"An Itty Bitty Column on Writing" by Mindy Phillips Lawrence
From Sharing with Writers (Carolyn Howard-Johnson)
May 24, 2008
MEDIA, WRITING AND PROMOTION
The April 28th issue of Times magazine carried letters to the editor about an article on the Battle of Iwo Jima. I pointed this out to Joyce Faulkner http://www.blogger.com/www.joycefaulkner.com. Also, my client, Dan Skelton, writes about teenage drug addicts, horrible demonic monsters and dysfunctional families. But he sometimes writes about elves. Elves you say? Yep. Elves. You probably won’t find much in magazines about these creatures but, then, you never know. The other topics he covers are in many magazines and offer excuses to send out press releases, fodder for presentations and many other ideas for promotion.
My books are on war, peace, art, writing and the many meanings of love, devotion and loneliness. Again, magazine articles abound with articles about all of these subjects. It takes study, and maybe a library with access to EPSCO HOST or some other periodical list, but you can use what is being discussed in the media today to show the currency of your work...how it fits into the world of NOW.
Newspapers are a great source of information as well. I suggest that you make a folder (either virtual or actual) on the topics mentioned in your books and do some research. You’ll find you strengthen your knowledge and ability to tell others about what you do.