Session Description

You’ve spent hours writing, critiquing, gathering feedback from beta readers and editing. Now you have a published book to market. What comes next?

As with many things, this journey starts with relationships, from social media and blog followers, print media, book clubs, booksellers, and the bigger writing community. We will offer other ideas for a stress-free book talk, especially for your book launch, like finding a venue with your target readers. Also, we’ll suggest ‘homework’ like attending other book talks, like the ones at A Novel Idea. You’ll want to access what skills you have and bring those to your presentation to make it entertaining for your fans. We will also share our experience of what makes a professional and successful book signing to reach the largest audience to sell your books, which may include a bookseller. And it’s all fun! At this session, we will offer participants:

  • a Novel Idea’s Author Indication of Interest Form, for what we offer as an example of what to expect, along with an invitation to visit or take part in an event, and
  • allow time for lots of questions every step of the way.

A Novel Idea Author Showcase strives to enrich our community by providing opportunities to connect experienced or emerging authors with their readers in a professional event setting, coordinating book sales, and offering authors the option of additional guidance in crafting presentations and planning launches.

About Brenda Sevcik

Brenda Sevcik grew up in Minnesota, received her bachelor’s in accounting, and worked as a CPA for a big four accounting firm. Currently, Brenda is a volunteer and a member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, active in critique groups, and a host and contributor to A NOVEL IDEA – Author Showcase. In 2018, she served on the executive committee of the Milton Literary Festival. Brenda contributed to The Trigger Effect, with Jeremy Logan, a mystery novel published in 2017. Her current works in progress include the faith-based novel: The Insufficiency of Words, a children’s book: Belong to Something Wonderful, a short story: Weighted Blanket, and her new WIP novel, For the Lack of Dreaming. She lives in Milton, Georgia with her husband and laptop, and visits Houston, Texas as much as she can to visit her and two beautiful grandsons, who call her Memaw.

About Jeremy Logan

Jeremy Logan is the pen name for a kid who wanted to be a novelist or Perry Mason. He’s a graduate of the following: Druid Hills H.S. in Atlanta, UGA, and Woodrow Wilson College of Law while he worked full time as an accountant. Employed in the energy industry as legal counsel, executive, and consultant in Disaster Response. Retired in 2010, and became a novelist, publishing six conspiracy-crime novels, one co-authored with today’s presenter, Brenda Sevcik.

Due to friendships made in the literary community, he served on the Dahlonega Literary Festival steering committee, then produced the Milton Literary Festival after serving on its board, and currently, he revived the A Novel Idea Author Showcase, a monthly event in Metro Atlanta. Jeremy resides in East Cobb County with his wife of forty-nine years, Faye. One daughter, Alison, in Atlanta. He’s been a member of the Atlanta Writers Club for eleven years.

Brenda is the person who inspired Jeremy to become an Entertainer Author Presenter. While marketing their novel, The Trigger Effect, they toured Georgia’s literary festivals, book stores, and at several A Novel Idea showcases by acting out scenes from their novel. 

Jeremy still writes while devoting the majority of his time to the ANI team to produce the most professional author showcase imaginable, offering a stage in front of an audience of fans, and advice to debut authors and book launchers. The ANI team consists of the proprietor of Bookmiser, an independent bookstore in Metro Atlanta, two literary festival producers, a journalist-publicity guru, two accountants, six business professional, a videographer, and five authors. 

Kathy Des Jardins

Kathy Des Jardins owns and operates KRC Communications, a full-service publications firm in metro Atlanta. For 17 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, humor columnist and editor in Louisiana, Kentucky, California and Pennsylvania, winning nearly 100 national and state journalism awards. “Mama Tried,” her debut novel, revisits two of her most winning themes: tragicomedy set to classic country music. In addition to appearing in “O, Georgia! A Collection of Georgia’s Newest and Most Promising Writers,” she has written for several national and regional publications, including book features for a metro Atlanta newspaper group and an online news platform. She is a member of Atlanta Writers Club, past chair and current member of Roswell Reads, and volunteers with A Novel Idea Author Showcase. In 2022, she founded Johns Creek’s first book festival, the Arts on the Creek Book Fest, which she is working to expand in 2023. She and her husband live in Johns Creek, have three sons and are happily awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild – a girl! – in August.