Saturday, January 09, 2021

An Afternoon with Esteemed Literary Agent Ken Sherman



LA Agent Ken Sherman

Los Angeles, CA – 01/09/21. The Westside Satellite of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) will feature veteran literary agent Ken Sherman as their guest on Saturday, January 16, 12:30 pm. Sherman will be interviewed by Satellite Host Robin Quinn, a Los Angeles book editor. The program will be presented on Zoom. This informal interview will provide an opportunity to get an update on what’s happening with representation for book authors, to become acquainted with this particular agent, and to hear his thoughts on craft and building a lasting career as an author.

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency established in 1989. His literary agency handles film, TV and book writers and often sells film and TV rights to books. The agency is open to most adult fiction genres, including literary, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy/SF, suspense/thriller/mystery, and horror, as well as nonfiction. He makes contact with most of his new writers through referrals.

This event, which will focus mostly on books, is free to IWOSC members, $10 for non-members.

To RSVP, go to: iwosc.org/los-angeles-westside-writers-group/


Westside Satellite Host Robin Quinn

A long-time IWOSC member and LA Book Coach and Editor, Robin Quinn specializes in self-help, memoir and uplifting fiction.  For questions about the Westside Satellite, contact Host Robin Quinn at robinkayquinn2 AT gmail DOT com. Learn more about her services at www.writingandediting.biz.   

 

  

Thursday, December 10, 2020

 

WINNER AT

26th ANNUAL IRWIN AWARDS!


Author Mark Kingston Levin and I at an earlier BPSC meeting pre-COVID.

Last night, I was co-host and award-winner at the prestigious Irwin Awards. 
My award was for “Best Media Kit.” 
This virtual event was the Book Publicists of Southern California’s first meeting on Zoom.
 

I’d like to congratulate all 12 of the “Irwinners” of last night’s 26th Annual Irwin Awards, run by the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC). The Irwin Awards originated in 1976 to honor book publicist Irwin Zucker, founder of the book group. At age 93, he is still an active publicist. The awards are a way for book people to stand out with their projects.

I was very excited to receive the first award of the evening for Best Media Kit. When Irwin initially saw it, he said, “This is the best press kit I’ve ever seen. It covers all the angles.” I took that as quite a compliment coming from a veteran publicist like Irwin.

The media kit was written for the sci-fi series, 30th Century, by author Mark Kingston Levin, PhD. A brilliant man with a PhD in quantum mechanics, Mark had been awarded over 30 US patents for his ideas. His dream was to become a science-fiction novelist in his retirement, and he did publish the three books in his trilogy before he passed away last year.


Here is the full list of winners:

B. Michael Antler, Author, Josephus: A Novel. Best Historical Fiction

Michael Bowker, Author, Gods of Our Time: A Paris Love Story, Best International Novel of Year   

Virginia Dale, Author, Rich White Americans, Best Fiction of the Year

Sarah Frank, Author, The One Chance Series, Teen Author of the Year

Lori Golden, Author, My House of Lies, Best Memoir of Year

Bo Lebo, Creative Director, New Health Options, Publicist of the Year

R.L. (Rick) Hann, Author, Executive Malice, Best Mystery Novel of Year

Robin Quinn, Lead Writer, Book Editor: Quinn's Word for Word, Best Media Kit for Mark Kingston Levin’s 30th Century Sci-Fi Trilogy

David Ruggiero, Author, Say Goodbye and Good Night, Most Romantic Book of Year

Lon E. Varnadore, Author, Junker Blues, Best Science Fiction Series

Sara Winokur, Author, Double-Blind. Best Mystery-Thriller of Year

Ron Zayas, Author, Lessons from the Len Master, Best Business Book of the Year 

It was an honor to help BPSC transition to the world of virtual meetings on Zoom. Because of my frequent use of the platform since COVID struck, I offered to host the group, and became a co-host of the evening. I was happy in this way to pay back to the group and Irwin Zucker for their support of my business over the many years.

