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Writers at Work Conference: Managing the Business of Being An Author
Jan16

Writers at Work Conference: Managing the Business of Being An Author

As a published author, you wear many hats: entrepreneur, writer, designer, public speaker, publicist, and more. How can you manage the business side of your writing life without losing time for your art, or your other jobs, or your family? This one-day conference will provide tips you can use not just to sell more books, but to find the work-life balance that can be especially challenging for writers. WHEN: Sunday, March 22nd, 9am to 5pm WHERE: The Manor House at Whipain Farm, 1 Farm Drive, Blue Bell, PA 19422 http://www.whitpainfarm.com/ SIGN UP HERE! THE PROGRAM 9-9:30: Breakfast and Registration 9:30 – 10:20 Opening Keynote:  Eric Smith: The Long Con: Building Your Social Platform Eric Smith is an author, blogger, and publishing professional living and geeking out in Philadelphia. As a blogger, he co-founded Geekadelphia, and later, the Philly Geek Awards with The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. By day, he can found working as the social media and marketing manager at Quirk Books. By night, he writes. He is the author of The Geek’s Guide to Dating and the new novel Inked. Eric will speak about how social media in publishing is all about that “long-con” — meaning, being active on social media doesn’t necessarily sell books, but it makes writers part of the community. This is is hugely important and will eventually sell books. 10:20 – 10:30 Break 10:30-11:45 Career Management: Finding the People and Resources You Need to Promote Your Book Panelists: Karen Pokras Toz, author; Cheryl Rice, author; Julia MacDonnell, author, and Daniel Kaye, author and publisher, Silver Dragon Books, moderated by Lynn Rosen As an author, what do you need to do to ensure your book reaches the most readers possible? Two successful authors describe how they identified their marketing and publicity needs, and how they moved forward on finding the right people and resources to meet those needs.   12-12:30: Lunch 12:30-1:30 Lunch Keynote: Finding the Write-Life Balance Julie Cohen, author of Your Work, Your Life … Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance, is a Career and Personal Coach who helps her clients clarify and achieve their professional and personal goals. In this session, Julie will present a highly interactive program designed to help writers find that optimal mix of professional and personal priorities.  (More info at: http://www.juliecohencoaching.com/about/julie-cohen/)     1:40-2:40 The Art of Getting Attention Speaker: Corinne Liccketto-Moulder, Director of Business Development, SMITH PUBLICITY, INC. (http://www.smithpublicity.com/smith-publicity-executive-team/) Book publicity is a very delicate art. What does it take to get press attention for your book? How do you craft and shape your message? How do you determine which media to approach and how do you get their...

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“What’s Your Story?” Writers Retreat
Oct21

“What’s Your Story?” Writers Retreat

Give yourself the gift of a day of writing! Join our new “What’s Your Story?” Writers Retreat. Spend a day in a bucolic setting in Blue Bell, PA, where you’ll have both writing instruction and free writing time. Be one of a small group of writers who will benefit from day of creativity, inspiration, and results! DATE: Saturday, December 13 TIME: 9am to 5:30 pm (or arrive early for an 8am yoga class; additional fee) LOCATION: Whitpain Farm Manor House, Blue Bell, PA Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/retreatforwriters No matter how far along you are in your writing career, you can’t make progress if you don’t have time to write. Beginners and experts and everyone in between need both the literal and metaphorical space in which in to pursue the creative process. In addition, everyone needs to hone their craft with some expert advice from experienced writers and teachers. The “What’s Your Story?” Writers Retreat includes: morning and afternoon writing workshops with Janet Benton of The Word Studio on finding your unique stories and developing them naturally, using her unique methods; a special talk by novelist Nomi Eve, author of Henna House, on “Old Photos, Older Relatives, and Dusty Shoeboxes: Where Do Your Stories Live?” as well as a Q&A and book signing; private quiet writing time; a light breakfast, a catered lunch, and a closing happy hour; an optional early morning yoga class; a pop-up bookstore with new fiction, writing books, and more! Cost: $185 through November 2nd; after November 2nd: $195 Add a morning yoga class for an additional $15. Co-presented by Open Book and The Word Studio. Spaces are limited. Click here to sign up now. For more information contact: Lynn Rosen: lynn@openbookphilly.com or Janet Benton:...

