Sep 14 meeting: Public Appearances as a Book Marketing Tool

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2011
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Brentwood Community Center

No doubt about it. Public appearances provide great opportunities to get exposure and spread your message. More important, they can be leveraged for marketing and book sales ... when done right. At this meeting our presenters will show you how to get the most out of your live events at bookstores, conferences, service clubs, libraries, and more.

Our Presenters:

Jason Makansi, co-founder of St. Louis-based Blank Slate Press, is a prolific fiction and non-fiction author, respected energy industry thought-leader, and sought-after speaker. He has written three books on the energy industry including Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, The Global Economy, and What It Means to You, which received glowing reviews the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jason has appeared on CNBC, TheStreet.com and NPR. He has been interviewed for and quoted in the New York Times, Newsweek, CFO magazine, and Business Week. He has also had eight short stories published and is currently working on his first novel.

Dianna Graveman teaches narrative journalism for Lindenwood University’s MFA program and develops training for Dale Carnegie & Associates. She freelances as a writer, editor and designer under the company name 2 Rivers Communications & Design. A former magazine and book editor for a national publishing company, Dianna's writing portfolio includes published work for CBS-St. Louis, Suburban Journals, AOL/Patch, St. Anthony Messenger, Kansas City Voices, and many other publications.

She has won 19 writing awards and is coauthor of four regional histories for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Alone or with her coauthor, she has appeared on radio and local television and has presented at museums, schools, libraries, writing organizations, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and the Office of Missouri’s Secretary of State.

Judy Merrill Larsen is a former English teacher whose debut novel, All the Numbers, was published in 2006. After moving to Kirkwood, MO, in 1991, she received a Master’s Degree from Washington University and taught for twelve years in the St. Louis area, first at McCluer North High School and then at Kirkwood High School.

Previous publishing credits include a variety of letters to the editor in the Webster-Kirkwood Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Judy enjoys talking to students and book groups about writing and is always eager to recommend her new favorite book. She is currently at work on her second novel.


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