Welcome to PALA

Since 2003, the Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA) has provided monthly educational meetings, teleseminars, and webinars covering a wide range of publishing subjects. PALA also provides networking and resources that support publishers, authors, and related industry professionals. For information about membership, please go to: https://www.iwosc.org

Happening this Month

WRITING SUCCESSFULLY FOR CHILDREN and YOUNG ADULTS

March 31 Panel–6 PM Pacific on Zoom

Are you working on a children’s book, play, TV or film project? Have you got questions about age appropriateness for writing your story and developing characters? For marketing? What form of books do young people read, and is that different in this time of quarantine? Our expert panelists will talk about these questions, and more.

 

  • What age group are you writing for: emergent readers, K-3, middle grade, upper middle grade, YA, new adult? We’ll go over the criteria for each: age of characters, story, length, vocabulary, illustrations.
  • What is All Ages Fantasy?
  • What’s acceptable/unacceptable in terms of sexual content, drugs, violence, language?
  • Any backfires our panelists have experienced? What? Why? Lessons these can teach the rest of us?
  • Any tips for adapting a screenplay from a book? A play? What are some key things to consider in developing the script? In selling it?
  • How do librarians select children’s books for their shelves? For their book clubs and programs? How is the pandemic/quarantine affecting librarians’ work?
  • What’s the criteria for the illustrations your book should contain? If you work with an illustrator, what should you know about the process? What is important for the illustrator?
  • Working with a writing partner – what are the joys and pitfalls?

Our Panel:

Elizabeth Martin is half of a screenwriting duo (with Lauren Hynek) who co-wrote Disney’s live-action Mulan.They’re now working on a biopic about computer pioneer Grace Hopper, as well as Spellbound for Skydance Animation.

Marilyn Scott-Waters co-created the fully illustrated middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers), illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and has won accolades for a number of other traditionally and self-published books for young people. Her award winning website, https://TheToymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day.

Laura Taylor Namey is the NYT bestselling author of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, and The Library of Lost Things. Her newest YA adult novel, When We Were Them, comes out November 2, 2021. laurataylornamey.com

Mara Alpert of the Children’s Literature Dept.of Los Angeles Central Library has been member and Chair of the FOCAL Award Committee. She reviews books for School Library Journal, and has appeared to discuss children’s books on KPCC programs, “All Things Considered,” and Spectrum Channel One.

Jennifer Murphy  children’s librarian of LAPL, is currently at  the Palms-Rancho Park Branch, where she leads initiatives and plans events for children and families in twelve branches of the West Los Angeles area.

Gary Young’s plays for young people and adults have been produced at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Smithsonian, and venues throughout the US and Europe. Besides being President of IWOSC,Gary serves on the board of the Los Angeles Alliance of Playwrights.

Moderator: Ina Hillebrandt is the author, speaker and memoir coach whose first book, Amazon.com bestseller Pawprints led to her Pawprints Literacy+™ program for the Jane Goodall Institute, schools and after-school programs nationally. Currently Ina is working on an All Ages Fantasy, her first novel, about mice. She hasn’t told Fiona, her cat. www.InaTheMemoirCoach.com

Free to IWOSC Members;  Non-members $15
Deadline for registration is noon on Tuesday, March 30

Register now for this panel

Coming Up:

In the Works

Here’s what we’re working on for our writing community. It’s all subject to change for the obvious reason, but this will help you plan.

UPCOMING REGULAR MEETINGS:

  • MARKETING INTENSIVE
  • AGENT PANEL—with agents from Los Angeles and New York
  • MAGAZINE EDITORS
  • SELF-PUBLISHING INTENSIVE
  • NAVIGATING THE WRITING AND PUBLISHING WORLD TODAY

…and more, of course!

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Get answers to your most puzzling publishing questions

Wednesday, January 13

7:00pm Pacific–on ZOOM

  • Want some feedback on potential titles for your next book?
  • Need help with finding a distributor?
  • Have an opinion about a potential cover design?
  • Not sure if you should spend money on exhibiting at an upcoming trade show?

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BOOK PUBLICITY PANEL

November 4, 2019 – RECORDING AVAILABLE

7:30pm at the Veterans Memorial,

Multipurpose Room in the back of the building.

Members – free
Non-members – $15
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MODERATOR: Steven Sanchez, one of the two IWOSC/PALA Vice Presidents. PANEL: Lee Wind, Director of Marketing & Programming of the Independent Book Publishers Association, Kathleen Kaiser of the Small Publishers And Writers Network, Emanuela Cariolagian of Be In The News, Desireé Duffy, Founder of Black Château and Books That Make You Show

For more information, please click here.

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Special Programs

Everything You Need to Self-Publish So You Can Publish Your Book Now

Do you have everything you need to successfully self-publish your book?

Whether you’re writing a helpful nonfiction work, a stunning genre novel, a community cookbook, or the next bestseller, the publishing process involves the same elements: preparation of your manuscript and production of your book. And don’t forget about marketing.

IWOSC/PALA’s 2019 Self-Publishing Intensive has the answers you need to start now and successfully publish your book. Our experts, Carla King of Self-Publishing Boot Camp and Sharon Goldinger of PeopleSpeak Consulting and the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, have over 45 years of traditional AND self-publishing experience and will cover EVERY aspect of self-publishing that you need to know.

PLUS, attendees will receive more than a dozen books, handouts, checklists, and timelines.

For the FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION, and to save as an IWOSC/PALA member, click here.

LOCATION: Veterans Memorial, Culver City (Corner Culver & Overland)

 

IWOSC/PALA Self-Publishing Intensive

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Everything You Need to Self-Publish So You Can Publish Your Book Now

Do you have everything you need to successfully self-publish your book?

Whether you’re writing a helpful nonfiction work, a stunning genre novel, a community cookbook, or the next bestseller, the publishing process involves the same elements: preparation of your manuscript and production of your book. And don’t forget about marketing.

IWOSC/PALA’s 2019 Self-Publishing Intensive has the answers you need to start now and successfully publish your book. Our experts, Carla King of Self-Publishing Boot Camp and Sharon Goldinger of PeopleSpeak Consulting and the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, have over 45 years of traditional AND self-publishing experience and will cover EVERY aspect of self-publishing that you need to know.

PLUS, attendees will receive more than a dozen books, handouts, checklists, and timelines.

For the FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION, and to save as an IWOSC/PALA member, click here.

LOCATION: Veterans Memorial, Culver City (Corner Culver & Overland)

For more information, please click here.

IWOSC/PALA Membership Benefits

PALA-IWOSC welcomes authors, publishers, and affiliated publishing professionals. Our goals: education, networking, and resources. We value and encourage the education and networking. 

Member benefits include:

  • newsletter, packed with information
  • discounted membership with IBPA
  • discount for recordings of meetings
  • attendance at our members-only brainstorming sessions
  • participation in cooperative marketing programs
  • free panels/deep discounts for seminars
  • access to information about IBPA’s Publishing University scholarships
If you’re interested in membership, please contact info@IWOSC.org.
Questions: Contact: Sharon Goldingerpplspeak@att.net, 949-581-6190