Collaboration

Gayle_Cheyenne bookstoreBy Gayle M. Irwin

A few weeks ago several exciting opportunities cropped up, like the greening grass I see popping through the front and back yards at my house. And just like those little sprigs bring a smile to my face and hope to my heart, these early May endeavors have brought me joy. Each involves a collaboration (maybe more than one), and each also brings new audience potential for my books.

On Thursday evening, May 5th, I’ll be part of the newly-formed Casper Art Walk. I’ll be reading from and selling my books alongside another Casper, Wyoming author, Casey Day Rislov. National Children’s Book Week takes place May 2 to 8, 2016 – Casey is a children’s author, and she and I have shared booksigning events in the past. Her delightful stories emphasize a lesson, such as love and self-confidence; my inspirational dog stories for children also weave important topics and character traits, such as courage, friendship, and self-confidence. She and I will help children (or adults) who come see us at Art 321 that evening create their own books. I’m looking forward to this collaborative event; it will be the first time either Casey or I have been part of the Casper Art Walk.

On Saturday, May 7th, I’ll drive to the Lander-Riverton area of Wyoming (about 3 hours from Casper) to share the stage several times that day with fellow Writing Wranglers & Warriors blogger Darrah Perez. Darrah, as many of you have come to know, is a poet and memoir-writer, among so many other creative, artistic endeavors. She and I will read from and sell our books at the Fremont County Library in Lander in the morning, and that night we will be featured at a pet rescue fundraiser; we are also hoping to get a booksigning/reading gig at a local bookstore that afternoon. A full day to say the least (and exciting)!

Then, on Monday evening, May 9th, I’ll be the featured speaker at a women’s club in another community, Worland, Wyoming (my new car is going to put on the miles this weekend!). I spoke at a similar event two years ago in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and greatly enjoyed the experience. I’m grateful for this opportunity, which came my way thanks to a friend in Casper who used to live in Worland and recommended me to this women’s group.

Gayle speaking

So many things fell into place to create these wonderful opportunities, and none would be as exciting without the collaboration and friendship of so many great ladies! Friends, writers, artists, librarians, pet rescuers…. Each and every one is part of these special engagements, and I am truly thankful – and excited!

IMG_4394We writers tend to be a solitary lot, but many times we grow through relationships with others. Like buds on a tree or flowers in the garden, we flourish in the sunlight and warmth of connections and collaborations – we reach new readers, we enjoy new experiences, and we stretch ourselves professionally and emotionally. Discovering new soils through connecting with different souls, we find greater joy and fulfillment, excitement and opportunity.

Have you collaborated with other authors or artists in order to grow your platform and in your craft? How did things work out? I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in the crowds of these May events – maybe even you if you’re in Wyoming in early May!

 

Gayle & Mary outsideGayle M. Irwin is writer, author and speaker. She is the author of several inspiring dog books for children and adults, including Sage’s Big Adventure, Walking in Trust: Lessons Learned with My Blind Dog, Cody’s Cabin: Life in a Pine Forest, and two dog devotion books: Devotions for Dog Lovers: Paws-ing for Time with God and Devotions for Dog Lovers 2: Sage Advice. She is also a contributing writer to five editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She’s also authored a guidebook for owners of blind dogs, available on Kindle. She has a passion for pets and volunteers for and donates a percentage of her writing revenues to several animal welfare organizations. Her speaking engagements include presentations for children and adults about the lessons people can learn from pets. Visit her website at www.gaylemirwin.com.

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16 Responses to Collaboration

  1. Nancy Jardine says:

    Good luck and enjoy your visits, Gayle. I’ve never done a collaborative book event like you describe. The closest I get is having another author sell books at the same Craft Fair as me- though the organisers always spread us out. Maybe because we talk a lot to the customers and would be too noisy in one area of the room! 😉

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    • wyoauthor1 says:

      I share booksignings with other authors on occasion, and we talk, too, Nancy … and we also read our Kindles! 🙂 Collaborating with others is enjoyable because we draw different types of people to each others’ works, and who knows? Sometimes we each make a few extra dollars we might not have otherwise. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and for your encouraging, supportive thoughts!

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  2. Doris says:

    Busy May, and say hello to Darrah for me. Collaboration is so important in the many things we do. Acting, is one of those endeavors where collaboration is very important if you wish to have a successful producfion. Lots to learn from those who do it well. Here’s to great collaborations! Doris

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    • wyoauthor1 says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Doris, and I hope one day you and I can collaborate and/or share a signing, especially if I get accepted by Prairie Rose Publications! 🙂 Good luck on your upcoming productions and presentations!

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  3. It sounds like you’ll be busy in May. Good luck with everything.

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  4. Mike Staton says:

    Have fun with Darrah. You’re sure plugged into the area’s doings. Hope you sell lots and lots of books.

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  5. Gayle, your persistence and love of people, helpfulness and personality shines through this post. I am so excited for your success but I know it doesn’t come without a price. I know you have put hours and hours into networking and it’s paying off! Enjoy each and every event and best of luck with sales. You definitely deserve all the good that comes to you.

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    • wyoauthor1 says:

      Thank you so much, Linda, for your sweet words — your gift of encouragement always touches my heart! 🙂 I put in a lot of hours, that’s for sure, and there are days when I wonder if I’m doing the right thing or making any progress. Then, special things like what’s coming in May happen, and I’m so filled with gratitude for these opportunities. I hope to expand outside of my region in the future — we will see what transpires. Again, my thanks!

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  6. Wranglers says:

    Sue, SJ and, I shared a table one year. You are busy, glad you got to know Darrah. Cher’ley

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  7. Collaborations are definitely important. Doorways begin opening when you work toward the good of others.
    I am looking forward to our May 7th events!

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  8. That sounds fantastic and it’s always fun to do joint book signings. I prefer to do that since the stress of attracting a crowd falls not just on my shoulders alone. You’re lucky you have so many opportunities near you and May sounds like a busy month! (like all your other months – ha!)

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  9. S J Brown says:

    I have found signing events that feature more than one author tend to bring a larger audience. It is also a great opportunity to get to know other authors and their work. I have met and spent time with some really nice people during group events.

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