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December 2014

Book release: James Mikel Wilson’s PAW TRACKS HERE AND ABROAD

December 14, 2014
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My Two Cents Editing services: Critique and edit Genre: travel, pets Publisher: Corabella Press ____ PAW TRACKS HERE AND ABROAD is a book for children of all ages. It chronicles the adventures of Snickers, a stray dog with a strong will to survive. When Snickers is adopted in Peoria, Illinois, she quickly becomes part of the family—but that doesn’t keep her from trying to escape whenever the opportunity presents itself! Over her twenty-two long years as a beloved member of…

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January 2015

Book release: Martin Turnbull’s SEARCHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS

January 14, 2015
Everywhere

My Two Cents Editing services: edit Genre: historical fiction Published: January 2015 ___ At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war, and posters warn home-front Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships. Wartime propaganda is the name of the game, and the studios are expected to conjure stories that galvanize the public for the war effort. Marcus Adler is an MGM screenwriter whose latest movie was stolen out…

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Attend Miranda July’s reading of THE FIRST BAD MAN

January 15, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave.
Los Angeles, CA United States
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MIRANDA JULY reads from her novel THE FIRST BAD MAN at MACK SENNETT STUDIOS

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Attend Indie Author Day at the Downtown LA Library

January 17, 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Los Angeles Public Library – Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States
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Free

I'm heading downtown to see what I can see at the LA Public Library's Indie Author Day. Should be fun! Below is the press release for the event. Los Angeles Public Library to host Indie Author Day; Event pulls together industry leaders to talk about libraries and the future of self-publishing Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) will host Indie Author Day, on Saturday, January 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at its Central Branch, located at 630 W. 5th…

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Attend Jack Walker’s reading of DOCTOR BLOOD MOON

January 20, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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Jack Walker will read and discuss his newest novel, Doctor Blood Moon, at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. Come by and join us! ___ My Two Cents Editing services: critique Genre: fiction Published: September 2014 ___ Doctor Blood Moon is a love story cum murder mystery cum coming-of-age novel. It centers on a physician striving to reach his full human potential after years in a smothering professional career and a bad marriage. The book is also about the risks and rewards…

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Attend 826LA Volunteer 101

January 31, 2015 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
826LA – Echo Park, 1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
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I knew I wanted to work with 826LA when I moved to Los Angeles ten years ago. It's been a long time coming, but I'm heading to my first meeting on the 31st of January. Please check out the links below to learn more about this amazing organization.

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February 2015

Big Story Conference

February 20, 2015 - February 22, 2015
LA Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401 United States
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I'll be speaking on panels & meeting with authors throughout the weekend for this great, story-centered conference. Details coming soon!

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October 2017

BCX Creative Writing Conference: Publishing Paths 101 Workshop

October 20, 2017 @ 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
LA Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401 United States
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Presented by Meghan Pinson and Matthew Arkin at the West Coast Writers Conference 2017: Boot Camp Xtreme A concise, author-centered exploration of publishing options for authors who are at the outset or on the fence. Covers pros, cons, costs, and timelines for traditional publishing, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing and marketing paths. A facilitated round-table discussion of the pros and cons of the publishing options. Participants can submit publishing plans for critique that focuses on the author's stated goals, desired timelines, and…

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BCX Creative Writing Conference: Circumstance and Desire: The Primary Elements of Story

October 20, 2017 @ 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
LA Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401 United States
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Presented by Matthew Arkin Learn how mastering the elements of circumstance and desire can make your storytelling more believable and compelling. In this lecture and workshop, Matthew Arkin will teach you to ask questions of your characters that reveal their motivations and to construct circumstances that will push them to their limits. When motivation and circumstance collide, the story you are telling will be compelling and seamless. Workshop: A series of writing exercises will guide writers through an exploration of…

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BCX Creative Writing Conference: Book Description Blast

October 20, 2017 @ 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
LA Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401 United States
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Presented by Meghan Pinson Learn the elements of an effective book description and how to tweak them for back cover copy, Amazon descriptions, and author websites. Workshop: We'll draft or revise book descriptions, workshop them in small groups or as a class, then revise and repeat. Participants can submit book descriptions for critique that focuses on what's working, what's not, and whether they would lead to sales.