We’ll be back with the BPSC’s next event in February. Visit the website for the Book Publicists of Southern California for more information about “How to Make the Media Fall in Love with You” in 2021.

 

 

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Check Out "The Allure of the Memoir" Panel 
This Saturday (2:30 PST)
at FREE All-Day Online LA BookFest



This Saturday, the book-loving community will gather for an online celebration at LA BookFest. The event (from 10 AM to 6 PM PST) includes:
  • Panel Discussions and Conversations
  • Author AMA (Ask Me Anything) Live Chats
  • Author Readings
  • Virtual Booths and
  • a Book Giveaway sponsored by Books That Make You

I'm excited to be moderating the panel "The Allure of the Memoir: Telling the Human Story" at 2:30 PST. I have gathered 5 intriguing memoir writers to discuss the genre and explore such questions as:
  • "Are memoirs art of the heart or works of narcissism?"
  • "Where does the memoirist draw the line or is anything fair game for the memoirist to address?" 
  • "How do memoirists tell the true story and avoid issues associated with so-called fake memoirs?" and
  • "What are the memoirs that memoirists themselves recommend?"

Whether by a celebrity or someone else with a great story, a memoir is a dive into a human experience that’s relatable, inspiring and entertaining. In a time of Coronavirus challenges, we need such engaging tales more than ever! This panel will share memoirists’ stories and journeys and techniques.

Panel
Sue William Silverman, Author, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences, a memoir in the form of an essay collection, as well as Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir.


Ray Richmond, Founder and President of Family Sleuth Memoirs, collaborates on memoirs and family histories. His clients include film legend Janis Paige, author of Reading Between the Lines: A Memoir. 

Diana Lee Brown, M.A., M.F.T., Author, Fly By: A Daughter’s Journey from Tragedy to Tribute, 
Most Inspirational Book of the Year, IRWIN Awards, 2019. 


Bilal Alaji, Author, award-winning and best-selling This Ain’t My Life: One Man’s journey to finding his destiny. Best memoir of 2019 Pinnacle Book Award, SPR finalist 2020.


Gerald Everett Jones, Host, Get Published! podcast and an award-winning author.



I'LL BE THERE TO MODERATE

THIS GREAT GROUP OF WRITERS.




SEE YOU AT THE FAIR!

TO SIGN UP AND FOR MORE INFO: https://www.labookfest.com/

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Join Us Sat., Nov. 2, for IWOSC Westside Satellite Reads!


Author Alan Eisenstock reads from the memoir
Love Thy Neighbor at our September Meeting. 

In November, the IWOSC Westside Satellite is excited to feature participants and people who signed up for our mailing list as Reader/Writers. We’ve had a wonderful response, with writing that spans science fiction, memoir, novel, flash fiction, travel writing, and magical realism.

They’ll be appearing at our regular location for the satellite, St. Mary’s of Palms, and the public is invited to come hear their work for a $5 fee.

AUTHORS SCHEDULES TO READ INCLUDE:

Evelyn Duboff, an award-winning short story writer, playwright, and poet, will read a short short story called Vibrations.
J. Dianne Dotson, sci-fi writer, reading from her second book which came out this year: Ephemeris: The Questrison Saga: Book Two.
Donna Lawrence, a widely published writer of articles and published author, who will read a travel piece which won the Silver award for Travel Memoir in the 2015 Solas Awards for Travelers’  Tales.
Linda Lichtman, a humor writer who will be reading from her upcoming 2nd memoir, How I Buried My Mom While Still Attached to Her Umbilical Cord.
Alex House, a short story writer and novelist, will read from her novel, The Children of Cortès. She writes magical realism.
David Harper, award-winning actor, writer, producer, and director, will likely read from his current novel-in-progress.
Lyle Royer, author of two books – a medical thriller and a soft sci-fi, will read from his science fiction novel Maiden Voyage.
Gloria Garvin, an anthropologist, writer and editor, will read from her book, Paul’s Story – Memoir of an American Artist.
Joel Fleiss, an author and former CEO in the software biz, will read from A World Without Fear, his first novel and third book.
Erana Leiken, a widely published writer of articles and more, will read from her memoir.
Peggy Miley, a writer and an actress known for Stranger Things and Star Trek: Insurrection, has yet to reveal her reading choice.   

