PUBLICITY FOR WRITERS: Getting the Word Out, 2 Day  Workshop, ACT Writers Centre, 8-9 April 2017

Create a personal publicity strategy to raise awareness of your work and attract more readers

Whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, if you want your work to reach readers it has to be promoted. After all, if people aren’t aware your fabulous creation exists they can’t ask for it in bookshops!

So how are you going to get the word out? Publicity. 

And if, like most writers, you don’t have a publicist on tap this means you're going to have to take care of it yourself.

Not sure where to begin? That's where this workshop comes in. For tickets and enquiries, please click here

Over the course of two days we'll examine the elements that can be part of a publicity strategy. We'll explore:

  • the ways digital marketing can help you reach new audiences, including social media, blogging, your email list and your author website;

  • the process of organising and delivering author events and reaching your audience face-to-face;

  • how to reach out to media organisations, online publications and blogs to organise interviews and guest content;

  • how to develop an advertising strategy; and

  • the pros and cons, time/cost requirements and benefits of each of the above.

Our focus throughout the workshop will be to determine which promotional activities suit your individual circumstances including your available time, energy and budget. By the second afternoon you will have created your own tailored publicity strategy along with a plan for executing it.

Participants are asked to bring a summary of their social media presence and a list of any promotional activities they’ve undertaken in the past two years. 

For tickets and enquiries, please click here

 

Past Events

 

CANBERRA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS BOOK FLOOD is coming, 17 December 2016! 

In Iceland, on Christmas Eve, everyone exchanges gifts of books then spends the rest of the day (and night) reading. It's called 'Jólabókaflóð' – the Christmas Book Flood – and it’s coming to Canberra.

grab a signed, gift-wrapped present for all the bookworms in your life at canberra's first christmas book flood!

grab a signed, gift-wrapped present for all the bookworms in your life at canberra's first christmas book flood!

On Sat 17 Dec Beyond Q will be your one-stop Jólabókaflóð shopping spot!

We’ll have:
* Books suitable for all ages and tastes (all books are listed below by genre)
* A huge line up of Canberra authors to sign and personalise your gifts (times available listed below)
* Present wrapping elves so you can walk out with all your Christmas shopping done and wrapped in a single trip.

We look forward to seeing you at Jólabókaflóð!

For full details about the event, including authors and books, please click here.

 

THE WRITE STUFF:  Editing Workshop, 14 December 2016

So you've written a book that you'd like to publish. Congratulations! What's next? Editing.

Based on her own experience with self-publishing, L.J.M. Owen will walk you through how to edit your own work, when and how to involve others in the editing process, and your options for self-publishing.

A part of the Libraries ACT writing workshop programme, in conjunction with the ACT Writers Centre, this workshop is suitable for ages 16+.

For details and to book your place in the workshop, click here.

 

The PERFECT GIFT for READERS! Dr Pimms Christmas Signing, Dymocks Canberra, 10 December 2016

Meet author, archaeologist and librarian L.J.M. Owen in store on Sat 10 Dec from 10am to have your Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth books signed.

Set in Canberra, filled with archaeological intrigue, forensic insight and cosy comfort, the books make the perfect Christmas gift for:

 - lovers of MIDSOMER MURDERS and BONES the TV series
 - readers of crime and mystery
 - older YA readers (16 to 22)

The book series featured as the Weekend Read on Better Reading recently. Here’s the low down on the ACT’s own cold case solver.

 

KERRY GREENWOOD to launch Mayan Mendacity at the SheKilda3 Crime Spree on 19 November 2016

Australian crime fiction legend and creator of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Kerry Greenwood, will launch L.J.'s second book Mayan Mendacity at the SheKilda3 One Day Crime Spree in Melbourne on 19 November 2016. 

LOOK OUT MELBOURNE, THE WOMEN ARE PLOTTING MURDER

LOOK OUT MELBOURNE, THE WOMEN ARE PLOTTING MURDER

L.J. will also discuss writing historical mysteries with Janice Simpson, Sulari Gentill and Lucy Sussex. 

A detailed programme and tickets are available here.

 

LIBRARY LOVERS BOOKCLUB:  Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, National Library of Australia, 13 November 2016

CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS: There's a Body in the Library!

Readers, library lovers and GLAMR staff and students are invited to join local author L.J.M. Owen in conversation with Sophie Mannix to discuss L.J.'s Canberra-based crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. With archaeologists and librarians, ancient murder and family secrets, this is one series where the skeletons don’t stay buried.

We’ll explore the historical research behind the first book in the series, Olmec Obituary, and L.J. will introduce – spoiler free – the history behind the second instalment Mayan Mendacity. There’ll be plenty of time to discuss your ideas about the themes, settings, characters and plot of Olmec Obituary as well as ask questions of the author.

There’s a prize pack up for grabs for the best question asked on the day: a collector’s set of all three editions of Olmec Obituary.

Please RSVP as places are limited. For further information and tickets, click here

 

FROM BRAIN TO BOOK, Authors & Publishers, at Muse Literary Salon, 6 November 2016

Join local author Dr L.J.M. Owen and Echo Publishing commissioning editor Angela Meyer as they demystify the process of writing and publishing a book.

In December 2014 L.J. posted Olmec Obituary, her first novel and the beginning of a Canberra-based crime fiction series, on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Five days later Angela spotted it online and the rest, as they say, is history. Echo published Olmec Obituary in November 2015 and has just released the second book in the series, Mayan Mendacity.

In this Muse Sunday Salon L.J. will describe her experience of writing a book, getting an offer from a publisher and the occasionally disorientating world of traditional publishing from an author’s point of view. Angela will discuss what catches her eye, how she signs new authors and what the process of publishing looks like from the inside.

