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Sunday, August 02, 2020

UPPAA Plans Covid-Unfriendly Zoom Conference for Sept. 12



ue to continued concerns about Covid-19, the size of social gatherings allowed, lack of an available conference venue, and lack of available special event insurance, the UPPAA Board will host a series of member-only virtual workshops through the months of September and October. Our online survey also showed that 40% of members were unlikely to attend an in-person event and 63% stated they would attend virtual presentations. Our keynote speaker will kick off the series on Saturday, September 12. Please note that the first two events are at 2 p.m. Eastern time and subsequent events are at 7 p.m. Eastern time. If you can’t make it to the live event, each of these will be uploaded later to a private YouTube channel for UPPAA members.

Your UPPAA membership must be current to participate either live or to watch later, so renew today at www.uppaa.org/join-or-renew

It’s easy and helps the organization provide essential services for YOU!


New Book or Old: Great Launch Techniques Are Dependable Career Boosters

Inspiration for Procrastinators: My Never-Too-Late Story: In this confidence-building opening address, Carolyn Howard-Johnson shares her story and tons of tips learned from launching her own sixteen books in several genres, many of them multi award winners and many now reaching second and third edition heights. Her experience as a journalist, retailer, and consultant makes her the one to understand what your media contacts need and how the knowing helps you finagle free publicity from whichever marketing paths you choose—all free—and less work using recycling.

Here is a schedule for the day:

2020 Virtual Conference Schedule





New Book or Old: Great Launch Techniques Are Dependable CareerBoosters

Carolyn Howard-Johnson


2 PM

Romance Writing—Tips and Resources to Help You Capture YourReaders’ Heart

Donna Winters


2 PM

Writing and Researching Historical Fiction and Nonfiction

Tyler Tichelaar


7 PM

Crafting the Self Published Picture Book  Unique Product, Unique Issues

Aimée Bissonette


7 PM

Diving into Character Development

Naomi Rawlings


7 PM

Book Publicity 101

Smith Publicity


7 PM

Self-Publishing 101

Jansina Grossman


7 PM

Memoir as a Healing Tool

T. Marie Bertineau


7 PM

MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER Howard-Johnson is the multi award-wining author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered by Modern History Press in its third edition. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page (http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile). Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/Last-MinuteEditing) is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) helps writers who want to be traditionally published. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com)

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