Afterwards, the satellite has reservations at Grand Casino Bakery & Cafe, which is nearby across Venice Boulevard in downtown Culver City.

Here are the details…

IWOSC WESTSIDE SATELLITE MEETING
Topic: IWOSC Westside Satellite Reads
Speakers: Writers from the Satellite
Satellite Host: Editor/Book Coach Robin Quinn, www.writingandediting.biz 
Date & Time:  Saturday, November 2, 12:30- 2:30
Location: St. Mary’s of Palms, 3647 Watseka Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (meeting room is on the north side of the church by the parking lot)
Parking: Small church lot and street parking
Cost: $5. Please bring cash – pay at the door.


 POST MEETING MEAL
Location: Grand Casino Bakery & Cafe
Time: 3 PM
Address: 3826 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232
Parking: Stay where you are near church and walk, or move to metered parking or municipal lot in downtown Culver City.
Cost for meal:  Pay your own – lunch prices till 4 PM!


Reservations are required for the meal and requested for the readings.
TO RSVP for the meeting, meal or the whole enchilada: Email robinkayquinn2@gmail.com

December will be the Westside Satellite Holiday Party. Stay tuned for details!

Write On!
Robin
Book Editor / Book Coach

P.S. IWOSC stands for the Independent Writers of Southern California. For more on the group, go to: https://iwosc.org/ 

Monday, September 23, 2019


Adding Humor to Your Writing
Speaker Meeting, 10/5, IWOSC Westside Satellite





Hi there!

Earlier this year, I accepted the role of Host for the IWOSC Westside Satellite. We had a couple dinner meetings and finally found a home for our gatherings in September.

For October, I’m very excited to have lined up a very funny guy - author, playwright and reporter Ray Richmond (story collection My Greatest Day in Show Business and play Transition). He’ll be talking with us about “Writing Funny: How to use humor to enhance your writing.” Besides reading from those two works and chatting with us about the dynamics of humor, Ray will also talk about his 2008 interview with George Carlin, the last one done of the astringent stand-up.

Here are the details…

IWOSC WESTSIDE SATELLITE MEETING
Topic: “Writing Funny: How to use humor to enhance your writing.”
Speaker: Ray Richmond, www.FamilySleuthMemoirs.com 
Date & Time:  Saturday, October 5, 12:30-2:30 PM
Location: St. Mary’s of Palms, 3647 Watseka Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (meeting room is on the north side of the church by the parking lot)
Parking: Small church lot and street parking
Cost: $5 (to cover room rental and expenses). Bring cash – pay at the door.
Thank you for having exact change!



POST MEETING MEAL
Location: Grand Casino Bakery & Cafe
Time: 3:00 PM
Address: 3826 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232
Parking: Stay where you are near church and walk, or move to metered parking or municipal lot in downtown Culver City.
Cost for meal:  Pay your own – lunch prices till 4 PM!


RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR BOTH THE MEETING AND THE MEAL.
TO RSVP for either the meeting, meal or the whole enchilada, email robinkayquinn2@gmail.com
Let me know which part you’ll be attending.

Write on!

Robin (Quinn)
Book Coach / Book Editor - Los Angeles





Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Update on the Health & Wellness Writing Market

Monday, February 25, 2019
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. 
(networking follows the program)
IWOSC members – free
Non-members – $15



I'm very excited to be moderating a writer's panel at IWOSC next Monday on writing health & wellness. It's a field I've been working in since I started editing over 25 years ago, and this market has continued to be popular with readers.

My panel of experts will share their hard-earned insights and tips for success.

The night's dynamic speakers are:

Emily Dwass, the author of the forthcoming book, Diagnosis Female, scheduled to be published in Fall 2019 by the leading indie publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. She's a great example of how building a track record of success with articles can help you get published the traditional way.

