Smith Publicity Power Book Publicity Tips- Marketing Your Book on Goodreads & Other Things


Power Book Publicity Tips

September 2014

 September 2014 Power Book Publicity Tips MIn this issue:

Happy Reading!


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Marketing Your Book on Goodreads


By Cynthia Shannon Goodreads Author Marketing Coordinator


“Go where the readers are” is the standard advice for authors contemplating how to best market their books. With more than 30 million members, Goodreads is the world’s largest community of readers. Even better, Goodreads’ mission is to help readers find and share books they love. For authors, it provides a platform to interact with readers in a way not possible just a few years ago.


Here are some ways to effectively integrate Goodreads into your marketing campaign, whether you’re a debut author or an established one, traditionally published or self-published:


Claim your author profile. This is necessary for you to access the tools available to you to promote your work and connect with readers. Search for your book via ISBN or ASIN, then click on your name; scroll to the bottom of the profile page and click on “Is this you? Let us know!” and complete the information. You’ll receive a “Welcome” email once the request has been approved and get access to your author dashboard, where you’ll see many of the promotional tools you’ll use on Goodreads.


Edit your author profile. Give readers the chance to learn as much as possible about you…READ MORE

Using Social Media to Promote Your Book and Author Brand


If you are not very computer-savvy, social media marketing can seem daunting and often hard to comprehend. But it doesn’t have to be! Social media should be a fun, stress-free way to promote your book and author brand.


Using these three tips, you can begin your social media journey today!


1. Remember it takes time to grow your social media following. Do not get discouraged if you start with just a small following. It will take time for people to find you.


2. Don’t give up on posting on your social media sites. Even if you feel discouraged by a small following or think you are “doing it wrong,” do not give up. Keep posting about three times a week on platforms like Google+ and Facebook and about five times a day on Twitter. Consistency is a key element in establishing your virtual identity.


3. If you are running out of book-related content, post about your interests or hobbies.   Social media is not only about your book, it is about building your author brand. Your fans will want to learn about you as a person — not just about your book. So feel free to share your favorite blog or pictures from your weekend getaway.


If social media still seems a little too overwhelming Smith Publicity is here to help! Smith is now offering an Author Social Media Launch service to help authors set the stage for success on the most popular social media platforms. Visit our website for more information:Author Social Media Launch service!

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Smith Publicity is happy to announce a brand new website. Our website is still filled with articles, tips and resources for authors but now with a fresh, sleek look. Visit it today!

Smith Publicity’s 2nd Book Marketing Scholarship for Persuasive Writing


Smith Publicity, one of the leading book marketing and book publicity firms in the publishing industry, is again offering a $1,000 scholarship to one high school or college/university student in the United States. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who writes the best essay on persuasive writing. We chose this topic because our book marketing services are in large part dependent upon persuasive written communication.


The 1,500-word essay is due December 1, 2014 and the winner will be announced early 2015.


The Spring 2014 winner, Kelci Weidenaar said, “I truly love writing and it meant a lot to me to win this scholarship from an organization like Smith Publicity! It’s opportunities like this that are helping my educational dreams come true!” Kelci will be a freshman at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO this fall.


For more information about the scholarship visit our website.

Book Publicity Tips on YouTube

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About Smith Publicity


Beginning in 1997, Smith Publicity has evolved from a one-person operation run from a bedroom office to one of the leading book promotion firms in the industry. Fueled by a passion for making good things happen for clients, we’ve worked with thousands of individuals and companies—from The New York Times Bestsellers to first time, self-published authors in every genre.

The Smith Publicity reach is international; we’ve effectively worked with clients throughout the United States, Canada, the U.K., and from Australia to Israel and Malta. We have offices in New Jersey and Toronto.

While our expansion from boutique publicity agency to a multi-faceted public relations firm has greatly expanded the breadth of our services, the fundamental driving force behind everything we do is superior presentation, promotion, and positioning of our clients. Our refrain, “make good things happen for clients,” has propelled Smith Publicity from just another agency to a premier promotional firm offering outstanding, cost-effective service with unparalleled customer attention.

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Crowdfunding in Your Book Publicity Campaign


By Justine Schofield, Development Director of Pubslush


You might already know this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Publishing a book is hard. If you didn’t already know this, I’m not sure if I should apologize or say ‘you’re welcome.’ There’s a lot that goes into publishing. Not only do you have to write the book (and we all thought that was the hard part!), now, as an author, you have to build a platform, establish your audience, market both yourself and your book and, if you’re self-publishing, compile a publishing team to produce the book. Phew.


