This week I will be attending my writing group’s Xmas Party. This event is always fun with members relaying new stories or poems and a Secret Santa. Each year we marvel at the diversity of the potluck items. There never seems to be duplicates. I began my Xmas themed story but alas have not quite finished it…will have to hurry!
This year’s WFSC Christmas Party will be held at Social Grounds Coffeehouse, where the proprietors are committed to supporting local non-profits and local artisans. Coffee and snacks will be available for purchase at the coffeehouse but everyone will b ing a potluck item, a gift worth $10 suitable for a writer, and a Christmas themed story or poem to share.
Does your local writing group hold a Xmas party too?
Then on Saturday another all day event with my publisher, Dream Write Publishing. Unlike last Saturday’s event it is in a venue we know well. Looking forward to the crowds and Christmas cheer.
December 16, 2017 Christmas Craft/vendor Show Time: 9:00–17:00 Agora, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta
What Christmas themed events are you attending in your area?
What’s your procrastination?
Although this week is usually my writing group’s sharing meeting, I will be attending another event, namely Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge. This event is a special celebration of volunteers in this 150th year of Canada. Each volunteer had to enter at least 150 hours in the year (easy for some – I have all my hours through the Writers Foundation and the Arts & Culture Council!) We will be presented with a special pin at Gallery 501, 120, 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4X3 on Tuesday 5th December at 7 pm.
My next event will be – DEC 9 10:00 – 4:00 pm Artists 4 Altruism Market and Fundraiser Four Points By Sheraton Edmonton South, 7230 Argyll Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 4A6. I will be attending with my publisher, Dream Write Publishing. This will be the second (or third) time we have participated in this event.
DEC 5 FINAL 3-2-1 Indie Slam Qualifier and Open Mic 19:00 – 21:00 pm The Nook Cafe 10153 97 street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0L4
DEC 7 Writers’ Guild of Alberta Holiday Party (YEG) The Almanac 10351-82 ave, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 1Z9 – I am hoping to attend this one.
Why not add your local event in the comments? Share the promotion.
I am moving home this week so will not be partaking in events for obvious reasons. Although, I am sad not to join in the Christmas story reading at Christmas in the Heartland this year, it has been wonderful the last several years I have attended. My writing group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County resides at a historical house, Bremner House for the day. A day of arts and heritage activities, vintage tractors, aboriginal and Métis traditions, music and more. 1-4 pm 53452, Range Road 225 Sherwood Park.
Freehand Double Book Launch with Alison Watt and Daniel Griffin
27 November 19:00 – 21:00 Audreys Books Ltd.
10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5
3-2-1 Indie Slam Qualifier and Open Mic
28 November at 19:00–21:00
The Power of Social Media
Join Kathleen Smith, Paula Simons and Marty Chan on Saturday, Dec. 2 for a discussion around the Power of Social Media. The trio will discuss how they’ve managed tough situations and issues using social media, and if the social sphere helps or hurts in these situations.
What events do you have on your calendar?
I have to admit I have been rather distracted from my own writing recently (the freelance project is going well however). My distraction came in the form of a Netflix series called Peaky Blinders. Set in 1920’s Birmingham, UK the characters, especially Tommy Shelby, are captivating, raw, beautifully portrayed and ‘binge’ worthy. The story lines are inspired and as a writer this is ‘research’ at its best. The costumes, accents, locations and plot twists make this series one that will be remembered and referred to again and again.
Attention to detail makes the series really great and that is what all writers want to accomplish in their work too. We want our readers to envisaged our characters and their setting in vivid imagery. This is accomplished with speech patterns, descriptions, mannerisms and reactions to certain situations.
What methods do you use to bring your characters to life?
The second novel in this trilogy certainly does not disappoint.
Writing Tips: Marketing Your Book
- Market and promote your book locally, then gradually expand your efforts. Create advertisements, such as business cards, posters and fliers, that will catch your target audiences’ eye. As a general rule, promoting your book locally is your best bet – use local newspapers, libraries, open mic nights, local writing groups and book clubs, etc.
- Create an “elevator pitch”. With this focused message, aimed at a particular person or group you summarize why they should be interested in your book. Your elevator pitch should be no longer than two or three sentences focusing on your book’s selling points—the ones that make it unique and special.
Do you have any marketing tips to share?