AUGUST 2010 MEETING

August 9, 2010

PAL members (L-R): Mike Manno, Kali VanBaale, Eileen Boggess, Alice Meyer (Beaverdale Books), Susan Schmid, Victor Verney, Jan Blazanin, Sharelle Moranville, Kimberly Stuart, Wendy Delsol

On August 5th, 1010 PAL of Central Iowa was hosted by Alice Meyer of Beaverdale Books for another successful meeting. Thank you to Alice for opening up her store to the group and taking time out of her busy schedule to consult with us on the topic of cross promotion between authors and independent bookstores.

Judging by comments overheard during the evening, every author came away from the meeting having learned something new. Among the topics discussed:

Alice mentioned the Midwest Connections Programs, sponsored by the Midwest Booksellers Association  as a resource used by independent bookstores. The program is something that Midwest based authors could discuss with their publishers. Also, New Pages  was suggested for a list of independent bookstores in Iowa. Alice did reiterate that often personal contact from the author makes a difference as to whether or not she will carry a book.

One of the most out-of-the-box ideas of the evening was Alice’s Home Book Party concept, a kind of Tupperware meets book club format. Wow. What a great idea. I can’t wait to hear more about how this innovation in bookselling will work.

Another of Alice’s golden promotional ideas: designating Beaverdale Books as the (or one of a handful) of places that ships signed copies. We also talked about having an icon or link to Alice’s e-mail on our site included with other purchase options.

Thanks again to everyone for an educational and enjoyable evening.

PAL members (L-R) Mike Manno, Kali VanBaale, Eileen Boggess, Alice Meyer (Beaverdale Books), Susan Schmid, Victor Verney, Sharelle Moranville, Jan Blazanin, Kimberly Stuart, Mary Kay Shanley

From left to right: Kimberly Stuart, Wendy Delsol, Winifred Moranville, Kali VanBaale, Susan Maupin Schmid, Jan Blazanin, Rebecca Janni, Mike Manno, Sharelle Byars Moranville

The members of PAL (Published Authors’ Liaison) of Central Iowa met Friday, May 7th, to network and share information. Kali VanBaale prepared a list of future book fairs and festivals where members could exhibit as a group.

Attending: Kimberly Stuart, Wendy Delsol, Winifred Moranville, Kali VanBaale, Susan Maupin Schmid, Jan Blazanin, Rebecca Janni, Mike Manno, and Sharelle Byars Mornaville.

left to right: Mike Manno, Sharelle Byars Moranville, Wendy Delsol, Kali VanBaale, Eileen Boggess, Rebecca Janni, Jan Blazanin, Kimberly Stuart

Announcing a Published Authors’ Liaison of Central Iowa.

A group of writers, residing in the Des Moines area, met for the first time in July 2009. Since then, the group has met in November 2009 and February 2010.

Our mission is to network, share information, and provide mutual promotional support.

For the purpose of this group, published is defined as advance-earning ($500 minimum) authors who are with a non-vanity, non-subsidy, non-electronic book publisher. These criteria are similar to those used for other published author networks.

Our members include:

Jan Blazanin

Eileen Boggess

Sharelle Byars Moranville

Wendy Delsol (chairperson)

Rebecca Janni

Mike Manno

Susan Maupin-Schmid

May Kay Shanley

Kimberly Stuart

Kali VanBaale

Next meeting:

Friday, May 7th at 1:30 pm
Smokey Row Coffee
1910 Cottage Grove Avenue
Des Moines, 50314
(515) 244-2611
Our presenter will be Kali VanBaale. The topic will be possible venues for group appearances, book sales, signings, etc.

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