Don’t worry, it’s not all as intimidating as it sounds, and there are a lot of very helpful tools available to authors to help them publish more successfully. One emerging trend in the industry is crowdfunding. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, crowdfunding is a way for entrepreneurs and creatives to raise funds and awareness for upcoming or potential projects. By collecting many smaller financial pledges from a large number of people through online platforms, crowdfunding has helped millions of people bring projects to life through the support of the crowd.


The market is over saturated with millions of books published every year, so it’s important for authors to stand out from the crowd with high-quality books and well-planned marketing efforts. Crowdfunding not only provides a solution to the financial burden of publishing, but other aspects …READ MORE

Deadline to Have Your Book Displayed at the Frankfurt Book Fair—Largest Book Trade show in the World—September 12


September 12 is the last day to register to have your book be a part of the Frankfurt International Book Fair as a part of the Combined Book Exhibit. Visit our CBE page for more information and registration details.

Don’t miss this year’s Greenleaf Author Summit



Join us at the 2014 Greenleaf Author Summit™—in Austin, TX September 25 and 26—to take your business to the next level. Greenleaf Book Group is an Inc. 500/5000 company with dozens of books on the New York Times Bestseller List. In an unstable publishing climate, Greenleaf and its authors have continued to thrive. Now Greenleaf is opening its doors to business leaders, speakers, and writers to present a two-day event centered around three core themes: Ideas, Influence, and Income™.


World-class guest speakers (including Smith Publicity!) and Greenleaf’s expert staff will present a program designed to teach authors and experts how to:

  • create differentiated content that builds their platforms as thought leaders,
  • spread their ideas and expertise, and
  • monetize those ideas and products.

Your ticket provides full access to expert advice and insider knowledge, with no up sell or obligation. The Greenleaf Author Summit™ will provide interactive learning sessions and networking opportunities via three days of actionable content designed to help experts define their market and product positioning and drive their expertise and ideas. These insights and connections will make a significant difference in your business within twelve months.


We at Smith Publicity have had the honor and privilege of promoting dozens and dozens of Greenleaf authors over the years. We cannot speak highly enough about the service, quality and support they provide their authors to help them reach their individual goals.


For more information about the Summit visitGreenleaf’s site.

Congratulations to our first “You Wrote a Novel, Now What?” essay winner


Novelists who participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2013 were eligible to enter and win a publicity consultation and to have his or her book on NetGalley.


We would like to congratulate Tina Torrest, a NA romance author who completed the third book of her REMEMBER WHEN series. Torrest’s books are available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

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PM Press- Utah Phillips and Wisconsin Uprising! Aug 28, 2014 & Other Books and Events

PM Press- Utah Phillips and Wisconsin Uprising! Aug 28, 2014 & Other Books and Events 

New Releases/News
August 2014

August News at PM Press

It feels like U.S. History month at PM with three very different works (in three different formats) exploring working-class political activity in the States.

J. Sakai’s lengthy and controversial history, Settlers, offers a critical analysis of the colonization of the Americas that overturns the official narrative of dispossessed European settlers. A new documentary film by Sam Mayfield, Wisconsin Rising, documents the largest sustained workers’ resistance movement in American history. Arguably the most important folk star to emerge after the ’60s revival, Utah Phillips’sStarlight on the Rails is a 4 CD epic of music and story, recounting his life through his best songs. Intimate, droll, and fiercely felt, it is equal parts cultural history and musical memoir.
We have a plethora of great news, reviews, and events. We can’t list everything happening in one email, but click on the relevant images for more info or check it all out HERE.

Wisconsin Rising
Directed by Sam Mayfield
DVD| ISBN: 9781629630939 | $19.95

Wisconsin Rising documents the largest sustained workers’ resistance movement in American history. Wisconsin was a testing ground for the nation in 2011 as big money attempted to undo basic workers’ rights when newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker suddenly stripped collective bargaining power from the state’s public employees.

