The Sea Scribes attended a Christmas fayre at Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing on December 2nd with plenty of different books for sale, some of which were Christmas themed and would make excellent presents. Our festive stall was well attended but there was so much entertainment going on and such wonderful cakes for sale that many people just smiled and passed by. Friends who already had some of our books came to say hello and say how much they enjoyed our work but how could we compete with donkey rides and a £300 bottle of champagne (in the raffle) ? It was very festive and a credit to the organisers.
Last night I gave my new talk, “From Manuscript to Microphone” to Worthing Friendship Centre.
This is the first time I have incorporated recordings into my speech and it felt quite odd listening instead of talking. It needed to be much longer. I had it written out but didn’t stick to the script, thinking I could add bits as I went along. It turned out I missed as many parts as I added so it was still only half an hour.
Still, I did get a booking for another talk and I sold a lot of copies of the poetry anthology and a copy of the “Lane” trilogy.
It takes about five talks for me to get so familiar with the content that I can speak without notes but I may combine the two for the next session. I took a camera and forgot to ask anyone to take a photo. Pity, because I have a new stand for the books and the table looked good. I’ll have to use the old picture.
I find I’m getting bogged down in my blog here on wordpress and twitter. I tried sharing my news but it doesn’t work. The two systems are so different.
Although I feel I would get more people looking at this blog if I advertised it on twitter it limits what I want to write about. Thankfully, folk reading this blog put up with the mix of musings, news and poems with the odd photo but twitter has to be so sharp and immediate that if someone doesn’t catch it while it is up it just gets lost in the general babble. I’ve tried retweeting posts I like and sending messages to people who have liked one of my posts but I’m beginning to think my time could be better spent.
I cleared out a shelf yesterday and found last year’s Christmas list. That will be helpful, as we still send Christmas cards. Tomorrow I am picking up the new print of “Reflections” so that we have some to sell on holiday and when I give my next talks. The first hundred have almost all gone and people keep telling me how they have passed them on to other readers. Do I want to know that? I’m considering a new set of book marks – must keep up the marketing!
Public speaking is almost as enjoyable as writing. Having been a schoolteacher I don’t get nervous talking to a crowd and I get a real kick out of hearing people laugh.
I have just had my second booking for 2018 and hope to find more readers for my books. I am reluctant to book evening meetings now but all days up to September except Thursdays and Fridays are free at present – until I book a holiday! Luckily I have just ordered some more copies of the poetry anthology and am planning to get some more bookmarks. The first 100 copies of “Reflections, Then and Now,” will not last until Christmas as we are taking them away for a weekend where the folk know us and usually support our writing.
I have a talking spot in the Southern Bookshow planned for March and I am planning a topic that others may not use. ( With a plan B in case that doesn’t work!)
We are down to the last fifteen of “Reflections,”with orders still coming in. Maybe I ought to concentrate on writing and publishing poetry instead of trying to learn script writing. I was worried about not having an ISBN number but selling person to person seems to be my forte.
May be off line for a while soon. Trying to write a short story but the plot is sliding away from me because it is based on fact. Some people can mix the two but I find it almost impossible. ( Except in ” A Lesson for the Teacher”) Booking up for a book fair in March – had to buy a new diary!
Sixty eight copies now gone or going. I need to keep some to take on holiday. I guess it will all slow down from now on. Trouble is, I have been so busy marketing that I haven’t written anything for two weeks. Looking forward to producing the pantomime, starting next month and then the scriptwriting course. Thoroughly enjoying two books I am reading at the moment, one fiction, one non-fiction. I’ll review them when I have finished. I don’t seem able to find folk on Goodreads so I’m communicating on twitter instead. More about my activities can be found on http://www.juliecround.co.uk
Wedding anniversary day today and we are going to a charity do this morning and then out to dinner this evening. I was looking for a photo of us together but all I can find is ones he took of me and I took of him. Must put that right today. Of course, there are ones of me selling books with his support but you can overdo this marketing thing!
Sixty five copies of the anthology now bought or ordered. When do I decide to print more? Looking forward to the pantomime casting in early September. Must try to kerb my excitement. I’m like a kid with a new toy! It’s a mix of anticipation and trepidation.