April Dinner & Speaker: Editor Panel

Topic: Polish Your Prose Like a Pro

Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

From plot flaws and character flubs to common grammar and style issues, editors see a lot of the same mistakes over and over. Join us to hear about common problems that editors frequently encounter in manuscripts, and learn how to resolve them before your book lands on the editor’s desk. Editors Karen Brown, Virginia Herrick, and Pamela Beason have decades of experience at all levels of editing.

About the Editors

Karen Brown is a multipublished, bestselling mystery and romantic thriller author and editor, with more than two decades of experience in fiction publishing. When she’s not thinking up new ways to murder her characters, she edits manuscripts for Amazon Publishing and Chanticleer Reviews, helping authors polish their stories.

Virginia Herrick is owner of Kestrel’s Way Editorial Services, specializing in editing book manuscripts for authors and publishers. She brings a decade of experience working with New York publishing companies to her present passion: applying her professional-grade persnicketiness to the works of indie-published authors and hybrid publishing companies.

When she’s not out hiking or kayaking, Pamela Beason spends most of her days working on the next novel in one of her three mystery series. Her books have been published by four different traditional publishers, but these days she is dedicated to indie publishing. She has edited and formatted book manuscripts for traditional nonfiction and fiction publishers as well as for many self-published authors, and has worked on occasion as a ghost writer.

Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE but please RSVP (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and food from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

All Day Editing Workshop Thursday, March 30th

Chanticleer Book Reviews would like to invite you to register for our all day workshop with Editor and acclaimed International speaker Margie Lawson. The cost of registration includes lunch and 4 terrific workshops in one day.

  1. Deep Editing Techniques
  2. Margie’s Top Twenty Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers
  3. Writing Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist
  4. Writing Body Language Like a Psychologist

Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Cost: $150
Location: Bellingham Yacht Club
Lunch Included

Register Now

March Dinner & Speaker: Leveraging Existing Audiences

Topic: The Imitation Game: Finding your audience by leveraging existing audiences

Speaker: Amanda June Hagarty

Date: March 8, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

 

Join local Author Platform Specialist Amanda June Hagarty of Mandy’s Media in a special sneak preview of one the sessions she will be presenting at the 2017 Chanticleer Authors Conference:
 
The Imitation Game: Finding your audience by leveraging existing audiences – Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, it’s also the quickest path to acquiring the exact audience you are writing to. Get tips and tricks of how to leverage fandoms and the audiences of influencers in your genre, while still keeping your own unique flair.
About Amanda


Amanda June Hagarty started building websites and doing online promotion in 1995. She is an author, with a lifetime of experience in all things computers. She also has a background in sales and marketing. Plus teaching happens to be something she’s good at–she gives people information at their level of comprehension, and never talks in confusing terms or jargon without making sure her clients understand what she is talking about.

Helping writers learn how to use the Internet and social media to build their author’s platform is a natural extension of her knowledge of computers, her passion for marketing and her love of writing. She doesn’t like the terms “guru” or “expert”, preferring Author Platform Specialist, and sometimes Social Media Pixie, instead. 

And, yes, she hates Facebook just like everyone else.

Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE but please RSVP (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and food from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

February Dinner & Speaker: Rescheduled Feb 15

Topic: WWP Member Speed Date Night

Date: February 8, 2016February 15, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm)

WWP members have amazing talent and knowledge to share–let’s learn more about each other! On February 15, please bring your books and/or swag–bookmarks, business cards, brochures to advertise your writing and/or services–and be prepared to talk about who you are and what you do.  Each paid member will have one minute to introduce yourself and your books and/or services, and ask for anything you’d like to learn about from the other members.

Practice your spiel–we will pass a one-minute hourglass to  strictly limit your pitch! We’ll spend the remaining time circulating and talking to each other. Everyone must RSVP for the February meeting on the website. If you’re bringing materials and want to give your one-minute spiel, please write “WANT TO TALK” in the “Who are your guests?” box on the RSVP form; otherwise we will assume that you are coming only to mingle. We’ll all find new books to read, services we need, and fellow authors to collaborate with.

The club will pay for hors d’oeuvres; members buy their own drinks. Attendees can also order meals as usual, but the room will be set up more for mingling than for sitting in one place.

Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive,  Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE but please RSVP (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and food from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

LAST CHANCE for EARLY BIRD, Chanticleer Authors Conference

Last chance to get an early bird rate for the Chanticleer Author Conference. The Early Bird rate was supposed to end January 10th, but the boss is away for the weekend so the deal is extended for a few more days. Register before the error is corrected!

Enjoy 3 days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books, located at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay, in Bellingham, Washington conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

Registration includes lunches & dinners (and our Awards Gala), and space for your books on the book fair sale tables in our fully staffed book room, open to the public.

Featured Speakers

  • Margie Lawson, Editor (psychologically based editing and character building)  and International Speaker
  • Eileen Cook, Author, Writing Consultant, Editor
  • Chris Humphreys, Author, Actor, Swordsman
  • Kathy L. Murphy, founder of the Pulpwood Queens, Timber Guys, Splinters (YA), and Pinecones (children’s books) Book Club Organization (611 chapters)
  • Shari Stauch, CEO of Where Writers Win
  • Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon, NY Times, WSJ Best-selling author – the undisputed king of legal thrillers
  • Diane Isaacs A-list Hollywood film producer

Session Tracks

  • Marketing, Publicity, Platform (MPP) – Social media savvy, author websites, branding, driving discoverability, cultivating readership and gaining exposure in today’s market.
  • Sales Tools & Strategies (STS) – Sales Facilitators: Covers, Reviews, Early Readers, Pre-sales, etc. Applying business sense to sales strategies. Currency Exchange: Dollars for exposure.
  • Publishing, Production, Distribution (PPD) – Form & Design. Pitches & Concepts. Working with booksellers. Current Publishing Trends. New Digital Media. And More.
  • Story, Editing, Development (SED) – We’re writers. Naturally, we’re gonna talk about writing.
  • Organization, Motivation, Self-help (OMS) – Get your mind on the right page.
  • A Touch of Hollywood (ToH) – It wouldn’t be the West Coast without it.
  • Kaffee Klatsches (KK) – Informal gatherings led by some of our speakers and guests.

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