Wisconsin Rising catapults the viewer into the days, weeks, and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority, and injustice. As the story unfolds, democracy itself is at stake. The government in Wisconsin looks like a circus, as Republicans invent new laws daily, restricting citizens—-and even elected officials—-access to the State House. Our cameras are rolling on March 9th, 2011, when Republican Senators attempt to vote on the bill with no public notice as over 10,000 people pour into the Capitol, occupying its halls overnight. Dramatic footage shows Republican Senators fleeing the state capitol on a secret shuttle as thousands of Wisconsinites fill the State House and Capitol grounds in protest.
Wisconsin Rising is up-close and personal…and political. This slice of life, a moment in movement history, captures the struggles of the American middle class confronting the corrupting power of money over democracy. Don’t miss it.”
—-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook
U. Utah Phillips
Audio CD Box Set | ISBN: 9781604868326 | $39.95

Starlight on the Rails is the most complete collection of Utah Phillips’s songs ever released. Spanning 30 years of studio, live, and unreleased recordings from “The Golden Voice of the Great Southwest,” this definitive set includes Utah’s personal reflections about each song. It also includes renditions of Utah’s songs by Kate Wolf, Rosalie Sorrels, and many others. Almost 5 hours on 4 CDs with a 12-page booklet included. A must-have for any music collection.
Starlight on the Rails is a musical documentary of Utah’s life experiences spanning decades, more rich than any American history textbook. I can’t imagine any folk fan not having this in their collection. Period.”
—-Sing Out!

Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern
J. Sakai | Co-published with Kersplebedeb
Paperback | ISBN: 9781629630373 | $20.00

Settlers is a uniquely important book in the canon of the North American revolutionary left and anticolonial movements. First published in the 1980s by activists with decades of experience organizing in grassroots anticapitalist struggles against white supremacy, the book soon established itself as an essential reference point for revolutionaries.

Settlers uncovers centuries of collaboration between capitalism and white workers and their organizations, as well as their neocolonial allies, showing how the United States was designed from the ground up as a parasitic and genocidal entity. As recounted in painful detail by Sakai, the United States has been built on the theft of Indigenous lands and of Afrikan labor, on the robbery of the northern third of Mexico, the colonization of Puerto Rico, and the expropriation of the Asian working class, with each of these crimes being accompanied by violence.

Settlers was my first, and as such my truest, study of the actual mechanics behind the expertly fabricated illusion of an Amerikan proletariat.”
—-Sanyika Shakur, author of Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

PM Combo Packs! 
For frugal PM shoppers, we’ve teamed up some of our bestselling items in discounted “Combo Packs” of like-minded books, CDs, and DVDs. You can choose from a wide range of groovy Combos that save up to 50% on the list price, including the Autonomous Art Combo, the Outspoken Authors Combo, the Big Noise Dispatches DVD Combo and more.

See the Combo Packs HERE.

Paperback Plus! e-Book Bundles Now Available

Our print books now come with a free downloadable e-Book edition. When you purchase the hardcopy book online from PM Press, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download the e-Book. For technophiles, paper savers, and those without much shelf space, PM releases are also available separately as instantly downloadable e-Books. We are adding new PDF, ePUB, and MOBI files daily to work with all e-Book readers and personal computers. Read about our e-Books and file formats HERE and see the latest releases HERE.

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PM Press is now Twittering HERE.

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PM Press Catalog
We have a new PM Press complete catalog! So take a look, and start working on your wish lists now. Full color, 104 pages, viewable and downloadable online or request a free print copy HERE for yourself, or multiple copies to distribute at your workplace, bookstore, school, or gigs.

To view upcoming releases, including Fall 2014 (and beyond), please visit the  “Upcoming” section of our webstore HERE.

Recent News/Reviews 
The Struggle Within on Truthout
Review by Maya Schenwar
The activists that Dan Berger profiles break laws to break down chains, walls, systems, norms and entrenched assumptions. While the law is deployed to repress them, they resist by continually revealing its flimsiness and mutability; they demonstrate that it can not only be “broken,” but that it can, potentially, be broken down… The activist portraits sketched in The Struggle Within make all of the many varieties of repression that comprise the criminal legal system more visible.

Read the full review HERE.

Dead Kennedys on Caught in the Crossfire
Review by Pete Craven
Credit to Alex Ogg for managing to pull together interviews with all Dead Kennedys original members… This book is an engaging read, and pretty much an essential pick-up for anyone with an iota of interest in the DKs and Punk in general. There are band photos, and reproductions of record sleeves, flyers, media clippings, and of course, lots of cool art by the wonderful Winston Smith. Highly recommended.

