For those of you who planned to attend the workshop but could not or didn't register and would like the information from the "self-publishing using createspace" workshop, please stop by the Writers on the Move blog for the after workshop package. You can get a copy of the handout and the transcript (with bonus links) for only $2. The previous workshop packages are available on the same page as well. See you all soon - Mrs. E :)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I've posted an article about self-publishing on the Writers on the Move blog that works into the free workshop I'm copresenting this coming Friday with Nancy Famolari. If interested in the workshop, please don't forget to register by sending an email to eeldering at gmail dot com with the subject "Createspace Worshop" so I can make sure you receive the necessary information before the workshop. See you all in the postings - E :)
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Upon returning from Geofest, I decided to take a nap. That nap time turned into a full night's sleep (at least 8-12 hours, give or take an hour to get up and go to the restroom or readjust my position). I think part of the sleep time was being tired from not sleeping well Friday night and partly due to depression (depressed at how the event went for me).
As events go, this was definitely not one of my better ones but it's all good. Bookmarks were put in several folks' hands and some new contacts were made. No sales this go round. I did something different yesterday - just because I didn't feel like sitting in the room and not having something to do. One of the vendors in the room had a presentation right before lunch, and since it was an area of interest to me and my books in particular, I decided to go sit in on the workshop. I enjoyed it very much and actually walked away with some useful information for my upcoming presentation for teachers at the SCISA teachers' conference in November. The presenter is also a teacher and uses "foldables" in her class all the time. I'm taking the foldable idea and using it as part of my presentation to teachers.
After lunch, I sat in another workshop, put on by sisters, both of whom are teachers, called Fun With Geography - and it was really about keeping the classroom interactive when it comes to geography. Things like "Mystery Cruise" and 20 Questions and "Where Am I?" were introduced and attendees actually participated in the activities.
I'm thinking I need some new signage to show what I'm about but not really sure what it is I need. Sales need to really pick up dramatically for me to continue with the series. I am still hearing the same comments - "that's a great idea" and "wish someone had done something like this when I was growing up" and others on the same lines but they aren't buying books. I've lowered prices for in-person events and yet books aren't selling that well. At this point, I'm open to ideas from my readers to change up something, anything, that will really get folks interested in buying books for classrooms or schools. Any and all suggestions are welcome in the comments section. So what are some of the ideas you all have out there that I can try to implement and change things up a bit? - Mrs. E & the JGDS
Friday, September 9, 2011
So it's Geofest time again. I'm looking forward to this event since I will actually be giving a set of books minus State of Reservations (I'm totally out of copies of this book right now) to the SC Geographic Alliance to be listed in their reference library. I found the reference list quite by accident and contacted Jerry and was told that the list of books that are available through them for teachers to check out. So I will be adding a copy of the five of the six books available in the series this weekend. In February, when the event occurs again, I will be adding the third book (will probably end up getting some more books in the near future since I have events planned and my contract doesn't run out until 2013 for this book) and hopefully the seventh in the series. Twice a year, I'll add the books that are published between times to the collection.
See you all in the postings - Ma America & the JGDs
Friday, September 2, 2011
Please stop by the Writers on the Move blog for information on the upcoming workshop about using createspace for self-publishing. Remember that createspace can be used by publishers as well as indie authors, for a fraction of the cost that other sources charge. Hope to see you all there - E :)