AUTHORPRENEURSHIP: WHAT IS IT? You’ve invested hours writing and editing that story. Now what? In the highly competitive realm of books, all Authors, including well-known bestsellers, face the daunting task of getting their story in front of an interested audience. Authors cannot afford to just rush off and write another story, leaving the fate of their book(s) to chance.
This is a program we’re all interested in: Learn how to become an Authorpreneur. Finding the right road to publishing your book is the beginning of a long road… Don’t be like Don Quixote and battle windmills. Learn about Authorpreneurship and become the bandleader for your book. Success for an author begins in writing a great story, but you do not achieve it by sending your work out into the universe and waiting for fame and book sales to materialize magically. In 90 minutes, this workshop will only be able to introduce morsels about marketing and promoting your book as an author, but you will have begun the journey to becoming an Authorpreneur.
February 12, 10:00 Am until 11:30 AM, Virtual Writers Workshop: AUTHORPRENEURSHIP—Marketing and Promoting Your Books Register today for this FREE workshop co-hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library.
The Speakers will be our own Mike Brown, the papa of Hometown Novels, the “Inspirational Southern Author,” and author of the Shiloh Series novels; and Angela Durden, Publisher and Author of dozens of books across several genres.
ANGELA K. DURDEN has been managing the life cycle of the word since 1992, authoring more than a dozen books across various genres as well as articles in trade publications, internal and external communications for corporations, and newspaper columns.
Angela gained national attention in 2000 for her first book, Nine Stupid Things People Do To Mess Up Their Resumes. On her first in-studio radio interview, she advised syndicated host G. Gordon Liddy about how to best deal with a certain lengthy gap in his resume.
In 2006, she launched the Mike and His Grandpa series of children’s books with Heroes Need Practice, Too! and The Balloon That Would Not Pop! All her titles, including the fictional thriller Whitfield, Nebraska and her own coming-of-age story Twinkle: a memoir, are available on Amazon.com.
Angela expanded her publishing scope in 2010 when she was the co-author, coordinator, and graphic designer for Opportunity Meets Motivation, in which four women from different walks of life explain how they went into business for themselves. Other projects involving coaching writers, cover and interior book design, and editing led her to launch the Blue Room Books imprint in 2018.
HNN/WQEE Radio Show, September 10th – Special Guest: Toni Striblin, Co-Owner of Rogers BBQ, Hogansville, GA
(Tap the image above to get the actual audio of the radio show – 15 minutes.)
Script used for the Radio Show (August 6, 2019)
Ryan introduction: (use the below as a guideline for your opening comments and introduction)
(Sponsor – Southern Fried Books, 29 Jackson Street, Newnan. Downtown Newnan’s only independent bookstore, and they offer a wide selection of best-sellers and award-winning books with adult, children’s and special-interest titles to suit your fancy. Many of the Hometown Novel Night authors have their books available in the Southern Fried Books local author section.)
Hometown Novel Nights – “Bringing Local Authors and Local Audiences Together South of Atlanta”
In fact, this Thursday evening, August 8th at 6:30 PM, Newnan’s own Carnegie Library will host the next edition of Hometown Novel Nights with three more awesome authors on this month’s panel. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves this morning… We will share more details in just a few minutes, but first…
Host Introduction: His friends and family know him as Mike. However, he also goes by T. M. Brown, an award-winning local Southern author who proudly calls Coweta County home.
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Thank you, Ryan, and thank all you listeners of WQEE—Rock the Key.
Last month many of you heard the interview with my special guest, Mister Steve McCondichie, the owner of Southern Fried Books and SFK Publishing & Media. We also learned he is also an accomplished author as well. His bookstore hosted a special edition of Hometown Novel Nights back on July 18th. The standing room turnout got to listen to and interact with two nationally-acclaimed, award-winning authors, Roger Johns and Mickey Dubrow.
I want to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed that event. I hope more and more of the listeners will discover the growing inventory of new books that Southern Fried Books is offering in its quaint location on Jackson Street—two blocks off of Court Square next door to Christy’s Restaurant.
This morning, I have another outstanding special guest, a bibliophile extraordinaire.
University of West Georgia, B.S. Sports Management/Marketing – Cum Laude, 2012
Owner of her own Photography enterprise since 2010
Co-Founder/Chief Photographer, CowetaLife.org since 2014
Freelance Photographer, Newnan Times Herald since 2016
Senior Carnegie Library Assistant, Adult Programs
Mar 2017 – May 2019
Volunteer Board Member, Newnan Artist in Residence Program since last summer
And, most recently, Susan Crutchfield was named the Newnan Carnegie Library Director in May 2019
And, she’s a great supporter of Hometown Novel Nights.
I know you are no stranger to WQEE’s audience, and, in fact, only yesterday morning, you and Ryan discussed the growth of audible books. I was fascinated since I was headed to Southern Fried Books on Jackson Street in Newnan.
I am working with SFK Media to soon begin recording the narration of the first two novels in my Shiloh Mystery Series, while book three is working its way through the crucible of the publishing process, and hopefully will be on bookshelves this time next year.
For those who may not have caught your interview yesterday, “what is the biggest advantage of audible books in your opinion?”
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It also appears printed books have staved off the initial gloom and doom prognostications after Amazon introduced Kindle eBooks in 2007.
Even with so many current eBook formats and sources, the market share for eBooks in general seems to have waned in the last couple of years.
What are your thoughts on the future of printed books versus digital published options?Printed books have been around for hundreds of years. Are they destined to the same fate as dinosaurs?
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Finally, now that we’ve held our first Hometown Novel Nights program back in June at the library, tell us what you think about our interactive local author format.
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This Thursday evening at 6:30 PM in the upstairs auditorium of the Newnan Carnegie Library, we have three more outstanding and award-winning authors on tap to talk about themselves, their writing journeys, and their books.
Toby Nix is a weekly guest columnist for the Newnan Times Herald. He will be talking about his column writing journey and his book entitled, “Columns I Wrote.”
He says about himself, “I have made about every mistake a person can make but thankfully the people in my life have better hearts than I and have seen fit to give me another chance… hopefully soon I will get back out and gig a little on the side…”
I bet there’ll be quite a few Toby Nix fans in attendance Thursday night.
Angie Gallion is an accomplished, multi-book author who resides with her husband and two precocious daughters in Sharpsburg. However, she confesses that she “was raised on the rhythm of night trains rolling through Bushton, Illinois, where she became an outside child with a big imagination.”
She enjoys exploring complex relationships, often set against the backdrop of addiction or mental illness. Her debut novel, Intoxic, received the Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite in the General Fiction, which inspired her to since write the 4-books in the Alison Hayes Journey, a coming-of-age series. This past year she released Off the Dark Ledge, her first psychological thriller.
Angie’s also a partner and major force behind the success Hometown Novel Nights has realized over the past year.
Paul Sinor is a published novelist and a produced screenwriter who currently resides in Barnesville, Georgia. He has taught screen writing at the University of West Florida and at Shoreline College in Seattle Washington. He has an MFA in Creative Writing, A B.A in Criminology and is a retired LTCol in the US Army.
He describes himself as an “Author, Screen writer, and Producer—occasionally a handyman, if I can fix it with a wire hanger and duct tape. An All Around Renaissance Man!”
His Max Maxwell Series has received awards and accolades, and his fourth, That Old Black Magic, just got published. Here’s a hint to the nature of his political thriller novels:
“How far will the government go to protect one of its own and how far will that same government go to destroy one of its own? Max and Anna find out in the streets of New Orleans and the bayous and swamps where voodoo is practiced.”
Paul has also written the Johnny Morocco Mystery series – a 1950s Atlanta based, gripping two-book serial, and a stand-alone thriller about the rescue efforts of an American Vietnam POW.
Paul’s been a screen-writer, producer and technical adviser on several well-known television and movie productions. His story will be a real treat for everyone who joins us this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at the Carnegie Library.
If you’d like to know more this and future monthly programs, visit @HometownNovelNights on Facebook. Though tickets are free, please register for the event by signing up for a ticket. That’ll help Susan and I plan on enough chairs for Thursday night’s program.
For those looking ahead for the rest of 2019, Hometown Novel Nights will return to Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville on September 19th and November 21st. We’ll return to the Carnegie in Newnan on October 10th and end the year with a Christmas themed program on December 12th.
Each month we’ll have a panel of award-winning, published authors to introduce to you, all from the surrounding local area.
We already are beginning to plan on the 2020 slate of authors, and we have the prospect of an additional venue that we will soon disclose as well.
On behalf of Susan Crutchfield, the Newnan Carnegie Library, Roger’s Barbecue in Hogansville, Corner Arts Gallery and Studios, and of course our sponsor, Southern Fried Books—thank you. We’ll be back next month with another special guest and another preview of the next Hometown Novel Nights program. Hope you’ll tune in again on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30 AM.
Thank you, Ryan and Thank you, WQEE!
See you next month!
Send any comments by email to mike@TMBrownAuthor.com