F. M. Meredith who is also known as Marilyn Meredith is nearing the number of 40 published books. Besides being an author she is a wife, mother, grandma and great-grandmother. Though the Rocky Bluff she writes about is fictional, she lived for over twenty-years in a similar small beach town. Besides having many law enforcement officers in her family she is counts many as friends. She teaches writing, loves to give presentations to writing and other groups, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Public Safety Writers Association. Visit her blog, Marilyn's Musings , website Fiction for You, and Amazon Author Page. She writes the Rocky Bluff series under F.M. Meredith and the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series under Marilyn Meredith.
Heads Up! Marilyn is hosting another contest. The person who comments on the most blogs during Marilyn's current blog tour can have a character named after them in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery. Tomorrow you can find Marilyn at Thonie Hevron Mysteries!
Anyone who follows Marilyn knows that she is always off on another book-signing adventure, so I asked her to share her experience with other writers looking for venues in which to promote their books.
Marilyn, how do you make all of those connections?
This is not an easy question to answer. First, I must say I love meeting readers and talking about different facets of writing.
Early on, I felt like bookstore signings were the only way to go—but it didn’t take me long to discover there were so many more places to appear and talk about my books.
I always keep an eye out for book fairs and craft shows. Book fairs are great because the people who come are interested in books. I tend to like the smaller ones where there aren’t so many big names in attendance for obvious reasons. Craft shows are great too. As I’ve grown older, I like the ones best that provide the table and chairs.
|Marilyn at the 2015 Jack Ass Mail Run|
When I started going to the craft show put on by our local art gallery, I asked if I could give a talk on “How to Get Published” and they were enthusiastic about the idea. I’m thinking of doing another “How to” there.
Library talks are wonderful. Sometimes a library has approached me, other times I’ve asked. Some libraries have special author days—and these are great. Find out what’s going on in the libraries around you.
Speaking to special interest groups like various Sisters in Crime organizations. I belong to three chapters and am always ready to speak on various subjects. Recently I was asked to give a talk to a brand new chapter in a nearby city by a friend on Facebook.
Writers’ groups are always looking for writers to share their expertise on a variety of subjects.
Offering your expertise to writing conferences can also offer you opportunities to speak.
I’ve spoken about writing and my books to many schools, from grade school to college. Usually I’ve been asked by a teacher, but sometime it was initiated by a student.
Last but not least, contact local service and social groups who are always looking for speakers, and always take along a supply of books to sell.
Anyone who has any other ideas, please add them in your comments.
F. M. aka Marilyn Meredith
Thank you, Marilyn. Be sure to visit Marilyn's social media sites, and check out her latest book!
A pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.
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