PROGRAMS

Unless otherwise noted on the schedule below, we meet the fourth Saturday of each month at 12 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209. For directions, click here.

  • 12:00-12:30. Lunch and business meeting. Bring your own lunch!
  • 12:45-1:00. Q & A. A reading or question-and-answer session with a published author, or a question-and-answer session with a professional from an industry of interest for our writing.
  • 1:00-3:00. Program.

Visitors are welcome! Visitors must be 18 or older. You may attend two general meetings in a 12-month period without joining. Visitors who wish to attend more often must join Romance Writers of America and Southern Magic.

Meetings are subject to change, so check back here before you come!

2015

March 28

Program: Promoting Your Books in 2015: Why Social Media, Blog Tours, and Book Reviews Play a Crucial Role in Your Success

Kelley Jefferson is the owner of Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews. In just a little more than a year she has gained a social media presence of more than 14,000 followers. She is a virtual assistant to a New York Times bestselling indie author and provides strategic marketing plans and consulting on a monthly basis to several bestselling authors. She will be sharing tips and tricks as well as marketing strategies that have been successful in today’s marketplace. She will answer why reviews are important, why you should participate in blog tours, and will provide some secrets on how to sell books through social media.

Kelley Jefferson is the owner of the blog http://smutbookjunkie.com and personal assistant to a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Independently published author. That’s right she said Indie. She is also a contributor to Random House’s Romance Blog Romance at Random R@R and a blog tour host for Harper Collins Publishing. Over the past year she has gained experience in social media management, blog tour hosting, giveaways, content editing and beta reading. Her goal is to use this experience to help other Indie authors that are just starting their journey or need a boost after being out there for a while. She works with authors of all genres of romance. Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews are equal opportunity book lovers.

April 25

Program: Accounting 101 for Authors

With the ever-changing tax code and IRS regulations, it’s important for authors to stay on top of everything financial and keep as much of your hard-earned income in your own pocket. Routinely referred to as "The Most Trusted Tax and Accounting Professional in the Birmingham Area", Martha Echols will present on what authors need to know to prepare for tax season each year as well as recommended best practices.

Martha S. Echols has been a CPA for 25 years specializing in individual and small business tax and accounting services. Visit her website at http://marthaecholscpa.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarthaEcholsCPA.

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