Selling books at the local grocery store

Poster for author appearance
Poster for author appearance, courtesy of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.

Selling books — or trying to — can be both fun and frustrating, as recently came home to me (again) when I joined a pilot book table project at a Regina grocery store.

On the positive side, it was mildly entertaining watching the shoppers pass by, and counting the ways they tried to avoid eye contact with this unexpected specimen between the nuts and flowers, a local poet.

(Simple aversion of glance; sudden rapid movement towards sale items; furtive checking of shopping lists; intense conversations with partners, staff or random shoppers…)

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Marketing for Writers

The Launch banner for Exile on a Grid Road, and Thistledown Press's other New Leaf books.
The Launch banner we designed and made for Exile on a Grid Road, and Thistledown Press’s other New Leaf books.

Regina, SK, writers — there are still a few spots left in the Marketing for Writers Workshop I’m leading this week.

It’s hosted by the Regina Public Library as part of the RPL’s Writes of Spring!

That’s this Wednesday — April 6, 2016 — from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Regent Place branch on north Albert Street.

I’ve talked to more than a dozen writers from emerging to established (and several publishers, too) to gather tips on marketing — and those will all be shared.

Here’s what the blurb in the Library events guide says:

“Get started promoting your writing — and yourself as a writer. This two-hour workshop, led by a writer with an MFA in Creative Writing and a background in communications, marketing and freelance writing, will help you to identify your strengths, create strong pitches for your work, and write your own personal marketing plan. We’ll also discuss tips and tools for effective promotion. Registration required. Teens welcome.”

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