Tuesday, May 24, 2022


Memorial Weekend Zoom Webinar - Writing the Celebrity Biography

IWOSC Westside Satellite Host Robin Quinn interviews Ray Richmond,

author of  Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life


Saturday, May 28

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Pacific

Free to IWOSC members

$10 for nonmembers

Online using Zoom

Registration closes at noon, May 27

More info & RSVP: https://iwosc.org/writing-the-celebrity-biography/

Los Angeles | May 24, 2022 – Originally Ray Richmond was approached to write a Betty White biography to coincide with her 100th birthday, January 17th, 2022. Unfortunately the world lost Betty on December 31, 2021 – just 24 days after Ray’s book about her was released. Fans were drawn to the original hardcover edition of Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life, and it outsold its first print run. A packed schedule of media interviews followed for Ray.

During IWOSC’s May Westside Satellite, Host Robin Quinn will interview Ray about his writer’s journey on the book and his experience of telling the story of Betty White’s life.

o How he got the job

o Choosing an approach to the book

o Selecting Mary Tyler Moore co-star Gavin MacLeod for the Foreword

o How he started the book

o Selecting material from all the options

o Getting to the person behind the image

o Interviewing other celebrities about Betty, including Carol Burnett and Candice Bergen

o Managing photo rights and credits

o Navigating the media attention when the book sold well

o How this experience was different than writing previous celebrity memoirs

o And more!

Ray Richmond has worked as entertainment journalist and author since 1984. He has served as a TV critic, columnist and reporter for a number of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Orange County Register and (online) Deadline Hollywood. He has interviewed many of the most famous celebrities and icons in the world, including Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, Shirley MacLaine, George Burns, Chris Rock, Martin Scorsese, Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer, Steve Carell and Jimmy Kimmel. Ray is the author most recently of the best-selling coffee table biography Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life that was published in hardback on December 7, 2021 and released in paperback on April 12, 2022. His other books include The New York Times bestseller The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1997) and TV Moms: An Illustrated Guide (2000). He has also ghostwritten and collaborated on many books, including the memoirs for the legendary actress Janis Paige (Reading Between the Lines [2020]) and character actor William Sanderson (Yes, I’m That Guy [2019]). In August 2022, he will take over teaching a graduate course on the “History of Television” at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Ray was born in Whittier, and he currently lives in Valley Glen, CA.

Westside Satellite Host Robin Quinn is an LA Book Editor and Coach, who has served the publishing community for more than three decades. Her recent editing projects include Amazon bestseller Everyone Is Psychic: How to Awaken Your Intuition to Improve Your Relationships, Enrich Your Life & Read Others by Ann O’Brien, the mystical novel The Hsien by Rehmannia Dean Thomas, and multi-award-winning Heroines of Avalon and Other Tales by Ayn Cates Sullivan. In addition to editing, she also provides copywriting services and ghostwriting. Her specialties include spirituality, self-help, health, memoir and uplifting fiction. www.writingandediting.biz

The Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) offers monthly panels and seminars to help further the careers of indie scribes. More info at: https://iwosc.org/

Any questions or issues with registration, contact Robin Quinn at quinnrobin@aol.com. 
More on Robin's services at www.writingandediting.biz.



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




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.

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.




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.


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…

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.

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!
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…

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!

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!

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. 

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

To RSVP and for more info, go to:

See you there!