2016 CVTech Writers Class graduates & shows off new book! 2017 workshop begins!

The CVTech writers from the Write Publish & Market Your Book II Workshop class have finished up this semester with many accomplishments.  Debbie Fogle has uploaded a new book to Createspace.  Hart Tillett, Carol Nichols, and Rosemarie Durgin are working at uploading their book and formatting their books right now.  Judy Bishop has created a blog and is formatting her new poetry book for uploading.  Clay Fees is writing and revising his book on muscle cars!  Tanner Milgrim is still writing and revising his sci-fi novel.  Chuck Baker has compiled all his short stories, created a cover, and is preparing to upload his book.  shane Smith has written synopses, sent query letters, and is editing and revising his book for sending out to traditional publishers.  Julie Marquardt is also preparing her book for submission to traditional pubs, but she also may create an on-demand book for the new semester.  Many of our writers are ready to upload their books and get hard copy!  Yeah!  This semester, we also have Connie Sweeney working on her children’s book and deciding how to proceed with illustrators and the like.  Many different wonderful projects.  See the picture below with our writers and their new book of Western short stories, Tales & Trails: A Western Odyssey. http://www.okwriters.com Off we go!  Yeah!

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New Writers & Publishers Class at the NEW CVTech!!!

Our new semester of writers is beginning the Write Publish & Market Your Book class at the BRAND NEW CVTech facility!  We’re so excited to begin again!  We have Kay Dorn and PJ Acker who write fiction.  We also have Randel Conner who has written a fictional memoir of his childhood in El Reno, OK.  Then, Melina Johnson is writing a book to dovetail with a documentary film she is currently making.  We still have a couple other students joining us, and I look forward to working with everyone on query letters, marketing, bios, and more!  http://www.creativequills.com  http://www.cvtech.edu img_08191img_08201

Book Covers & Titles: Tips

CVTech writers are working on blogs and websites tonight.  Some folks are editing.  We are talking about titles and book covers.  Here are some recommendations for your title: 1) Be short and catchy.  2) Alliteration is good: ex: Saddles and Spurs  3) Pick something that has the flavor of who you are.  ex: Twisted Sister  4) Use words that are easy to spell.  ex: The Red Shoes   5) Use a phrase that might be an adage or have some mystery: The Meaning of Nothing  or Measure Twice, Cut Once.  6) A good one word title that easy to spell is always great: Interstellar.  

Covers need to have excellent, striking art with easy to read graphics.  Look at covers of books in your genre to get an idea.  Suggestion: Buy the art outright. Go to your local college and find out who the best artist is there by going to student art shows.  Set a budget, and offer a price for what you want.  Make sure the colors are vibrant and catchy.  Use a good graphics or cover art template for the title and author pages, or get a graphic artist to help you.  Make sure your fonts are easy to read and evocative of your genre.  (Western style fonts for a Western)  Make sure the color of the font contrasts with the whatever is behind it, so that the font is easily readable.  Use simpler rather than more elaborate fonts.  Make them visible, size wise.

This is good advice for your website and blog too!  My suggestion is, get a FREE blog that you change on a regular basis with updated material, and get a website as your home base, or resume page, and where you can sell your book.  Give freebies occasionally to tempt people to buy your book.  I never pay anyone else to do my stuff, because sometimes website builders disappear, and then you can’t control your own website.  You can make a good website all on your own with a little help, for not a lot of money, and then YOU are in control.  have fun becoming a writer, an expert, and an all around creative person!

Marketing tips for your book or product! Make a webcam or podcast!

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Marketing Basics:   

Here are the basics for even the most grassroots oriented businesses:

Things to have:

  1. Good name, easy to spell and remember
  2. Good logo, easily recognizable, that may elicit questions & maybe a saying/phrase
  3. Business card, labels, small flyers, or other simple easy object sto create, memorable but not unwieldy
  4. Other promotional objects: T-shirts or bumper stickers. You don’t have to do quantity!
  5. Web site, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media presence, like Meetup!
  6. Reviews and presence online.
  7. Know how to write a press release for a) Newspapers, television b) Newswire, online

Important Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. What is my product/service?
  2. Who is my audience/client/customer?
  3. What age are they?
  4. What media do they use?
  5. How can I reach them?

Important to Gather On a Regular Basis:

  1. Emails, phone numbers, contact information
  2. Think of ways to target new groups outside of your typical market.
  3. What do your clients want or need?
  4. Think about occasional freebies.

The most effective marketing methods:

  1. Classes
  2. Speeches
  3. Email newsletters or blogs
  4. Local television and radio
  5. Local events

Things to remember to Do

  1. Be connected: Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, Vine, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, Meetup, etc.
  2. Give good “customer service”.
  3. Write thank yous.
  4. Do follow up.
  5. Give something free once in a while, either a clip from your book, or a reading from it, or a free copy to a librarian or bookstore clear or manager.
  6. Tag everything related to your product.

 

Remember that this is a journey: one step at a time, so do what you can today, and let it go!  And ENJOY!!!

 

Podcaster Blake Murphy will teach tonight!

Redlands College student and Iron Tree barista Blake Murphy is also a famous podcaster!  He is going to be teaching our authors at CVTech how to make a movie on their phones! img_07541     img_07561

Here’s (from L to R) Carol & Woody Gimbel, Judy Bishop, Chuck Baker, Chloe Janning, Johnna McCarthy, Tanner Milgrim, Blaze Nowlin, and Jo Azzarello–waiting on Blake!  Bernadette Lowe is missing from the picture, but Blake is here!!   We are going to learn how to be YouTube stars! img_07571

Sending a shout out and thanks to our”patrons”!

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I just want to send a thank you to all the folks who have supported our Creative Quills Writing Group, including former library director Amy Brandley, friend & musician Colin Forsey, current library director Penny Beals, and all the library staff at El Reno Carnegie Library!  We are on a roll and intend to help many more scribes reach their publishing goals!  …while having a ball, of course!  Book can be purchased on Createspace at https://www.createspace.com/6429927 or on Amazon Kindle.  I also want to thank CVTech for allowing me to share my knowledge with the many great folks who have come through the publishing classes there!  Many converted over to Creative Quills, and so the publishing group was born!  Many many thanks to all!

 

New Crew at CVTech Write Publish Market Class starts tonight!

We have 11 new writers and publishers at the CVTech class!  Can’t wait to hear their genres and what they have to share!  More to come!  By the way, we are currently editing the ALTERNATE PERSPECTIVES book!  Hope to have it perfected and on Amazon by September 1!!!

Tonight’s class has Tanner, who writes Sci-Fi, Blaze has a fantasy book completed,Jo wants to write a murder mystery after writing science stuff, Chloe writes about ghost towns!  She has other projects too!  Bea has a gift book, plus is in our short story book!CVTechAug2016

Johnna has a romance/fantasy/sci fi that is already printed, called TOKEN, the Casdan Chronicles on Amazon. Carol has finished a mystery/romance that she finished since May!!! Judy is new here to OK from Hawaii and is starting her writing journey with us!  Chuck is about to publish a book of humorous short stories all his own!  We also have Carol Gimbel (absent tonight) who has written Raven’s Song, a novel of forgiveness and redemption that revolves around a young girl trying to escape the sex trafficking trade.  Her husband Woody says he’s not a writer, but I have heard his funny short stories in our creative writing class, so I know he is! 😉

Stay tuned for more of our adventures and exploits as we grow and learn in the writing, publishing, & marketing biz!