Today I drove to Plesanton, about 40 minutes, to speak to the Tri-Valley branch of California Writers Club. Giving a speech is always sure to bring a few surprises but the big surprise for me had nothing to do with my speech.
I got out of my car, turned around in the parking lot and meet non-other than my online friend
I have been hoping to connect with Becky for months and figured it would happen eventually at one of our own local branch meetings. I was so happy to see her there and look forward to many more connections in the future.
you were missed!
It was such a fun day. The energy in the room was all positive and the club is very encouraging to one another. There were a few glitches on my part as there was no podium for my notes so I left out some things I wanted to share but added some other things that I hadn’t written down. People laughed when I wanted them to laugh (always a good sign) and think it was a good event overall. I came home with some notes to myself about things to work on with my speaking. I really enjoyed myself and hope everyone else did too!
If you’re anywhere around Pleasanton in Northern CA I will be speaking to the Tri-Valley branch of California Writer’s Club this coming Saturday.
The title of the talk is:
Writing at Red Lights: How to Keep Going When the World Tells You to Stop.
When: Saturday, December 15, 2007, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Oasis Grille, 780 Main Street, Pleasanton (925) 417-8438. Across from The Rose Hotel.
Cost: $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
For more information about the event of about the California Writers Club, visit their website: www.trivalleywriters.com/
Our local children’s bookseller’s association, NCCBA, puts out a yearly guide that is marketed to teachers and librarians. Local authors and illustrators pay a fee and we get one page in the book. Twice a year the NCCBA hosts a reception and sends invites to librarians, teachers, media specialists, etc. A small number of authors/illustrators do a short 5 minute presentation and show off their skills. I think the WIN guide (Writers and Illustrators Network) is a good thing and I always get a few gigs out of it. I love that it is the bookstores bringing the writers and illustrators to the people who will book us.
1. What do other SCBWI regions do that may be similar (better???) to this to help link writers and illustrators with the literary community?
2. What does it cost you in $$$ ?
3. Do you belong to any other groups/places/services that list your areas of expertise/help you get gigs? If so, please list them and tell how much
(if anything) they charge.
4. Additional comments?
Edited to add another question:
What about bookstores? Do any of your local bookstores have events/opportunities for you to share your new releases? Bump elbows with the local librarians and such?