publicist

Book publicity is a bitch.

There. I said it.

For much of my writing journey, I’ve been my own publicist. From requesting interviews to pitching programs, making cut sheets to setting up at conferences, I’ve been responsible for every aspect of getting my books seen.

Today, I’m ecstatic to announce a new team member, my publicist Rebecca Powell.

She’s been on the Read Andra Watkins team for almost two months. When I’m willing to pry my claws from promotional tasks, she takes them and makes things happen. I’m looking forward to watching how her work transforms mine.

Would you like to book me for an event in your area?

If you have any connections, let Rebecca know. We’re working on my 2018 schedule. NOTHING is out-of-bounds.

Because I want to make it easy for you, here’s a short list of appearance ideas:

  • Corporate conferences and retreats – Resilience is a hot workplace topic. My program on resilience is entertaining, energetic, and thought-provoking. Once attendees leave, they’ll have new strategies for developing and maintaining resilience in their lives. And did I mention I’m affordable? Not cheap. Affordable.
  • Library programs – Do you have a library in your area? STORM THE LIBRARY. INSIST THEY BOOK ME FOR A PROGRAM. Librarians rely on patrons to suggest programs. When I provide a long list of thrilled librarian references, your librarian will kiss you for making his job easier.
  • Book clubs/reading groups – Suggest one of my books to your reading group, and invite me for a visit. If we coordinate the discussion around another event in your area, I’ll attend your meeting, sign your books, and answer any question you ask. And I’m always happy to visit with readers via Skype or FaceTime.
  • College clubs – Did you know I’ve spoken at the University of Washington in Seattle? At the University of South Carolina in Columbia? College students love being challenged to make memories while listening to a raunchy talk about sex. Seriously. Book me.
  • Civic clubs, museums and business organizations – Do you know the Acworth Georgia Business Association (300+ members) booked me to speak at their March 2018 meeting? Or an Atlanta-area Chamber of Commerce is considering me for their Womens’ Business Group? WHEN GROUPS PUT ME ON A STAGE, I ROCK THESE EVENTS. If you have a connection to any group, please reach out. Let’s get something on the 2018 calendar.

PLEASE SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO REBECCA POWELL AT PUBLICITY(AT)ANDRAWATKINS(DOT)COM.

Life is a verb. - Brian Doyle

Life is a verb. ~ Brian Doyle

If anybody’s living life as a verb these days, it’s ME.

I left Charleston before Labor Day. Destination? Portland, Oregon. Last week, I appeared at libraries around greater Portland and Seaside. I gave motivational talks at multiple civic clubs. And I spent time with one of my writing idols, the very person who authored today’s quote.

This week, I’m visiting two book clubs, another library, and several business groups. I’ll probably collapse when I board my plane of Friday!

Why do I do this to myself?

People remember VERBS.

Verbs are all about action. They make an impression. Sure, people can interact with me online, but when I stand in front of them, gaze into their eyeballs, and share my story?

I’m weaving verbs audiences don’t forget.

On my last jaunt through North Carolina and Tennessee, I made lots of new connections. One group wants me to return to their library next February. Another set of library patrons requested another program for Hard to Die. Groups at North Carolina State University want me to visit, and student civic clubs in Tennessee are interested in my program. Someone even approached me about a 2017 conference keynote on Grand Cayman. Another group wants me to address their Chamber of Commerce.

Verbs create more verbs.

I’m already anticipating a busy 2017, but I’d still like to visit YOUR community. Here are several ways we can partner to make it happen:

  1. If your local library doesn’t carry my titles, REQUEST THEM FOR PURCHASE. Libraries buy books patrons want.
  2. Once the library has my books, ASK WHO COORDINATES LIBRARY PROGRAMMING. Librarians are more receptive to programs suggested by patrons. I’d love to pitch my program to the right person in your area. Send me a name and contact information, and I’ll take it from there.
  3. Are you part of a book club or reading group, either through a library or privately? SUGGEST ONE OF MY BOOKS. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve created Discussion Guides for every title. Book clubs can download them HERE. Plus, I love to visit reading groups, either in person or via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangout.
  4. Are you affiliated with a school, university, civic club, historical society, or business group? RECOMMEND ME TO SPEAK. I often leverage one invitation to book multiple appearances in one area. I’d relish delivering a dynamic program to your group.

I want to make more verbs in 2017.
Will you help me?

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