Look around you at a social gathering. I am the one in the corner with a book or playing on my smart phone.
Who is that person sneaking into Wal-mart at the ungodly hour of 8 am? That would be me. And don’t believe the rumor that I blacken my face and wear camo gear. It simply isn’t true. For the most part.
So how did I find myself speaking to a bunch of middle school kids about writing? Giving interviews to newspapers? Offering a presentation to the Missouri Writers Guild?
It appears I have committed the grievous sin of walking down this writerly path and arriving at the intersection of Published and Author.
Promotions might start with the query, continue with the book cover and tours, but they don’t end with the book’s release. People, the ride down this hairy lane is only just beginning.
Introverts: get over it, cuz this is all a part of the ticket you bought when you wrote the manuscript.
For those who need a little gumption, try Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives, and other Introverts by Joanna Penn.
Her website, Creative Penn, is a must for all writers. She is the author of other self-help books about marketing as well as the Arkane series of thrillers.
Somehow, I got through the ordeal of speaking in public with nary a scratch. Proving once again, that I am invincible!
Now where did I put that camo?