Next Meeting

August 18th, 2018

How and when to start writing

Andy McDermott

One of the biggest blocks many authors face is actually getting started.
In this talk, published author and publisher Andy McDermott be discussing ways and techniques of creating a routine and allowing the creative juices to flow.





60 Seconds of insane courage

Step up and speak – Do you feel vulnerable when speaking? – Trish Springsteen

Do you feel no-one listens to you?
Do you get overwhelmed, tongue-tied, self-conscious, anxious when talking to groups?
Does the prospect of stepping up and speaking make you uneasy?
Are you wondering how to leverage your book?

Join Australia’s Leading Expert in Empowering Introverts, multi-international award-winning speaker mentor, international bestselling author and radio host Trish Springsteen as she shares with you 3 public speaking tips that will kick-start your success in business and life.
Discover and understand fear and how to turn it into positive energy; Understand why public speaking is the secret ingredient to your success; Learn how to add public speaking skills and storytelling to network effectively; Discover how to organise a simple presentation to showcase your book; Learn simple but effective techniques to add passion to your message and connect with your clients.

Guest Presenter

Speaking to the one and the many – Cindy Rochstein

5x published non-fiction best-selling author; Wellness and CSR specialist; Humanitarian Leader; professional copy and ghostwriter and international humanitarian speaker Cindy Rochstein calls in LIVE on video call to discuss the tips involved in speaking to small and large groups, retirees and children, corporate and creative.

Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads – 12.15 – 3.15 pm

12.15 Registration
12.30 Writing Skills
1.00 Workshop/Presentation
2.00 Afternoon Tea
2.15 Guest Presentation
3.00 Wrap Up & Networking
3.15 Close


The meeting room is above the Burleigh Heads Library. Parking is available in the adjoining Council car park.

$5.00 Members $10.00 Visitors

Includes Entry, Light refreshments, and Workshop


September 21st, 2018 – AGM – Free Entry

The first draft

Andy McDermott

The first draft is arguably the most important stage in the creation of your book. Published author and book publisher Andy McDermott will be sharing the system that he used to get the story out of his head and written down.





Book marketing tips – Author platform

Ocean Reeve

Join our president, published author and book publisher Ocean Reeve as he shares the 6 starting points in establishing your online platform.

To build brand, awareness and longevity in your publishing journey, authors need to understand that 70% of all marketing is them – the creative. Join Ocean has he gives you the starting points in building this awareness.

Guest Presenter

Revolutionising print-on-demand with Ingram Spark – Debbie Lee

Our special guest speaker Debbie Lee, Manager and Content Acquisition Leader for Ingram Australia will inform us on the growth and development of the print-on-demand industry.

Debbie joined Ingram Lightning Source in 2014. She began her publishing career as a sales rep in the trade market 30 years ago, before moving to educational publishing where she became a Publisher of academic and professional texts. She has worked with publishers large and small, from multinationals to independents and from scholarly presses to not-for-profit organisations. She is delighted to now provide print-on-demand and global distribution solutions to a diverse range of publishers, directly addressing changing market demands.