I wanted to take a minute this afternoon to talk to you about author promotion and publicity.
Book trailers, blogs, social network sites and technology, and good ole “word-of-mouth” co-exist and we have instructors and agents who will address these topics at Writers’ Institute next month.
That said, I’d like to introduce you two instructors who have both a great deal of knowledge about social networking and small-press publishing among other topics. Here are Christopher Mohar and Kimberly Aime.
Christopher Mohar has been the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, The Southwest Review’s McGinnis Ritchie Award for Fiction (2010), and the 2011 The Journal‘s Annual Short Story Contest prize. Christopher has taught fiction at two UW’s (Seattle and Madison) and in a men’s correctional facility, and in past lives has been a metallurgical engineer, a busboy, and a legal assistant’s assistant. Some of his recent work can be found in Creative Nonfiction, LIT, Gastronomica, DIAGRAM and the anthology New Stories from the Midwest (Indiana University Press).
Christopher will be presenting several sessions at Writers’ Institute and will be leading a critique group. He is also available for one-on-one consultations for those of you with questions about writing fiction.
Kimberly Aime is a full-time freelance writer and avid blogger. She has taught in the technology field for four years, first as a technical writer at Epic Systems and most recently as a technical trainer for Dean Health Systems. In between these stints, she attended graduate school at Ohio State University and University of California Santa Barbara. Throughout her graduate work, she taught various theatre classes include theatre history, Asian theatre and acting. She has studied Social Media through media bistro’s Social Media Boot Camp and has worked in social media in the non-profit sector as well as to market her writing. Her blog, Badger Girl Learns to Cook at learntocookbadgergirl.com has gotten her two book deals: Homemade Snacks and Pantry Staples, a cookbook featuring her recipes and healthy philosophy which will be available in May 2013 through Penguin Books and a cookbook for a local Madison restaurant available Fall 2013. You can follow her on twitter, @Bdgergrl and on Facebook. Kimberly’s new UW Madison course Creating an Online Presence will be available soon via the UW Madison Continuing Studies website. In the meantime, please visit her at https://www.facebook.com/BadgerGirlLearnstoCook
If you’d like to register, the wonderful staff at the Pyle Center can help you at 608-262-2451.