About 15 writers associated with the WG2E Street Team are getting ready for a group book launch Aug. 15-18. I could say the Beach Book Blast launch is an event. Really, at times, it seems more like a circus. And I’m not even the ringleader!
We’re going to have different giveaways (including a Kindle Fire), a Facebook party, blog posts, tweets, and lots more. All the planning and prep work that goes into the event is keeping my email inbox ablaze and creating a unique virtual group dynamic where authors, even some not actively launching a book, are teaming together.
Being part of such a supportive, willing, and capable group amazes me and gets me thinking about what I need to do to be a good team member.
-Be willing to help by jumping in, voicing skills, and volunteering. With a group event like the book launch, where so many different aspects come together, there’s always space for volunteers and a place where a writer’s unique skills will come in handy, either during preparations leading to the event, during the event itself, or both.
-Think outside the box. Fresh ideas for the events can make a huge difference in the event’s success. With this upcoming event, I’m grateful for authors who have voiced new ideas and expanded the event’s scope. They’re leading the way and teaching me new approaches of interacting with readers.
-Don’t be afraid to respectfully voice different opinions. And don’t be offended if someone disagrees with your opinion.Sometimes with group events, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or overlook an important aspect of the event.Sometimes it’s difficult to keep an open mind. But when someone respectfully voices a different opinion, I find myself respecting them, even when their opinion differs from mine. I’m appreciative of their willingness to communicate their thoughts.
-Learn as you go. This will be my second time participating in a writers’ online group event. With each new group project, I’m learning more about how to be a better participant and getting ideas for future events. I suspect and hope I’ll always be learning from my fellow writers.
Your turn, WG2E-land! Do you have any good group event experiences? What makes a good team member?
The Best of WG2E Street Team and Beach Book Blast Wishes — Tamara Ward