Read the full review HERE.

The Cost of Lunch, Etc. on We Love this Book
Review by Sally Hughes
Marge Piercy is a great poet and this is clearly evident in the way she handles words. This is her first collection of short stories (although drawn from the work of a number of years) but the same economy of phrase, depth of emotion and touch of astringency you find in her poetry is here… Many of the stories are funny, a few shocking, all are interesting and incredibly well-told. For a journey into the feminine psyche it is unparalleled.
Read the full review HERE.
Chris Crass in the Earth First! Journal
Interview by the Anarres Project
“In addition to challenges of power, we also need to continue to develop and experiment with successful ways to organize as united people in ways that address, challenge, and transcend divisions of race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, citizenship and unequal structural power. In the past 10-15 years, there have been some significant advances in the movement that have helped make awareness and consciousness about privilege, oppression, and power much more wide spread. There are real strengths to what is often under the umbrella of anti-oppression politics.”
Read the full interview HERE.
New Forms of Worker Organization on Counterpunch
Review by Ron Jacobs
In order to survive in the world defined by neoliberal capitalism, workers have slowly come to realize that they must organize in new ways that respond to the new situation. A new book edited by Immanuel Ness was published with this in mind. The book, New Forms of Worker Organization, presents several case studies of organizing drives among workers around the world. These case studies explore the shortcomings of bureaucratic unionism not just in its current practice, but in its fundamental understanding of unionism itself.


Read the full review HERE.
The Day the Country Died on Musique Machine
Review by Roger Batty
Obviously Ian Glasper’s book is a must have item for anyone who has even a passing interest in the Anarcho-Punk scene, but I can also see this appealing to anyone who enjoys any form of confrontational music or sonic art. As the book is highly readable and rewarding throughout, and it’s thoroughly informative yet still concise and interesting over the whole of its nearly 500-pages.

Read the full review HERE.

The System on Now Read This!
Review by Win Wiacek
As if telling a beguiling, interlinked portmanteau tale of many lives interweaving and intersecting—-and often nastily ending—-in the Big City without benefit of word-balloons, captions or sound effects was not challenge enough, Peter Kuper pushed his own storytelling abilities to the limit by constructing his pages and panels from cut stencils, creating the narrative in a form akin to urban street art. Clever, compulsive and breathtakingly engrossing, this delicious exercise in dramatic interconnectivity and carefully constructed symbolism is a brilliant example of how smart and powerful comics can be.

Read the full review online HERE.
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Writers Studio- Unprecedented Success Aug 28, 2014

Writers Studio- Unprecedented Success Aug 28, 2014

>> THE WRITERS STUDIO WELCOMES YOU BACK FOR THE 2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR! We’re looking forward to a year full of workshop classes, fascinating craft classes, intensive tutorials, visiting writers, and more. Our community is worldwide and going strong, and we’re glad to have you join us.
4 San Francisco students published
3 NYC students published
2 Online students published
1 Tucson student published
Stay tuned for more details in future newsletters.
>> WRITERS STUDIO FACULTY PUBLISH WIDELY.  Eleanor Kedney’s poem “Believing is Seeing” will be published by Lalitamba Magazine, a journal published annually in New York City by Chintamani books. Eleanor is the Director of Branch Studios and teaches the Advanced Workshop in Tucson. Lisa Bellamy’s poem “Note to the Caretaker” is published with Strange Horizons. Lisa teaches Online Level III, Online Advanced Poetry, and Advanced Poetry. 
>> DO YOU ALSO WANT TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH YOUR WRITING? JOIN US. Enroll now and study with teachers who are creating an environment of success for their students.

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Australian Writers’ Centre- New words and ice buckets Aug 27, 2914 & Probloggerconference & Many Writing Courses

As this newsletter hits your inbox, I’ll be on the Gold Coast about to attend the ProBloggerconference. There’s something about being in a room full of 450 bloggers – so much writing, creativity, and, in some cases, over-sharing! I love the wonderful world of blogging because there’s always a bright idea, a bit of a scandal and more than a few inspirational stories in the room.

