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22 February 2016

Get it Written Get it Published SEMINAR

Get it Written

Get it Published

A Gecko Gals Ink seminar

                   Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:30AM – 3:00PM
Viscount Suite Hotel
4855 East Broadway
Tucson, AZ

$30 includes lunch

Learn from experts how to finish your draft, polish it, and get it published.

Some people find the prospect of writing and getting published intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. Maybe you’ve always wanted to write something – a book, a story, articles, memoirs – but you’re not sure you can. Let us help! All you need is a little encouragement to get started – and that’s what you’ll find at this Gecko Gals Ink seminar.

For just $30.00, join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk about some of the basics – and enjoy a chance to chat with fellow authors over the included lunch.


  9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.           Registration and Welcome
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Finish That First Draft
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          The Right Format
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Lunch (included)
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Passive Voice vs. Active Voice
  1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.            Publishing: Traditional, Self, and e-Book
  1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Popular Genres: How do you know where your story fits?
  2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.            Special Guest Presentation:
  Ms. Robin Peel, Marketing and Public Relations

Registration forms: download HERE or email

*Discounts available for EARLY BIRDS (before March 15) and previous Gecko seminar attendees.


04 August 2015

2015 All-Zona BookFest

The All-Zona Book Fest 2015!
9:00AM till 3:00PM
St. Francis Cabrini Parish Hall
3201 East Presidio Road, Tucson
Same location as last year with plenty of parking and room to maneuver. St. Vincent DePaul will hold a Silent Auction PLUS participate in The Ford Mustang Raffle, donated by Jim Click. All ticket proceeds for the raffle go directly to the Tucson charities taking part. This is a brand-new 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition, valued at $48,190 with the drawing to be held on November 13. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100.

The All-Zona Book Fest will collect gently used and new children's books for Make Way for Books, a nonprofit literacy progam here in Tucson. While they primarily concentrate on early learning (birth to age 5) they also distribute books for elementary and older children to keep through their Blue Book Houses.  Again, we will offer a discount coupon to folks who donate two or more books to use at participating authors' tables.

Registration is the same as last year: $40 for a full table, $20 for a half. Groups such as Arizona Mystery Writers, Sisters in Crime, RWA, etc. are welcome to purchase tables to promote memberships.

                      Author registration forms are available now:
               Click here to download in  WORD DOC
               Click here to download a  PDF file

Authors when you register, please email an Author photo in jpeg format for use in our Gallery on the BookFest's webpage plus the link to your website or social media page on Facebook or Twitter.

Something new this year: We will have the public vote on Best Table Display, and we'll draw for random Door Prizes throughout the Book Fest. If you'd like to donate a gift card (Starbucks, Eegees, etc) or gift items for a door prize, please email Jude via

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26 June 2015

Stand Out in a Crowd!

Get Noticed in a Crowd of Authors

Gecko Gals Ink presents "STAND OUT: Get Noticed in a Crowd of Authors" -- a seminar on how to draw readers/buyers to your table at conferences, book festivals, and conventions. Have you wondered what you can do to get more people to visit, chat, and purchase your work when you're one among many? What draws the eye to a booth at say, the Tucson Festival of Books or Dragon Con? We will cover how to evaluate and improve the visual impact of your book display, promotional items/marketing, professionalism, engaging potential buyers, and using The Square effectively to process credit cards.

When:   Saturday August 15, 2015
               10 AM till 1PM (Check-in at 9:30)

WhereViscount Suite Hotel
               4855 East Broadway (Between Sawn and Rosemont)
               Tucson, AZ

Cost:      $25-- includes lunch buffet

Registration:  Download a form in Word here   For a PDF version click here

*Authors who sign up at this seminar for the 2015 All-Zona Book Fest will receive a 10% discount on registration fee for a full table.                                              

Deadline to register for STAND OUT is Saturday, August 8, 2015

22 May 2015

we have a winner!

It's not over yet, so there might be more (or not),  but ... Wee Dram won ribbons in his first show! Best in his class, Winner's Dog, and Best of Winners. I don't really understand what all that means, but it's three ribbons and one point, and we're all happy for him. Two pix: one getting ready, one with the ribbons. (I understand there will be a more formal pic later.)

!!! :-)

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13 November 2014

The All-Zona Book Fest is ALMOST HERE!

  The All-Zona Book Fest is set for Sunday, November 23. The venue is St. Francis Cabrini Parish Hall, 3201 East Presidio Road in Tucson, and it will run from 9:00AM till 3:00PM. My fellow Gecko Gals Ink members and I have been working on this event since July. This year we have a great mix of forty-five authors who write in all sorts of genres plus a couple of community service partners.

First, St. Vincent DePaul will hold a Silent Auction and White Elephant sale to benefit those in need in the Tucson community. All sorts of nifty collectibles and Useful Things will be available. SVDP will also provide purchase options for food and drink.

KVOA Channel Four's Kristi's Kids will collect book donations appropriate for grade levels K-12 to be distributed through Literacy Connects/Reading Seed. Those who donate two or more books will receive a special token worth $5 credit at any of our Copper Star participating booths. Look for the tables with --yep, real copper stars.


Conrad Storad
We are excited to have Conrad Storad give presentations for children and families about the creatures he features in his books on the Main Stage at 10 AM and again at 2PM.

H. Alan Day and co-author Lynn Wiese Sneyd

Arizona ranching memoir author H. Alan Day and co-author Lynn Wiese Sneyd will sign copies of The Horse Lover at Mostly Books's table from 10:00AM till noon.

 University of Arizona Medical Center Chief trauma surgeon Peter Rhee, M.D will sign copies of his memoir at Mostly Books' table from 12:30PM till 1:30 PM.

Tucson Favorite Artist Diana Madaras will have a table with a lovely selection of greeting cards and calendars as well as her coffee table book, Private Spaces.

Editorial cartoonist and Tucson humorist David Fitzsimmons will be on hand from 1:00PM till 2:00PM on the main stage.

David Fitzsimmons

Watch for money-saving coupons in The Arizona Daily Star's Caliente section AND the Tucson Weekly on Thursday, November 20! And check our website for A Special Offer as well: