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Entrepreneurial authors get their own club

Authors who develop their communication and leadership skills have more successful businesses and sell more books
Photo: Alexander Potapov, Design: Carma Spence

"Authors who develop their communication and leadership skills have more successful businesses and sell more books," says Carma Spence, Area E2 Governor for Toastmasters District One. "That's why I'm founding the Entrepreneurial Authors’ Club here in Long Beach. I want to give local writers and authors the opportunity to build speaking and leadership skills in a safe environment with like-minded entrepreneurs."

The mission of Toastmasters International is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Entrepreneurial Authors’ Club takes that mission and applies it to the unique needs of authors who are building a business around their book or books.

A typical Toastmasters meeting includes three segments: prepared speeches, evaluations of those speeches and impromptu speaking. "We'll have all those speaking and feedback opportunities, as well," said Spence. "But we're also going to include one segment that will really help our members improve their ability to sell their books: time to practice their introductory, 30-second 'elevator speech' and feedback on how well they did.

At each meeting, members will put their name in a bowl and two to three names will be drawn to present their pitch. "Doing it this way accomplishes two things," said Spence. "It keeps members on their toes so they can be prepared whenever an opportunity to talk about their book comes up, and it provides an forum for constructive feedback on whether what they are saying is effective or not."

The club will meet at Rebel Bite in downtown Long Beach. "Not only do they have an excellent meeting space, their food is both delicious and reasonably priced," said Spence. Members and guests are encouraged to arrive early to grab a bite to eat. Rebel Bite's menu includes a variety of spicy fusion dishes from gourmet pizza to spare ribs to pasta to "sammiches."

The club will official launch on Tuesday, February 11, at 7pm and will meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from that point on.


Entrepreneurial Authors’ Club
A Toastmasters club specifically for writers and authors who want to build a business around their book

Rebel Bite
649 E Broadway,
Long Beach, CA 90802

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
7pm to 8pm
Please arrive early and grab something to eat from Rebel Bite's "fusion revolution" menu

For more information and to RSVP, visit You can also find the club on Facebook:

Are you an entrepreneurial author? Do you want to be? Are you ready to build your business and platform so that it expresses your creativity, conveys your worth and message authentically and is profitable? Visit to learn more.

NOTE: Are you a writer, author or editor connected to Long Beach in some way? Please contact me ... and you can be a part of my series of profiles of local writers!

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