Posts Tagged ‘Linda Joy Myers’

First, what is a writer’s platform? Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan here to answer that question–”Making your name stand for something—to attract targeted consumers who are likely to buy what you have to sell.”

” What are you selling? Your literary products—articles, columns, stories, poems, essays, speeches, scripts, books.”

“Making your name stand for something–the something being the subject matters, issues, and themes in your writings.”

“Targeted consumers? They are the readers who read the subject matters that you write about.”

My clients ask me: “Coach Teresa, How long does it take to build my writer’s platform?”

My answer: “When you stick to something for 21 days, you develop a new habit.  Do the exercises in my workbook for at least 21 days. On the 22nd day, you graduate with the tools to build your writer’s platform.”

So, how long does it take to build your writer’s platform? Only 22 days!

May 5, 2011:

Author Joan Gelfand asked me today: “Teresa, what happens after you build your platform?

My response: “After I build my platform, I fortify it, then I retrofit it.  Building my platform and then abandoning it doesn’t serve me.”

Margaret Davis, author of Straight Down the Middle, says: “Instead of the usual pep talks, Coach Teresa’s workbook consists of a series of exercises which are thought-provoking, and always fun.”

Speaking of fun, I had a fun day fortifying my own platform and helping fellow members of WNBA.

Thanks to my pal Mary E. Knippel‘s lending me her Flip camera, I produced 4 short videos today–to share my expertise about platform-building for writers. I’ll post the videos on YouTube next week.

Then, I packed the Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter (WNBA) membership roster, name badges, name tents, the thank-you gift for our chapter president (Lynn Henriksen),  and went cake-shopping for tonight’s celebration. The event was at the San Francisco Public Library-Main Branch.

What an exciting meeting!  Established members (guiding lights) showed up; talented new members showed up:

Lynn Henriksen will mentor the new incoming chapter president or co-presidents

Kate Britton wishes to stay on as Membership Chair

Christopher Payne wishes to stay on as Treasurer

Teresa LeYung-Ryan wishes to stay on as Secretary, mentor committee chairs, and continue to show members how to build their own platforms with the help of the WNBA platform.

Mary E. Knippel wishes to stay on to mentor committee chairs and help them coax their creativity.

Birgit Soyka wishes to be WNBA Liaison to BookShop West Portal

Elizabeth Pomada, former chapter president, will continue to be a guiding light for WNBA, promoting our chapter through San Francisco Writers Conference, ASJA, and other affiliations.

Michael Larsen, former chapter president, will continue to be a guiding light for WNBA, promoting our chapter through San Francisco Writers Conference, ASJA,and other affiliations.

Leon Veal will continue being our liaison at San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Project Read

Jane Glendinning is also affiliated with California Writers Club-Berkeley Branch

Patricia Tsang, M.D. is also affiliated with California Writers Club-San Francisco Peninsula Branch (and the Asian Heritage Street Celebration this year)

Janine Kovac is also affiliated with LitQuake (San Francisco’s Literary Festival)

Apala Egan is also affiliated with California Writers Club-South Bay Branch

Claudia Boutote is also affiliated with Harper One, publisher in San Francisco

Joan Gelfand is immediate-past president on national board of WNBA; she recommends our chapter sponsoring smaller events, and more of them, so that members get to co-chair one event in their region. This distribution of duties would benefit all members.

Linda Joy Myers, founder of National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), offered to share her expertise in teleseminars.

Linda Lee, our webmaster and cyberspace guru, offered to share her expertise in webinars and make webinars a benefit to members and a revenue tool when we sell the products to non-members.

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We honored Lynn Henriksen; she made the past 2 years fun for us. Thank you, Lynn!

Vicki, Leigh Anne, Kaye, Barbara, Judith, Ricky, Elisa, we missed you at this meeting/party. See you soon!

Cyberspace Guru Linda Lee and I had a chance to chat after the meeting.