Derek Doepker, the self-published author of over six best-selling books in health, self-help, and authorship. In addition to being a prolific writer, he's one smart marketer in the self-publishing arena, and he will share some of his techniques.

Jerri Sher, an Emmy-Award-winning wellness filmmaker in production of Quiet Explosions, a documentary feature about TBI, traumatic brain injury, and PTS, post-traumatic stress, in veterans and athletes. This Golden Year of the Documentary is a great time to learn about this market.

Steve Hutson, a literary agent and founder of WordWise Media Services. Steve is a writer himself so to me that makes him extra special as a scribe's rep.

I'll be moderating, and I'll also share my story of how I got into the fields of editing health books and later ghostwriting health titles for experts.

A little background on me...  Robin Quinn has been in the book biz for more than two and a half decades. She is an award-winning book editor, book coach and ghostwriter. Robin specializes in self-help, health, nutrition, spirituality, business, and the media, and she also works with uplifting memoir and fiction. Her book projects include Patricia Fitzgerald’s small press best-seller The Detox Solution, Susan Moss’s alternative health title Survive Cancer! and Ruth Frechman’s The Food Is My Friend Diet (Best Nutrition book / Indie Excellence Awards). Since the early 90s, Robin has produced and moderated panels related to books and writing – for such groups as the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA), Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS), Author’s Corner, and more. 

LOCATION:
Vet’s Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230

To RSVP and for more info, go to:

See you there!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Buzz on Books & More – Interview 1


Welcome to my premiere edition of The Buzz on Books & More! These will be interviews with book publishing insiders and writers on issues, trends, methods, etc.

The first edition’s topic?...



The CreateSpace to KDP Publishing Transition

Change is often disconcerting when you’ve used a particular product or service for a long time. That’s what customers of the self-publishing service CreateSpace are facing, as Amazon transitions them over to Kindle Direct Publishing.

For the inside scoop, I turned to one of my favorite people in book publishing, Gerald Everett Jones, author of Bonfire of the Vanderbilts and host of the GetPublished! radio show (https://getpublishedradio.com/).

Highlights: Changes after the move include having paper books and ebooks on one dashboard, proof copies now having “not for sale” on cover and special barcodes, royalties paid every 60 days instead of every 30, and greater access to Amazon’s AMS ads.

Interview with author Gerald Everett Jones



How did you learn that you needed to migrate your books from CreateSpace to KDP?

My first notice was when I logged into my CreateSpace dashboard and there was a message saying migration of POD paperbacks was going to happen to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) kdp.amazon.com.

Amazon also sent me emails from time to time advising that the move was coming up. A particular warning was that if I’d chosen CreateSpace Direct distribution as one of my Expanded Distribution options, I’d have to go into each book for which I’d selected that option and deselect it. That’s because your selling direct to customers is no longer supported in that way. If I did opt out of that, Amazon advised that my paperbacks would be moved automatically to KDP and remain LIVE.

Was the process complicated? How long did it take you?

The migration is or is intended to be automatic now. I didn’t do anything to move my book files from CreateSpace to KDP. All I did was go into CreateSpace and disable the CreateSpace Direct option in Expanded Distribution. Doing so made those books eligible to stay LIVE through the migration process. But, once I saw them on the KDP dashboard, I went through all the selections as if I were publishing them as new titles. That’s how I’d recommend doing it.

Also, my LaPuerta Books and Media imprint has 15 different titles on KDP, all in Kindle and some in POD paperback. The migration from the CreateSpace dashboard to KDP was just a matter of days, but then I was fine-tuning the metadata and other details for about a month, including the migration to the Videodirect platform for the streaming videos.

How does the process work?

