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Monday, December 07, 2009

Nice time

Saturday was very fruitful. I'm taking over a writer's group here on the west side of town starting in Jan. I planned the first meeting with the two who had run the group before taking over all the equipment, but I needed speakers to fill out the rest of the year. For the past three months I've made announcements at SWW meetings that if anyone was interested they could contact me and I'd had no response. After Saturday's meeting I have every month execpt April (poetry month and I still a poet for that meeting) filled up through August.
Whew, I was worried there that I'd take over the writing group and it would fold right off the bat. It's been going for ten years and I'd hate to see it fail, especially since SWW does everything in the NE heights. Looks like it's going to be a good year.

I also sold one copy of Optimus at the book signing, have an order for Anne's book whenever we get it together, and traded my book for another writer's book. I also had a really nice chat with the other writers there and have loads of ideas for better marketing.
Page One does this every first Saturday of the month so I'll be there from time to time and hopefully can get my inventory down some.

Anne's (the heading painting is one of hers) working on a cover for her book, tentatively titled Friends Forever, and when she gets that, back cover and the other pages color copied to me I'll find a color copier that doesn't charge an arm and a leg and we'll start producing them for sale. It's a wonderful children's book and we're hoping by self publishing will be better than using print on demand or a regular publisher because we can set our own price. Publish America is killing my sales by having such a huge price on it. It should be selling for what I have to pay for it.

4 comments:

Michael Manning said...

PM: I relate. What you are reporting, my friend, is what each one of us is facing in the publishing world. The price for publishing is an outrage. Then there is the issue of instant news available on the Internet which is good in some ways, not so good in others. Overall, I admire your tenaciousness. I am quite behind on my book. Life sometimes gets in the way. This too is human. Have a good day!

P M Prescott said...

I've had a book that just needed a little editing before I sent it off to a publisher for over three years. Life has been a major road block on this one, but I'll eventually get it done and will be on to the next. Good luck with yours, Michael, I'll look forward to reading it.

BookWhirl.com said...

It's always helpful to chat with fellow writers about new book marketing ideas. I'm sure their contributions made significance on your book marketing plan. Have a good day and press on!

P M Prescott said...

Yes they did. For one I'll be using another publisher for the next book.