IMG_5958 - Version 2Writers 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?

KXCI- Broad Perspectives

Antigone schedules local writers reading from their work- Debby Cross

Sandra Farris- has info on Mosaic ( marketing printing) and her book trailer contest winner

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)

Cathy Stucker – blog and marketing ideas

Odyssey Storytelling (Penelope Starr) offers good opps for presenting in front of a live audience

Roadrunners Toastmasters  (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)

Penelope Starr will be reading at Antigone’s Give and Take event April 24.

Jess Kapp will be presenting at Tucson Festival of Books

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 

Writers Websites to check out: (along with our writers)

Deborah Knox continues her “Crafting Your Spiritual Storyline” workshops.

Frank Babb continues his regular blogs and writing activities

Connie Brannock joined us to share her new children’s book idea along with musical updates.

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.