About meganbates

Hello! My name’s Megan, and I’m a young writer and graphic designer. I graduated from Loyola University a year ago, and during my time as an undergraduate, I had the privilege to do a study abroad in Ireland. I fell in love with traveling—meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and finding unique places to inspire my creativity. But like many people, student loans and other life expenses are keeping this post-grad tied at home. (For now, at least!) Luckily for me, my hometown of New Orleans offers a lot of awesome opportunities for staycations. But I also want more obscure adventures, things beyond iconic events and places like Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, and the French Quarter. If you’re a local like me, you love them, but you’ve done them. So, what else is there? That’s my goal—to seek out fresh or little known places both in and outside New Orleans area.

June 16th Meeting: Hands-On Workshop

SOLA will sponsor a
critique/brainstorming session.

SOLA members are asked to bring the first page of their WIP, a story idea, or both. We will break into groups for a critique and/or brainstorming session. Word sprint exercises will also be an option. Every member will benefit from the feedback from peers and the chance to help fellow writers.

***Please also note that a discussion will be held about the proposed idea of a SOLA cookbook, a fundraising endeavor.

May 19th Speaker: BJ Bourg

Marketing for Self-Publishing

In this presentation, BJ Bourg will speak about self-publishing, marketing, and the strategy that led him to become an Amazon best-selling author in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Not only will he detail his journey from a non-published author to being traditionally published, but he’ll also explain what led him to start self-publishing, why he no longer pursues traditional publishing, and what marketing strategies were a waste of his time. Additionally, he’ll share his actual historical sales figures and the step-by-step process he went through to earn six figures in fourteen months as an unknown author.

Bio: 
BJ Bourg is an award-winning mystery writer and former professional boxer who hails from the swamps of Louisiana. Dubbed the “real deal” by other mystery writers, he has spent his entire adult life solving crimes as a patrol cop, detective sergeant, and chief investigator for a district attorney’s office. Not only does he know his way around crime scenes, interrogations, and courtrooms, but he also served as a police sniper commander (earning the title of “Top Shooter” at an FBI sniper school) and a police academy instructor.

BJ is the author of the London Carter mystery series and the Clint Wolf mystery series. When not writing, he can be found exercising, spending time with his beautiful wife and wonderful children, or hanging out with his German shepherd, Kristof.

March 17th Program

Workshop in a Box: Markicity 101
Webinar by Jessie Edwards, RWA Marketing and PR Manager

Congratulations, your book will soon be in the world for readers to enjoy! Now is not the time to sit back and relax, though–how will readers know your book is available to be enjoyed if you haven’t told anyone about it? In this workshop, we will discuss a basic overview of where to start in terms of marketing and publicity, or “markicity.” We’ll take a look at your most important marketing and publicity tools, community-building strategies, pitching–your book and you, how to determine what to spend your time on, as well as tips for working with a traditional publisher to enhance their efforts.