The March 2014 Tweet Up – Come Meet Wise Ink!

March 8, 2014 we return to Magers and Quinn!   We’ll be there from 10 am to noon.  It’s the perfect opportunity to see your writing and publishing friends, while also stocking up on good books for this never-ending winter.

Additionally, Wise Ink is partnering up for our special meet-up, along with the MN Publishing Round Table.  If you haven’t heard about Wise Ink, it’s time you did.

Wise Ink is a creative publishing agency for writers, authors, business owners, speakers, and publishers. Wise Ink was founded by Dara Beevas and Amy Quale, two publishing professionals who have worked in publishing more than a decade, helping more than three hundred authors publish. As passionate “book people” they’ve learned what it takes to become successful at publishing, book marketing, and becoming what they call “authorpreneurs.”

Dara and Amy also have a leading blog for indie authors and are the authors of Social Media Secrets for Authors: A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and GoodreadsDara is also the author of The Indie Author Revolution: An Insider’s Guide to Self-Publishing.


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A Must-Attend Event: Change Management in the Digital World

MN Publishers RoundtableNow that we’ve had a successful Jan. Tweet Up (thank you to everyone who attended!) – the next thing to do is to come to this month’s Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable Luncheon. There will be a Freelance Fair from 11 am to noon, with the luncheon from noon to 1 pm.

Brett Sandusky, the founder of bdigitl Media Labs, will speak about Change Management in the Digital World.  He brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and we highly recommend you attend!

Location and cost:
Open Book (Target Performance Hall) 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $20
Non-member price: $25

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NaNoWriMo Day #30: Interview with Angela Schwesnedl

Here we are… The last day of NaNo 2013, folks! A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated–what a fun series of profiles!

And last but not least, we introduce Angela Schwesnedl who runs Moon Palace Books with her husband Jamie. Moon Palace is a fabulous bookstore–if you haven’t been, check it out!

moonpalace broadsheetA little about Angela:

Angela and Jamie Schwesnedl run Moon Palace Books, a small independent bookstore that opened in 2012, a twenty minute walk from their house in south Minneapolis. They met in 2007 at a friend’s house over a discussion of books and Jamie’s been building shelves ever since.

1. Why did you choose to start Moon Palace Books? How has the experience been thus far?

I had been wanting to start a bookstore for a while, and a space opened up close to where I live, in the same building as Peace Coffee and Trylon Microcinema, two places I love. Like any new business it’s been a lot of work, and a lot of learning, but it’s been great!  Our customers are great and people in the neighborhood are glad to have a bookstore nearby.

2. What is your favorite local literary/book event?  

I’ve had a good time at the Coffee House/Andy Sturdevant Potluck Supper events I’ve IMAG1169been going to lately. I had a great time at the Rain Taxi Book Festival this year. Our daughter talked about it for weeks afterward, doing her own face paint and pretending to go get books at the festival. 

3. What is your favorite local bookstore?  

Favorite? I like most bookstores, cause I’m nerdy that way. Going to a bookstore is what I like to do on my day off. I’ve heard that another new bookstore might open up in Minneapolis and then we won’t be the newest anymore. I’m pretty excited about that and can’t wait to see it happen. The more bookstores the better and I’ll always have a soft spot for a crazy new project.  

4 . What is your favorite place to read or write?  

I’m not a writer and do what I can to avoid it. As far as reading goes, I don’t get to read half as much as I’d like. On a train? In a tree house?  

5. How has living in MN influenced/affected the success of Moon Palace?

Minnesota and the Twin Cities has such a vibrant community of publishers, writers and readers – it’s so great to be able to stock really good local titles that I am excited about and have so many customers excited about them too.

6. Is there a special project you’re working on? If so, what?

Yes, I’m calling it the ghost bookstore project to myself and it involves old bookstores, maps, memories, and bookmarks. I can’t tell you much more than that cause I’m still trying to figure it out.  

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Thanks so much, Angela!