The Farmington Writers Circle Meet and Greet Has a Venue!

cropped-inside-og2-2-aTonight, Roberta Summers, a founding member of the Farmington Writers Circle, arranged to have our writers networking event (which we currently refer to by the working title of “the Meet and Greet”) at the Artifacts Gallery, 302 East Main, Farmington, during the city’s Art Walk on June 9 between 5pm-9pm.

Details on the event are still being worked out, but we plan on inviting as many authors and novelists from the Four Corners area to be there to meet their readers, participate in readings and book-signings and to network with any local publishers, critics, reviewers, and anyone else involved in the local writing industry.

Anyone who reads anything or is involved in reading, writing, or literature is invited to attend.  If you are a reader or writer of any genre (published or unpublished), an arts or literature critic, a reviewer, a publisher, a literary agent, someone who interviews writers or authors on radio or TV, if you promote reading, writing, or literacy in any way, manner, shape, or form, you do not need an invitation, you are invited to attend.

The names of the authors and novelists expected to attend will be announced as they respond to our invitations, but, if you are an author/novelist, you don’t need an invitation to attend.  Just show up, meet new readers, and pass out your business cards and other contact info.

The entire purpose of this event is for writers of all types to make contacts and to network.

Refreshments will be available along with a salsa-tasting.   At least some of our local members will have books to sell.

Check back for more details as we approach June 9.   Submit any questions you have via this website.  Don’t forget that you can find a link on the right-hand menu to sign up to follow our blog.

#Marketing Myself as a #Character

                    Circa 2005-2007

For the last few weeks I have been contemplating how to market my works.  Of course, I wander through the local bookstore studying how each book markets itself,  Also, I analyze everything else I see on line and in person for patterns.  I think back on the famous authors of the past and wonder how they achieved their renown: how were they marketed and how has their fame spread since.

It occurs to me that readers are as fascinated by the lives of their favorite authors as they are by the characters in their novels.   My favorite author is Hemingway.  Hemingway’s life fascinates me at least as much as that of any of characters.   His life probably fascinates me more than that of any of his characters, because there is more to learn about it.   Frederic Henry (For Whom the Bell Tolls)  is interesting, but his life has none of the detail that his author’s does.  Henry is shallow by comparison.  None of the characters of any of Poe’s works have the same depth and complexity of his own life.  When authors of biographies market their works, they have to show how fascinating their subjects are just as novelists have to convince their readers of how fascinating their characters are.

Therefore, I am beginning to believe that to sell my works, I need to sell myself, my story, just the same as I would that of any of my characters.  If my readers find my characters interesting, they will naturally want to find out more about me.  This is not blatant egotism; it’s simple fact.  Readers are as fascinated by the lives of their favorite authors just the same as they are fascinated by the lives of the characters of those authors.  Instead of writing the same standard bio notes for readers on my website and elsewhere, I will start writing those bio notes the same as I would the bio of a character: bringing out my own flaws, contradictions, ironies of my life, and so on to demonstrate how complex I really and hopefully attract readers who find my life so compelling that they have to investigate the characters I write.   Writing a autobiographical note, then, becomes another chance to show how well I can write and to give potential readers another sample of my work.

Update on My Blog & #Marketing Strategy. 

If you keep up with my website and social media posts, note that I have changed my website on most from this WordPress site to my author’s page at Amazon.  This is simply so that readers have a direct link to where they can purchase my works. I will still blog from here and my posts will show up on the Author’s page.  

Operation #WholePerson Update

My #marketing experiment, Operation Whole Person, is doing quite well and becoming ever more fascinating. I have also learned a couple of tricks to collecting followers on Twitter, which seem to be effective. For example,  I created #JasonBrody yesterday and he already has 270 followers, the vast majority of which probably do not know that he is fictional. Jason is commenting on others’ posts, as are other characters, while another character, yet to be disclosed, was engaged in a Twitter conversation last night with people who believed him to be real. 

Yesterday, I also created #JackThurston (whom I will describe in a separate post).  Jack’s Twitter handle is @jthurston666.  

A few more characters are on their way. 

I encourage you to follow all my characters on Twitter and hold on for what should be an interesting ride. 

#Marketing a book

I have been in deep contemplation today about how a novice like me can best sell my works in this age of social media. I have come up with a rough idea for a complex strategy based upon the theory that you don’t sell the book.  You sell the characters in the book. This is akin to the old salesman’s adage that you don’t sell the steak, you sell the sizzle.  

I have been sitting on my sofa the last few hours trying to develop a plan to market my books. I was contemplating that successful books are character-driven, when I glanced at my nearby DVD collection and realized that most are named for a main character, e.g. Hannibal, King Rat (an old movie), MacBeth, Blade Runner, etc. or they have such (a) powerful main character(s) that people remember the characters first and the movie title is almost an afterthought: V for Vendetta, Breaking Bad, Silence of the Lambs, Angel Heart, and so forth. Therefore, to sell my books I must sell the characters in them.  This may seem patently obvious to the old, successful hands at writing, but to me this basic truth seemed to hit exceptionally hard today. 

So, without going into the details and risking ridicule should my plan fail dismally, I will attempt to simply make my characters as real as possible to my readers in my new PR campaign and make them so vivid as to almost be alive. 

Of course, suspense will hopefully keep bringing readers back, which is another reason for not divulging the plan. 

By the way, I did spend some time reading up on hashtag strategies today, which explains the hashtag in the title. I’m testing out a hashtag tactic.