hobby and managing a business.  Topics include:  You are either a hobby writer or an author, How you can know which one you are, Are you in or out of your zone?, ‘M’ is the word, Perspective is everything, Knowing the answer is key, 1, 2, or 3?, The strategy.

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 So, You Have a Book?

presented by Sarah Tun, Writing Coach

Coming Soon!

$25 to Members and $35 to non-members

More Information . . . coming soon!

Sarah Tun

Writing Coach, Audio Book Recorder, Manuscript Critique

How to go from idea to finished first draft, including do's and don’ts

  1. Find your Focus

  2. Find your Writing Time

  3. Brainstorm

  4. Create the Outline

  5. Write the Preface

  6. Smile!

  7. Write Chapter 1

  8. Follow the Pattern

  9. Keep your Focus

  10. Review

There’s a proverb that reads:

“Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

When I tell people I’m an author, many say, “I’ve got a book to write…”

I can tell because you are reading this that you've got a book to write. Isn’t now the time to write it?

You may contact Sarah through our admin@commonsensemarketingstrategies.com email address.

PAST EVENTS

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Start Up Guide for Online Christian Authors

presented by Kate Motaung
October 11, 2017 at 1pm Central Time

$25 to Members and $35 to non-members

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In this webinar, we’ll discuss the essential steps you should take in order to become an established writer online. We’ll cover topics like:

  • the importance of having a website and growing your email list
  • how you can use social media to your benefit
  • which resources will help you grow as a writer
  • how to find and build community online
  • where to go to grow your knowledge
  • how to earn money as an online writer
  • why you should submit and invite guest posts
  • perks of being a book reviewer
  • benefits of writing conferences

If you’re feeling stuck and need some direction, or you aren’t sure how to start as a writer online, this webinar is perfect for you.

Kate Motaung is a writer, editor, and virtual assistant who loves to help others refine their messages and reach their target audience. Kate enjoys partnering with other writers to craft engaging, high quality content for readers to enjoy.

You may contact Kate through our admin@commonsensemarketingstrategies.com email address.

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A Fly on a Wall in a Publishing House

presented by David Fessenden, Literary Agent and Publisher

September 8, 2017 at 2pm Central Time

$25 to Members and $35 to non-members

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So you’d rather go the traditional publishing route with all the trimmings that a publishing house can offer. It isn’t as easy as mailing (or emailing) your manuscript. There’s a multitude of things to consider and to do before licking that stamp or clicking Send.

David Fessenden, who has tremendous expertise in the publishing industry, will give you an in depth guided tour on what steps to take that will give you a better chance for traditional publishing than the slush pile could ever give you. Some publishers don’t have slush piles anymore. So, what then?  More Info . . . 

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Using the Ripple Effect: Promoting Yourself and Your Books

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 You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. The same could be said of book consumers. That’s when the art of persuasion becomes a delightful asset.

Don’t like marketing? But you are passionate about your book, right?

Then maybe you should zero in on one aspect of marketing rather than the big picture.

. . . More Info

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More Than Just a Website, How to Make the Internet Work For You - Your Virtual Assistant!

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I know I need a website, but then what?  How do I build one?  What do I need to include?  Should I do it myself or hire someone?  How do I get listed by Google?  Isn't Facebook or Amazon enough?  What's the latest trend?

So, much to learn and so little time!  Spend 30 minutes learning the basics of building a solid, Internet presence with Tamy Bond, our resident Internet Specialist and Web Designer.

More Info . . . 

A REAL STUFF Course!
How to Write Irresistible Fiction and Non-Fiction

4-week interactive online course with Writer's Digest author, Jeff Gerke.

Click Here to Purchase Viewing   Members receive a discount!  Become a member.

This course is a personal instruction by Jeff Gerke of his latest book The Irresistible Novel.

Jeff Gerke is an accomplished author, book cover designer, publisher, editor, and dad.

Writing dynamically applies to all markets, just as speaking dynamically keeps audiences awake. "Bueller? Bueller?" Learning how to write irresistible narrative will impact fiction and non-fiction writing, social media writing, public speaking, and numerous other types of writing. His latest book, The Irresistible Novel published by  Writer's Digest, is the background for this exciting class.

But the class isn't just for writing novels. It's for anyone who writes.  For the best experience, you may purchase the book here.

More Info . . .