How To Become a Published Author

At this month’s meetup, we’re welcoming guest speaker, Mark Shaw, to talk about how to become a published author.

Speaker: Mark Shaw

Program: How to Become a Published Author: Idea to Publication (based on Mr. Shaw's book)

Program Content Includes:

• Why it is important to study the publishing industry's ever-changing landscape

• How to decide if your book concept has publishing potential

• How to create unique storytelling ideas

• Why a great story idea + great writing + a competent publishing strategy optimizes your chances to become published

• Why it is important to market the query letter and book proposal and not the manuscript

• Tips on how to write the perfect book proposal and query letter

• How to choose the right literary agent and publisher

• What alternative publishing opportunities make sense for the aspiring author

• Why choosing a savvy promotion campaign is essential to book success

• Legal tips to protect the writer from litigation

Speaker Biography:

Mark Shaw is a San Francisco attorney, literary consultant and the author of 20+ books who has helped hundreds of aspiring authors achieve their publishing goals. His books include The Poison Patriarch, Stations Along the Way, Beneath the Mask of Holiness, Miscarriage of Justice, Melvin Belli, King of the Courtroom, Dandelions in the Moonlight, and his current work-in-progress, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. More about Mr. Shaw may be learned at

How To Become A Publshed Author

Please note that we're meeting at Notre Dame Plaza again this month. Located near Dolores Park, this facility is easily accessible from the 16th Street BART/MUNI station or via several bus lines.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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  • Ashley Carter W.

    I am VERY upset that I missed this event! Will we see this event again in the near future? I hope so!

    August 31, 2014

  • Scott M.

    I hope there will be another event like this again soon. So sorry I missed this one.

    August 26, 2014

  • April

    Philip, thank you for setting this event up! I learned a great deal about the publishing industry. Thank you Mark for taking the time to speak to us on a Sunday afternoon. I truly appreciate your good humor and advice.

    August 13, 2014

  • Peggy C.

    Thanks to Mark for a great presentation and to Phil for arranging it. Really good meeting!

    August 12, 2014

    • mark s.

      Peggy - Thank you for the kind words. You are such a blessing to all.

      August 13, 2014

  • Kathleen W.

    I am sorry I missed this event. I just joined and it was too short of a notice. This is the type of event I would be interested in attending. Look forward to upcoming gatherings...

    August 11, 2014

  • mark s.

    Phil -

    Thanks again to you and all of the aspiring authors who gathered for my presentation. It was certainly an enjoyable afternoon.

    1 · August 11, 2014

  • Philip D.

    Thanks so much to Mark for an excellent presentation and to all of you for such a great attendance. If you want more information about Mark and his books, please check out

    August 11, 2014

  • Morris L. T.

    Philip, Thanks again for arranging for published author, Mark Shaw. The presentation inspired, informed and challenged me. Even though I took copious notes, I still bought the book to guide me through the process of publication.

    August 10, 2014

  • Matt W.

    this turned out to be way better than expected, I don't even mind that he had things for sale, the speaker was very generous and helpful with time and information.

    August 10, 2014

  • Eddie J.

    I went without much expectation -- I was ready to bail if it turned out to be a sales pitch for services. But it was an AWESOME AWESOME meet up. Mark Shaw gave a very generous, informative and insightful presentation. Please pass on my kudos to the guy.

    August 10, 2014

  • mel c.

    Without a doubt, this was the most interesting and helpful presentation ever offered by this group. I loved it!

    1 · August 10, 2014

  • Philip D.

    Two important notes about Sunday's meetup:

    1. Please arrive early since parking can be a challenge in this neighborhood. Everyone must be let into the building individually so we might not be able to let in people who arrive after the meeting starts. If you can't get in, text me at[masked]-9583.

    2. This presentation will be filmed, so please position yourself out of camera view if you don't want to be recorded.

    See you there!

    August 9, 2014

  • Morris L. T.

    Thank you for arranging this meeting on a timely topic.

    August 9, 2014

  • Philip D.

    I just increased the maximum number of attendees, but please note that we probably won't have enough chairs for everyone. Get there early to get a chair!

    August 9, 2014

  • Ramon

    Is this geared more to non-fiction, or fiction writers?

    August 1, 2014

    • Philip D.

      This meetup is geared toward any kind of author.

      August 1, 2014

  • mark s.


    August 1, 2014

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