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BCX & DAISP Conferences: ProCritiques & Author Mentoring

October 21, 2017 - October 22, 2017
LA Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401 United States
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Meghan Pinson and Matthew Arkin met one-on-one with select authors throughout the weekend to discuss works in progress and publishing plans.

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BCX Creative Writing Conference: Editing Master Class: Exposition

October 21, 2017 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LA Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401 United States
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Presented by Meghan Pinson at the West Coast Writers Conferences' Digital Author & Indie Self-Publishing Conference. Lecture: Learn about the different types of exposition and how it can either serve or sever your connection with your readers. Workshop: We'll workshop a scene or two together, identifying exposition and determining whether it's helping or hurting. If the class is large, we'll do this in small groups; if it's small, we'll do it together. Participants can submit scenes from their WIP for critique…

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ShowMe Writers Masterclass: Writing mentor

October 28, 2017 - October 29, 2017
MU Student Center, KC & St. Louis Rooms, 911 E. Rollins St
Columbia, MO 65211 United States
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A sophisticated, well-designed conference in a beautiful university setting! This was my first foray into the Missouri writing community and it was a blast. I met with authors throughout the conference weekend to discuss works in progress and publishing plans -- am very much looking forward to being a part of this conference in the coming years.

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December 2017

Fill in at Subterranean Books!

December 20, 2017 - December 22, 2017
Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130 United States
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Sub Books invited me back for another busy holiday season! I did my best not to spend every dime I earned on books. I think I escaped with like three dimes.

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February 2018

Novel Revision 101: DIY & Collaborative Editing

February 3 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Lodge, 1050 Des Peres Rd
Des Peres, MO 63131 United States
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$5

The St. Louis Writers Guild is amazing -- more than 50 people showed up for this class! This was my first big event in St. Louis and I can't wait to do more.

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March 2018

ShowMe Writers Masterclass Mini: Exposition Exposed & Prioritizing POV

March 17 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MU Student Center, KC & St. Louis Rooms, 911 E. Rollins St
Columbia, MO 65211 United States
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$25

I had the honor of mentoring authors at the ShowMe Writers Masterclass Conference in October 2017 and am thrilled to be presenting two of my editing workshops back to back for their first MasterClass Mini next month. I’ll teach Exposition Exposed and Prioritizing Point of View — details follow. Exposition Exposed Learn once and for all the difference between showing and telling so you can find and fix the flabby parts of your writing. In the first half of class,…

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April 2018

Hannibal Writers Guild Editing 101 Roundtable

April 3 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mark Twain Brewing Company, 422 N. Main Street
Hannibal, MO, MO 63401 United States
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I'm delighted to hit the road for the fourth (ever!) writing workshop hosted by the brand-new Hannibal Writers Guild -- the newest chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. Meet us on the second floor of Mark Twain Brewing Company for a roundtable discussion of the editing process. Free to all!

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St. Louis Publishers Association: Book Description Blast

April 11 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave, St Louis, MO 63117
St. Louis, MO 63117 United States
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$10

I'm honored to present my Book Description Blast to the energetic, entrepreneurial St. Louis Publishers Association this April! Come join us for a two-hour workshop and learn how to write and revise copy for your book description.

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May 2018

Missouri Writers Guild 2018 Conference: Mentor Program

May 19
Hilton Garden Inn, 3300 Vandiver Drive
Columbia, MO 65202 United States
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I am thrilled to be joining other professional members of the Missouri Writers Guild in meeting with writers one-on-one to offer guidance on projects and publication. I’m VERY excited to attend this conference for the first time!

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June 2018

St. Louis Writers Guild’s Gateway Con 2018

June 15 - June 17
Renaissance Hotel St. Louis, 9801 Natural Bridge Rd
St. Louis, MO 63134 United States
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Sign up for my editing workshop and my master class on publishing paths at Gateway Con! Saturday: Exposition Exposed Workshop Sunday: Publishing Paths 101 Master Class -- a Gateway Con exclusive. I haven't taught this class in St. Louis yet. Class size is very limited, so sign up early! I'll also be available to mentor individual authors throughout the weekend. Sign up now for this excellent conference hosted by the St. Louis Writers Guild.

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