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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How to Build an Author Platform

The Baltimore chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association (MWAB) invites writers in Baltimore and the surrounding area to an event that will detail how to build an author's platform, and why it's important to do so.

Like all of MWAB's monthly meetings, the event is free to members and first-time guests and $5 for returning visitors.

Ally E. Peltier, MWAB regular and professional freelance editor, writer, and publishing consultant, will give her talk "Your Author's Platform: Why Background Matters, and How to Get the Right One" at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24 at Ukazoo Books in Towson.

This talk will introduce writers to the thinking process of acquiring editors and agents and give you the edge you need to get your book published and sold.

In today's highly saturated book market, a strong publicity and marketing campaign requires that authors have a solid platform to get the kind of media attention necessary for sales. But what is a platform, what is it used for, and how do you acquire one? Ally will discuss the difference between a fiction and nonfiction platform and the role each plays in developing a book proposal, and also address the reasons why you should write a proposal even if you're a novelist.

Ally E. Peltier is an editor, writer, and publishing consultant working with businesses and individuals in need of editorial services. Ally has been an editorial staff member at both small and large book publishers, and has worked as a freelance writer for nearly a decade. Her ever-expanding client list includes such companies as Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA, F&W Publications, Warner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, iUniverse, and more. Ally's work has appeared in a variety of places, including Writer's Digest, Writers' Journal, Circle Magazine, and J3tlag.com. She also ghostwrites nonfiction books. www.ambitiousenterprises.com/.

The Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association was the first official chapter to launch. Serving members in and around Baltimore City, the chapter is co-sponsored by CityLit Project (www.citylitproject.org) and the Write Here, Write Now workshops at the Creative Alliance (www.whwnwriters.com/).

For more information, visit the website at www.mwabaltimore.org/.


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