Cheers from Writing Coach Teresa!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan, board member, San Francisco Chapter of Women’s National Book Association

Hope to see members in or near San Francisco on Thursday June 2, 2011,  6:00-7:30pm
Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter MEET UP
Mary E. Knippel (Creativity Mentor) & Teresa LeYung-Ryan (Writing Career Coach) will be present to mentor members and conduct “round-table MEET UP”
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Latino/Hispanic Community Room (you can bring food into this room) at lower level,
100 Larkin St.(or use 30 Grove Street entrance), S.F., CA 94102
http://wnba-sfchapter.org/
RSVP by emailing:  Secretary@wnba-sfchapter.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW Available through Amazon.com   Check out the reviews!   Coach Teresa created the fun workbook to help fiction and nonfiction authors gain a competitive edge.  Whether you want to be your own publisher or sell rights to another publisher, attract readers and more readers now!   After you order Coach Teresa’s workbook, email her to receive an exclusive bonus on platform-building. Teresa’s email address is on her website WritingCoachTeresa.com

May is Personal History Month


AMY GORMAN – Guided Autobiography class

Saturday May 22, 2010
PORTLAND, OREGON
Elders in Action and the Geezer gallery presents:
Grand Works Northwest Art Festival
~celebrating creativity in aging~
Amy Gorman offers:
Workshop in Creative Aging with the film, “Still Kicking”
The Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
www.eldersinaction.org
CONTACT: Brenda Morgan

Go to Amy Gorman’s website for other programs. She is the author of book Aging Artfully — about the twelve women aged 85-105 who inspired her work. It’s also about promoting positive healthy aging for the general public, and for advocating involvement with the creative arts in retirement years.

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Do you know about NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MEMOIR WRITERS?

Post your comment to NAMW founder Linda Joy Myers’s question: Why should I write my memoir?

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Saturday May 21, 2011 Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, CA

Teresa LeYung Ryan will be with fellow authors Margie Yee Webb, Dr. Patricia Tsang, Lloyd Lofthouse at the California Writers Club booth at Asian Heritage Street Celebration “AHSC” on May 21, 2011.  Teresa uses her book Love Made of Heart to honor the Chinese immigrant experience and to inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and gain resources for their families.

As a writing career coach, Teresa uses her workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days to help fiction and nonfiction authors attract agents, publishers, readers, and media attention before and after publication.

Teresa LeYung is the sponsor of “THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: NOVEL, MEMOIR, OR SHORT STORY” Writing Contest—entries must be received by 7:00 pm, Friday, April 29, 2011 or postmarked by April 25th, 2011. Winners’ names will be displayed at the June 11-19, 2011 San Mateo County Fair Literary Arts Department.

Cheers from Writing Career Coach Teresa

 

NAMW Members Only

Click on the title bar of this post so that you can see the boxes to enter your comments.

Thank you, Linda Joy Myers, for being a magnificent resource center for memoir writers!

I created this post just for you–members of NAMW.  After the June 18, 2010 Members-Only Teleseminar, let me know what steps you’ll take to further build your name to attract more fans (before or after publication). More fans lead to bigger platform/fame . . . which attracts agents / acquisition editors & publishers / advocates /endorsers / media attention . . . which leads to even more fans . . .

Remember to click “submit comment” after you have composed yours. When I receive your comment, I will add your name to this post and “tag” you (you’ll know what this means after the teleseminar).

“USE WHAT YOU KNOW TO BUILD FAME:  Fun & Simple Steps for Memoir Writers”

  • Understand the need to build one’s name/fame in today’s publishing arena.
  • Identify your advocates, endorsers and fans.
  • Gain recognition through your words and your community.

How do you thrive in the fiercely competitive industry?  You hold the power to beat the game.

Sincerely,

Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan

“Reach out, not stress out, to build your name.”

“When you make your name synonymous with the themes/subject matters/issues in your writing, you are building your fame/career/platform.”

Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published (the 22 minutes for 22 days workbook)

Visit: http://www.WritingCoachTeresa.com

Even if you missed the writing workshops and author presentations this weekend or can’t attend the upcoming ones, you can go to the presenters’ websites to check out their other events. Use search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) to find people & events.

