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Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Editors: The Secret Ingredient in Every Successful Book 

Editing is one of the most important steps in the book publishing process. It is what makes a good manuscript great and a great manuscript outstanding.

Whether you are at the top of the bestseller list or just thinking about jotting down some notes for your first book, the path from draft to finished product is about writing, rewriting and revising.

Editors are the professionals who guide you through that process. It‘s their job to look for strengths and root out problems. They will point out what’s sketchy, long-winded, confusing or unconvincing so that when your book is finally in the hands of your eager readers, it is the best it can be.

All writers need an editor. If you don't know why... or what kind of editor you need... or where to find one... or what editors do... or how much editors charge, come to our April meeting. We have invited three expert editors to answer your questions and explain their craft.

Meet April’s Panelists

Bobbi Linkemer is the author of 18 books under her own name, as well as a ghostwriter, book coach, and editor. She has guided many authors through the process of writing, publishing, and promoting their nonfiction books. A professional writer for more than 45 years, Bobbi has been a magazine editor, corporate communicator, and marketing manager. Her clients range from Fortune 100 companies to individuals who have a message to convey.
Visit her Website at: WriteANonfictionBook.com.

Janette Lonsdale is a content strategist and the owner of The Red Stairs, a boutique content consultancy dedicated to the planning and development of content. Through The Red Stairs, Janette offers ideation, planning, ghostwriting, editing and localization (American/British English). She specializes in books, ebooks and other print and digital documents that amplify business and marketing activities. Janette’s background includes Journalism, PR and product development for an international publishing house. She has been on the board of the St. Louis Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists since 2012. She’s also a member of the American Copy Editors Society.
Janette can be found at TheRedStairs.com

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(the second Wednesday of every month)

THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center

The Angus Room
8001 Dale Ave.
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

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Doors open at 6:30 PM for networking. Business meeting begins at 7:00 PM and continues till 8:30 PM or so with networking continuing afterward till about 9.

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Independent Bookstores

The SLPA encourages awareness and support of our local independent bookstores.

Here are some examples. Click on each name to visit their website:


•  Left Bank Books

•  Main Street Books

•  The Novel Neighbor

•  STLBooks

•  Subterranean Books

•  Webster Groves Bookshop


To learn more about independent bookstores in the St. Louis area, visit this link: Independent Bookstore Alliance.

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What's Coming Up?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:30 PM • THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center - Argus Room
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