Brown Bag
Lunch Series

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Not exactly workshop, not exactly lecture, Porch Brown Bag Lunches are opportunities for writers to explore elements of craft and the writing life. Conversations will be designed and facilitated by Porch instructors as well as experts in the publishing industry.

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DIY Publicity

Apr 21
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12 - 1 PM CT
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Online via Zoom

Join Books Forward senior publicist Ellen Whitfield for a discussion of what you can do to promote your book, what to ask your publisher for, and when to hire a publicist. We'll discuss social media and digital marketing tips and share advice for industry exposure and media placement.


Ellen balances her understanding of “the other side of the desk” when it comes to media pitching with a true love of an avid bibliophile. She was part of the journalism community for more than seven years, working at respected print and online media outlets including The Dallas Morning News, The Advocate newspapers of Baton Rouge and New Orleans (where she coordinated books coverage for the paper), Waco Tribune Herald and others.


Her experience on the editorial side of the travel, community and lifestyle sections of newspapers, along with her social and online media savviness as a popular Bookstagrammer, is to the benefit of authors across genres. She has an eye for design and a passion for detail. A Louisiana State University graduate, Ellen lives in the Bayou State with her newspaper-executive husband, bright-and-spirited daughter (we know where she gets that from!) and an ever-growing collection of 550 books.

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