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Mar 28, 2024 | 0 comments

Host & Guest


Gary Young

Steven Sanchez


Kathleen Kaiser &

Adanna Moriarty

About This Episode

On The Power of Unity: Navigating the Future of Writing and Publishing

Welcome to a pivotal episode of “Talking Book Publishing,” where your hosts Kathleen and Adanna discuss the transformative merger reshaping the landscape for writers and publishers alike. Join us as we delve into an enlightening conversation with Gary Young, the president of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), and Stephen Sanchez, the visionary vice president. This episode marks a momentous occasion, celebrating the union of IWOSC with the Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA) and the Writers and Publishers Network (WPN), a collaboration set to redefine the support system for the creative community.

For over four decades, IWOSC has evolved from its journalistic roots to a beacon of guidance in the ever-evolving world of book publishing. Today, we explore how this rich history of adaptation and growth has positioned IWOSC, PALA, and WPN as pillars of strength for independent writers and publishers. Our guests share personal journeys and insights, highlighting the invaluable resources, networking opportunities, and communal support that have empowered their members to thrive amidst the industry’s challenges.

As we navigate the details of this strategic merger, we uncover the enhanced benefits for members—ranging from expanded international reach to increased access to expert advice on marketing, editing, and design. This episode is a testament to the resilience and innovation of the indie author community, showcasing the enhanced potential for growth, learning, and success through the unity of IWOSC, PALA, and WPN.
In a landscape where collaboration and adaptability are essential, “Talking Book Publishing” invites you to discover how this unified network stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity for writers and publishers. Whether navigating the challenges of self-publishing, seeking to expand your digital marketing skills, or simply looking for a supportive community to call home, this episode is a must-listen.

Join us as we celebrate the new horizons opened by this merger, promising a brighter, more connected future for all involved. Whether you’re an aspiring author, a seasoned publisher, or anywhere in between, let’s explore how joining forces can amplify our voices and elevate our stories in the ever-changing publishing ecosystem.

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Key Takeaways:

1. Strategic Merger: The Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), the Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA), and the Writers and Publishers Network (WPN) have merged, effectively doubling their reach and enhancing their capacity to support writers and publishers.

2. Evolution of IWOSC: Initially focused on journalism, IWOSC has evolved over 42 years to address the changing needs of the book publishing industry, emphasizing the importance of staying current and relevant.

3. Community and Support: Finding a supportive community for independent authors is a key theme. The merger offers a broader network, providing valuable resources, networking opportunities, and advice on marketing, editing, and book cover design.

4. Digital Transition: The conversation highlights how IWOSC and its partners have adapted to digital trends, including expanding their reach online and integrating digital marketing and online distribution insights beneficial to writers navigating the digital publishing landscape.

5. Resilience During COVID-19: The organizations adapted and grew during the pandemic, moving events and resources online, which allowed for international expansion and a deeper connection with members. 

6. Value of Collaboration: The speakers underline the collaborative nature of the indie author community, where members share knowledge and resources, including scam alerts and mastermind groups, to help each other succeed. 

7. Expanded Resources and Opportunities: The merger is a win-win-win for all involved, offering members access to a wealth of resources, expertise, and support, enhancing the overall strength of the writers and publishers network.

8. Future-Oriented: The discussion emphasizes looking forward, with the merged organization poised to address future challenges and opportunities in the publishing industry, including the rise of AI and navigating legal risks.

9. Invitation to Join: Listeners are encouraged to join the unified organization to benefit from its offerings, including education, community support, and a wealth of resources for a nominal annual membership fee. 

10. Commitment to Success: The overarching message is a commitment to helping writers and publishers succeed, offering a supportive network that champions growth, learning, and collaboration in the writing and publishing journey.

About our guests

Gary Young

As Director of Professional Development for many years, Gary’s hard work and energy have brought you nearly every seminar and panel for all these years. He did much more as well.

Gary is an author/actor/playwright. He is co-author of the book, Loss and Found, and the soon to be released ghost story, Glimmer the Bright Moonlight.

Gary’s been a member of IWOSC since 1999. He was the president of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles (now a Special Interest Group of IWOSC), a former coordinator for the National Very Special Arts Festival at the Kennedy Center in DC, Executive Director of the Lifetime Achievement Foundation, and former board member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Steven Sanchez

You may recognize Steven as one of our popular Seminar instructors.  In 2016 he collaborated with Gary Young to create our first full-day Marketing Intensive. Today he orchestrates most of our Zoom meetings and co-leads our Green Room events with President Gary Young, which they started together to keep our writing community connected.

For over 20 years Steven’s Los Angeles-based Internet Agency worked with leading companies in primarily the travel, health, and racing industries to build their online platforms. Steven has helped companies large and small strategize and start their web businesses, publish and promote online, and create solutions to serve the needs of both those companies and their customers.

He has also served as technical editor on bestsellers such as Homepage Usability, Web Design on a Shoestring, and The Unusually Useful Web Book. He enjoys the cutting edge of technology, from publishing to social media, and has several publishing projects in development.

Steven is a frequent IWOSC workshop leader and panelist on marketing, social media, and website development, and behind the scenes with most of IWOSC’s Zoom events. A father of four, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 30+ years.

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