Guild Meetings

February 22, 2016 Meeting

Curt MIddlebrook

Curt Middlebrook

Curt Middlebook, aka the Computer Whisperer, presented how to get more traffic and sales by doing “digital networking.” This involves doing in the digital realm what we do in the material realm. We must make contact with others in our field and network with them via our websites. This include reciprocal web links between our respective websites.

January 25, 2016 Meeting

Jan. 25, meeting

Jan. 25, meeting with John Eddy of H&R Block

Our H&R Block tax expert provided excellent tips on “Tax Savings for Self-Employed Writers & Authors” with a focus on home office & business expenses.

 

Jan. 20, 2016: St. Pete Beach Chamber BizExpo,

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Joining Steve Traiman, right, at his Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber January 20 BizExpo booth are,from left, Sara Im, Keith Long, Phyllis Johnson, Sue Kotchman, Donna Parrey and Patzi Gil.

December 6, 2015 Holiday Party

DSC_0726Ray & Trisha Arredondo have graciously offered their home in North Redington Beach for our holiday party — continuing the nice return to our BAPWG roots! All members are invited with a significant other or prospective member. Menu will be donated finger food appetizers (chicken, wings, deviled eggs, crudités, etc.), sliced deli meats & cheeses, bread & rolls, salads, desserts. Our hosts will supplies plates, utensils, napkins, bottled water & soft drinks.

Click on the “Photo Gallery” menu at the top for photos of the event.

November 16, 2015 Meeting

Chris Gibson, best selling author of holistic health care books and alternative healing products spoke to BAPWG about what he went through on the traditional publishing side to get his books into bookstores. Even though he was on many TV shows, he was told, “ No one wants your book.” He realized he had to change
tactics and pay attention to the “weights” that make a book desirable.

He emphasized, “Authors need to develop strategies and become ‘shameless self-promoters.’ Gibson works with authors to help them target and market their books, get return on investment and develop key words. Activity and traffic drive sales as well as determining the correct cost and getting reviews.  He stressed the importance of getting reviews—both editorial and even more important verified purchaser reviews.

Oct 26, 2015 Meeting

Louise Harris and guest speaker publisher Ginger Marks led a lively discussion regarding the publication of an anthology by our BAPWG group. Theme of — and working title — is Meeting the Challenges of Life.

We established why we want to do a book — more exposure for BAPWG, extra income for group, additional members, elevate the prestige of the group, morale booster, marketing tool and more work for members.

September 28, 2015

Steve Traiman thanked all members for presenting surprise plaque at September 28, 2015, meeting, for his many years of service as President.

Steve Traiman thanked all members for presenting surprise plaque at
September 28, 2015, meeting, for his many years of service as President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 25,2015

At May Field Trip to WMNF Community Radio in Tampa are, front l-r, Doris Norrito, LInda Valentino, Deborah Black, Sara Im; back, l-r, Keith Long, Randy Souutherland, Rick Rhodes, host Rob Lorei, Steve Traiman, Bob Ieva.

At May Field Trip to WMNF Community Radio in Tampa are, front l-r,
Doris Norrito, LInda Valentino, Deborah Black, Sara Im; back, l-r,
Keith Long, Randy Souutherland, Rick Rhodes, host Rob Lorei, Steve Traiman, Bob Ieva.

 

March 23, 2015

BAPWG member Doris Norrito, who has been a U.S. independebt journalist with the International Middle East Center based in Bethlehem since 2008, discussed “reporting on the people she meets on both sides of the Isreali-Palestinian conflict– the differences between the mainstream media coverage and what’s really happening.

 

February, 23, 2015

Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times Performing Arts Editor, gave great talk on how she sold 10,000 copies of her book at February 23, 2015 meeting.

Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times Performing Arts Editor, gave great talk
on how she sold 10,000 copies of her book at February 23, 2015 meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2015

At Creative Copy by Steve Traiman/BAPWG booth at January 2015 Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Biz Expo are, from left, Keith Long, Steve Traiman and Buddy Baker.

At Creative Copy by Steve Traiman/BAPWG booth at January 2015
Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Biz Expo are, from left, Keith Long,
Steve Traiman and Buddy Baker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Eddy of H&R Block Bardmoor Center office, highlighted “Tax Tips for Freelance Writers & Authors.” He had IRS 1040 booklets and all necessary tax forms for self-employed writers and authors with a home office. This was a valuable presentation on tax savings for 2013 returns.

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