August Meeting

Join us for an evening with Eric Miller.

"EARLY LESSONS OF A NEWBIE e-PUBBER"

 

Eric J. Miller is a full-time writer and world traveler who once made his living delivering sixty and seventy foot sailboats in the Caribbean. A veteran of the independent film world and former long-term resident of Venice Beach, California, he finds life in the Mojave less neurotic, but equally as eclectic and entertaining as Hollywood and the southern California beach communities. "For Rent: Dangerous Paradise", the first in a series of beguiling new place-centric mysteries, is due to be released in all digital formats by Writers Exchange e-Publishing. His earlier novel, the 1996 road trip comedy "The Metaphysics of Nudity" will be released exclusively on Amazon Kindle shortly afterwards and then rolled out in .mobi and other electronic formats. A baker, cook and wine maker, he uses his nose for business, taste buds for world cuisine and fondness for deploying an array of disguises to gather the sights, sounds, symbols and sensations of Las Vegas that will pepper the next novel in the For Rent Mystery Series, "For Rent: Dangerous Neon".

 

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"EARLY LESSONS OF A NEWBIE e-PUBBER"

It's all about your decision trees!

The brave new world of e-publishing presents unprecedented opportunity. It also presents an array of completely new challenges for authors looking for an audience in the early 21st century.

After a comparison of the old versus new publishing paradigms, including the pros and cons of each, our guest speaker will present a list of core principles for good writing that have remained timeless despite the digital revolution.

Following a brief review of the key concepts behind Guy Kawasaki's A-P-E concept and a look at a few real world authors recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal, our presenter will demonstrate how to start building your own personal e-publishing decision tree. Decision trees can help you determine whether you want to plunge into the exciting new world yourself, or pay someone (either up-front or on a royalty sharing basis) to help you get published, get noticed and maximize your sales.

Whether you're an (as yet!) unpublished author, or a published author who has already danced up and down the aisle with an agent or some form of traditional publisher, let the hard lessons learned by a bruised but savvy newbie of the e-publishing world help you understand your options in the new digital domain.


 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been very satisfied with Lightning Source printing and self publishing. No attempt to upsell like some others. American English speaking staff.

    August 26, 2013

  • Joyce H.

    I've been very with publishing my Children's books on Amazon Kindle.

    August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    P.S. Thanks Eric I have a Publishing Consultant calling me on Monday!

    1 · August 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It went very well. Thanks! I have had my mind so set on traditional publishing that I had not even began to look at anything else. You opened my mind. (and I needed that reality check. ) I think I will be going forward with a round of editing with CreatesSpace and self-publish. Wish me luck ;)

      August 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've been very happy self-publishing 3 books with createspace

      August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    An interesting subject that is a concern of mine. Would have liked to see deeper investigation. See my comments on the discussions thread.

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The speaker was great. The A/C was way too cold!

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first meetup and all I can say is THANK YOU! You all have opened my eyes as well as my mind to new opportunities.

    August 16, 2013

  • Holly

    Eric, loved the flow chart and the talk.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    (Not sure how to do this. This is a response to John Hill's comments below) Thank you John. My question should have been clearer, the differences in the process of actual creation of a memoir vs. a novel. I just published my first book, a memoir entitled 50 Shades of Grades, My Journey Through Wacademia." Just started my second book that is based on the lives of my four grandparents and their separate journeys from Eastern Europe to the US in the early 20th century. Since I do not know many details of their lives and struggles, I've taken the ones I do know and wrapped them around a story that I hope will become a viable novel. Thus I call it historical fiction. Historical because I've researched the times (pre and post-WW-I), and know some documented family history, and fiction because I've created characters, scenarios, and events that are included. I sometimes find it more difficult to do the novel because of the research and necessity to "paint a verbal picture."

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found the meeting interesting and helpful. I wish in some future meeting perhaps a panel discussion could take place. One point that was brought up regarding marketing is that publications, like pumpernickel rye bread, can go stale. In the words of a character in Waiting for Godot, "You've got to strike before the iron freezes." The fresher the publication, the better the opportunity for marketing the book.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Joyce H.

    Last nights meeting was great. I am looking so forward to the next meeting; it would great to have 2 meetings a month. I do understand how busy everyone is.

    August 16, 2013

  • Eric & L.

    Thanks everyone for making the journey last night to the Tap House and sticking around to talk afterwards!.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anxious to attend. I am working on my second book - an historical novel and would like to discuss the differences between writing a novel and a memoir.

    August 3, 2013

    • John H.

      Without knowing details, about you wanting a discussion between the difference between writing a novel and a memoir? A novel is fiction, made up, once-upon-a-time, and will be judged as such, as fictional story (whether to any degree it is really based on some true event or person.) A memoir is non-fiction, the presumption being it is a factual recounting of your own life (or, if a biography) some one else's life story that really happened (with obvious editing and omissions since ALL of one's life cannot be told.) So they are very different. Where they blur is when someone is really writing about a true person or event, but they choose to fictionalize as a novel. If anyone does that, they need to know you completely lose the 'power' of being able to say 'this really happened!' It will be judged only as fiction.

      August 16, 2013

  • Craig R.

    Great meeting. As a published e-book author, I found it interesting to know that you can also have hard copies reasonably printed through certain publishers.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    These meetings are pretty good; the format is excellent, the organizers are . . . well, organized. The presenter this month had some pretty good insights and advice.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First Time

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Can't come tonight.

    August 15, 2013

  • Sandy

    I probably won't be able to make it tonight, so I'm changing my RSVP.

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined and would love to attend the next meeting on 8/15 but I already have my schedule sorted that evening between 6-8pm. Perhaps in September (?) I look forward to meeting everyone! Cheers, Theresa Price

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My wife and I are writing some fan fiction for Star Trek and Doctor Who

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just published a book. Working on another

    July 29, 2013

  • Joyce H.

    No question I had better be there especially if someone can help me with a title.

    July 5, 2013

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