There will be plenty of time for questions about the joys and challenges of bringing books to life.

Tickets ($10, includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink) may be purchased here.
 

 

MAYAN MENDACITY BOOK LAUNCH at the National Library of Australia on 3 November 2016

Canberra's own Dr Elizabeth Pimms is back!

Join 666 ABC Canberra's Lish Fejer and author, archaeologist and librarian Dr L.J.M. Owen at the National Library of Australia for the official launch of Mayan Mendacity, Book Two in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series.

This time, Elizabeth investigates tiny skeletons and misshapen skulls recovered from a Guatemalan island. How do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen? And who was the elusive Great Scribe? 

Filled with archaeological intrigue, forensic insight and cosy comfort, return to the world of Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

The launch will be hosted at the National Library Bookshop by the National Library of Australia's Dr Martin Woods.

A book signing will follow. Refreshments included.

Date and Time: 6pm, Thursday 3rd November 2016.

Tickets: Please book tickets to assist with planning/catering. Tickets may be reserved here.

 

NANOWRIMO KICK-OFF at Queanbeyan Library, 29 October 2016

Ever wanted to write a novel and meet other aspiring writers? NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins 1 November.

Join local author L.J.M. Owen at the Queanbeyan Library as she talks about how to write your first draft of your novel. Meet other writers, enjoy a cup of tea, and get the newest book in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series, signed by the author herself.

To join us, reserve your place here.

 

INKLINGS YOUNG WRITERS GROUP, Queanbeyan Library,   26 October 2016

The Queanbeyan Library has a writing group for young adults called INKLINGS. The group is open to ages 12-18 and is held on the last Wednesday of every month from 3:30-4:30pm.

L.J. will be joining the group in October to talk about all the exciting opportunities open to young writers and answer any questions you have about writing and the world of publishing.

INKLINGS is a safe and fun environment to share ideas and participate in activities to get your creativity flowing. Meet us in the activities room downstairs! Please call the library on 6285 6255 for enquiries.

 

COBARGO CRIME CONVENTION, 7-9 October 2016

L.J. will appear at the Sisters in Crime Cobargo Crime Convention over two days to discuss mystery and history, hard-boiled and cosy, with seven other doyennes of crime: Sulari Gentill, Janice Simpson, Ilsa Evans, Candice Fox, Kay Schubach, Caroline de Costa and Dorothy Johnson.

crimespree!

crimespree!

Detailed programme and tickets here: SiC Cobargo

 

Putting the SCIENCE IN YOUR FICTION Workshop, ACT Writers Centre, 4 September 2016

Need DNA results in your crime novel? Action scenes that don’t break the laws of physics? Grand feats of engineering in your science fiction tale?

In this day-long workshop you will learn how to: define the area of science you need to understand; research it; identify which details to include in your story; when to reveal the information; and how to ensure you’ve struck the correct balance between fact and fiction.

There will be take-home worksheets to help you progress after the workshop concludes.

For further details and to book your place click here.

 

CRIME AND COLLABORATION, L.J.M. Owen interviews Candice Fox, Muse Literary Salon, 21 August 2016

Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up James Patterson, one of the world’s bestselling authors, to co-write a thriller set in the Australian outback, Never Never.

Never, Never is set in WA mining country, where detective Harriet Blue has been sent to track down three missing young people. But this is no any ordinary case! Burdened with a secretive new partner and a deadly setting, things are further complicated by Harry distracted by her brother ’s arrest for series of murders back in Sydney.

Candice is joined by L.J.M. Owen, author of Canberra's own crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, to talk about this stunning new book, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and just how one goes about co-writing with an über-famous colleague!

Tickets ($10 includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink) are available here.

 

HOW TO WRITE YOUR FIRST NOVEL, Woden Library, 21 March 2016

Writing your first novel? Feeling stuck? Join local author, archaeologist and librarian, LJM Owen, at Woden Library to discuss how to write your first novel. 

A Q&A on how LJM Owen approached writing Olmec Obituary, the first book in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series, her new Canberra crime series, will follow.

Click here to reserve your spot.  

 

PLOTTING FOR SUCCESS, Queanbeyan Library, 18 February 2016

writing pexel.jpeg

Working on a novel but lacking inspiration to finish it? Not sure how to whip it into shape? Join local author, archaeologist and librarian, LJM Owen, at Woden Library to discuss how to finish your first novel. 

A Q&A on how LJM Owen approached writing Olmec Obituary, the first book in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series, her new Canberra crime series, will follow.

Click here to reserve your spot.

 

THE DR PIMMS, INTERMILLENNIAL SLEUTH JOURNEY, Harry Hartog's Woden, 11 February 2016

Writing your first novel? Feeling stuck? Join local author, archaeologist and librarian, LJM Owen, at Woden Library to discuss how to write your first novel. 

A Q&A on how LJM Owen approached writing Olmec Obituary, the first book in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series, her new Canberra crime series, will follow.

Click here to reserve your spot.

 

2015

 

OLMEC OBITUARY LAUNCH at the National Library of Australia, 19 November 2015

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A 3000 YEAR OLD MURDER?

Attend the book launch of Olmec Obituary at the National Library of Australia to find out!

Books+Publishing calls it, 'A cosy and rollicking tale in a sub-genre that is refreshing to see in Australian crime fiction.'

Join Sarah Byrne - Canberra's crime fiction ambassasor - and author, archaeologist and librarian L.J.M Owen at the release of Canberra's newest crime fiction series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth.

Book signing to follow. The event is Free, but bookings are essential. Grab your tickets here.

See you there!