Tips for Making Money from Your
Writing/Photography in Any Genre
Saturday, May 19
11 AM–1:00 PM
(10:15 Early-Bird Session – TBA)
Cattlemens, 12409 Folsom Blvd, $15 members/$20 guests (includes lunch)
It is good to create, it is better to create and publish, and it is best to create, publish, and monetize.
The above “truth” is followed by Lee Foster, who will share 11+ tips for writers at the May 19 meeting of the California Writers Club Sacramento.
Lee has spent a fair amount of time trying to understand the modern publishing scene and to position himself to benefit from the revolutions occurring around us. By studying the steps that Lee has taken, CWC members can better plan their futures, whether their genre is memoir, historical novels, fantasy, or nonfiction.
While Lee has 18 books (listed on his Amazon Author Page), only 13 are “traditionally published.” Why has Lee changed to develop five books “independently,” including a book on the indie publishing process?
Even as Lee has published travel writing/photography in every major U.S. travel magazine/newspaper, he now advocates a strong website and Social Media presence. Why? He started his fifth Social Media effort (Instagram) recently.
In the past, Lee focused on presenting travel content in English. Now he has two books, on California travel and a literary book on travel, translated into Chinese, selling each month as ebooks in Chinese as Book A and Book B. Who sells Lee’s ebooks in China? If you answered Amazon.cn, you guessed correctly. Amazon even sells Lee’s Chinese books in Chinese on his USA Amazon Author Page. The links for Book A and Book B are from Lee’s USA Amazon Author Page.
How might a consumer want to access a writer’s work? When should a writer consider making an audiobook, as Lee has?
Lee says he feels responsible for shaping the future of “content creators” in a trajectory that will make them artistically and financially sustainable. He does not minimize the challenges facing the modern writer/author/photographer. The solution, he feels, is to understand the revolutions occurring and position yourself as beneficially as possible.
In a presentation filled with information, Lee hopes to inspire and assist writers/authors/photographers to be successful in three ways:
-create excellent and artistic content;
-connect with an audience; and
Lee lives in Berkeley and develops writing/photography projects in travel, literary, and “independent” publishing genres.
Luncheon 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Early Bird special 10:15
- Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
- Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers
- The meeting fee includes speaker, lunch and beverage
- Cattlemens Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA
The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemens offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.