Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IWSG March - I Survived

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for March.

Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are:

Please stop by their blogs and say thank you

Last time IWSG met, I was facing the first public appearance of my writing career. Well, I made it through. I won't say it was with flying colors, but I didn't totally bomb either.

I practiced my excerpt reading (videoing myself with my phone and watching the replay was the most helpful thing, by the way), and I showed up organized and ready to set up my table. I'll never be a great public speaker--it's not my talent--but I read slowly enough and managed to put a little feeling into the piece. 

I enjoyed talking to the people who came up to my table as well. I didn't freeze up or get nervous the way I thought I might. (Like many introverts, I find myself at a loss for what to say when the pressure's on.) My daughter was there to support me, which helped a lot, and I made a few new friends before it was all over.

Author Jessica Trapp

Author Bethany Averie & husband
Photo credit: Joseph Tidline

On the technical side, the Paypal Here app and card swiper I got for my phone worked well. I brought cash for making change, but everyone who purchased a book opted to put it on a card.

Event tips:
  • Order your swag and paperbacks well in advance; shipping takes time!
  • Measure or ask for measurements of the table you'll be decorating
  • Candles? Ask about policies on open flames or use flameless
  • Keep a list of everything (and I mean everything) you want to remember to take and check it before you leave home
  • Take bottled water to keep hydrated if you're doing a reading
  • Take a lens wipe or two with you if you wear glasses
  • Keep your signing pen(s) and other critical items in a place that's easy to access
  • Provide a tablet for people to sign up for your newsletter (manually enter them later). 
  • Print your excerpt out in large font, with notes to yourself if needed
  • Tab the pages or snip graduated bits from the edges of the paper so you can find and turn each page without licking your thumb

I'm glad I took part in this, but in the future, I'll probably stick to simple book signings or similar events, sans readings. :)

Have you attended any public events?
What was your experience?

IWSG is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a monthly bloghop that offers a safe haven for writers to express their feelings and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. It's also a venue for offering support, both in the form of comments and positive posts. Writers of all kinds are welcome. 

We 'meet' the first Wednesday of every month. If you're interested in learning more, click on the link above. And don't be intimidated by the size of the group. We're not expected to visit everyone on the list

Friday, February 13, 2015

Promo Friday - February

It's time for another Promo Friday.

Today, I'm featuring two talented ladies--
Loni Townsend and Elizabeth Seckman.  
I get to brag on two friends with one post. :) 

Loni Townsend, who recently released This World Bites, has been bitten by the publishing bug for sure. Her short story titled Piper is part of the just-released anthology Of Mist and Magic: Really Slow Motion, AND she has a second short story due out in another anthology in early March. Go, Loni!!! :D

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

IWSG February - Wayyy Out Of My Comfort Zone

This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post for February.

Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are:
Please stop by their blogs and say thank you.

With the exception of publishing my debut, this may be the most insecure I've ever been.