March 14, 2015
Twin Hickory Library (Henrico)
5001 Twin Hickory Rd.
9:30am: Set-up/Coffee Talk
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.
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.
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
Still Being Planned
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
AM: Romance Novel Marketing 101 with Valerie Bowman
PM: Mini Break-Out Sessions — Query, Synopsis, and Marketing practice sessions
All Day workshop with Mary Buckham
Featherstone Professional Center
1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 108
Midlothian, VA 23113
Holiday Party with guest speaker Cathy Maxwell
Twin Hickory Recreation Center
5011 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059