EATONTON – “You should write a book.”
Is this a question you hear often, but don’t know where to start? Have a draft book but need guidance on next steps? Have you published a book but are looking for expertise on how best to promote it?
The Georgia Writers Museum is excited to host a four-hour workshop on “Becoming a New Writer” to be held at the museum on June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost will be $90 per person, plus $10 for lunch. For more information and to register, visit www.georgiawritersmuseum.org.
“An author’s efforts in the months immediately preceding and following publication can have a big impact on a book’s success,” said Roger Johns, writing instructor for “Becoming a New Author.” “This workshop will provide new and upcoming authors with information and techniques designed to improve their ability to more successfully navigate the opportunities and pitfalls that arise during the pre- and post-publication periods.”
This very practical workshop will cover topics such as working with publicists and agents, building your biography, and what to do after your book is in print. You’ll learn how to host author events – and how to maximize their value for the author and the public – including your launch party, book signings, author talks, readings, panels, and speaking opportunities. ‘education. You will also learn how to communicate with readers and writers through blogs, social media, and newsletters to keep readers engaged with your books.
Georgia Author of the Year Johns will lead this writers workshop. Johns’ short fiction has appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine, and the short story compilation “Viral Literature: Alone Together in Georgia.” His works made him the 2018 Georgian Author of the Year (Detective/Mystery Category), two-time Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalist, and 2019 Frank Yerby Fiction Award Finalist. Johns is a former corporate lawyer, professor retired college student and author of the “Wallace Hartman Mysteries”, “Dark River Rising” and “River of Secrets”.
Johns is a frequent guest speaker at conferences, literary festivals, and writers’ organizations on the topics of writing and career management for authors. His articles and interviews on writing and career management for new writers have appeared in Career Authors, Criminal Element, Killer Nashville Articles, the Southern Literary Review, Writer Unboxed, and Southern Writers Magazine.
It is owned by the Atlanta Writers Club, Short Mystery Fiction Society, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. Johns is the 2021-23 vice president of the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers America, and he co-authors the MurderBooks blog at www.murder-books.com.
Georgia Writers Museum is dedicated to inspiring writers and readers today and celebrating Georgia’s literary heritage. Currently, small group tours are available by appointment. Admission to the museum is free; the museum relies on donations from guests and supporters to provide quality programming, exhibits and lessons. To learn more, visit www.georgiawritersmuseum.orgFacebook: georgiawritersmuseum and Instagram: georgiawritersmuseum8.