The Writing Show
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Who are you as a writer? Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned author, how do you build your brand and your following? Being a writer today means more than just writing. Learning and implementing marketing strategies at every chapter of your journey is essential for success.
A Writer’s Platform – Marketing at Every Stage of Your Career, offered unique perspectives from three authors—Karen Chase, Deb Dudley, and Meg Medina—each in a different phase of their literary paths. Julie Geen, a freelance writer and teacher, moderated the discussion, which included how to prioritize and budget tasks and how to shape an identity as a writer.
Karen A. Chase independently published Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, for which the book and her author platform have won several indie publishing awards. She also owns 224 Pages, a design studio for authors and publishers, and has worked in the marketing and branding industry for twenty years. She is now writing an historical novel about the Declaration, and pens a monthly column “Will Travel for Words” for ShelfPleasure.com. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Karen lives in Richmond.
After 14 years as a successful marketing specialist in the hospitality industry, Deb Dudley embarked on a new career in the world of Kid-Lit. Armed with a passion for writing, a love for literature and bundle of book ideas, Deb is eager to shape one of her polished manuscripts into the next best picture book for young children. For more about Deb’s journey from storyboard ads to storybook smiles, visit her website.
Meg Medina is a Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the 2012 winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Her novel The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind was recently named a Best Book of 2013 by Bankstreet and her latest novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass has earned starred reviews and was named a Best Book for Young Adults on Pinterest. She lives with her extended family in Richmond, Virginia.
Julie Geen is a freelance writer for Style Weekly and wrote an award winning fitness column for Belle magazine despite her hatred for exercise. Her essays have been published in anthologies and a short story about zombies and high heels appeared in Richmond Macabre II. Currently, she is editing her first novel and teaching for Richmond Young Writers. juliegeen.com