|Shades of Illusion||
I seriously have to laugh at this one. Apparently, the Lehigh Valley Pa areas has a lot of writers. I was told most of them are very good. I recently had a conversation with someone about this. I gave her several suggestions and even offered to have a class / lecture. I am not an expert by a long shot. I am always learning from experience.
I told her, unlike the arts and music scene, there is no place for people to go other than open mic nights. With the exception of one or two coffee shops, there are no weekly or bi-weekly open mics. There are no places for people to hear the writers. Unlike local bands who do shows regularly. Art galleries where people can see local artists every day. Another question I had was how many have published? By published, I explained can they be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Self-publish if they choose. She said they have to organize. I agree to a point. Organizing will not bring people's attention to them. I informed her, on the author side, I go beyond the Lehigh Valley. From experience, with one exception, the local media has no interest in self-published authors.
The last, consistent, event for writers was Word Wednesday, last year. Word Wednesday did draw a crowd. I found one or two great writers / poets there.
Here is what some people on the writing scene do not realize. The bands, artists, art galleries bust their asses on self-promotion. How many local writers do the same thing? Believe me, you can do it for free, easily.
Another thing certain people do not realize is they screwed themselves to a point. Even if it's only sharing and retweets, I promote other authors, musicians, artists, galleries, etc. Last year, I did seriously consider trying to help get the local writing scene on the map. I also realized this is a fairly closed clique. I also realized that people who organize events for writers are not serious about helping them. Otherwise, they would welcome all assistance with open arms.
Oh, the response to my suggestion about having a class / lecture? I was told to contact other people. When event organizers realize they do need help and acknowledge everyone on some level, I will do everything I can to support the local writing scene. Until that point: music, art, authors, businesses, events, my projects are top priority.