If there was one unifying request from the thirty people who attended the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Pathways to Publications workshops on Saturday, March 19 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, it was that each of the presenters should return “and present a day-long workshop.”
The morning presenter was Christine Merser of Blue Shoe Strategy, a specialist in non-tradition marketing methodology who explained how to use social media to target audiences and sell books efficiently to niche audiences. Later Christine emailed that information to those who attended her workshop.
Here’s a sampling of comments from Christine’s exit surveys:
” Insights into what works and doesn’t — all very useful!”
” Extremely helpful. I want more!”
” Great speaker — very charismatic!”
“Christine’s honest thrust was awesome — I was intrigued by the social media and how to market it.”
After lunch, Peter Drummey, the Stephen T. Riley Librarin of the Massachusetts Historical Society, presented on how to delve into historical research. To do so, he spoke about the value of historical and library archives in Massachusetts and on Cape Cod, explained collections of historical directories, bibliographic collections and other tools useful to the writer, and provided handouts about them.
Here are examples of what Peter’s audience wrote in their exit surveys:
“Please have it again and expand it!”
” Very informal ad accessible.”
” Absolutely helpful, extremely knowledgeable and his passion was certainly imparted to the audience.”