Just Days Away, So Cal Readers!

Be sure to join us this Tuesday for the first meeting of our book club, So Cal Readers, lead by the amazing book blogger and chapter Vice-president,  Jennifer Holmes.

September’s book of the month is “The Woman in Red” by Diana Giovinazzo.

Each month we will be reading a book by a local author and spotlighting their favorite indie bookstore.

Remember, So Cal Readers is only open to current WNBA-LA members, so join if you haven’t yet, and get ready to talk books!

For more info on the event, please visit our WNBA-LA facebook page.

Orange County Children’s Book Festival

If you are looking for a way to keep your young book lovers engaged and learning, the Orange County Children’s Book Festival will be going virtual this year.  And it’s free!

The first 500 to register for the 2-week festival will get a virtual swag bag, which includes sneak peeks, free book downloads, coupons, and more.

The festival runs from September 14-26th and includes presenters such as Kristen Bell (The World Needs More Purple People), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series), Patrice Karst (The Invisible String), and many more!

For more information or to register: Kid’s Book Festival

Webinar- How To Edit

If you’ve missed out on the first two webinars in our May “Invest in Your Writing Skills” webinars, you are in luck because there are more to come!  Join us for a virtual opportunity to learn “How to Edit” your work with tips and tricks of the trade shared by Zoe Quinton.

The topics for Wednesday’s (5/20 @7pm) webinar include how to self-edit your manuscript before either hiring an independent editor, querying your manuscript, or self-publishing. That will include such things to look out for as head hopping and other issues with point of view, relying too heavily on adverbs and dialogue tags, over- and underuse of exposition, and how to watch for signs of these and other problems when editing your own work.

Zoe Quinton is a literary strategist, helping authors and companies tell their stories more effectively through editing, consulting, and copywriting.  She lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where she is raising two small humans and enjoys trail running, drinking too much coffee, and growing all the plants. Visit Zoe on Facebook and Instagram for more info!


Webinar- What Publishing Track is Right for You?

Our first webinar “Write That Memoir!” was a success!  If you missed out, don’t worry as WNBA-LA has more amazing programming as part of the “Invest in Your Writing Skills” series during the month of May.  Next on the schedule will be “What Publishing Track is Right for You?” (5/13 @ 7pm).  Remember, all upcoming webinars will be free for WNBA-LA members and $10 for nonmembers.  Join now to save money and “Invest in Your Writing Skills”.

Natalie Obando will be leading us in a journey to discover which publishing format will best meet the needs of your writing.

Traditional Publishing, Indie Publishing, Self-Publishing—Which makes the most sense for you?

What are the major differences for traditionally published, indie published and self-published books? Where will you make the most money? What are the pros and cons for each?

After working with hundreds of authors across all publishing mediums, Natalie has taken note as to what each publishing medium provides. This workshop will dive into each publishing option and highlight what each takes to be a successful author using any of them.

More About Natalie:

Natalie Obando is the founder of Do Good Public Relations and the author of How to Get Publicity for Your Book. Her decade’s long passion for pitching and writing has most recently led her to option her own pilot for a television series and attain representation for her writing.

She has been a panelist and speaker at some of the most well-regarded literary conferences in the industry and also a judge for several book awards. Natalie is the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association’s Los Angeles chapter and now serves as the organization’s national vice president. She is the founder and co-host of the podcast, Women of Color Writers.

Natalie is passionate about writing, the literary landscape, media and making a difference by amplifying marginalized voices through writing.