Write Now, the publishing event held annually by Chorley & District Writers’ Circle, was held on the afternoon of Saturday 18th November at St Mary’s Club and Function Room, West St, Chorley, PR7 2SR.
We had two speakers. Laurence O’Bryan, is a published author who has been training authors in digital marketing since 2012.
Laurence has had three novels published by Harper Collins in the U.S., the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. These were translated and published in 10 languages. The Istanbul Puzzle, was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year, 2012, and won the Southern California Writers Conference Grand Prize. He also self published Social Media is Dynamite For Writers, and another novel in the puzzle series.
Laurence started BooksGoSocial.com to help other authors get discovered. The service has helped promote over 4,000 international authors. His background includes twenty five years in marketing and training. Laurence is a FETAC qualified trainer, and on the committee of the Irish Writers Union. He founded the Dublin Writers Conference.
Laurence gave a great talk about the need for authors to be ‘authorpreneurs’ and how when writers get together to help each other, great things happen.
Our second speaker was Wendy H Jones – Wendy is the author of the bestselling DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries and the Fergus and Flora Mysteries. She is currently completing Killer’s Crypt, the 6th outing for DI Shona Mckenzie. The Haunted Broch, the second book in the Fergus and Flora Mysteries, is also near completion.
Wendy gave a very entertaining talk about how she publicises her work – from WI meetings to Glamis Castle, she never misses a chance to promote her books.
The day ended with a panel session that included our own Dea Parkin and DJ Harrison, the questions were well thought out and the answers intriguing.
We also had a small book fair where local authors were selling their wares. Reading local is a great way to support emerging writers.
Thank you to everyone who made it such a great day.