November 19th Speaker: Bridget Hodder

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Going All the Way:
From Page, to Pitch, to Publication

Pitch clinic at the end of the talk, so bring the pitch of your WIP!

Are you really ready to be published? Debut Author and two-time Golden Heart Finalist Bridget Hodder helps you answer that question and many more. In a friendly, practical exploration of the various paths we can take to publication, she will talk about her own unusual journey to a contract with a “Big Five” publisher and the power of working smart on your dreams.

Published Work

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2017 Meeting Dates

Sat. January 7 (The first Saturday!)
Sat. February 18
Sat. March 18
Sat. April 15
Sat. May 20
Sat. June 24 (The fourth Saturday!)
Sat. July 15
Sat. Aug. 19
Sat. Sept. 16
Sat. Oct. 21
Sat. Nov. 18

October 15th Speaker: Tara Settembre

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Social Media Hacks & Best Practices

Forget life hacks, let’s talk about social media hacks to engage and grow your social media channels and reach readers. Do you have over 2,000 Facebook page likes, but only 63 people are reading your posts? Did you know by adding a photo to your tweet you can increase clickthroughs by 18% and retweets by 150%? Social media maven, Tara Settembre, will share simple tips and tricks for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest that every author and brand should harness, and what they should be thinking about the next time they update their feeds.

BIO:

Tara Settembre (@tarametblog) is a PR and social media strategist with a Master’s degree in journalism & communications from NYU. She was previously the Corporate Communications Manager at WWE and PR Manager for The Walt Disney Company. During her decade of PR experience Tara also launched and managed Pepsi, Chevrolet and DisneyBaby’s twitter accounts; oversaw a YouTube campaign for Obama’s first inauguration; and handled social media for Stand up to Cancer’s first national star-studded telethon. In addition, for the past 11 years Tara has been a successful lifestyle blogger at TaraMetBlog.com and writer for The Huffington Post and TravelingMom.com. An avid romance reader, she is currently penning her first manuscript.

Meeting begins at 10am at the east bank branch of the Jefferson Parish Library.