August’s Featured Speaker: Julia Ganis

JuliaGanisColorAt next month’s meeting, Julia Ganis will speak about Editing for Indie Authors. She’ll address what to know, what to look for and what to avoid on your path to self-publishing. Plus, she will offer tips on self-editing for all authors, from absolute beginners to multi-published authors.

Join us at Bridges Academy in Studio City at 10am on Sunday, August 17th!

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Julia Ganis has always loved a great story. A child of Hollywood, she read her first screenplay at age ten, devoured Jane Austen at the dinner table and snuck Harlequin Presents under the covers.

After twenty years of guiding screenwriters, doing script analysis, working in feature films and children’s television, and even teaching science, she decided to return to her first love:  romance novels.  A behind-the-scenes romance copy editor for several years, in 2013 Julia launched JuliaEdits.com to offer her services to a wider sphere of indie writers.  Current JuliaEdits clients range from New York Times bestsellers with hybrid careers, to emerging self-pub authors and absolute beginners.

Julia graduated from the University of California at San Diego’s Muir College with a degree in Visual Arts/Media.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and way too many cats. You can find her online at JuliaEdits.com.

July’s Featured Speaker: Anne Tammel

tammelNext month, build your unique author brand with branding expert and author Anne Tammel, a Silicon Valley native who specializes in guiding artists and professionals through the process of positioning and branding. Join us for this exclusive small discussion, during which you will learn crucial steps toward harnessing your author brand, taking charge of your unique selling points, and connecting with your readers. Walk away from this discussion with a road map for making your vision of success a reality.

Author of the forthcoming collection of poems, Endless: a Literate Passion (Aldrich Press, March 2015), branding expert Anne Tammel has devoted over two decades to coaching writers and executives through successful outcomes. Tammel began her career at the Silicon Valley’s highest-ranking public relations firm, Cunningham Communication, then went on to apply her positioning and branding expertise in the high-tech, medical, and financial fields. While pursuing her master of fine arts degree, Tammel began guiding executives into more prominent leadership roles. This unmatched success led to the inception of Tammel Enterprises: a highly-personalized, results-based, boutique consultancy devoted to your professional advancement.

Tammel’s fiction, poetry, essays, and articles have been published in numerous publications, including the Poydras Review, Annapurna Magazine, 3Elements Literary Review, Mediterranean Poetry, and Saint Julian Press. A news correspondent, professional speaker, and editor for literary journals, Tammel is also owner and founder of Poets and Dreamers, the author’s network featured in CBS Los Angeles. Tammel earned her MFA in creative writing at California State University, San Diego, and her BA in English literature/career writing at California State University, San Jose. Find her at her website and on Facebook.

See you at 10am on Sunday, July 20th at Bridges Academy in Studio City!

June’s Featured Speakers: Lee Michael Cohn & Gregg Ostrin

Screen-Shot-2012-11-05-at-1.26.08-PM163218185_400x400Next month, Lee Michael Cohn and Gregg Ostrin will join us to speak about the Art of the Pitch.

Lee Michael Cohn has written plays, feature films, PSAs, corporate industrial films and CD-ROMs, including Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.  He also wrote a series of radio spots for legendary actor/comedian John Lovitz.  He also sold a TV pilot to a major Russian TV network with noted screenwriter Gregg Ostrin. Lee also teaches Film Production and lectures on screenwriting at the LA Film School. Widely regarded as one of New York’s best acting teachers, Lee has taught at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and The New World School of the Arts in Miami where he taught and directed for over 15 years at both the high school and college levels.

Join us at 10am on Sunday, June 8th at Bridges Academy in Studio City!