Saturday 7th March was a date that had long been in my diary. From the moment that Kerry sent out the invites I knew that this was a meeting I was not going to miss.
Kerry Parsons runs the brilliant Chat About Books blog site. Not only is she a mum of teenage kids, but she also works part time and still finds time to read and review besides working with Steph Lawrence, a fellow blogger, steflozbookblog.wordpress, to set up meetings where writers can meet book bloggers.
What Kerry loves is to“…spread the word when I’ve read a book I love and I’m more than happy to help promote books I might not have had the pleasure of reading as yet.”
For a writer, these are magic words, for once we have written the book, edited, re-edited had it proof read, the cover designed and all the other things that go into making the finished product, all that is left is the marketing.
Now marketing is a whole different ball game. It takes skills that writers don’t necessarily have and it is here that someone like Kerry, or Steph is invaluable. When they blog about your book, word spreads and once the word spreads other people want to read it and sales begin to happen.
A meeting with authors and book bloggers, however, is not all about sales. On Saturday we were a mixed bunch varying from the best-selling Mel Sherratt to those who haven’t yet published their first novel. There were traditionally published writers, Indies and self-publishers and everyone was happy to share their experiences and tips about writing and marketing. I met new writing friends and those I’d known for quite a few years. Having the time to be with people who understand how you feel when a new book is coming out, or when you have to talk about your work in front of an audience is a real boost. Writers and bloggers are in general a friendly and very supportive lot and I can honestly say that in all the years I have been writing I have only met one individual who was not prepared to help a fellow writer.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the day, I came home with aching feet and full of the buzz generated by a great meet up.
Thank you Kerry and Steph. And thank you to everyone else I met. To all those of you who shared the news of my new book, who liked my page on FB and sent congratulations on publication day. It was brilliant and I’m already looking forward to the next one.