As you may be aware, if you follow my blogs, the Literary Lunch is an annual event, hosted by the lovely Sue France, and involves a group of like-minded women (though men are not excluded) coming together to network and listen to keynote speakers, all whilst dining in style in posh frocks!One of the speakers this year was the gorgeous Amanda Prowse, who I first met at the Wrexham Carnival of Words in April. Her speech moved us all to tears, and I can honestly say that every person in that room went away inspired by what she’d said.You may be wondering why I have jewels stuck on my face…? Well, the lovely Fay Evans was writing a poem involving all the children’s book authors from Team Author UK, and I was requested to come as a Vampire Queen.I think I pull it off quite well, don’t you? 😈
Yesterday was my first Indie Litfest, held at the Kala Sangam Centre in a very wet Bradford. I had a fantastic day, meeting fans and new readers, and catching up with other indie authors.
These kinds of events are perfect for authors, whether you have an established fan base or not, as it enables you to market your books to new readers.
These readers will one day, hopefully, become fans, and your fans are your greatest weapon in spreading the work about your writing.
The hardest thing about being an indie author is marketing myself. Unless I am constantly promoting, the sales merely trickle in. By attending events like Indie Litfest, I am able to increase my visibility, interact with people – some of whom buy a book – and pick up tips and advice from other authors. Sharing what works and what doesn’t is invaluable to us indies.
Props and an attractive table are vital tools in helping attract customers to come and take a look at my books. It is up to the covers to entice a potential reader to pick up the book for a closer look. I then talk to them about the book, answer their questions and hopefully close a sale.
As you can see from the photos, I have an array of marketing materials. For the Bonds series, I have the wooden box in which Becca finds the spells she needs to stop Antony, bookmarks and themed pencils. For The Misfits, I have the physical mascots of the characters, which I didn’t make myself, plus bookmarks and themed pencils. For Tales From a Scarygirl, I also have themed pencils made.
My biggest change in my marketing has been to market me as a brand. As such, I’ve had a T-shirt, hoodie, mugs and bags made up, with my logo on one side and my Photologo signature on the other. If you zoom in on the mugs you will see, but I’ll post some photos of my new branding soon!
Come and join me for a night of scares as Hallowe’en approaches.
I’ll be introducing you to my BONDS Series of novels and doing a reading from my new release, BONDS RE-BOUND (Volume 3 in Series).
I will then be exploring what it is that draws us to horror and why we like to be scared, before reading to you a rather dark short story!
There will be opportunities for questions, chats and, of course, to purchase my books.
Refreshments and nibbles will be provided and FANCY DRESS is optional. I do hope you partake ?
I can’t wait to see you all!!
Tickets are £5 and can be bought from the library or bought in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The link to the event in Facebook is HERE
BONDS RE-BOUND will officially launch on this auspicious day and I hope you will help to give BONDS RE-BOUND a great start.
Please join me, and invite your friends, to re-enter the world of Antony and Becca. After all, your presence is required…
The Amazon link will be posted on launch day.
The link to the event in Facebook is HERE
Here the children get the chance to write their own stories, which are included in quarterly publications.
As well as introducing more young people to Mina, Achoo, Zoe and Boo – The Misfits – I also talked to them about how I go about writing my books and how a book goes from being written to being published.
It’s safe to say that a good time was had by all ?
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Oswestry Library, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN
PLANNING YOUR STORY – CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
with acclaimed author Marie Anne Cope
Hit a block in your writing and struggling to know where to start? Are your characters’ names and personalities eluding you?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then this Learning at Lunchtime event is just for you!
Come along and let horror writer Marie Anne Cope guide you along the journey to planning your novel. Marie will share with you her self-developed formula which also helps her avoid the dreaded writer’s block. This talk will give you the tools and inspiration to get to Chapter 1. After that, it’s over to you!
£3 Please book your place with library staff (01743 250351)