this invitation to all SSA members, families and guests to join us at the Tucson City Hotel Inn Suites on Sunday, December 16th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for our holiday forum.
Please bring your own books to sell, and a gift wrapped book that will go to the Salvation Army Hurricane Sandy Children's Relief. Tape the age range of the child reader on the outside. Gift wrapped books for adults are welcome also. Gender and Genre on the outside please.
Openings for volunteers who would like to read a poem or two, a short story or an essay, sing, dance or entertain are still available. We welcome any Creative Talent, as long as it has to do with Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. Surprise us with an old family favorite, a video, anything that will rock our hearts for the coming holidays. Presentations should be seven minutes or less.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyeaux Noel, Felice Navidad!
Novelist/columnist and SSA member Alexis Powers will address the January 20 meeting in Tucson on the topic of how writers can publish and promote their books.
Her presentation begins with her adventure in self-publishing that happened over twenty years ago when self-publishing was not an everyday occurrence. After receiving rejection after rejection from agents and publishers for her first mystery novel, Kiss My Tattoo, Alexis got depressed. Then she got angry. When a colleague at her law firm offered to publish the book by Xeroxing it, Alexis went for it.
Her escapades in writing have taken her many places she never dreamed of going, one of them a writers' conference at Asilomar. While promoting Kiss My Tattoo, Alexis wrote the second novel in the Leah Gordon series, Kiss Daddy Goodbye. Although working full time at a law firm, she was relentless in selling her first novel and learned how to promote herself. Newspaper coverage gave her an edge and she was asked to be the main speaker at a Writer's Conference. That led to other speaking engagements.
In addition to two mystery series, Alexis published a non-fiction book entitled Paths to Freedom, wrote a children's book, Madi's Dollhouse, and recently published her memoir, Don't Die Before Paris.
Besides being a prolific author, Alexis writes a weekly column for the Arizona Daily Star. For more than a year she has been conducting a Writers' Workshop at the Oro Valley Library every other Wednesday. Alexis has helped many authors accomplish their dream of getting published.
This author's talk promises to be lively, and filled with amusing anecdotes. She will be prepared to answer any questions you have regarding writing, publishing and promotion of your product.
You can see a list of her books on her website, www.alexispowers.net.