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Reader Retreat with Maureen Corrigan
Sep24

Reader Retreat with Maureen Corrigan

The Reader Retreat with Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and lecturer at Georgetown University DATE: Saturday, November, 8th TIME:  10am to 3pm LOCATION:  Whitpain Farm Blue Bell, PA     Join us for an inspiring day of books and conversation! Lunch and a keynote talk by Maureen Corrigan’s about her new book So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures Q&A with the author about her work as a book reviewer for NPR and The Washington Post,juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and lecturer and critic-in-residence at Georgetown University Book discussion of The Great Gatsby, and more! To register click here! Schedule 10:00 – 10:30am: Registration 10:30am – 11:45 Breakout book discussion of The Great Gatsby (led by Lynn Rosen) 11:45 – 12:15 meet & mingle; browse the Open Book pop up bookstore 12:15 – 1:30 pm: Luncheon Introduction by Lynn Rosen: Creating the Canon: How Books Become Classics Keynote Speaker Maureen Corrigan 1:30 – 2:00pm:  Coffee/tea/dessert and chat with the author; book signing 2:00 – 2:30pm: What to Read Next: A review of “buzz books” & forthcoming books presented by Lynn Rosen. Get an early look at the books you will want to read and buy as gifts over the holiday season, including a peek at some Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs). 2:30 – 3:00pm:  mingle, browse books at the pop-up Bookstore, and depart. The Reader Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours on a Saturday talking about books with other readers and meeting an author. The event takes place at Whitpain Farm, an historic colonial-era manor house in Blue Bell, PA. (Directions to be provided.) Cost: $75* Includes book discussion, lunch and author talk, workshop, and a copy of So We Read On. *Inquire about special discounts for Whitpain Farm residents. To register click here! With questions  contact Lynn Rosen: lynn@lynnrosen.com...

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An Author House Party with Kevin Powers, author of THE YELLOW BIRDS!
Sep15

An Author House Party with Kevin Powers, author of THE YELLOW BIRDS!

Open Book is pleased to announce an exciting last minute to our event calendar: Kevin Powers, author of  The Yellow Birds will join us for a Literally Speaking Author House Party. The Yellow Birds is the winner of the Guardian First Book Award, a New York Times’s 100 Most Notable Books of 2012 and a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. It tells the story of two soldier in the Iraq war, their friendship and the trials of war, in powerful and poetic language. DATE:    Tuesday, October 7th TIME:     5:30 to 7:30pm Wine & cheese reception COST: $25 (Includes $5 credit toward any book purchase at Open Book bookstore. Good till December 31, 2014.) Location: Elkins Park, PA To sign up: EMAIL: lynn@openbookphilly.com or CALL:...

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A taste of Ruth Reichl’s new novel Delicious!
Aug23

A taste of Ruth Reichl’s new novel Delicious!

I’m a big fan of Ruth Reichl; I really enjoyed her memoir, Tender at the Bone. I was pleased when I heard she was turning her hand to fiction, and I was very interested to read her new novel, especially once I started hearing the good reviews. Can you tell that opening was a set up for disappointment? Indeed, the novel was a let-down for this reader. It is the sort of book that, when I started it, I knew right away that it wasn’t really going to engage me, and I kept telling myself to put it down when there were so many other books beckoning for my time. Yet I persisted. I think I did so in large part on the strength of her name, her reputation, and my previous pleasant experience with her memoirs, and to a lesser degree because I did find her main character, Billie Breslin, to be charming, and I was interested to see how she made her way to finding herself in this coming-of-age novel. Not only do we have a charming Billie, but Reichl has created a quirky and appealing set of secondary characters to keep Billie company, particularly Sal, the owner of the cheese shop where Billie works. Reichl also, unsurprisingly, writes really well about food. Much is made in the beginning of the book of Billie’s special talent. She has a perfect palate, and can taste anything and discern what the ingredients are, even if it’s something rare and obscure like, apparently, curry leaf. However, later in the book this is only glancingly referred to, and I was sorry to see this amusing parlor game drop. When a character takes a bite of food, Reichl’s prose lights up with colorful adjectives. Unfortunately, when she’s merely writing about plot, her prose is duller. As for plot twists and turns and the big reveal… well, I figured out the secrets about Billie’s sister long before they were revealed (if you’ve read Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love, you will, too), and the love interest has a flashing red arrow pointing at him, so that one is a given. As for the main plot point of the book, Billie’s discovery of a secret stash of letters between famous chef James Beard and an unknown young girl written during WWII, it is (here comes that word again) a charming conceit, but not, for me, enough to hang a novel on. My verdict? A good beach read, but your brain won’t get too tangled up in...

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