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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are all day unless specifically noted.

Updated Feb. 16, 2015

Twin Hickory Library
5001 Twin Hickory Rd.
Glen Allen, VA 23059-2509
(804) 290-9200

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March 14, 2015

Twin Hickory Library (Henrico)
5001 Twin Hickory Rd.

9:30am: Set-up/Coffee Talk

10:00am: Street Team Savvy with Avery Flynn

Author Avery Flynn shares her no-fuss, no-muss method for starting a street team, growing it and maintaining team members’ excitement. In this workshop, you’ll learn:

1. What is a street team?
2. The pros and cons of having a street team.
3. The behind the scenes work you’ll need to do.
4. Street Team personality management.
5. Using contests and giveaways to motivate Street Team members.
6. Time management tricks for running a Street Team.
7. What to do if a Street Team goes rogue.
8. Inviting other authors into your Street Team.
9. Growing Street Team membership.
10. Street Team or Review Squad, which one is right for you?

In addition, there will be a Q&A session.

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter and Pinterest, like her on her Facebook page or friend her on her Facebook profile. She’s also on Goodreads and BookLikes. Join her street team, The Flynnbots, and receive special sneak peeks, prizes and early access to her latest releases! Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.

2:00pm: Everything I Know About Pitching I Learned at the Dog Show with Alleyne Dickens

Part 1: Preparation

Just as you can’t take a dog straight from your backyard to a dog show, you can’t pitch your novel to an agent or editor without the proper preparation. Alleyne, a dog show judge and exhibitor, will show you how to construct a pitch and then “groom” it into a Best-In-Show entry that will have all the judges... umm, publishing professionals begging for your book. Even if you aren’t ready to pitch, come to this a light-hearted, interactive workshop and help your friends strike the right note.

Future Meetings

April 11th
All Day workshop with JT Bock--Some Assembly Required: A Whedonite’s Guide to Characterization
North Park Library
8508 Franconia Rd.
Henrico, VA 23227-1213

May 9th
AM: How to Get the Media to Fall in Love With You (and Your Book) with Joyce Lamb
PM: Part 2: Everything I Know About Pitching I Learned at the Dog Show with Alleyne Dickens
L.E. Smoot Memorial Library
9533 Kings Highway
King George, VA 22485

June 13th
Still Being Planned


September 12th
AM: State of the Chapter Our own president, Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins the chapter’s year in review, what to expect over the next few months, and ideas for 2016.
PM: Professor Jane Friedman of UVA — Write a Query That Gets Manuscript Requests
Location TBA

October 10th
AM: Romance Novel Marketing 101 with Valerie Bowman
PM: Mini Break-Out Sessions — Query, Synopsis, and Marketing practice sessions
Location TBA

November 14th
All Day workshop with Mary Buckham
Featherstone Professional Center
1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 108
Midlothian, VA 23113

December 12th
Holiday Party with guest speaker Cathy Maxwell
Twin Hickory Recreation Center
5011 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059