The St. Louis Publishers Association (SLPA) provides education and networking opportunities at our monthly meetings that empower authors and publishers to create, market and sell their books. Some of our members are multi-book publishing pros while others are aspiring authors wondering what it takes to get a book into print – with many others at various stages in between.
Our meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month at the Richmond Heights Community Center ($10 admission for non SLPA Members)
The Argus Room 8001 Dale Ave. Richmond Heights, MO 63117
As a self-published author, how do you develop a working relationship with local independent bookstores? How can you gain valuable shelf space for your book and hold exciting and profitable in-store book signings?
Amanda Clark-Ball, events manager at The Novel Neighbor, has discovered a formula that provides success for author and bookstore by offering dedicated time for self-published authors each month as well as crafting creative events that provide added value to attendees, facilitated by the authors.
FREE for members, $10 for guests and visitors. Doors open at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 for networking; meeting begins at 7:00pm.
In the challenging world of self-publishing today, independent bookstore owners and their event managers are inundated almost daily with requests from self-published and small-press authors looking for shelf space and asking to schedule in-store signings.
At the same time, traditional in-store signings and readings get an increasingly low turnout due to changing reader/customer needs and expectations. Shelf space is limited as is marketing budgets and payroll, often putting these events at a seemingly low priority for bookstore owners and managers, leading to frustration for everyone involved.
Amanda will present an honest and candid discussion about these challenges and the formula for success now and in the future. Local author Cameron Collins will join Amanda to discuss how authors can avoid mistakes, and better enable their success when reaching out to bookstores for events and shelf space.
Amanda Ball-Clark is Events & Programming Manager for The Novel Neighbor and has over 10 years experience in marketing, communications, and public relations. She has been a panelist and featured speaker on the topics of social media, entrepreneurship, marketing best practices, and resilience. She is also the owner of Renegade STL, a nationally-recognized company providing off-beat and original tours of St. Louis.
Cameron Collins is the author of “Lost Treasures of St. Louis” and co-author of “St. Louis Brews: The History of St. Louis Brewing, 3rd Edition”. His perspective on the rich history of St. Louis can also be found in the award-winning blog Distilled History.
St. Louis Publishers Association Monthly Meeting: 2nd Wednesday of Every Month (February 13, 2019) The Heights: Richmond Heights Community Center, in The Argus Room 8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, MO, 63117
For more information, visit StLouisPublishers.org