Blogging has changed the face of publishing forever. Gone are the days when you had to rely on a traditional publisher to print your words. These days, you can broadcast your ideas and stories to the world with a simple keystroke. Many bloggers have built their profiles, monetised their words and even ended up with traditional book deals as a result of their blog. It’s an exciting place to be playing in and I can’t wait to see what unfolds over the next couple of days. I’ll be back with a report on trends, news and, hopefully, some cool stories from the conference.

If you’ve been thinking about starting your own blog, why don’t you check out our next Blogging for Beginners seminar – it’ll really help you hit the ground running! And speaking of running, I dusted off my treadmill last week and pounded the virtual pavements. It was quite g–– oh wait, over-sharing alert! I’m in blog mode already…

Have a blogariffic week!

What our graduates are saying


We asked 100 people in the street for their views on our courses. After a day of this, we figured it was just going to be easier to ask graduates coming out of our courses instead. Here’s what they said:

“I’ve a clearer view on how feature articles are to be written, where to get information and ideas and how to eventually get myself published out there.”
– Justina Goh (Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1)

“I enjoyed the supportive environment; interaction with other participants; and feedback on written material. Patti is simply magic. She is a very talented facilitator for creativity and a thoroughly likeable person.”
– Lee Harris (Life Writing)

 Q & A: Or maybe it’s “Q & An”?


Q: Woooo, hi there guys, I just got in from pouring ice cold water over my head and filming it!
A: And do you know what that’s for?

Q: Um, well no. It’s just something celebrities are doing for fun isn’t it?
A: Actually, it’s raising awareness for ALS, also known as MND (Motor Neuron Disease) here in Australia. Quite the viral sensation.

Q: Yes! That’s the one! Now, anyway, I was writing about taking the challenge and how for me it was “an historic occasion”. But someone pointed out that “historic” shouldn’t have “an” before it. Is there a rule? Because it SOUNDS right…
A: Dubious use of ‘historic’ too… But anyway. “An” is one of those things we grow up putting in front of words beginning with vowels. (An envelope. An apple. An ice bucket. An internet sensation.) However, those vowels are red herrings really.

Q: Why?
A: Well, you wouldn’t say “an unicorn”. And you WOULD say “an hour”. So it’s not so much the letter but the SOUND it makes. If your word begins with a vowel sound (or an acronym beginning with a letter that makes a vowel sound like F, M, N etc), you should place “an” before it.

Q: So I’d be instigating “an FBI investigation” at “an NBA all stars game”?
A: Only if you had the proper clearance. (And I’d be taking a long look at that badge.) But yeah. So that’s all good with most letters. And then there’s H…

Q: Yeah, H. Like hours and honorary and historic.
A: Those first two are easy. They clearly have the H as silent, so begin with a vowel sound and deserve the “an”. Yet, standing alone, the words “historic” or “historical” start with a clear “H” consonant sound. And so should be preceded by “a” as in: “it is a historic occasion.”

Q: Hmmmm, this still doesn’t sound right.
A: True. In fact, outside American English, the softer “h” pronunciation in words like “historic”/”historical” do sound okay with the “an” in front. You probably wouldn’t blink at “an historical novel” for example. But would you say “an history lesson”? It’s really the same word, same first sound. Just a bit of an illusion because the stress is not falling on the first syllable (hi-STOR-ic vs HIS-tory), so it feels okay. But rules are rules, and for consistency, we’d recommend you go with the vowel sound rule!


Q: Wow, you’re right. So to recap?
A: If the beginning of the word sounds like it starts with a vowel, you’ll plonk “an” in front. Otherwise, stick to “a”.


Q: Thanks! This has been a H lesson worth knowing.
A: I think you mean “an H lesson worth knowing”.


Q: What do you mean? The sound of the letter is “haitch” isn’t it?…
A: Get out right now. Leave the bucket.

 Podcast: Episode 26


This week’s episode looks at self-publishing sensation Unbroken, how One Direction fan fiction can land you a book deal, bizarre niche blogs, and how to deal with an editor when you can’t deliver what you promised. We also talk tobestselling crime author Michael Robotham!

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

Courses starting soon

You’ll find a course starting soon to suit your writing goals:


Your course is on:

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014

Dragons, spaceships, monsters
and quests 101
Book now


 Competition winner (cookies enabled!)


Last week, we hid our competition in the webpick section, but you STILL managed to find it! Well done, that was the first test. So we wanted to know (after featuring a website that made cookies inspired by books) what book YOU would want to see made into a cookie.


