Monday, May 02, 2011

Monday Mentionables: What Should I Talk About?

"Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts."

I'm happy to announce another appearance I've just scheduled for this summer: I'll be giving a talk at the Cortland County Chatauqua Festival on the evening of August 2. This is a local couple of days of workshops on a variety of topics, in my hometown, and I was invited at the end of last year to plan to attend in 2011. I'm excited and always love doing talks and signings in my local area, so of course I said yes! The concept actually comes from the concept of the Chatauqua Institute, a summer series of lectures and events intended for people's general enrichment. It originated and still takes place on the shores of Chatauqua Lake, in western New York (I've spent some time there; it's beautiful).

Here's my question to all of you: what do you think listeners would like to hear? Some will probably know me/know of me. Most probably won't. I'm billed as an author who grew up in the area, and I'll have my published books with me. What do you think people would like to hear me speak about? How I got into writing? My advice for those who want to write/publish? The world of ebooks and how technology is affecting publishing today? I have about 40 minutes total.

Any thoughts welcome!


Mom said...

Great you'll be speaking at Chatauqua!
As a local gal who grew up in Homer I'm sure people would like to know how you got started in the writing/published business.
Also, the world of ebooks and that whole technology would probably be of interest.
Perhaps people would like to know how you happened to choose romance novels as your choice.

JL Walters said...

Usually people like to hear about how they can be published and second about how you use where you grew up in your writing. Also do not be surprised if people come to tell you what a great idea they have for a book and would you like to write it for them.