You’re invited to join the Dallas Area Romance Authors for our hybrid Holiday Breakfast & Passing of the Gavel. Our guest speaker is best-selling author Cassie McLaughlin, speaking about "We Duet Better Together: Successfully Coauthoring a Book."
We will gather in person on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 9 am to noon. Our in-person meeting will be at the Dallas College Mountain View Campus, Building B, Room 149, 4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75211.
Check-in starts at 9 am, with a full breakfast at 9:30. This catered buffet includes chicken, waffles and other yummy goodies. We’ll have our annual turnover meeting at 10. If you'd prefer, you can join us in our regular Zoom room, starting at 10 am with the business meeting. Zoom details are below. Everyone is asked to RSVP via Evite at http://evite.me/BWdn1bWvx5.
Please RSVP so we can plan correctly for breakfast. Also RSVP if you're attending virtually. Just write a note that you're going to be virtual.
DARA members attend for free, and guests are $10.
The DARA tradition of a holiday raffle continues, with many great items being donated by our members. If you’d like to donate a basket or item to the raffle, please contact Janet at email@example.com. You can bring your item to the meeting.
Invite your friends! The More the Merrier!
About CaSandra McLaughlin A native of Marshall, Texas, Cassie is a national best-selling author and motivational speaker. She wrote, directed, and produced her first movie, Deacon Brown's Daughter, based on the book she co-authored with Michelle Stimpson. Cassie is also a songwriter, and her song “I’m Free” is featured in the movie. In 2019, Deacon Brown’s Daughters won Best Featured Fiilm at the Capital City Film Festival. CaSandra is also an advocate for domestic violence awareness. In 2016, she wrote and produced a play, Don't Love Me to Death, to take a stand against domestic violence, and she has also penned a book about her own domestic violence experience. Cassie is married to Richard, with a beautiful daughter Chloe, and an amazing granddaughter Nova.
Visit Cassie online at https://www.casandramclaughlin.com/.
Denny S. Bryce keeps us up to date about marketing in a pandemic at the January 27, 2021, meeting of DARA.
With in-person author events such as conferences, in-store launch parties, and book club gatherings on hold, how can authors do the best job possible in advertising, marketing, publicizing and engaging readers?
What’s the difference these days in publicizing and promoting for the indie book authors vs. traditionally published authors? Or has this line blurred? Let’s discuss how a 2021 marketing plan looks in light of the pandemic.
Let’s share ideas and have a frank discussion about what it takes to get the most out of social media platforms and author marketing partnerships during COVID-19!
And remember: The POWER IS IN THE PLAN!
About Denny S. Bryce
Denny S. Bryce writes historical fiction, and her debut novel, WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES from Kensington Books will be on sale on March 30, 2021. (Editor’s Aside -- This novel is one of Bustle’s Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2021, and one of Oprah Magazine’s Most Anticipated Historical Fictions of 2021! Congrats, Denny!)
A marketing and public relations professional, Denny spent more than 20 years running her event marketing firm. For nearly 10 of those years, she also wrote and read Buffy/Spike fan fiction. A devoted fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel (the TV series), she is also a classic film buff and loves genre TV. Current favorites include Bridgerton, A Discovery of Witches; This is Us, The Flash, and Seal Team–and of course, Outlander_Starz!
Denny has taught workshops on marketing for authors and spoken on romance and historical fiction panels at the Strand Book Store and BookCon in New York City, the Baltimore Book Festival, and the Gaithersburg Book Festival, to name a few. A member of the Historical Novel Society (HSN), the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and Novelists, Inc. (NINC), Denny also completed the 2019 TIN HOUSE WINTER WORKSHOP (a prestigious literary workshop) in Portland, Oregon, and is a 2020 PITCH WARS adult mentor.
She is represented by Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates and recently relocated from northern Virginia to Georgia.