I worked with Dale a few years back helping to promote her book using social media. She has many creative endeavors and I know you’ll enjoy learning more about her in the interview below.
Tell us a little bit about your book and business.
My book is RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives. I co-authored it with my twin brother, Scott Griffiths, and it includes the stories of 16 extraordinary modern Renaissance women from multiple areas: business, the arts, social activism, science, and more. It is a book that will inspire and motivate women (and men too!) to explore their fullest potential.
Why did you write your book?
My twin brother had co-authored a book about modern Renaissance men and we both realized that it was important women got recognized as being Renaissance people as well!
How did you publish your book? Traditional publisher, hybrid publisher, self-published?
We self-published the book.
How did things change for you as an author in 2020 and how did you manage to weather through the year during the pandemic?
The book was published in 2016 and I spent most of 2017 and some of 2018 marketing the book in the form of book events, signings, and invited presentations and panels. (So I’m grateful I was able to do all that live before this crazy 2020!) In 2017, I also returned to my other creative endeavors (in my own Renaissance-style) and continued to work on my short film projects. (In all I have written and produced or co-produced six short narrative films, three of which I directed.) These films went to multiple film festivals in 2017-2019, many of which I attended. So the biggest adjustment in 2020 was that after February, the film festivals I was accepted into all went virtual! Which will continue into at least part of 2021. But one advantage to being a writer is that I continue to write new work, quarantined or not!
What is your favorite book marketing tip?
If you are self-published OR traditionally published, take marketing into your own hands! Get out there and do signings and book events, and everything else you can think of to get word out about your book. (I actually also did videos about the women in the book, along with a whole podcast series.)
What are your goals for 2021?
The new work I have been focusing on in 2020 are feature-length screenplays and a full-length play. So my goal for 2021 is to get that work out there. (Which can include readings and raising funds for production or finding interested producers.)
Where can readers find your book?
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Just that in today’s world, having a flexible, multi-dimensional approach to life is not just aspirational, but essential!
Dale Griffiths Stamos is the co-author of the nonfiction book: RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives. Dale is also an award-winning screenwriter and playwright. She has written and produced or co-produced six short films which have been official selections at multiple film festivals, garnering two audience and two jury awards, as well as three Awards of Excellence from Best Shorts Competition and the Bill Paxton Award from the Ojai Film Festival. She has penned two feature-length screenplays: One White Crow and Blue Jay Singing in the Dead of Night which have been named as finalists or semi-finalists in a number of screenwriting competitions including the New York City International Screenplay Awards, StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, Creative World Awards and Script Summit. Dale’s short and full-length plays have been produced around the country. She is the recipient of the Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, and is a top-ten winner, twice, in the Writers Digest Stage Play Competition.