Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Author Media: Your Local Library

Getting involved with your local library is one of the most rewarding media outlets, but also great marketing. The best way to do this is to offer to teach a teen writing workshop. It can be on anything you feel comfortable with: creative writing, grammar, short stories or worldbuilding.

Not sure how to go about offering your expertise?

Here's what I did.

I took a copy of my book, walked into the library and asked to donate it. This led me to the person who runs the teen department. We chatted about my book and books in general, then I said I'd be available to teach a workshop. Little bit of advice, if they ask you for a fee schedule, have one ready.

I offered to teach the class for free because it's my local library.
If you've never run a workshop before don't be nervous about starting now. These workshops not only help local teens expand their creative thinking, but they give you face to face time with your audience.

The great plus to running a workshop at the library is the free press. The library will send out a flyer to local schools and publicize the class in their newsletter.

After teaching the workshop, not only did I feel pumped about doing another one, but I was INSPIRED. No matter how many books we sell, nothing compares to working with a kid and seeing them get excited about writing.

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