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    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Torrance Airport Meeting Room - Zamperini Field 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance CA 90505
    • 23
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    Learn How to Self-Publish 
    a Picture Book in Two Days 

    Ever thought about making a picture book? Are you interested in self-publishing? Do you want to take control and make a living as an author? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

    Join best-selling, independent author A.J. Cosmo as he breaks down the steps to write, illustrate, market, print, and sell your independently published children’s book.

    This workshop will encompass two days of detailed instruction and includes hands on demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to have a completed draft of a picture book manuscript and bring a laptop or tablet device, along with a notebook, to the presentations.

    *A one-hour consultation with A.J. after the workshop is included. 

    Space is extremely limited!

    What you will learn:

    1. Pricing, categorizing, and positioning your children’s book to sell
    2. Industry standards for picture books along with the reasons for those guidelines
    3. Creating your book by working with illustrators and editors without breaking the bank
    4. Printing your book using on demand services or overseas printing
    5. Marketing your book and making a living as a writer

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, and lunch on both days

    *Optional signed copy of AJ's book Big Science: Galileo's Gamble


    SCHEDULE:

    Day 1

    9AM-12PM

    • Introduction
    • Book pitch
    • The basics of the book business
    • Budgeting for your book project
    • Finding your category
    • Researching competition
    • Price points
    • Editing & Revising
    • Creating your book dummy

    12PM-1PM
    Lunch Break

    1PM-3PM

    • Finding an illustrator
    • Working with an illustrator
    • Social media marketing


    Day 2

    9AM-12PM

    • Introduction to InDesign
    • PDF formats and printing terms
    • Printing Options: CreateSpace, Ingram Sparks, PrintNinja (China)
    • Bowker and ISBN codes
    • BISAAC categories
    • Copyrighting and Library of Congress

    12PM-1PM
    Lunch Break

    1PM-3PM

    • Sales copy
    • Keywords
    • Setting up a pre-release
    • Facebook marketing and ads
    • Amazon algorithms and ads
    • Stocking options and store agreements
    • Release day
    • After release marketing
    • Wrap up and questions
    • eBook handout

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    A.J. Cosmo is the author and illustrator of over thirty children's books ranging from picture to middle grade. An advocate of "professional self-publishing", he enjoys helping other authors achieve their dreams.







    ABOUT THE BOOK

    In this fun, kid-friendly, read-along book, children and their parents examine gravity through the eyes of a middle-school aged Galileo and his best friend Newton, who, spurred by the phenomenon of two objects falling, explore the question “Do heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones?” Children learn basic experimental design in the context of an easy to understand and engaging story that is sure to inspire further exploration and thinking.


     

    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
    • 9
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    Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genre’s welcome

    Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  But who can you get or trust to be that second set of eyes?  Family and friends run at the sight of you and even when they do read it, they say heartwarming, but ultimately useless things like, “That’s nice.”  That’s where I come in.

    I, Glenn Hanna will hosting the Children Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBA-LA) Saturday critique from 11am to 2pm at the LA Public Library, Harbor Gateway Branch, 24000 S Western Ave in the East Conference Room.

    If you’ve been to a Saturday critique before, then you know the drill.  If you’ve never attended one, let me explain how it goes.

    When to arrive:

    On time!  Please!  I know it’s fashionable to be ten to fifteen minutes late in LA but the time you waste is the time you take from yourself and the others in the group.  My formula is simple. I take the time we have and divide it among the people there.  More time we have, more time for all.

    What to bring:

    • 1.       If you’re writing a novel, then bring the first ten pages or the first chapter, whichever’s shorter.  If you’re writing a picture book, then bring the whole thing.  And please format your manuscript professionally:  Courier or Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, single sided, 1 inch margins on white paper
    • 2.       Copies of your manuscript.  Please check back on this website to see how many are attending so that you know how many copies to bring.
    • 3.       A pen or pencil or something with which to take notes.  If you’re the oral type, by all means you may bring a tape recorder.
    • 4.       A notebook (optional):  If you want to take notes on the comments you receive a notebook might come in handy, but it’s not necessary.  The reason we require you bring copies for everyone is because the others will write down their comments on those copies and then give them back to you to take home and read.
    • 5.       An open mind.  You may think a critique is a bunch of people sitting around insulting the baby you took great pains to write but that’s not the CBW-LA way and it’s not my way.  Before we begin I will give specific instructions on how we will conducting ourselves but the gist of it is, the point of this critique is to help you write what you want to write better.  To offer solutions and encouragement and guidance, not ridicule.  All I ask is that you open your mind and listen to what others are saying.  You don’t have to take any of the advice offered but you’ll never know what value it is if you don’t hear it in the first place.

    Please do not just show up.  If you wish to attend, register.  If no one registers by the previous Friday night, I will cancel the event.  If for any reason you cannot attend, please email me at cbwla2012@gmail.com. ASAP, so I can free up the space for someone else to attend.  And if you have any questions, you can reach me there as well.

    Look forward to seeing you there.

    Glenn Hanna

      • 11 Aug 2018
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • TBA
      Register

      Artistic Cross Training:
      Learn to Sharpen Your Writing
      from Other Disciplines

      R.S. Mellette came to novels by way of acting, directing, filmmaking, television and design. When he turned to writing a novel, he found his knowledge of each of these disciplines improved his writing. Now, he shares his 30 years of experience in Hollywood with you.


      ABOUT THE SPEAKER

      R.S. MELLETTE

      R.S. Mellette is a film producer/writer/director/actor and novelist.  As Associate Director of for Dances With Films (one of MovieMaker's top 25 coolest film festivals in the world), Robert created the 2Minute 2Step short film challenge which has produced more nearly 40 short movies.  He wrote and directed the multi-festival winner, Jacks or Better.  He also wrote the first web-to-television intellectual property "The Xena Scrolls" for Universal Studio's Xena: Warrior Princess.  On Blue Crush and Nutty Professor II he served as script coordinator.  He's acted in countless stage productions across the U.S.  As an author, he has four published short stories, and his novel series Billy Bobble Made a Magic Wand and Billy Bobble And The Witch Hunt from Elephant's Bookshelf Press.


