Why is it important to show up to network?
WNBA-SF Chapter Board Member and Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to answer the question:
June 2, 2011
Take care of yourself; take care of your career. I don’t even like the word “network” so I get creative. Speaking of getting creative, tonight’s WNBA-SF Chapter Meet Up was an example of how to network and have fun.
WNBA member Leon Veal, the outreach coordinator for Project Read San Francisco, calendars meeting space at the San Francisco Public Library main branch for us once a month. I had asked SF Chapter past president Creativity Mentor Mary E. Knippel to co-lead a WNBA Meet Up with me.
Members Birgit Soyka and Janine Kovac RSVPed.
Mary and I showed up early. I helped Mary re-configure her business card to read: You’ve been thinking about writing your book? Let me (Mary E. Knippel) help you. Mary showed me her Google Voice phone number. I want to create a YouTube channel for WNBA-SF Chapter–I provided the format and Mary came up with a great idea–”Let’s create a how-to video/tutorial for our members!” Mary is indeed the Creativity Mentor.
Birgit Soyka arrived, looking vibrant. She and I will be showcasing our books later this month:
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7:00-9:00pm
BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127 415-564-8080
Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) members celebrate June’s “Rebuild Your Life Month” featuring books by members Birgit Soyka and Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Join us for a fun evening— reception; authors’ presentations; meet the new board and members of the San Francisco Chapter. Please RSVP by emailing BookShopRSVP@wnba-sfchapter.org
Birgit Soyka (author of To Drink the Wild Air: One Woman’s Quest to Touch the Horizon)
Teresa LeYung-Ryan (author of Love Made of Heart and Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days)
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Mary and I were telling Birgit about using YouTube to promote our work and Birgit was telling us about her wanting to identify her biggest target audience. Would that be readers of spiritual growth, world travels, women’s issues or motorcycle racing?
Then Terri Bertini (screenwriter, producer and director) showed up! I had met Terri at the Asian Heritage Street Celebration last month. When Birgit showed her book to Terri and started talking about her motorcycle racing and world travel . . . Terri said she remembers meeting Birgit in Los Angeles fifteen years ago at a race and that it seems like just yesterday. Voila! Birgit (in her motorcycle gear) is memorable and attracts attention.
I asked Terri if she has a blog and she told us the blog name she is considering. When her blog name is official I will broadcast on my blog.
Birgit is interested in showcasing her book at more venues. Mary and I will be at the Literary Arts/Fine Arts Department at the San Mateo County Fair on Friday 17, 2011 (please see http://www.lovemadeofheart.com/Teresa-LeYung-Ryan%27s-Events.html for details) but we cannot be at the fair the following day for Bardi Rosman Koodrin’s Author Book Day June 18, 2011, 2:00-4:00pm because Mary is giving a workshop in Half Moon Bay and I had promised to take photos and film her.
Here’s an idea: I would email Bardi and pitch Birgit. Mary suggested to Birgit that if she gets table space on the 18th to showcase her books that she might also showcase my books.
Aah, helping each other, helping ourselves and having fun at the same time! This is why it is important to show up to network.
Janine Kovac, we missed you. Check out Janine’s blog. See you real soon.
Terri Bertini, thank you for joining us at the library.
Cheering for all hardworking writers!
Hope to see you on June 17, 2011! at the Literary Arts Dept. Stage at the San Mateo County Fair in California
4:00-6:00pm Mary E. Knippel presents “Coaxing Creativity” workshop
6:30-8:00pm readings by California Writers Club–San Francisco Peninsula Branch members including contributing authors in the anthology Fault Zone: Words from the Edge.
8:00-9:00pm Author Teresa LeYung-Ryan uses Love Made of Heart to inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and gain resources for their families. As Writing Career Coach Teresa, she helps fiction and nonfiction authors gain a competitive edge before and after publication with her workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days.
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