2010 San Mateo County Fair, California

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT STAGE SCHEDULE

Our stage is located in the Fiesta Hall

Try to park as close to Gate C (where the big white tent is) because that’s closest to Fiesta Hall (the second building from the south end of the fairgrounds)

San Mateo County Fair fine arts stage map for literary events

Literary programs are free.

https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/ or 650 574-3247 for county fair admission/ticket info.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

12:00 12:45  Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Dance Troupe

12:45 1:30  Fine Arts Dept Awards Ceremony

Tribute to Darlene Harney

Special Fine Arts Awards, Best of Show, category sponsors & winners

1:30    2:30  Creative nonfiction workshop with Geri Spieler: “The Housewife Assassin:

Local Girl Takes Aim,” Or, how a sweet girl from a nice family turned deadly

2:30 3:30  Sci Fi/Fantasy Workshop with Laurel Anne Hill: Building New Worlds and

Creating Compelling Characters:  Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

3:30  4:15  Awarding the Heroes Arise novel chapter contest and winners’ readings

4:15  6:30   Awarding SciFi/Fantasy short story contest and winners’ readings

Literary Winners Circle readings – short stories, essays, and poems by winners Philip Gin, Yvonne Dechant Lorvan, Roberta Woo (Best of Show, Poetry), Bwawna Panwar, and others

Sunday, June 13

9:00 1:30  Regional youth piano recital

1:30  2:45     Music by COPUS, an indigenous fusion Renaissance funk ensemble

2:45  3:15     Verna Dreisbach’s Capitol City Young Writers literary/musical group

3:15 4:15    Workshop with literary agent Verna Dreisbach

4:15 4:30  Presenting The Why We Ride award and winner’s reading

4:30 5:30  The Power of Memoir Workshop with Linda Joy Myers

5:30 6:00  Presenting the Power of Memoir prize & winners’ readings

6:00  7:00  Literary Winners Circle readings – short stories, essays, and poems by

contest winners Lucy Murray (Best of Show, Essay), Melanie Denman, Philip Gin, Yvonne Dechant Lorvan, Roberta Woo and others

Monday, June 14

12:30 1:30  Teen writer SeanTraynor reading his award-winning children’s short stories

Celeste McCarty: Performance poetry

1:30 2:30  Theater Games: Lead with your Team! for children ages 7-12 with Royd Hatta

2:30    3:30  Shu-Hsien Ho Step into a World of Fantastic Creatures: Creative Writing for Kids 3:30 4:30  Beth Barany 12 Stages of the Writer’s Adventure Workshop

4:30 5:15  Music by Maureen Brennan, Harp Soloist

6:00 7:00  Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Belly Dance Troupe

Tuesday, June 15

3:30 5:00  Open Mic readings: Ida Lewenstein, Ollie Welch, Larry Stewart, Jo

Carpignano, Darlene Frank

5:00 6:00  Joyce Robins Memoir Workshop: “Aunt Lydia’s Trousseau”

6:00 6:40  Open Mic readings:  Sal Zohar, David Hirzel, Margaret Davis

6:40 7:00  Tory Hartmann, President SF/Peninsula California Writers Club Awarding The Most  Promising Writer of the Year & winner’s reading

7:00 8:00  Workshop with CWC member Mary Hanna: How to Write Funny: Tips and

Tricks to Liven Up Your Writing

8:00 9:00  Workshop with CWC member Mary Knippel: Coaxing Creativity

9:00  10:00  Poetry performance by Celeste McCarty

Wednesday, June 16

11:00 4:00  Onsite Painting with Karlene Ryan in the Fine Art department

3:00  6:00              Self-publishing Workshop with Celeste McCarty

Poetry performance

Fiction Genre Workshop with Frank Kahren, “Brand Loyalty,” and Anastasia

Blackwell, “The House on Blue Lake”

6:00 7:00  Performance by Judgement Day, a three piece “string metal” band

7:00 8:00  Performance by singing group Ol’ Blue Genes

Thursday, June 17

3:00 4:00  Blessing Ceremony by the Deeksha Givers

Honoring “Carry the Light” recipient Bob Squeri

4:00 5:00  Stacey Grewal Gratitude Workshop

5:00 6:00  Soldiers Angels presentation

6:00 7:30  Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Belly Dance Troupe

