Creatives First Gathering

Creatives network for writers and illustrators across East Kent

Creatives of Canterbury first met at the charming Route 23 Coffee Shop on the 23rd January 2018 to network and support one another in their creative journeys. It was wonderful to gather together with such differing skills and interests and yet have much in common. Discussions were incredibly helpful and insightful and some of the key points are detailed below.

Local events

Garden pop-up stalls – several of us are up for these when the weather improves.

Tying children’s books to specific elements of the National Curriculum when we approach local schools

Village halls were identified as a possible venue for sales

Creatives network for writers and illustrators across East Kent

Social media and www stuff

Instagram is something to explore and blogging was acknowledged as a helpful thing when committed to regularly to build up an audience and following

Andrew Buller (info@andrewbuller.com) is on hand to help anyone with getting WordPress websites off the ground

Joanna Penn https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ has wonderful content about writing, publishing, and marketing books

Bad Redhead is good for marketing ideas: http://badredheadmedia.com/

Ellie Philpott Links

Etsy forums have held some success for Ellie Philpott – improving SEO for her Etsy site has led to some successful sales. Ellie shared details of links she has found useful:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4017017.Ellie_Philpott

The good Facebook group for Etsy is Etsy UK Sellers Social Group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/377648889088476/  You have to wade through a lot of bumf, but they do tackle a lot of practical issues like SEO.

Build My Social Empire (FB Group) has a Teach Me Etsy Week coming up. She’s a bit of a rough diamond, but she has some great insights. She covers all social media topics. Her speciality is Pinterest. She does regular ‘Teach Me’ weeks – all free.  https://www.facebook.com/BeYouBeSeen/photos/a.1430571013677211.1073741828.1426985630702416/1656929814374662/?type=3&theater

Elizabeth Lymer Links

Elizabeth Lymer offered to share links that she has found useful in her creative journey which are included below.

Book Writing
 
Writing and Planning and Editing
 
Jeff Goins, author: Consistent writing
 
Chandler Bolt, author, self-publishing school: write to launch in 90 days
 
Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
 
Editing
 
Writers’ Digest (full of useful articles)

Writing for Children
 
Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
 
Book Marketing and Connecting with Readers
 
Tim Grahl (works with authors to market bestsellers, author of a useful book for beginners regarding building an email list of people poised to buy your books)
 
Rachel Thompson (author, book marketer through social media — kindle book: 30 day book marketing challenge)
 
Jeff Goins (author, book marketer through blogging, emails)
 
Tim Grahl: Learning from successful authors
 
Making a Blog
 
Writers’ Digest (full of useful articles): WordPress
 
Also…
 
My Pinterst Board where I drop links including, and like, those above:

Other things

Winning prizes from magazines or even starting our own up.

What about putting a book together? – a chapter from each of us about what works and what doesn’t

Elsa has ordered ‘Real Artists don’t Starve’ and maybe we can pass it round and see what we think.

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