Congrats to our winner, Romi S, who had the tasty suggestion of “I’d like the Hunger Games turned into a series of cookies. Eaten and eaten until the last one standing is crowned the winner. (I really like cookies and I’m pretty sure the odds are in my favour!)”


You’ve gone and won yourself a delicious copy of Posie Graeme-Evans’ bookThe Island House. Check out our Picture This section below for our caption competition!

 TIP: Free rein or free reign?


Both could make sense really (making the incorrect one yet another “eggcorn”).Freeing the reins on a horse or to reign freely over something. And if you googled each, you’d find “free reign” pips “free rein” in search results. But the correct version of the saying is in fact the first one (free rein), and the other is the commonly mistaken “corruption”. Sorry to “rein” on your parade.

In fact, it’s so corrupted that nearly half of Americans now spell the phrase with the G version, and the wrong version has even found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary as an alternative. The term “free rein’ of course does have horsey origins, i.e. when you loosen the reins, your horse is allowed more freedom. Simple as that.

“They have given us free rein over this whole project”
“When it rained during her reign, she had free rein to choose any umbrella that she wanted.”


(And by the way, it’s also “take the reins” and to “rein in” something or someone!)

 On the blog this week: Nip/Tuck: insights from a
fiction editor


If you want a decent book published, it’s going to need a decent edit. So we had a chat with a decent editor and found out a little more about this profession and what it means for you as a writer!


Jump on and check it out (and plenty more) on our blog!

 Plan Ahead: Where will your writing take you?

Online course: Travel Writing with Julietta Jameson

Travelling the world, writing about it, and getting paid for it. There are plenty of people that would see this near the top of their bucket lists of professions. But there are considerably LESS who actually figure out how to turn daydreaming into reality. And here’s how.

First up, this one’s online – meaning you can learn from right there where you are now, with new material uploaded for you to devour each week and a brilliant presenter providing direct feedback and industry insights. Make no mistake: this isn’t “dull ‘n’ dusty correspondence” – it’s dynamic live learning, with other classmates and up-to-the-minute lessons on how to write great travel articles and sell them to magazine and newspaper editors anywhere in the world!

“Julietta was warm and helpful. It was great to have such an experienced travel journalist taking the course as her advice was always relevant.”
– Isabel Gardner

No more excuses: you need to do this course!


Online course: Travel Writing with Julietta Jameson
When: The week beginning Monday 15 September 2014
Time: Whenever suits you
 Picture This
O Caption! My Caption!

We haven’t done a caption competition for a while. So, let’s see your best work for this doozy. Best one wins a copy of Tana French’sThe Secret Place (which doesn’t hit the shelves until September!).


As always, reply to this email with your suggestion, changing the subject to CAPTION. Include your address so we can send you the prize if you win, and entries must be in by 11:43pm on Monday 1 September. We always love seeing what you come up with! Good luck.

 Webpick: Take the “new words” quiz

As we continue to see, English is an ever-changing language – with new words entering the vocabulary every year. So decided to promote this fact by putting together a quiz to help you pick which new word is best for you. Everything from adorbs to acquihire. Give it a try, and see what new fangled word you’re matched with!

Check it out!

 The final word:


(noun) The act of opening a champagne bottle with a sabre.
It’s a real thing and you should try it at your next party.

Upcoming course dates

Online courses

Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 1 September 2014 for five weeks


Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Julietta Jameson – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 8 September 2014 for five weeks


Online course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks


Online course: Travel Writing with Julietta Jameson
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks


Online course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
Week beginning Monday 15 September 2014 for five weeks


Online course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 13 October 2014 for five weeks



Sydney courses

Course: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
Tuesday 2 September 2014 (one-day course)


Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Starting Tuesday 2 September 2014 for five weeks


Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter

Starting Tuesday 2 September 2014 for five weeks


Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Saturday 13 September 2014 (two-hour morning seminar)

Weekend course: Fantasy, Science Fiction and More with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 13 September and Sunday 14 September 2014 (2 consecutive days)


Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
Monday 15 September 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)


Course: Professional Business Writing with Kate Hennessy
Wednesday 17 September 2014 (one-day course)


Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Alexandra Spring

Starting Tuesday 7 October 2014 for five weeks


Course: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 9 October 2014 (one-day course)


