Sunday Writer’s Coffeehouse

barnsandnoblebooksellers Solomon Jones of the Liar’s Club ran the Writer’s Coffeehouse, Sunday at the Willow Grove, PA Barnes and Noble. It was good meeting. He stressed that if you like to write and want to be a writer, don’t give up! He had 39 rejection letters from agents and 11 rejections from publishers before he was published.
Here are some notes from the meeting:

Things to think about if you are going to self-publish:
You must wear many hats: author, publicist, marketing of you product

4 “P”s of marketing:
Product or service

Who are you writing for? Know your target audience. You should be writing about your target audience.

Books are available at bookstores, libraries, and schools. Solomon talked about writing a book and creating a whole curriculum around it to talk about social issues and market it to schools as an option.

Looking to move up from self-publisher? Concentrate on selling your books online or at bookstores and maybe the publishers will come after you instead of you having to chase them. Selling out of the trunk of a car doesn’t move up your sales numbers. Some private bookstores might sell on consignment.

Some links:

Save the Cat (screenwriting)

From Where you Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction