Writers Lunch enjoyed 90 minutes of each other’s company, good food at Fronimo’s, and an rich exchange of marketing ideas, materials and resources starting off with a presentation by Robin Peel of Robin Peel Marketing and Public Relations.
Writers Lunch is an occasional gathering of writers open to all adult writers, published or not, any genre. We share ideas, successes, and blocked attempts, and support the development of our writing craft.
This list went on and on. I couldn’t cut anything. Feel free to forward this to other local writers.
Photo: Seated L to R: Penelope Star, Deborah Knox, Connie Brannock, Cynthia Lang. Standing: Frank Babb, Robin Peel, Sandra Farris, Ethel Lee-Miller, Jess Kapp, Brenda Marjaniemi, Chi Newman. iPhone photographer: Miriam Ruth Black.
Snippets of marketing ideas that may help your writing (culled from the scrawled notes that alas, took third place to listening to my colleagues and eating):
Start now even if your book is not yet published. 6 months -1 year can build a good buzz and following
Robin Peel: Do you have an undated, linked, engaging website, social media presence- Facebook, Twitter; links, newsroom and contact ease from your website; Local press awareness; Is your book on Amazon and Goodreads?; Are you utilizing your email signature? https://www.robinpeel.com
KXCI- Broad Perspectives https://kxci.org/programs/broad-perspectives/
Antigone schedules local writers reading from their work- Debby Cross https://www.antigonebooks.com
Sandra Farris- has info on Mosaic ( marketing printing) and her book trailer contest winner https://www.sandrafarris.com/sandrafarris.com/Welcome.html
91.3 KVOH TV source for writer show- possible interviews
Bookman’s on Campbell and Grant has local author events
Barnes and Noble also has a local authors events- ( Chi Newman) https://chi-newman.com
Cathy Stucker – blog and marketing ideas https://www.idealady.com
Odyssey Storytelling (Penelope Starr) offers good opps for presenting in front of a live audience https://www.storyartsgroup.org/odyssey/Odyssey/Welcome.html
Roadrunners Toastmasters https://roadrunnerstoastmasters.com (Ethel Lee-Miller) and other clubs in Tucson offer a very supportive venue for building public speaking confidence.
And of course, Writers Read offer opps to share your writing with the public. Our next Writers Read will be June 2 6:30-8:00 at 5 Points Market & Restaurant. The theme is “Uptown/Downtown” If you are interested in reading a piece, contact me. (Ethel)https://etheleemiller.com
Penelope Starr will be reading at Antigone’s Give and Take event April 24. https://www.antigonebooks.com
Jess Kapp will be presenting at Tucson Festival of Books https://jesskapp.com
Jess Kapp, Frank Babb, Deborah Knox, Sandra Farris, and Ethel Lee-Miller are regular bloggers. Google ’em and follow.
Brenda Marjaniemi has a charming new pre-school children’s book, Night Time BLM8765@aol.com
Writers Websites to check out: (along with our writers) https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-for-writers-2015/
Deborah Knox continues her “Crafting Your Spiritual Storyline” workshops. https://www.lifeworktransitions.com
Frank Babb continues his regular blogs and writing activities https://www.frankbabb.com/about/#.VP5W20KaEUU
Connie Brannock joined us to share her new children’s book idea along with musical updates. https://kxci.org/event/swingset-w-connie-brannock/
Most of the writers at today’s lunch are active writers, bloggers, and involved in social media. Check them out.
I’m always doing something ‘out there’ with writing, presenting, sharing with all my writing companions. Check my events.
I love gathering writers together. Contact me if you are interested in future events.
Gosh, this sounds like a great group — sure wish I could attend a gathering. Coming from Oklahoma would be a bit of a strategic nightmare though!! Thank you for sharing your notes. I have to admit tears came to my eyes when you mentioned Antigone Books and Bookman’s — used to go to both places when I lived in Tucson many years ago.
Lynn, I’m sure you and I would make a great team. We’ll have to hatch an Oklahoma/AZ connection.
Great idea!! Sounds like a plan to me. From reading your work and posts online, I feel as though I do indeed know you. The next time I am in Tucson, I will try my best to meet you for lunch or dinner.
Well I need to check comments more frequently. I’m sure we will meet up in person someday soon.