BLACKWELL’S OXFORD AND OXFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES PRESENTS: Lisa Dickenson You Had Me at Merlot
Saturday, August 20th at 15:00 – 16:00
As part of the Oxfordshire Libraries ‘A Midsummer Night’s Read’ Adult Reading Challenge 2016, author Lisa Dickenson will be discussing her funny romantic novel ‘You Had Me at Merlot’ at Headington Library. Lisa will also be giving a few tips on how to write comedy and romance and how she became a published author.
Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie wants love and she wants it now. So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. She has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?
Tickets for the event are free but limited, please contact the library directly on 01865 762867 or email email@example.com
(Free but you need to pick up tickets beforehand.)
I hope you are all enjoying the summer, and that the mini break in meetings will give you a new enthusieasm for Group 2012. I thought I would just write to say hello and to remind you that I am always here and happy to help at any time, even though we are not meeting. Also, I have some great things happening at my consultancy that some of you might be interested in hearing about.
At The Oxford Editors, we are excited about the launch of our new website, and to celebrate the event we are offering members of Group 2012 a 20% discount on all our services over the summer. In September we go back to teh 10% discount for Group.
We are also offering several new services and ventures that we thought may be of interest to you:
– Author and writing coach, Tim Lott, will be joining our mentoring team. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Lott <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Lott> – An annual Crime In Oxford prize of £1,000 for an unpublished crime novel.
– A new self-publishing service.
– A media pack service that will range from advice on marketing to a six-month publicity campaign.
– The launch of our own independent publishing company by the end of the year There has never been a better time to let us help you through the writing process. So don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat at any time.
Telephone 01865 339604 or visit http://www.theoxfordeditors.co.uk
So many of us are away over the next few months that we will be cancelling the meeting in July and August and start again in September.
Have a great Summer and Keep writing.
The next meeting, July, is suppose to be feedback but so many people are away and with the low attenence at meetings lately, I wonder if it would be a good idea to take a break and get going again in September. Let me know what everyone thinks.
BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENTS: Sarah Moss The Tidal Zone
Tuesday, July 12th at 19:00 – 20:00
Sarah Moss will be visiting Oxford to talk about her latest novel, ‘The Tidal Zone’. Chairing the talk will be Senior Lecturer in Publishing, Sarah Franklin.
Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and restoration of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter’s school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, fifteen year old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing. The story of his life and the lives of his family are rewritten and re-told around this shocking central event, around a body that has inexplicably failed.
Tickets normally cost £3 for group members, just go to customer service department in the Norrington Room, or call 01865 333623 and let them know you are going. I am sure it will be OK to just turn up also.
Wednesday 29th June 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop 7-9pm
Hattie Fell and Kirsten Etheridge – representatives from marketing and editorial at Oxford-based publishing house Lion Hudson will give a perspective on the book trade.
They will give us an insider’s view on what publisher do and what they want from authors. They will also look at trends in publishing.
There will be lot of time for questions, so this is a great chance to understand how publishers work and how you can best engage with them.
Publishing Without Boundaries
One-day conference on 14th June 2016 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
The conference has a line-up of very high-profile speakers: Joanne Harris, author of ‘Chocolat’ and many otherbooks, Baroness Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House in conversation with journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup, and Nigel Newton, CEO of Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury. There are also breakout sessions, including one run by Euan Hirst of Blackwells, called ‘Understanding Your Book Buyer’.
The cost of the day conference is £85, including a three course sit-down meal and a wine reception at the end of the day.
Just to remind you this month is a feedback session at the Quaker Meeting House on St Giles http://oxfordquakers.org/. Wednesday May 25th. 7-10 pm
Oxfam Author Talk with Luke Harding
Award winning Guardian journalist and author of the Snowden Files and WikiLeaks talks about his new book A Very Expensive Poison: the Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West
Friday 13th May 12pm-1pm (refreshments from 11.30am)
at the Quaker Meeting House, St Giles, OX1 3LW
Tickets £5 available from the Oxfam Bookshop, St Giles
All proceeds to Oxfam
Wednesday 27th April 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop 7-9pm
Getting used to talking about you and your novel:
Once you book’s been published, how do you talk about it? (and sell it!) Join us as we interview a published author for the Blackwell’s YouTube channel and then . . . it’s your turn! We’ll discuss and mentor you so that you can hone your skills in telling the world why your book is the next must-read. How do you sell yourself on video – how do you cope with the pressure of being articulate when a camera is thrust in your face – how do you sum up, in the most enticing way, what your new novel is about in twenty seconds/one minute/three minutes/five minutes? What about readings to camera? What about recommending books?
We will go through some demonstrations and exercises based on these ideas to help you on your way to becoming a self-promoting (in the best possible way!) star of the screen.