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Stories Unfolded Blogiversary | Free Promotion for Authors

3-year blogiversary

Calling all authors! My blog’s three year anniversary is coming up in March.  I’m going to be having a month long celebration that will include a variety of posts and giveaways.

If you’re an author or know of one, I would love to feature a book or books on my blog during the celebration.

Here’s some information on how to get involved:

Event Name: Stories Unfolded 3rd Anniversary Celebration

Dates: March 1-31, 2015

Submit By: February 21, 2015

Description:

Throughout the month of March, Danielle will be hosting a series of blog posts and giveaways to celebrate the blog’s three-year anniversary.

Posts may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Book Reviews
  • Book Excerpts
  • Author Interviews
  • Guest Posts
  • Giveaways

Authors may submit requests to Danielle to promote their book(s) through her blog. She will coordinate with the author and determine what type of post(s) will work best. Danielle is requesting donations for giveaway items to include with these posts.

The following is a list of acceptable giveaway items:

  • Physical copies of books
  • Ebooks (preferable as they are easy to send to winners)
  • Author “swag” (only if it accompanies a copy of a book)
  • Barnes & Noble gift cards
  • Amazon gift cards

(As many of Danielle’s followers are not from the Los Angeles area, she cannot accept gift cards to local bookstores)

To submit a request to Danielle, please do the follow:

  • Email Danielle.storiesunfolded@gmail.com
  • Subject Line: Stories Unfolded Anniversary Celebration – [Your Name]
  • Provide information about the book(s) you would like to promote and include websites and buy links
  • Provide the blog post types you would like to be featured in (note that book review posts will be limited)
  • Include information on items being donated for the giveaways (if any)

I look forward to hearing from all of you!

WNBA-LA 2015 LA Writer’s Conference | March 14th

Hello My Wonderful Followers,

As you know, I’m currently the Social Media Chair for the Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles Chapter.  That means I’m working hard to promote the organization’s news and events through various social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+.  So I wanted to take this time to tell you about the biggest event that the organization puts on every year.

The 2015 LA Writer’s Conference will be held at the Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus on March 14th. This all day event will include valuable workshops for authors and those aspiring to be. There are workshops on topics like Creating a Dream Team, the State of the Fiction Market, and Query Letters. There’s going to be great speakers, book signings, and a wine and cheese mixer as well.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t miss out on this great event. You can visit http://www.lawritersconference.org for more information about the event and how to purchase tickets. Tickets will be 20% off until February 13th.

The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.

The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.

Women’s National Book Association | LA Literary Tea

Yesterday, I attended my very first event focused solely on books.  Not only had I never been to an author reading, I had never been in a room full of people that share the same interest as I do.  Everyone there loves to read books.

The Literary Tea, which is hosted by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Los Angeles Chapter, featured three talented authors discussing and reading from their book.  I was so enamored by the whole event and gobbled up every word.  I never knew how exciting it could be to hear authors, in person, read from their books and talk about their writing process.

I found the WNBA through Net Galley…no surprise there.  When a professional reader is creating their profile they can add what associations they are a part of.  At the time, I wasn’t a part of any association, but I was curious as to what was out there.  I looked a few up and was intrigued by this group and found that they have a Los Angeles chapter.  Score!

“The LA Chapter of WNBA brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, focus on issues, make contacts, and support the local book community. In an effort to advance knowledge of the world of book publishing and related fields, we welcome, encourage, and educate people from all areas of the book industry, particularly women.

Our members include authors, screenwriters, poets, songwriters, performance artists, activists, readers, publishers, librarians, booksellers, educators, publicists, editors, production/graphics specialists, agents and reviewers.” – WNBA/LA Website

Now that I’ve given you a bit about the WNBA, let me get into the Literary Tea event.  I walked into this gorgeous home to find a table full of delicious snacks and drinks.  There was even a little live piano which made me totally relaxed.  Everyone was so friendly and I met some great people who I clicked with almost instantly.

The first author we heard from was Renee Swindle who wrote A Pinch of Ooh La La.   She read so passionately and I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by her.

After the reading, there was a brief Q&A.  One question was “How do you find the time to write with a full-time job as a professor?”.  Renee said that she gets up at 4am every morning and writes before heading to class otherwise she would be too tired when she got home.

This is the exact problem I have when I’m trying to write my book.  I go to my “day job” from 7am-4pm plus a 30 minute train ride each way.  When I get home I go to the gym, I play softball, and I spend time with my fiancé.  So it seems that the weekday evenings just don’t work for me.  I’m exhausted by the end of the day and am rarely motivated to write.  Perhaps I should try this 4am thing.

OhLaLa-Book“Renee Swindle’s first novel, Please Please Please, was an Essence Magazine/Blackboard bestseller. Her second novel, Shake Down The Stars was a Blogger’s Recommend Top Pick. Her new novel, A Pinch of Oh La La, is about the adventures of a young woman in jazz, love, and baking in a multi-cultural family in Oakland. Renee earned her BA from UC Irvine and her MFA from San Diego State University. She lives in Oakland, California with her three rescue dogs and three cats.” – WNBA/LA Website

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Julia Mary Gibson was the next author discussing her debut novel Copper Magic.  I loved that she brought a prop to show the group.  It was a cut out of a “copper” hand which is an object featured in her book and from the reading it seems like the copper hand is very important.

CopperMagic-Book“Julia Mary Gibson was born the child of radical activist poets in the time of the Freedom Rides and the Vietnam War. She grew up to be a communard, welfare mother, waitress, secretary, visual effects producer, and mentor to unwed teens. She spent her childhood summers on the shores of Lake Michigan, which inspired her first novel, Copper Magic. Julia now lives in sight of the Hollywood sign in California.” – WNBA/LA Website

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The final author, Ann Hamilton, read from her debut novel Expecting.  The Q&A portion with Hamilton was interesting as she got into discussing how her current book agent came to be her agent.  She also spoke of how the book comes from some personal experiences about fertility and what it takes to have a family.

Expecting-Book“Ann Hamilton is an Emmy Award nominated film/TV writer and producer, with credits including Grey’s Anatomy, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Thirtysomething, Party of Five and One Tree Hill. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time as a amateur astronaut. (Not really, but she has seen Gravity three times and would consider being an astronaut if she got to meet George Clooney.) Ann Hamilton’s debut novel, Expecting, is about a young couple’s wish for a baby and their adventures in the world of fertility treatments.” – WNBA/LA Website

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I really enjoyed attending the Literary Tea and plan on being a part of many more WNBA/LA events.  I also can’t wait to read the books from these amazing authors.

Oh and I forgot to mention…I won a book in a raffle at the Literary Tea! Yay!

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