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March 15, 2018


8 Topics and 10 Tips on Presenting  a Workshop 

If you are a published writer or an aspiring writer, you should think about presenting a workshop.  Giving a workshop benefits other writers and helps to introduce yourself to the public.  Workshops can be held at a local library, a literacy center, bookstores and even gifts shops and local restaurants.

So...you have some excuses.  You say you're too shy and you have nothing to talk about.  If you talk about a topic you feel passionate about, you will feel comfortable giving a workshop.  And it you're stuck for ideas, then here are a few topics worth presenting:

  • How to get published: traditional presses versus small presses
  • How to write a picture book
  • How to build an author platform 
  • How to give a school presentation
  • How to get published in children's magazines
  • How to develop a website or a blog
  • How to query agents
  • How to edit and proofread your work

Tips on presenting a workshop:
  • Practice beforehand and time yourself
  • Practice using inflections as you speak (avoid flat monotone speaking)
  • Look in a mirror as your practice
  • Start the workshop with a brief intro which includes your credentials
  • Start the workshop by asking participant's experiences and goals
  • Begin with a personal anecdote
  • Have visuals
  • Bring water 
  • Get the participants involved by asking them questions or their opinions
  • Handout a list of resources the participants can use at home
Presenting a lecture builds your platform. And building a platform should ideally begin before your book is published.  Believe me, you will be plenty busy trying to market you book when it is released, so if you can present workshops as well as get on social media, create a blog and develop website beforehand, you won't be as frantic.  Presenting a workshop is a smart and easy way to begin to develop your platform.  It is a perfect stepping stone for people to get to know you. 










March 1, 2018


How to Use Pinterest to Market a Book

I never realized how difficult it would be to market my book Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell.  It's been promoted in bookstores and on Facebook and Twitter. Sales at bookstores were reasonable, but the online strategy wasn't working. 

A writer friend suggested that I look into Pinterest.  I couldn't understand how this platform could be beneficial. Reluctantly, I opened an account and found that in just a few months, Pinterest worked very well in promoting a book. 

Why?  With Pinterest, you have the opportunity to create marketing pins that will attract people who will repin your pins to their boards. This process keeps multiplying and results in having your pins seen by thousands of people.  

I spent hours and hours researching how to use Pinterest.  That does not make me an expert, but I have learned a thing or two.  The following tips may help you promote your book.
  • Follow at least 5 people a day and pin at least 5 pins a day
  • Sign up for Pinpinterest for a trial period and get more followers
  • Sign up for Tailwind for a trial period and let it help schedule your pins at peak times
  • Pin with take away value in mind
  • Create a Pinterest board with tips from your blog  
  • Link your pins to your blog and website
  • Study other pinner's boards to get ideas on the use of color and graphics  
  • Use key words in board descriptions
  • Join group boards (this requires you to send an email request)
  • Create a pin of an illustration from your book that evokes emotion 
  • Make sure your graphics have a font size of least 20 
  • Use an attractive cover for your Pinterest boards
  • Pin pages from your book with a link to Amazon
  • Upload photos from your book signing
  • Upload photos of people reading your book
  • Create an inspirational quote with an image of your main character 
  • Create a board that ties into the theme of your book
  • Take a picture of your book with a cute pet, upload it and pin to a board
  • See which of your pins get the most impressions, clicks and saves and develop similar pins  
  • Use the analytics page to find out about your followers interests and create pins that address those interests 
After joining Pinterest and Pinpinterest, I have lots more pageviews and visitors to my website www.randilynnmrvos.com and blogs 
The Maggie Project www.themaggieproject.blogspot.com and 
Children's Writer's World www.childrenswritersworld.blogspot.com 

One of the drawbacks to Pinterest is it requires time to figure out and develop pins which will inspire people to repin them.  But when you get the hang of it, pinning will get easier and faster.  So, what are you waiting for?  Give Pinterest a try.  See how well it will help you spread the word about your blog, your website, and your book. 



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