Friday, June 18

2:00 3:00  Performance by Judgement Day, a three piece “string metal” band

Saturday, June 19

Local Authors Book Day with Beth Barany, Anastasia Blackwell, Elizabeth Block, Jo Carpignano, Ellen Chong, Jon Cory, George Cunningham, M.D., Margaret Davis, Darlene Frank, Stacey Grewal, Mary Hanna, Tory Hartmann, Vinnie Hansen, David Hirzel, Kimmelin Hull, Frank Kahren, Mary Knippel, Ines Villafane-Leon, Judith Marshall, Celeste McCarty, Joyce Robins, Teresa LeYung Ryan, Geri Spieler, and others.

12:00 12:45  Author check-in and set-up

12:45 1:15  Roving MC Tory Hartmann introducing book fair participants

1:15  2:00  Audience participation: Guess Who’s the Liar? with mystery writers Vinnie

Hansen, Frank Kahren, and Beth Barany

2:00 3:00  Panel: So You Want to Write a Novel: Four Bay Area novelists discuss

their experiences and offer tips for aspiring fiction writers.  Meet Teresa

LeYung Ryan, Margaret Davis, Judith Marshall, and Jon Cory; moderated by

Geri Spieler

3:00 3:30  Q&A: Author Q&A: Publishing –the traditional route or self-publish?

3:30 4:30  Where Memoir and Fiction Cross Over with Elizabeth Block

4:30 5:00  Q&A: OK, so you’ve written your book.  Now how do you promote yourself?

5:00 and on  Anastasia Blackwell presents: Creative Marketing for Authors: an evening of

collaboration using various artists and art forms to market your book.

Sunday, June 20

Mid-day Entertainment by Red Desert Dance Company, under the direction of Marie

Soderlund: a Bay Area Belly Dance Troupe

Other performances to be announced

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Bardi Rosman Koodrin!

See you there!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung Ryan

Writing Career Coach Teresa says: “Build your name, beat the game, be happily published.” http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

 

Teresa LeYung Ryan uses her novel Love Made of Heart to:

  • celebrate immigrants
  • inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas that their parents suffer
  • help survivors of family violence find their own voices

http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com

 

 

Linda Joy Myers

This is a glimpse into what happens when you are invited to present at a teleseminar:

Linda Joy Myers, president of The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), invited me to be a guest on her teleseminar for members only on Friday, June 18, 2010    Time: 11 AM PDT    12 PM MDT   1 PM CDT     2PM EDT

Staci Motherwell, the Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at NAMW, asked me to provide a title and description of my talk.

“USE WHAT YOU KNOW TO BUILD FAME:  Fun & Simple Steps for Memoir Writers”

How do writers thrive in the fiercely competitive industry?  Find out for yourself in this delightful session with Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan who created Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published (the 22 minutes for 22 days workbook). Visit: http://www.WritingCoachTeresa.com

In response to Ms. Motherwell’s request to provide a list of 3-5 talking points that I plan to discuss with Linda Joy Myers during the NAMW Members-Only teleseminar:

  • Why do memoir writers have to be concerned with building name/fame?
  • How does a writer identify advocates, endorsers and fans?
  • Would you like to know more about gaining recognition through your words and community?

Not already a member of NAMW?   Visit   http://www.namw.org

Teresa LeYung Ryan says: “When you make your name synonymous with the themes/subject matters/issues in your writing, you are building your name/career/platform. You too can be happily published.”