Course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Jeni Mawter

Starting Thursday 9 October 2014 for five weeks


Course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin

Saturday 11 October and Sunday 12 October 2014


Weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
Starting Monday 13 October 2014 for six weeks


Seminar: How to Create and Sell Your Ebook with Anna Maguire

Monday 13 October 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)


Course: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 16 October 2014 (one-day course)


Course: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
Wednesday 22 October 2014 (one-day course)


Weekend course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)


Weekend course: Popular Women’s Fiction with Lisa Heidke
Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)


Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
Starting Wednesday 5 November 2014 for two weeks


Course: PR and Media Releases That Get Results with Catriona
Thursday 6 November 2014 (one-day course)


Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff
Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November 2014 (2 consecutive days)


Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
Starting Monday 10 November 2014 for five weeks


Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
Starting Wednesday 12 November 2014 for five weeks


Seminar: Self-publishing: How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
Thursday 13 November 2014 (two-hour evening seminar)



Course: Travel Writing with Sue White – NEW DATE

Saturday 10 January and Sunday 11 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)


Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller

Starting Friday 16 January 2015 for six weeks


Course: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
Starts Monday 2 February 2015 (6 month program)


Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth

Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 Sunday March 2015 (2 consecutive days)




Overseas writing tours – 2014

Writing in Oxford with Kate Forsyth
When: Sunday 7 September to Monday 15 September 2014


Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 23 October to Saturday 8 November 2014



Overseas writing tours – 2015

Writing in Vietnam with Carli Ratcliff – NEW DATE

When: Friday 11 September to Saturday 19 September 2015


Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 22 October to Saturday 8 November 2015

Best wishes,
Valerie Khoo
National Director


Australian Writers’ Centre

Sydney and Online: (02) 9929 0088
Melbourne: (03) 9005 6737
Perth: (08) 9468 0177
Australian Writers’ Centre | National office: Suite 3, 55 Lavender Street Milsons Point, New South Wales 2061 Australia 02 9929 0088

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Read on to learn about our upcoming show!
Odyssey Storytelling Presents!

Out of This World: Amazing, Supernatural or Unforgettable

WEDNESDAY, September 10, 2014

This show also features a demonstration of Flandrau Science Center’s brand new FullDome Digital Projection System–think IMAX with an Intergalactic Joy-stick. It’s not to be missed!
Storytellers to be announced soon!

This show is curated by Tony Paniagua. 

Come early to get a good seat, or …

Buy tickets here!

Show at 7pm, Doors open at 6:30.
University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center Planetarium Theatre, 1601 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Tickets $8

Got Stories? We want them.

To submit your story for consideration, send us a one-paragraph synopsis of your story and a brief bio about you.

Don’t be shy-we have a rehearsal and offer lots of guidance. 

Need more info?

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Call: 520-730-4112

Upcoming Shows

Oct 2 Peer Pressure
Nov 6 Breaking Bread
Dec 4 OMG! The Cringe Show
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by Terry Ambrose


With $5 million and their lives on the line, can a determined criminologist and a beautiful con artist learn to trust each other?  Or themselves?

“On all levels LICENSE TO LIE justifiably earned this five star rating!”- San Francisco Book Review (1776 Productions)

“Terry Ambrose is breaking new ground and proving that there are new directions for mysteries to take .  This one is highly recommended.”- Midwest Book Review

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A million-dollar con gone wrong.  A failed attempt at murder.  A young girl living on the streets.  In this con game, only the strongest survive.

“A gripping, fast-paced read with characters you will want to see again and again!”- Deborah Crombie, New York Times Bestselling author of THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS”

CON GAME is the sequel to LICENSE TO LIE

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Beverly Eschberger Author- THE ELEPHANTS VISIT LONDON


by Beverly Eschberger

Illustrated by Jim Gower

9781932926309 (Paperback) – $3.99   96 pgs

A London Adventure!

Visit London with the Elephant Family.  Fun is in store as twins Harold and Penelope travel from Africa with their parents.  Join the adventure as the family tiptoes through historic buildings, rides the Underground, and enjoy traditional English food.  But when Harold and Penelope disappear from the Natural History Museum, the detectives from Scotland Yard are called in to solve the case!

Order from: Ingram, Baker & Taylor,

Follett Library Resources, or directly from the publisher.

Kinkajour Press, an imprint of

Artemesia Publishing

9 Mockingbird Hill Rd

Tijeras, New Mexico 87059

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