Preparation for Giving a Writing Presentation

My next presentation will be for the Los Osos Library on Thursday, June 28th. The librarian chose the topic, "Writing the Summer Mystery."

For any presentation, I always prepare a hand-out. I use the hand-out as a guide for my speech and it gives those who like to take notes something to write on. I'll be sure to put the links for my website and blog on the bottom of the hand-out.

This presentation will be fun because even though I don't live in Los Osos, I do belong to the Central Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime and I've participated in many of their functions. I'm very good friends with several of their members and am acquainted with the others. I expect a percentage of the members will turn up to support me.

What books I should take is always a question. I seems that when I'm on the coast doing an event, the most popular books are those in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. No doubt because they are set in a fictional town on the coast of California, south of Los Osos. I'll also take a few of my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Bears With Us, as there are those who really enjoy reading a book with a female Native American deputy and touches of Indian mysticism.

A guest book for names and email address will come along too. If anyone wants to subscribe to my quarterly  email newsletter this is one way to sign up, another is right here on my blog. One more addition is a roll of crime scene tape and book stands for my display.

I always pack everything for a presentation in my Pack 'N Roll. If you haven't seen one of these yet, it is perfect for hauling books around. I wore out my first one, and purchased my second from Amazon.

I'll also have my hotel reservation with address (for my GPS) and any other written information that needs to come with me.

And that's how I do it. Anyone do things differently?



Oh, and the presentation is at 6:30 p.m.

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