Category: Meetings

Published Author Chat

It’s a tornado, it’s a hurricane, no….it’s just The Gale Force Winds of Change in the world of publishing!


red_mugAll published authors of LARA are invited to the Published Author Chat at 9 am every other Sunday before the LARA meeting at our regular meeting place (Bridges Academy).

What does published mean? Any author who has indie pubbed or traditionally pubbed a short story, novella, or novel.

Is coffee provided? “Bring Your Own Coffee!” Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are both about a block from Bridges Academy.

What is the chat about? Publishing! Anything that has to do with what happens once publishing happens.

Why are we having a published author chat?  This is a less-formal event that allows pubbed authors to discuss what is and what isn’t working for them in publishing. The agenda is loose and flexible.

How often is the published author chat? Every other month! See our meeting schedule for specific dates.

If you’re a LARA member and have thoughts, suggestions, or questions about the Published Author Chat, our beloved president Maggie Marr would love to hear from you! Please use the handy LARA member comment form!

Holiday Romances with Alanna Lucas & Rick Bitzelberger

Once-Upon-a-Montana-Christmas-cover-213x300In October, we’ll hear from Alanna Lucas and Rick Bitzelberger on Writing Holiday Romances That Sell!

Holiday romance novels and novellas are a perennial favorite among readers. Publishers often release holiday anthologies, which can be a great opportunity for writers to get known or increase their fan base.

Come and learn about how to break into this exciting market from our next guest speakers! Join us at 10am on Sunday, October 19th at Bridges Academy in Studio City.

author-alanna-lucasAlanna grew up in Southern California. From an early age, she took an interest in travel. Over the years, she’s incorporated those experiences into her writing. Alanna is a member of the Romance Writers of America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

rick_bitzenbergerRick Bitzelberger is a film and television writer and producer, known for Embrace of the Vampire (1995), Crazy for Christmas (2005) and Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003). Rick has been working with Informant Media since their inception. He likes to think of himself as the most dangerous development executive there is: Not only does he cover scripts, he writes them, too.

Editing for Indie Authors with 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.