The Amazon instructions tell you to start the process from the CreateSpace dashboard and just click the migration notice you see at the top. The process will no doubt take a few more steps if you don’t already have a Kindle Direct Publishing account. Also, I believe Amazon expects that the account ID you use for CreateSpace will be the same login credentials you use for kdp.amazon.com. But I don’t know if that’s mandatory. As you probably know, Amazon is like Google in that once you log in, they regard you as the same entity across all their platforms.

Whether you explicitly opted to migrate from the CreateSpace dashboard or you just wait because you already have a KDP account associated, Amazon’s invisible robots do the work of porting your titles to the KDP dashboard. If all your book’s specs and settings are correct for KDP, its status on the dashboard should show LIVE printed in green. If there’s a glitch of any kind that you need to resolve, the status will show as DRAFT printed in black. LIVE books are on display in the Amazon catalog and available for order. DRAFT versions are not (unless you had a prior LIVE version that the DRAFT is updating).

Are there any tricky parts?

My advice would be, whether your book shows as LIVE or DRAFT, click through all the detail and metadata settings for it as if you were publishing it for the first time. You don’t need to upload the ported cover or the guts unless you’ve made a change – or unless Amazon has flagged some error in those files. (You will have the opportunity for Live Preview of the book pages before you’re done.) Make sure your Description and Keywords are up-to-date, and here’s an opportunity to make changes. It shouldn’t take any longer to publish if you do. As well – and I think this is crucial – carefully review the Expanded Distribution and pricing options. Here’s a perfect opportunity to reprice your list, especially right before the holiday shopping season.

I experienced a glitch on one book that was totally unexpected. Choke Hold had been LIVE on Amazon via CreateSpace POD for some time. However, after porting to KDP, I got a notice from Amazon support asking me to prove my copyright. I assume this was because there are several books with that title (Choke Hold or Chokehold), but of course none have remotely similar content. I replied to the email with a PDF of the copyright registration certificate, and after about a week the book went from DRAFT to LIVE on KDP.

Are there any downsides to the move?

One difference is payment terms. CreateSpace pays monthly, 30 days after month-end closing. KDP also pays monthly, but 60 days after closing.

What are the upsides to the move?

It’s a convenience to see and control all your Amazon book titles on the same KDP dashboard. And on the sales results charts, you’ll see the ebook results right alongside the paperback results, color-coded. You can get a good sense that way of how the sales and pricing of the two products are working or not working. For the industry, you’d expect to see ebook sales about 25% of the total, but in self-publishing, ebooks typically are a much higher percentage of the mix, if not all of it.

Has Amazon issued any deadline that you know of by which this move has to take place?

The migration is well underway. If you want your CreateSpace titles on KDP, don’t hesitate to check their status and get involved in the process.

But if you start a new paperback, it’s simple. You’ll have to create a new title through the KDP dashboard.

Gerald Everett Jones has been a professional writer all his working life. He is the author of more than thirty business and technical books (including How to Lie with Charts), and seven novels (including Bonfire of the Vanderbilts). He currently hosts the GetPublished! Radio show (getpublishedradio.com) and has been a regular book reviewer on KRLA-AM in Los Angeles.

For further details and insights, check out the following links:

CreateSpace (where you can log in to your account)

Moving from CreateSpace to KDP: A Simple Guide [Alliance of Independent Authors]

KDP & CreateSpace Merger | What You Need To Know [Video]

CreateSpace and KDP to Become One Service [KDP page with info and related links]


Robin Quinn is a book coach, editor and publishing consultant. She has provided editorial support to the independent publishing community for over 25 years. Recent clients include Ayn Cates Sullivan (multiple award-winning Legends of the Grail: Stories of the Celtic Goddesses and the forthcoming Heroines of Avalon: Legends of the Grail 2), Tami Shaik (novel Ocean in a Drop and self-help title Detox Your Soul-A 30 Day Roadmap to Loving Yourself), Kristen Falde Smith (self-help title Artichokes & Grace: Getting to the Heart of Aging) and Ian Brooks (forthcoming self-help audiobook in progress). To ask for a free book editing quote or inquire about book coaching, email Robin at quinnwordforword@aol.com.