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Yesterday, I drove down to Manchester, New Jersey, to give my very first solo presentation about writing. I was invited by Walter Giersbach, who runs the
Manchester (NJ) Writers’ Circle at the town library. He asked me to talk about how I’ve gone about marketing my debut novel, Fur-Face, since its infliction on an unsuspecting public last June.
 
I can’t speak for the audience, but I had a great time. Nobody threw anything and the group asked lots of interesting questions. Afterwards, some folks even bought my Fur-Face CD, which was icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned.
 
In the weeks running up to my talk, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I’d done to promote Fur-Face that worked, and what I should (or could) have done but didn’t, as well as what mistakes I’d made. I’ll definitely write a blog post about my thoughts/experiences on marketing an eBook soon.
 
On the drive home, I found myself wondering about some of the other subjects which writing groups might find interesting. I’m always looking for topics we can use for panel/Q&A events organized through
The New Jersey Authors’ Network, and of course, future solo appearances. 
 
So my question for today is: What do you like to hear visiting writers talk about?




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msstacy13
Feb. 16th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Anything but the same old same old everybody already knows.

In college, I'd ask visiting things like,
"Have you ever thought about submitting a poem to Ranger Rick?"

and,

"Do you enjoy teaching at the University of Northern Alabama?"

These are the sorts of things writers aren't often asked.

But I'm weird refreshingly quirky.
jongibbs
Feb. 16th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
It's hard trying to come up with a different slant on well-worn themes.
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jongibbs
Feb. 17th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
I'd love to know how Jonathan Maberry does it. That man's a writing machine :)
karen_w_newton
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
I think in general what I'm looking for from authors is this:

1) how can I, an aspiring author, become rich and famous?

2) what is the secret handshake that will make an editor buy my book?

3) how did you get your agent?

Closely followed by:

4) So, what is your book about? And don't say, "It's about 300 pages!"

But that's just me. -)





tracy_d74
Feb. 16th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
LOL!
jongibbs
Feb. 17th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
Ah, the secret handshake. That's easy to learn, but not so easy to do. Apparently it's all in way you roll up the trouser leg :)
wendigomountain
Feb. 16th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
I got a chance once to ask Harlan Ellison my series of dreaded interview questions (taken from a friend's dad who was our school superintendent and notorious for grilling interviewees. I tweaked them for writerly questions). I don't remember the exact answers HE had, but I now use them as the old standby for just about anybody.

If you could sit down and have dinner with any three people, who would they be and why?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

If you could be doing anything else other than writing, what would it be and why?
jongibbs
Feb. 17th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Good questions all, but I was thinking more about specific topics that could draw people to the event, if that makes sense.
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jongibbs
Feb. 17th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I'll have you know that cap wasn't coonskin, that was real kitten fur :P
karin_gastreich
Feb. 17th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
Anything about their writing, especially their stories, and how their ideas come together in the process of telling a story. I never get tired of hearing about that.

Anything related to publishing and marketing.

What they like to do when they are not writing.
jongibbs
Feb. 17th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the input, Karin :)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 17th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
What do you like to hear visiting writers talk about?
Hi Jon I'm Julia Spencer.You did a good job.In my past life when I did presentation on sales Before i started I would ask "What did you come here for; what do you want do go home with." Something like that. and at the end of the presentation I would go around the room and ask individuals , "what did you get from it." That is how I would know if it was a success.
jongibbs
Feb. 17th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: What do you like to hear visiting writers talk about?
Hi Julia,

Thanks for stopping by :)
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