She breezes through town, agent by her side, dazzling us with her witty words, leaving all spellbound with her talent and clamoring to purchase and devour her material. That’s how the dream goes, anyhow.
Then, she is off to the next destination, a new group, new venue, ready to rock the crowd. Wait, that would be a rock star’s job. Well, I did tell you it was a fantasy, right? That anyone would hail an indie author in such a way is truly the stuff of folk tales.
My author’s trail is more like a slow trek on the Oregon Trail. Luckily I still have my day job, or someone might be starting to starve. I should probably add that being employed full-time forces me to do a balancing act and sometimes shuffle the writing and self-promotion to the bottom of my to-do list. 😦 However, I am learning the benefits and reaping the rewards of speaking to groups about my books.
Mind you, I have only spoken to groups of people that know me personally.Once at my own church Artist’s/Talent Fair, and recently at my mother’s church, where I knew at least 80% of the audience. I had an invite to go to a high school during their Literacy Week, but a family mishap forced me to cancel. Still, I’ll take two out of three and have faith there will be more, along with the gumption to make it happen.
First presentation ever! April, 2016. Amateurish, I know. Don’t judge! 🙂
For my second presentation, the crowd consisted of people from my mother’s church who have known me since my twenties, but most haven’t yet read my book. Why? Some people don’t read on Kindle. But three months ago I got my first book, Made for Me, a sci-fi romance novella, published in paperback through Amazon’s Direct Publishing program. I also brought a few extra paperbacks to the presentation, you know, just in case. Like magic, five people are now reading my book who haven’t before. You may think, “Five? Big deal.” Every reader is a reward to me as an indie author, even if they are people that know me. It’s one more chance at word of mouth. Every review is another reward. Count every small step forward as a victory. On top of that, it was just touching to see many people that I haven’t seen in years. I also got some great feedback about my presentation and some interesting questions were asked. Yes, I carried an outline for my speech. It helps. 🙂
I know my next steps, I know who I need to contact. My next goal is to speak at public libraries. However, I can’t tell you when. I am working on writing and editing another book, working full-time, and parenting, and I’m sure there’s something else. But it will happen! I won’t put it off too long. Sometimes I want to make it happen all at once, but it won’t. At any rate, I may be feeling older, but I am still young. I’m going to do this, and perhaps the plan is where it all starts?
Here are two of my biggest supporters! Mom’s reading my paperback, Made for Me. Bixby has sat beside me many times as I wrote this book and others. If you’re interested, Made for Me is available in Kindle edition or paperback at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Made-Me-Its-chemistry-isnt/dp/1520250215 I’ll soon be working on converting the second book in the series to paperback as well.