3rd Saturday of each month
La Hacienda Ranch Restaurant on Hwy 121 in Colleyville, TX unless otherwise specified
10:30 AM --Gather / Visit
11:00 AM -- Speaker
12:00 PM -- Business Meeting
Come visit us at one of these upcoming meetings
Reignite Your Passion for Writing & Beat Writers BlockLooking to reignite your passion for writing and get rid of writers block? Want to jump start your writing skills and boost your creative confidence? Join us for this fun, interactive writing workshop! Get tips that you can use everyday to feel inspired, stay focused and organized. Learn simple, daily habits that will help you recapture your excitement to write. * * * * * Erin Coughlin is an award nominated writer, producer and journalist. As a B.B.C. Guest Commentator she has appeared on several popular TV, radio and podcast programs including The Morning Show and The John Hazel Show. She was also featured on Newsweek’s 2016 “Ones To Watch” List. Erin has created content featured on variety of popular print and media outlets including NBC, Entertainment Weekly, SyFy and The Surge. She is the founder of Verbiage Media and author of Pop & Fizz’s Double Feature Movie Night Guide (to Romance). She is also the host and moderator of the virtual Jane Austen Romance Book Club. In addition to her work as a Public Program Developer and Guest Speaker, she enjoys providing both writing coach services and workshops to all storytellers and content creators.
Join us IN PERSON June17 at 11AM for
Recordkeeping for Writers
Whether you’re an unpublished or published author you’re running your own business. You’ll need to keep track of certain information for both your taxes and your personal reference. We’ll discuss what you’d need to have on hand for tax reporting as well as how to track the metadata and details of your business for future reference and analysis.
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Award-winning author Betty Bolté is known for authentic and accurately researched historical fiction with heart and supernatural romance novels. A lifetime reader and writer, she’s worked as a secretary, freelance word processor, technical writer/editor, and author. She’s been published in essays, newspaper articles/columns, magazine articles, and nonfiction books but now enjoys crafting entertaining and informative fiction, especially stories that bring American history to life. She earned a Master’s Degree in English in 2008, emphasizing the study of literature and storytelling, and has judged numerous writing contests for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northern Alabama with her loving husband of more than 30 years. Get to know her at www.bettybolte.com. Be sure to check out materials for book club discussions at https://www.bettybolte.com/bookclub.
Author of Historical Fiction with Heart
Romance that won’t make you blush…
Check out my books, subscribe to my newsletter, and more at www.bettybolte.com
Recent releases include Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure (3rd Edition) and Legends of Wrath and Homecoming (Fury Falls Inn #5 & #6)
JOIN US SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 at 11AM
via ZOOM for
Secrets of a Bestselling
Amazon Book Page
Presented by Penny Sansevieri
Is your book not selling? It could be your Amazon book page. More and more Amazon book page conversion is a big issue, and it can also impact your Amazon relevancy score. What’s a “relevancy score”? This class will unpack that as well.
It’s one thing to have your book up on Amazon, it’s quite another to have a book page that actually sells your book. This session will go over tips and insider information on turning your Amazon book page into a sales machine.
- Your book description: how to make it your #1 sales tool
- Understanding how Amazon “scans” your page for relevancy
- Understanding your Amazon relevancy score
- Running Amazon ads that aren’t converting? We’ll dig into that too and offer some quick remedies to help increase your ad conversion
- Your book’s tagline: how this helps to sell more books
- How to get more real estate on your Amazon book page
- Ways to use Author Central to enhance your book page
- Using video on your Amazon book page – yes you can
- Using Author Central to enhance your Amazon Book Page in super creative ways
- Creative ways to add Amazon keywords to your Amazon book page for better page visibility
- Amazon also-boughts – why they matter to your page visibility
- …and much more.
Zoom info available via the NTRW Facebook group or a mailing list communication. Contact our programs director (programs at ntrwa dot org) if you’re not on the FB group or on our mailing list.
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Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She was named one of the top influencers of 2019 by New York Metropolitan Magazine.
Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Amazon visibility campaigns as well offering national media pitching, online book marketing, author events, and other strategies designed to build the author/book visibility.
She is the author of eighteen books, including “How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon,” “Revise and Re-Release Your Book”, “5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors,” and the newly-released “From Book to Bestseller.”
