Hi everyone, I’ve been getting wonderful feedback and wanted to take this time to say thank you.
So, to the dreaded nerves. Marketing has to be a writers lot if you want to sell. I am no marketing guru, but I’m glad to report back that taking a sensible approach and thinking about what I wanted to say before I went ‘live’ was a good move. I wrote everything down that I thought was important to share. Then re-wrote it. I did it on little cards, then on A4 and then stuck it to the side of my computer so that no-one could see my crib sheet.
I knew that I would dry up, forget my name and make a hash of it. It fell off more than once! Rustling paper could be heard. I know it!
Well the zoom went better than anticipated. I tried for a lightweight approach and told the truth. You cant go wrong when you tell the truth. Honestly, it was fun in the end, even though I lost a pound or two in sweat! No really the people who introduced me on Zoom were fantastic. Really supportive. It’s just a personal thing that I need to get over.
I was also invited to do two radio shows – the local one – Frome FM and Chat and Spin Radio which is worldwide.
Again I had crib sheets, but the Frome one I really wasn’t happy with because I lost the plot, even though they were great. But then, are we ever really happy?
I did a bunch of extra work for the Chat and Spin show and pretty much pushed the interviewer aside as I wanted to say my bit without being questioned. I get so easily flummoxed. That’s my excuse. But to be fair it felt a whole heap better (without the questions, that is.)
After the radio and zoom shows I was invited to a celebration evening and asked to bring my books along to sell. This was great. Another outlet, but another show of nerves and I couldn’t tell anyone what my book was about. Lame or what! I didn’t have a crib sheet and I couldn’t hide, because I could be seen and random people were asking questions, and while they were lovely, I was a mass of nerves!
I did sell some books though and am eternally grateful to everyone for their generosity, spirit of mind and support. Funny thing is, during me asking a fellow author how she thought up her stories, she repeated verbatim what I had said in my zoom. I’ll take that as a compliment, or is it that she is exactly like me? Who knows. I don’t care. If was something I said and it resonated, then I’m grateful. Also another author told me that they are shy as well. Just goes to show that some people look confident on the outside and inside a quivering jelly. Well done them!
Oh, and could I be really cheeky and ask if you would help me by sharing my link to your friends and family please?
Thank you so much!