Since moving to Mallorca I've been a bit in the shadows. Not literally but literary-ly.
In London, I attended literary festivals and writing events. I was a regular speaker and ran my own blogging and social media workshops for writers and other creatives.
I gave it all up when I moved, choosing to dedicate my time to fiction and journalism. But recently I've started to wonder about doing workshops again, here.
On Tuesday I went to the 5th anniversary of a local book shop, Universal Bookshop. I was invited by the very welcoming and enthusiastic owner, Kay Halley, who called the event An Audience with Authors.
|Anna Nicholas launching A Chorus of Cockerels |
last year at Universal Bookshop
The idea of running social media workshops reared its head again, as I talked to other writers. One author was impressed that I had a traditional publisher.
"Ah, you're lucky," she said. "They do all the marketing for you."
This is definitely a common misconception. Perhaps once upon a time, authors were expected to just write the books and leave the marketing to the publishers. But gone is that time, if it did really exist.
Whether traditionally published or self-published, writers must promote their books if they want to sell more than a couple of copies to family members.
"Tell me about blogging," she said, when I told her that in fact, that wasn't the case.
Where to start? If only I had a couple of hours and my slides with me. I really should do a workshop, I thought.
"Do a workshop!" another writer urged, as I tried to impart everything I'd ever learned and she scribbled furiously into her notebok.
|Giving advice to lovely Laura Provost, |
who has written a children's book!
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