      *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members 

      *Non-members pay the full amount 

      *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book BILLY BOBBLE MAKES A MAGIC WAND


      ABOUT THE BOOK

      Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand

      "E = mc2 is no longer the most powerful force in the universe. Your wand is." Twelve-year-old Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn't mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.



    Past events

    28 Apr 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
    24 Mar 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
    10 Mar 2018 Crafting & Writing Your MG/YA Series in 12 Months
    20 Jan 2018 Jumpstart Your Writing Career Workshop + Author Headshot Day
    09 Dec 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
    02 Dec 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
    18 Nov 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
    28 Oct 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
    14 Oct 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
    07 Oct 2017 FIFTH ANNUAL CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon—Story Sprouts: Fables, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (Workshop + Anthology)
    30 Sep 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
    23 Sep 2017 Kickstarter Crowdfunding Success Strategies
    09 Sep 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
    26 Aug 2017 Creative Meditation: Generating Story Ideas Using Mindful Practices and Other Creative Processes
    12 Aug 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
    22 Jul 2017 Revision Strategies for Novel Writers: From Line Edits to Queries
    10 Jun 2017 How to Write a Query Letter and Find a Literary Agent with Seth Fishman of the Gernert Company Literary Agency
    03 Jun 2017 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    08 Apr 2017 Structure, Structure, Structure! Creating Detailed Outlines & Engaging Pitches
    04 Mar 2017 BEYOND THE HERO'S JOURNEY: Other Powerful Mythic Themes and Trends for Children's and Young Adult Storytelling
    18 Feb 2017 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza 2
    10 Dec 2016 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza
    12 Nov 2016 QUERYPALOOZA 2: HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY AND HOOK AN AGENT WITH EVE PORINCHAK OF THE JILL CORCORAN LITERARY AGENCY
    22 Oct 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    15 Oct 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
    08 Oct 2016 Publishing Your Book on Kindle:The Complete Process
    17 Sep 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
    27 Aug 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    13 Aug 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
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    23 Jul 2016 Twenty Reasons You're Not Getting Published with Literary Agent Steve Hutson
    25 Jun 2016 Author Marketing Secrets: How to Authentically Connect with your Readers through Social Media & Beyond
    14 May 2016 CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon—Story Sprouts: Conflict (Workshop + Anthology)
    23 Apr 2016 Beyond the Book Deal: Charting the Path Ahead
    16 Apr 2016 Date Change: Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
    26 Mar 2016 Novel Writing Bootcamp
    19 Mar 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    27 Feb 2016 The Secrets of “Show Don’t Tell”
    27 Feb 2016 CBW–LA Write-In Session
    20 Feb 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
    23 Jan 2016 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2016
    19 Dec 2015 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
    05 Dec 2015 CBW-LA Co-op at the Author Alley
    14 Nov 2015 Collaborative Novel Launch Party & 5th Year Anniversary Celebration
    08 Nov 2015 SUNDAY Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    07 Nov 2015 Take a Scene from Ho-hum to Holy Crap!: Writing that Gets an Editor's Attention
    24 Oct 2015 From Kickstarter to Good Morning America: One Writer Shares Her Secrets to Success
    17 Oct 2015 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All!
    26 Sep 2015 QUERYPALOOZA: HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY AND HOOK AN AGENT WITH EVE PORINCHAK OF THE JILL CORCORAN LITERARY AGENCY
    05 Sep 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    29 Aug 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
    22 Aug 2015 Understanding and Unlocking Amazon and Online Marketing
    25 Jul 2015 Picture Book Workshop: The Power of Critique Groups & Writing Tips I’ve Learned Along the Way
    25 Jul 2015 CBW–LA Summer Write-In Session
    20 Jun 2015 How to WOW Agents and Editors at Your Next Writing Conference
    13 Jun 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    23 May 2015 Using a Story Map to Find the Holes in Your Story
    21 May 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
    09 May 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
    25 Apr 2015 Story Sprouts: Setting, FULL–DAY Writing Workshop and Anthology
    16 Apr 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
    11 Apr 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    19 Mar 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
    14 Mar 2015 Presenting Your Fantasy or Mythic Story
    07 Mar 2015 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
    28 Feb 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
    24 Jan 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
    15 Jan 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
    10 Jan 2015 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2015
    06 Dec 2014 Novel Critique Session
    20 Nov 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
    08 Nov 2014 Write the Truth: Creative Nonfiction and Real World Inspiration
    16 Oct 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
    11 Oct 2014 Story Sprouts 2014 Launch Party
    04 Oct 2014 Baiting the Hook: Nabbing the Reader With Your First Page
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    18 Sep 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
    13 Sep 2014 Picture Book/Chapter Book/ Early Reader Critique Session
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    09 Aug 2014 Novel Critique Session
    12 Jul 2014 Establishing Your Independence: Marketing Secrets from a Best-Selling Independent Author
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    14 Jun 2014 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
    31 May 2014 Writing Day Anthology Workshop: Get Published with CBW-LA
    19 Apr 2014 MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT CRITIQUE SESSION
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    22 Feb 2014 Honing Your Middle Grade Writing Voice: A Workshop with Author Kristen Kittscher
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    02 Nov 2013 Anthology Launch Party & Year End Celebration
    05 Oct 2013 NONFICTION/ MEMOIR CRITIQUE SESSION
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    12 Jan 2013 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop & Lunch Social 2013

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