AME has had dozens of books on top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.
To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, visit www.amarketingexpert.com.
Join us SATURDAY MARCH 18 at 11AM
in person at La Hacienda Ranch Restaurant in Colleyville
as we celebrate 4o years as an organization.
Sure , the name has changed, but the people are the same.
Join us as members share their stories of how they came to us.
There will be treats, both the edible kinds as well as the take-home kind.
JOIN US SATURDAY
APRIL 22, 2023
for an all-day, in person
Information to be disseminated to attendees in April.
Join us January 21, 2023 at 11 in person for
Writing by the Milestones
Traditionally, authors have divided themselves into two camps: those who outline and plan their works before they write, knowing exactly what is going to happen before they begin and those who sit down with joyful abandon and write without a plan–by the seat of their pants, as it were.
I’ve always admired the planners, aspired to be one. And I’ve tried, oh how I’ve tired. But somewhere along the way, some unruly character gets hold of my pen and runs amok. My outline in shambles, I spend the next 60 or 70K words chasing down that character and feeling very guilty about my lack of authorial discipline.
After chasing enough wayward characters, I had to find a middle ground between plotting and ‘pantsing’ (oh ow I hate that term! It was something the mean girls did to you in gym class…).
Blending an understanding of story structure, creating an in-real-time outline, and ‘cycling’ back through chapters as they were written, gave me a way to find the story milestones to navigate my way through a plot when the characters are dragging me along for the ride.
Join me for a chat about Writing by the Milestones, navigating your story while the characters lead the way.
About the Author
Six time BRAG Medallion Honoree, #1 Best-selling Historical Fantasy author Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.
She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.
JUN 2023 ~ Betty Bolte ~ Recordkeeping for Authors
JUL 2023 ~ Susan Sheehey & Audra Lewandowski ~ Audio Books
AUG 2023 ~ TBA
SEP 2023 ~ Fiscal Year Kickoff
Join us Saturday December 10 at 11am
Annual Holiday Gathering
Please bring a random ornament ($10 or less) for the White Elephant Ornament Exchange.
There may be a game. :0)
Wear your favorite holiday sweater, if you’ve got one.
Just come and hang out with writer friends!
JOIN US SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th at 11am via ZOOM for
Remake Reboot Workshop Description
Put a fresh spin on one of your favorite or (forgotten) films, TV series or fictional stories. Learn how to successfully adapt your favorite characters or stories for the screen or novel format while also expressing your own unique perspectives and interests. Participate in writing exercises, writing prompts and word games guaranteed to jump start your reboot or remake, or inspire you to start writing again! Writers of all levels, genres and creative mediums are welcome!
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Erin Coughlin is an award nominated writer, producer and journalist.
As a B.B.C. Guest Commentator she has appeared on several popular TV, radio and podcast programs including The Morning Show and The John Hazel Show. She was also featured on Newsweek’s 2016 “Ones To Watch” List. Erin has created content featured on variety of popular print and media outlets including NBC, Entertainment Weekly, SyFy and The Surge.
She is the founder of Verbiage Media and author of Pop & Fizz’s Double Feature Movie Night Guide (to Romance). She is also the host and moderator of the virtual Jane Austen Romance Book Club. In addition to her work as a Public Program Developer and Guest Speaker, she enjoys providing both writing coach services and workshops to all storytellers and content creators.
You can learn more at her official website www.ecoughlin.com.
Join us Saturday September 17 at 11 am via Zoom for
C. Morgan Kennedy
Turning Your World Building into Marketing
Whether you write contemporary, historical, paranormal, or science fiction – a great story is always rooted in great world building that provides an escape for your readers. This course starts with a quick overview of world building fundamentals and how to structure a series story bible. The majority of the course is spent discussing specific examples of marketing done well and providing creative, low cost, and actionable book marketing strategies.
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C. Morgan Kennedy is the author of interracial romance, multicultural cozy mysteries, and steampunk novels. A self-described ‘Blerd’ and Afrofuturist, Morgan puts her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering to good use imagining all manner of gadgets for her stories. She uses her MBA in her day job as a marketing and business development professional. Through her workshops, she seeks to demystify marketing fundamentals for the writing and small business communities.
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Zoom meeting info will be shared on Facebook and via an email or newsletter.