Promotion for Unpublished Writers

I’m inspired…
I received today my RWR from Romance Writers of America where they had a feature on ‘Promotion tips for the unpublished writer’. I often wondered whether I was jumping the gun with my web site, blog, facebook page and twitter account. But, it would seem I was correct in moving forward in building up my name and getting it out there before the ‘Call’ actually happens. As of course it will!
Having said that, it seems I’m still to cover some aspects of my promotional badge. One in particular that caught my attention, customized letterheads. Now I havent done this, mostly due to the fact that agents whom I’m trying to break into do not allow attachments in their emails. Perhaps when I land said agent, I will purchase some stationary, but until then I think not. Not that I won’t design it and have an awfully grand time doing so in the mean time. 🙂 And of course, all of the above is just the tip of the iceberg. Career plans, marketing I haven’t even thought of. But I will. I’ll keep you posted.
On to other news. I have joined (finally) SARA South Australian Romance Authors in Adelaide. Only reason I haden’t done so was due to the fact we currently live in rural South Australia. So as the latter will soon change I’ve joined and are looking forward to my first meeting in a couple of months. But before that happens, I’ll be attending the ‘Romancing The Novel Seminar’ to be held by SARA in May. Anna Campbell and Yvonne Lindsay will be in attendance. Need I say more? I think not. Let the countdown begin.
I also registered for the Romance Writers of Australia ‘Sun, Surf & Sizzle‘ Conference to be held in Sydney in August. Plane tickets are booked, just waiting on confirmation of accommodation and workshops I’ve registered for. To say I’m excited is an understatement. First conference. Wooo Hooo…
Back to a final polish on a ms an agent is waiting for. Then onto my new series the Penworth books.
Happy writing everyone.

15 thoughts on “Promotion for Unpublished Writers

  1. Bronwyn

    Hi Tam =) It's great to have you at SARA! Are you moving to the city or just closer to town?

    Good luck with the agent! I've got my fingers crossed for you!


  2. Tamara Gill

    My gosh Bron, you were super fast. LOL.
    Thanks for the welcome, I can't wait for my first meeting. Squeeee…..
    We're moving to the Barossa. So it will still be a drive for me, but worth the km. With the new freeway, probably under an hour travel time.
    I'm nervous about the agent. She's been waiting a while, but hopefully the edits will all be worth it in the end.
    Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Heather Boyd

    It took me a couple of hours to pull my head out of that article cause I had to go back and read the first part again. Great advice there! Good luck with the polish.

  4. Ann Charles

    Hi Tamara,

    I posted a comment yesterday, but it must have gotten lost in the great unknown.

    I'm glad you found the article helpful. I was hoping to inspire and motivate my fellow pre-published authors.

    It sounds like you're doing a great job of building your platform already. Good luck writing a marketing and career plan!

    Happy building!
    Ann Charles

  5. Tamara Gill

    I loved the article you wrote, Ann. It's just what us pre-published authors need to keep us going and focused.
    Thanks so much for dropping in at my Blog. Have to say it made my day. 🙂

  6. Tamara Gill

    I can't wait, Cathryn for August. To meet everyone I know on the loop and for the workshops to take place. Will be a huge weekend. Woo Hoo.

  7. Ann Charles

    Happy to stop by, Tamara. I like dropping in down in your part of the world. I have a good romance writing buddy who lives in Glenrowan, a couple (or few??) hours from Melbourne. She comes to visit me about once a year and brings me Tim Tams and vegimite. I can't wait until my kids are older and we can fly down that way for a long visit. In the meantime, I'm living in Australia vicariously (I live in the Pacific Northwest in the US).

    As mentioned in the credits of our article, I am co-created of a website where authors come to learn, share, and teach all about promo. Jacquie and I started this website because I couldn't find much for promo for prepublished writers and had to search high and low for information. We wanted to consolidate, but also allow a place for all authors to come and help each other. If you have a chance, come over and check it out. It's http://www.1stturningpoint.com. I'm trying to wrangle my Aussie buddy to write an article for me about something promo-related from your guys' corner of the world. Jacquie and I are looking to begin online workshops through the forum there in which we help authors (prepublished or published) with building or adding to their platforms.

    I hope you enjoy the conference you all are talking about. I love local conferences. Always a great time! I was actually in Dallas years back with my Australian buddy at the RWA National. If I hadn't been pregnant, I can only imagine the fun "trouble" her and her Australian buddies would have gotten me into. Ha!

    Take care and look me up if you come this way or are hanging out online in my 'neck of the internet.'

    Thanks again for your kind words about the article!

    Ann Charles (sorry I hogged comment space with all of my rambling)

  8. Tamara Gill

    I will most definitely check out your website, Ann. It sounds great. You will see me there very soon.
    Perhaps you could get in contact with RWA Aust and see if they would feature an atricle like the one you did in the RWR in their monthly newsletter. I know a lot of RWA Aust members are not members of RWA America. Could be worth it. Your feature really hit home for me (an unpublished writer) I'm sure it would for a lot of others as well.
    I have a best friend in Canada who abhor's our Vegemite. I just cannot understand it. Very strange 😉 I'm glad you like it.
    Thanks again. I will see you on the web very soon.

  9. Ann Charles

    I'm in the forum on our website a lot, so you can often find me there with my tons of posts. Ha! (Jacquie asked me to build the forum in December, so I did, and we're slowly acquiring forum members, so I tend to rattle around in there alone alot, talking to myself.)

    Thanks for the tip on RWA Aust! I appreciate it. I'll have to check it out.

    I'll have to look you up on Facebook, too.

    Vegemite is yummy. Tim Tams are even yummier. 🙂

    I hope you're enjoying your long holiday weekend.

    Take care,

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