Tuesday, March 12, 2013

LCW March Meeting/Field Trip/Super Saturday 2013

This update holds a number of LCW news items so, please read all the way through. Beginning with a reminder that Lancaster Christian Writers will indeed be meeting this month, Saturday, March 16, at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA, 17543 from 9:30AM-12 noon (due to Super Saturday 2013 on April 6th, we will not be holding regular April meeting). We are delighted that Destiny Image publisher Dean Drawbaugh is taking time out of a busy schedule to share his acclaimed seminar "The BookSeller: Nine Qualities that Generate Book Sales."

Author, public speaker, and staff publisher at Destiny Image Publishing Company, Dean Drawbaugh has been in printing and publishing for over 40 years and engineered 600+ books in the last 7 years alone. This groundbreaking seminar reveals his nine qualities that allow a book to continue selling or cause the sales process to stop. Dean explains:

"Every author dreams his or her book will be a best seller. The book that will inspire, inform, persuade, teach, or entertain their audience.  Technology has provided the means for publishing too many new titles. With the increase in titles has come a fierce competition for shelf space.  Even the best books find a small window of opportunity before their book is replaced with another title.  Yet every year some books sell beyond expectations. Through careful planning and execution, luck is systematically removed from the equation. If the book is successful you made it successful and if the book underachieves you allowed it to underachieve."

FIELD TRIP TO H&H GRAPHICS GROUP: If you missed our February speaker, local Christian publishing consultant and print on demand expert Mike Williams (or if you didn't!), here is a field trip you won't want to miss. Mike Williams has invited LCW members to a personal guided tour of his printing facility, H&H Graphics Group, 854 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 2:00PM.  This is not only an opportunity to ask questions regarding self-publishing, print-on-demand, but all the marketing accouterments (bookmarks, postcards, flyers, etc.) publishers now expect an author to supply.

Instructions from Mike: "Heading South on Prince Street (one way), we are one block south of the light of Liberty Street on the right.  That puts us 8 blocks north of center city. No RSVP necessary. Just show up a few minutes ahead. Parking is available in our lot located on the corner of Prince Street and Ross Street. Overflow parking is on Ross Street (very little traffic, no meters). Special instructions: No open toed shoes."

Registrations are beginning to come in for LCW's one-day conference just a month away now on Saturday, April 6, 2013. BUT we need your help to get the news out. To the right of this column is our SS2013 press release and registration flyer. Please share these with your social networks, church, library, Christian school, homeschool group, or elsewhere. And of course it isn't too early to get your own registration mailed in!