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How Will Amazon's Create Space Shut Down Affect Authors?
As Amazon has slowly eliminated author services such as editing, cover design and many more, they claimed the Create Space platform would remain. Now, even it is hitting the chopping block. This means many changes for authors. As Create Space prepares for the shut down, they have expanded the KDP ebook platform to now host prints books. This opens many questions and concerns for authors. The old Create Space platform isn't fully compatible with the new KDP print platform. Many other changes will affect authors books as well. Customer service is practically non-existent on KDP, therefore with all the changes and potential issues, are there any benefits? Is it worth staying with Amazon? What other choices do authors have? This meetup will cover these issues and more to give authors a heads up in moving forward with their self-publishing while offering ideas and options available in addition to the changes good and bad. This meeting will be important to any author planning to self-publish or who has received notice to move their books.

McAlister's Deli

4410 West Boy Scout Boulevard #150 · Tampa, FL


What we're about

Learn to Publish and Market Your Work!

Everybody has something worth saying. This group discusses desires, accomplishments and challenges NOT in writing the book, but how to ...

Publish and MARKET your work. This Meetup takes your work to the next level!

We have hundreds of aspiring writers, and published authors, who attend each meeting. We learn about SELLING our products and services. We learn about the importance of branding and the how to's of marketing. People cannot buy books they don't know exists! We meet at 6:30 PM, the second Tuesday of every month. Please come and share your personal and professional experiences with us. We welcome our members to offer their expertise. If you have information/expertise that would benefit members such as listed below, please contact us:

Author - Are you published? Are a paid blogger? Please let us know. We post links to your books on our Members' Book Pages (

Editor - Are you either working or have experience as an Editor/proof reader, etcetera?

Ghost Writer – Do you write and/or publish under a non-de plume?

Agent or Publisher? Please let us know.

Experienced - Do you have formal training? Creative Writing courses or other experience that would benefit members?

Writing Links

Authors with published articles or books may include links to their media pages (web sites, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.). Please post your writing sample on our discussion pages.

Member Support

We are writers, we few hundred. While our avocation is publishing and marketing our work, our passion is our writing. We support each other. We help each other get started. Therefore, members should support each other by writing a brief review about the book and why somebody might OR should BUY the book on as many review channels as possible such as Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and more. For Amazon, in order to post a book review, be sure to state that you received a review copy if you did not purchase a copy or Amazon will remove the review as a non-verified purchase.

See our information pages:


See our Pages for the difference:

This is not a writing critique group. The goal of this group to provide assistance, help and information to authors about publishing, writing, and marketing plus other publishing & marketing related topics not readily available via the internet. This group is run and supported by Jewel Parago, President & CEO of Evershine Press, Inc a local publisher. Jewel offers group members private consultations to assist members in maximizing their publishing and marketing needs by using her extensive knowledge of the publishing industry. Our meetups are designed around topics that fulfill group interests, so feel free to suggest topics for discussion.


Fees: Meetings are $5 each. This pays for Meetup fees, Organizer expenses.

Introductions: We start off our meetings by introducing ourselves: what are you writing (elevator pitch), why should somebody read or BUY your work, and what you need help with.

Comments/pictures: Please add a comment and/or take pictures at each meeting. See How to Share Your Photographs ( page.

Call and/or text Jewel Parago (813) 240-2571

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