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Please have a read of the article I wrote for Marches Hour (a networking digital community that shares info on local businesses and goings on) here. If you feel inspired to do so please like, read, share and follow the social media sites listed below…
Herefordshire Writers is a multi-platform digital literary network to showcase Herefordshire born or based Authors, Poets, Writers, Publishers, Bloggers and Digital Content Makers.
As a Writer living in this county I wanted to find a way to connect with other people in this field. I couldn’t find a network in place so I started one. It just made so much sense as I feel our county is a literary treasure as we have wonderful annual events such as Hay Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival on our doorstep. Plus, it would be a way to make friends and connections as writing is a such a solitary process and I’ve met some really lovely and talented people through this site. I feel HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is a unifying presence to embrace and highlight our literary roots. I’d been blogging for two years on NouveauBohemian.com so I have harnessed the self-taught skills I’d learned to design and run a website and poured it into a new site to serve the literary community of my hometown and its neighboring towns and villages.
HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is an online platform to showcase authors, poets, writers and digital content makers plus publishers that are born, based or connected to Herefordshire. Each month there is one new article with an interview of a featured writer. Be sure to check out this month’s feature on our Poet in Residence for 2015-2016 Adam Horovitz plus previous articles like the one about our Leominster based Screenwriter Elisaveta Abrahall adapting Wuthering Heights to the big screen!
The hopes of this project is to inform residents of our county of the creative literary folk we have, establish a digital footprint of our writers plus create a multi-layered pool of connectivity, inspiration and guidance for aspiring writers living here. We can only do this if you get on board and visit the site (plus tell friends, family and workmates!) Be sure to like its accompanying Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter!
Something is changing in Hereford… There is a blossoming and distinctive Bohemian scene being carved out that is attracting and nurturing artisanal tastes and creative minds and HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is your online curated guide of local literary talent: visit the site today!
Details on how to get featured
As it is a monthly site with one article published per month slots fill up fast. If you are a Writer our county then send a message to Catherine on Facebook.com/HerefordshireWriters, giving a brief bio plus web links to your work. Next available slots are from January 2017. Join the Facebook Group to stay up to date.
If you are selected, you simply need to fill out a Q&A form via email.
Notably “Writers” INCLUDE: • Bloggers • Digital Content Makers • Editors • Copywriters • Journalists • Infopreneurs • Critics/Reviewers • Ghost Writers • Press Agents • Short Story Writers • Technical Writers • Script Doctors • Copy Editors • Literary Editors • Screenwriters • Playwrights • Hack Writers
Marches Hour is a website and Twitter platform for businesses, entrepreneurs and third party organisations based in Powys, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Ludlow, Presteigne, Shrewsbury, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. By using #MarchesHour on your tweets you can enter the chance to have it retweeted by @MarchesHour which will then expose your tweet to this specific geographical location. It’s a tool to connect local businesses to each other.
There are occasional meet-ups to network, meet new people and highlight your business. Meet ups are posted on Facebook.com/MarchesHour; www.MarchesHour.co.uk and of course on Twitter @MarchesHour. Its aim is to get your business noticed!
#MarchesHour at the Café is a free, informal networking for small businesses, organisations, charities and individuals in and around Hereford. It offers followers of #MarchesHour the opportunity to extend their interaction beyond the limiting 140 characters allowed by Twitter, to a more personal face-to- face interaction.
You can use #MarchesHour at the café as a platform for a new product launch or to announce a community event. You can also get to know the faces behind Herefordshire twitter accounts you follow or those that follow you at a #MarchesHour @ the café event.
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Here is an overview of the key points discussed as well as my own notes from the exercises we did. Notably this was a 2 hour free workshop on Friday 27th May 2016 12-2pm.
I brought my Hello Kitty A4 notepad and gave a scribble of my thoughts. We were advised to keep the following in mind in order to fully assess all the components of our business/work and then streamline it into a en elevator pitch.
I jotted down these answers:
1- I write and sell multi-genre fiction and non-fiction books for young adults with a creative, caring and sharing perspective.
2- Help people feel less alone and feel connected and inspired through literature.
3- People like my honesty, creativity and enthusiasm.
They also suggested creating an alternative pitch if you customer based is mixed e.g. age/country/gender.
Tips about building/maintaining your website(s).
Include a page that fully explains 1) What you do? 2) How you help people? 3) How to contact you?
They mentioned “Google Search Console” which helps determine how your website works i.e. keywords used to find your site. (I had never heard of this Google tool before so that was useful to discover.)
There was an activity where the websites of a couple attendees were put on the screen so they could get feedback on where their sites may require tweaking to improve it’s SEO and tips of that nature.
It does not apply to my line of work but Herefordshire businesses would be advised to be have a Google Business page i.e. so when a search enquiry is Googled such as “Hereford cafe” you see those search entries of a business with ratings and link on Google Map presented first.
So all in all I was pleased with what I’ve learnt at the workshop and it’s all very relevant and accessible to use for my creative business as an author. Lunch was also provided and it was scrumptious. A relaxed, informative and very helpful workshop that i would recommend for others to attend.
Please do visit the Twitter sites of the Workshop speakers at the start of the article and I would very much encourage people to look out for upcoming events/workshops provided by Hereford Business Solution Centre because they have speakers covering a range of topics from a variety of company’s all across the Midlands. Hereford Business Solutions Centre is run by the team responsible for the highly successful Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, based at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park.