Unless you’ve spent the past week or so entirely offline, you’ve likely caught at least some discussion regarding the practice of book-reviewing and the significance of nice–or nasty–reviews. Although I have some thoughts on these matters, they’re not yet processed. I admire those many writers who have (in some cases, nearly instantaneously) responded to various reviews, reactions, and counter-reactions in essay form. But I’m hoping that some of them are either 1) writers-who-teach who have not yet returned to the classroom and therefore have the luxury of ample time at their disposal or 2) people who are employed full-time as writers-critics. If these hopes are ill-founded, I’ll have to accept that I’m simply a lot slower (or lazier) than I thought.
At any rate, I’m going to follow the suggestion implied in Ron Charles’s tweet; I’m going to reserve full-fledged comment. At least, for now.
So what have I been doing with my own time-beyond-the-day-job in recent days? Big chunks have been devoted to solidifying details for and promoting some upcoming events. In brief: If you (or any of your friends/family/colleagues) live in Boston, Philadelphia, or Rochester, do I have news for you! And if you’re a writer looking for tips on how to promote your events, I have news for you, too.
Let’s begin with the first of these two news flashes: As some of you may already know, I’ll be leading a seminar at Grub Street, Inc., (Boston) on September 21, the focus of which will be identifying and applying to writing conferences/residencies/contests. Then, on October 13, I’ll be visiting the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia, where I’ll run a workshop on publishing short stories/poetry/essays in literary magazines. (Even if you can’t make the workshop, you’re invited to stop by the store later for a free reading from Quiet Americans.) And in November, I’ll be heading to Rochester, N.Y., where I’ll be participating in the JCC Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival (November 11) and giving a reading at SUNY-Geneseo the next day. (You’ll find all the available details on my website’s Events page; as my gracious hosts post more information, additional links will be added.)
So, what have I been doing to promote these events and appearances? Apart from mentioning them here and working on that aforementioned Events page, I’ve been submitting updates in multiple locations. And somewhere in the middle of that process, it occurred to me that this experience might help those of you who may be wondering where to list your events as well.
Thus, I present five sites where you can list your readings, workshops, and other events–free of charge. In most cases, you’ll need an established profile (your own Facebook account, your own Goodreads author profile, etc.) to make use of this information. And I’m sure that one at least some of these sites, it helps if you have an audience or following that will be most likely to see your posts.
5) The Jewish Book Council’s online calendar (where I’ll submit my Philadelphia and Rochester readings once direct links are available for them)
Now, I’ve done all of this piecemeal. (Remember, I’m time-crunched.) Plus, I suspect that it’s useful to spread the wealth, so to speak. By staggering these promotional tasks, I’m also publicizing these events in different venues at different times. I can’t help believing that that may be a good thing.
What do you all think? And are there other sites you’d recommend to your fellow practicing writers when they want to publicize their readings, workshops, and other events? Please share, in comments.