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January 8, 2015 Making a Good First Impression

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Whether entering a contest, sending out a proposal to an agent or editor, or publishing your book, as authors we sometimes don’t put our best foot forward. Attendees will learn how to choose their words carefully, the critical first pages, the common mistakes made in query letters and synopses, and how to effectively communicate once you have an agent or editor’s attention.

Kate Collins is the Editor in Chief for Solstice Publishing and its imprint Solstice Shadows. Kate is also the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Solstice Publishing, Melissa Miller. Kate communicates with authors on a daily basis on topics ranging from where their manuscript is in the process, from editing, cover art, and proofreading. She is also an international best-selling fantasy author, writing under the name, Kate Marie Collins.



February 12, 2015 The Anti-Hero's Journey for Storytellers  

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Many writing teachers tell new writers not to attempt to write stories about anti-heroes or tragic heroes as it’s just too difficult to achieve reader sympathy. But Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey is for all types of characters, not just the squeaky clean ones who save the day. Anti-heroes and tragic heroes also have journeys and stories that need to be told. In this workshop, Gloria will guide attendees through crafting the twelve stages of The Hero’s Journey, including those “heroes” who refuse to follow the "rules.” 

Gloria Kempton is an author, writing coach, and former magazine and book editor. She has been a contributing editor to "Writer's Digest" magazine and an instructor with In the past she has worked as a freelance book editor for a large number of major publishers. Kempton also speaks at and conducts workshops at writers conferences across the country each year, including the National Writer's Association Conference, the Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference, and the Maui Writer's Conference.  


March 12, 2015 Facebook for Authors

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

How important is it for authors to have a Facebook presence? If you are on Facebook, how are you using it to market your book? Sean McVeigh will answer these questions and more.

Branding and Marketing is a process, not a product. Process is the key. Creating deliverables and achieving those deliverables is essential. 425 Media can do as much as needed. Some clients seek advisement. Others send us emails and have used us do their marketing for them. Each author is different and each marketing plan is different as well.


April 9, 2015 Do Agents Still Have a Role in Publishing?

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

Description coming soon.

Elizabeth Wales, owner and principal agent of Wales Literary Agency, began her career in publishing at Oxford University Press in 1980. She also worked at the Strand Bookstore and in trade sales and marketing at Viking Penguin in New York. A graduate of Smith College, she did graduate work in Literature at Columbia University. Elizabeth is a member of Association of Author’s Representatives, Inc. (AAR) and the Authors' Guild. 




May 14, 2015 Historical Sleuthing for Writers: Making it Real 

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

This workshop will be divided into two parts. The first is an overview of how to use period sources including newspapers, travel accounts, and guidebooks to capture the overall setting and events of your novel or memoir. Part Two examines how to use your historical sleuthing to electrify your prose.

An education activist and college professor, Brita Butler-Wall has been teaching for over 30 years and has been interviewed on national TV and radio channels. A trained researcher, Brita has spent six years researching 19th Century Swedish and American history for her historical trilogy. She has been awarded research grants and done archival research in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and many sites in Sweden. Her book, A Parent's Guide to Commercialism in Schools was published by The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education and her documentary film, July Northwest, was broadcast on KCTS in Seattle and on national television in Sweden.


June 11, 2015 Conference & Pitch Preparation Workshop

7:00 - 8:30 pm at the King County Library Service Center (960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027)

You never have a second chance to make a good first impression. More details coming soon.


Erika Mitchell first novel, a really horrible chick-lit thing, was promptly relegated to the back of her hard drive. A couple years later she tried again, this time writing a thriller novel. She had way too much fun writing it, and a couple months later wrote another one.

Erika first novel, Blood Money, was published by Champagne Books in February 2013.

Bai Tide, the first book of her new series featuring the exploits of CIA case officer Bai Hsu will be released by Champagne Books in April 2015.


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