Author Launch 2022-23

Author Launch 2023

Sign up to be featured during the annual
Redwood Writers Author Launch event,
held in the Cypress Room at the Finley Center

Hear excerpts from new books published by our members
between January 1, 2022 – February 1, 2023.


If you are a Redwood Writer member who would like to have a book featured during this event, please review the Author Application Guidelines LISTED BELOW to see if your book qualifies.



FREE for the general public
and RW members

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023
1 p.m.
in person at the Finley Center


Authors, don't wait too long to sign up!
Space is limited, and if there is room. Scroll down to apply for your spot.

Does your book qualify?

  • Membership Status: You must be a current Redwood Writers member in good standing by December 1, 2022.
  • Publishing Dates: Your book—in print and/or
    e-book format—must have been published between January 1, 2022 and February 1, 2023.
  • Quality: Your book must be professionally edited.

NOTE: Authors who have never participated in Author Launch before are given priority, followed by authors who have participated in the past. The order of speaking will be determined by order of applications received.

Application Requirements:

Authors who wish to participate MUST UPLOAD their information USING THE ONLINE FORM linked at the bottom of this page.
No later than Feb. 1, 2023, by 9 p.m., please provide the following:

  • Headshot: A 300 dpi (high-resolution JPG format) photograph of yourself.
  • Book Cover Image: An image (JPG format) of your book's front cover only.
  • Author Bio: Limit your author biography to a maximum of 350 characters (approximately 60 WORDS). Prior to submission, please edit bio for errors.
  • Book Blurb: A short, well-edited book blurb limited to a maximum of 350 characters (approximately 60 WORDS).

Before You Apply:

This is an in-person event only, though a recording will be available after the event.

Featured author spaces are limited and there is always a waiting list.
Therefore, participating authors will be ineligible for future book launches if they:

1) do not show up at the Finley Center to their assigned Author Launch event, and/or

2) back out after FEBRUARY 1, 2023.

If you have any questions regarding this policy or other event information, please contact Author Launch Chairwoman Jeane Slone at [email protected]

Event Day Details:

  • AUTHOR ARRIVAL TIME: Arrive Early! All featured authors should be at the Finley Center by 12:15 p.m.
  • GUEST ARRIVAL TIME: Please ask your guests to arrive at the Finley Center by 12:55 p.m. The event begins promptly at 1 p.m. Remember, admission is FREE for everyone on the event day, so invite a lot of friends!
  • Masks are optional

Author Readings:

  • Each author will have a maximum of five minutes to read a selection from their book. Your reading opportunity begins as soon as you are introduced. Prior to the Author Launch, please be sure to practice your selection and time your reading in advance to prevent being cut off by the moderator prior to finishing your selection. We want everyone to have an opportunity to use their time allotment, so please be respectful of the many featured authors and limit your reading to a maximum of five minutes.
  • ONE BOOK: Please only read or talk about one book. Do not talk about previous books. Do not talk about your bio.


Please send questions to Author Launch Chairwoman Jeane Slone by using the form, below, or send an email to [email protected]


Questions? Comments?

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If you didn't find the answer to your questions on this page, please use this form, or send an email to:
[email protected]

(AUTHORS: If you are trying to apply to be a featured author, click here to use the Author Launch application form.)

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Thank you!

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