Friday, August 15, 2008

Pinch-Hitting Can Be Fun!

Me and GalleyCat Ron Hogan. (Note the tan line on my wrist; I had just spent 2-1/2 days in Montauk.) Photo by Carolyn Burns Bass.

At the Backspace Writers Conference last week, I was slated to do just one program: "Promoting Like a Pro" on Friday morning. But when I stopped by for the Thursday afternoon mixer, I found out that MJ Rose & Doug Clegg had bailed on their "Buzz Your Book" program due to medical emergencies. So in the "show must go on" spirit (after all, the conference hotel was on Broadway), I offered to do a "Brainstorming with Bella" program so Rose & Clegg's 4pm slot wouldn't be empty.

I quickly jotted down an agenda and notes for the one-hour session, which I based on a segment of my Book Promotion 101 workshop. Then just as we were about to begin, Ron Hogan of GalleyCat volunteered to help out. He describes what happened next in Make Your Story Pitch Better, Faster, Stronger.

I sure am glad I'd stashed a big supply of Book Promotion 101 business cards & refrigerator magnets, plus Virginia Festival of the Book postcards, in my purse before I headed to the conference that day! Think I'll download some of my program spiels on my Palm PDA, so I'll be well prepared in case something like this happens again.

9 comments:

Melody said...

I attended your regularly scheduled event at Backspace, Promoting Like a Pro. I have your magnet on my fridge and over the last few days I've been thinking about "So what? Who Cares? and What's in it for me?"

Thanks for coming and speaking. Your advice is very useful.

Melody Platz
The Writer’s Comfy Corner

Bella Stander said...

Thanks, Melody! Glad you found the program helpful. My two panelests, Lauren Cerand and Eileen Winnick, were terrific.

Joanne Levy said...

It was a great session - big thanks to both you and Ron!

p.s. My book is called (deep breath) Small. Medium. At. Large.

Sustenance Scout said...

Bella (and Ron!) to the rescue! Sounds like your events were stellar, Bella. Not that I'm surprised. Thanks for the link to Ron's post. K.

Bella Stander said...

You're welcome, Joanne. As noted in a BKSP forum, your book's title is:
(DEEP breath) Small. Medium. At Large.

Kim Stagliano said...

Bella, you two made a fabulous team! I'l never forget Hobo Mulligan and Small medium (pause for effect) At large." I was sort of surprised how few people knew what a "Bubbe" was. The session was great and got me thinking about the real heart of my own MS and how to present it. I'm down to just 54 sentences!

Thanks for a terrific session.

Kim

Kim Stagliano said...
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Kim Stagliano said...

No! It was Hobo Mullins! The author's name was Mulligan. So I guess I did sort of forget...

Bella Stander said...

Wow, Kim, only 54 sentences! Now you just have 51 more to cut.