It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The once per month blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
APRIL 5 QUESTION
Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?
APRIL 5 APRIL
NOPE. Got nothin’ to promote.
I did take on a challenge this month when I accepted the invitation to be Master of Ceremonies (MC) for April Meet the Author event.
Back in March I volunteered to MC the same event. Back then, I was a shy, soft spoken, well meaning MC. By the end of the evening, I wasn’t sure I was cut out for public speaking.
These events include the authors talking about about their writing. To keep the program interesting, I asked one author a couple of questions, “How did you get started writing?” and “What motivated you to write historical fiction?”
She was unprepared to answer those questions and was mortified. After the event she expressed her displeasure in no uncertain terms. I expressed my sincere apologies and promised to mend my ways. We exchanged emails and agreed to put the incident behind us. We did just that. That was in March.
The event sponsors asked me to MC the April event. I agreed and promised myself to smile, keep my head up, and exude confidence. And the authors would be given questions *before* the event.
In the three weeks before the event, I devoted every spare minute to creating a rotating slideshow presentation that promoted each author. The visuals would be controlled by a very capable volunteer. The question now became, how would she know which visuals to show when?
I interviewed the writers, read their bio on Amazon, and copied pictures from their FB page (as well as Amazon). Based on my research (and drawing from my film & television background), I created a program script including slideshow cue changes.
Major changes to the visuals floated over my transom at the 11th hour forcing last minute changes. My stress level and self-doubt was enormousness.
It’s show time! I forced myself to focus on the presenters and the audience. I held the microphone up to my mouth. I smiled, tossed quips and comments to keep the evening rolling. The audience and authors appeared to have a good time and sales were brisk.
Yup, I survived the evening. Some even said I thrived.