Hello Writers of Fiction and Non-Fiction,

I’ll be at these events in May and June, 2010:

This Thursday May 13, 2010 I will be attending the Effie Lee Morris Lecture at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

The speaker is local artist and children book author Ashley Wolff. Lecture theme is Sunrise/Sunset: Exploring the many cycles of life in picture books. Book signing and reception at 5pm in the Latino Hispanic Community Room; lecture 6pm in the Koret Auditoriumhttp://wnba-sfchapter.org/
Let’s honor Effie Lee Morris, WNBA-SF Chapter’s founding president.  http://www.wnba-sfchapter.org/Effie-Lee-Memorial.html

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Saturday, May 15, 2010  11 a.m. – 6 p.m. PST

Asian Heritage Street Celebration (starts at Larkin and McAllister Streets in San Francisco, in front of the Asian Art Museum in Civic Center, leading up to the Little Saigon District)

Look for Teresa LeYung Ryan (author of Love Made of Heart), Margie Yee Webb, Frances Kakugawa and Lloyd Lofthouse  at the California Writers Club booth.

The fair features Asian American artists, DJs, martial arts, today’s Asian pop culture, j-cars, a Muay Thai kickboxing ring, scrumptious food, children’s area, cultural procession, anime, free hepatitis B screenings and more! www.asianfairsf.com

The event is free and open to the public.   Teresa will post location of  their booth; please check: http://writingcoachteresa.com

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010  11:00am – 12:45pm PST

Blockbuster Plots Consultant Martha Alderson http://blockbusterplots.com &  Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan on Kim McMillon’s “Writers’ Sanctuary” Blog Talk Radio Show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword/page/3 If you miss  the live show, you can listen to the archive at:   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword/2010/05/18/writers-sanctuary-with-kim-mcmillon

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Friday June 18, 2010

Time: 11 AM PDT |12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT |2 PM EDT

Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan  on Linda Joy Myers’s Teleseminar for The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW)

[June NAMW Member-only Teleseminar] Join Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan as She Helps Memoir Writers Use What They Know to Build Fame!  Fun & Simple Steps for Memoir Writers to Thrive
Not already a member of NAMW? Visit http://www.namw.org now!

How do writers thrive in the fiercely competitive industry? Find out for yourself in this delightful session with Coach Teresa who created Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published (the 22 minutes for 22 days workbook).

She will help you:

* understand the need to build one’s name/fame in today’s publishing arena.
* identify advocates, endorsers and fans.
* gain recognition through your words and your community.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010 2:00pm PST

San Mateo County Fair / Peninsula Festival

Four Bay Area novelists discuss their writing experiences and offer tips for aspiring fiction writers.

Teresa LeYung Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart. www.writingcoachteresa.com

Margaret Davis, author of Straight Down the Middle. www.margaretdavisbooks.com

Judith Marshall, author of Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Foreverwww.judithmarshall.net

Jon Corey, author of A Plague of Scoundrels

Moderator:  Tory Hartmann  http://toryhartmann.com/

Bios

Teresa LeYung Ryan uses her novel Love Made of Heart to shed light on secret agonies suffered by mothers and daughters in domestic violence. She is also a writing career coach and creator of Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published.

Margaret Davis (Straight Down the Middle) is a sociologist who is also the author of Families in a Working World and A Practical Guide to Organization Design. Her second novel, Katie Carlisle, will be available soon.

Judith Marshall (Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever) is the owner of Kelso Books, a publishing house. Husbands has been optioned for the screen and her second novel, Staying Afloat, will be available soon.

Jon Cory (A Plague of Scoundrels). Retirement enabled Jon to return to creative writing after a career in business. His debut novel received the 2009 Independent Publishers’ Silver Medal award for popular fiction.

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Coach Teresa here.

Can you relate to any one of these statements?

* Agents and acquisition editors say publishers prefer to work with authors who are already celebrities or have established platforms (i.e. means to build fan base). How do I compete?
* I am published. There aren’t enough hours in a day to write, let alone run around and network.
* I believe in my writing and I’m committed to building my career, but, my budget is limited.

Teresa LeYung Ryan says: “You are the expert of your experiences whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction. When you make your name synonymous with the themes/subject matters/issues in your writing, you beat the game. You too can be happily published.

Coach Teresa’s 22-day playbook Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published has arrived.  $22

Grab a few writer-friends or ask your writers’ club to invite me and I will conduct:

“Major League Tryouts with Coach Teresa– Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published”

Cheering for all writers!

Coach Teresa

http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

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