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Eventispress Authors are on the road again!

Author Diana Jackson has been out and about this morning in Fife. She describes the event but also passes on some pertinent advice. She writes:

I enjoyed a warm reception at the Cupar Probus group this morning. There was an appreciative buzz in the audience as I gave my talk on

‘Early Women Aviators ~ Before and During WW1’

At the end I shared a video of some of the earliest planes of the Shuttleworth Collection, Bedfordshire, to give flavour to my talk and bring to life the daring feats achieved by these women in such fragile planes.

Although I sold a few books a remark made was that folks don’t take so much cash about with them these days, which is certainly something to think about if you are giving talks. Maybe us authors need to look into card readers.

In my less than organised state after lock down I also forgot to take my business cards ~ vital for leaving details for folks to look you up after the talk or get in touch with you.’

Author Diana Jackson

If you would like any Eventispress authors to give a talk locally, then you can contact us: enquiries@eventispress or get in touch with the author directly, which you can do on their websites. Click on the tabs above for the link.

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Author Diana Jackson continues to explores Post Covid Marketing Strategies ~ Getting back to author talks

Diana writes:

“Like author Brian Kerr, I am beginning to give author talks once more. In fact, with Zoom, I did not totally pause these activities, giving two talks during the pandemic.

I have two bookings for this year, one later this month and another in November. Nothing like the five I did in 2019 before the first lock down, but it is early days. We are also only just coming out of mask wearing towards the end of April up here in Scotland, and so we don’t have quite the same sense of normality that those down south are enjoying.

I have two themes at the moment:

  • Coincidences in the life of an author
  • Early female aviators and other interesting flying facts

These talks have so many benefits:

  1. Getting to know new readers and a wider audience
  2. Exploring themes related to my writing
  3. Sharing interesting ideas gleaned whilst researching, many of which do not get into my novels.
  4. Hopefully selling some books too (I usually give a special offer and round the price to the nearest pound for ease of change giving. At first I took a bag of pound coins and pennies for £8.99, but decided very soon that it was a bit silly!)”
  5. It is most enjoyable, especially the conversation afterwards.

Eventispress writes:

“If you would like any of out authors to give a talk you could get in touch with us at Eventispress:

enquiries@eventispress.co.uk

or click on the author page and contact each directly. “

Marketing Tips from author Brian Kerr

MEETING THE READERS

Brian writes:

“It may be spring but if you are charged with the task of lining up a list of speakers for your club or society next winter, this is the time to be active.  Suddenly face to face meetings with tea and biscuits, or perhaps wine and cheese in more affluent parts of the country, is back in fashion and speakers are in demand. Church groups, Rotary clubs, University of the Third Age, WI gatherings are all fruitful contacts.

In the last few weeks, I have spoken to a gathering of geologists in a school – only about a dozen; and a U3A group – in excess of fifty in a room at the back of a pub in Luton. This does generate book sales on the day – making the books a round price of £5, £10, or £15 helps otherwise there is a messy problem of carrying old fashioned coins as change.

Book clubs are interested in meeting a local author and many people have an interest in self-publishing which they have read about but few understand.  There is also an informal network of speakers and your name often is passed on generating more speaking engagements.

Some groups with sound finances will even pay for a speaker.  There is usually an acceptable scale of charges so it is best to find out the going rate before they pose the question.”

Good luck

Brian Kerr’s latest release is How to Value a Skylark ~ The Countryside in a Time of Change

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Author Brian Kerr is Out and About!

We are pleased to say that Author Brian Kerr is out and about again in Bedfordshire in spring 2022..

He has been invited to speak to a meeting of the Geologists Association in March on how we begin to place a value on landscape and the countryside.

This invitation stems from his most recent book  How to Value a Skylark: the Countryside in a Time of Change  and reflects a rising interest in how we gain access to and protect green spaces and the landscape. 

One aspect of this is the possibility of estimating the true value of what policy makers call ‘ecological services’ and how to be begin to attach a real value to the benefits which we gain from nature. This approach has both advantages and real dangers. 

It should make for an interesting evening!

Currently on special offer from WATERSTONES UK

See Brian Kerr’s Page for more information on Brian, his books and where you can buy them.