My sister and niece
It's true. I try to hide it. Act calm. Carry on. Etcetera.
I've been lucky in the past 30 days. Things have gone well. So, I think I'll take a deep breath and be thankful for all the goodness in my personal and professional life.
If you've been with me here, you know that I've had a lot going on in the last month. I've done two television interviews without succumbing to Tourette's (a disorder I don't have but fear I'll exhibit while in a public forum). I've hosted my niece's wedding. I planned a book signing with 10 authors for the short story anthology, Wild at Heart, which is dedicated to charity. On Saturday, I had my first signing for The Waiting Booth at a local bookstore. The Waiting Booth is my debut YA book that recently released in print.
So for all you worriers like me, know this. Sometimes it all comes together. It was a sold-out event.
My sister deserves a lot of the marketing credit. She messaged all her friends on Facebook and asked them to share the book signing announcement on their walls. She also made her famous cupcakes for the event.
Most important, she kept me positive. Writers are an insecure bunch. We truly are. I had a vision of no one approaching the book signing table. Or worse, a customer would approach and ask for another book in the store. My plan was to seek solace in the cupcakes.
In addition to my sister's request to our friends, readers also shared on their Facebook walls. If you doubt the power of social media, here is my testimony that it worked for this event. I noticed a bump in online sales over the weekend as well. Readers asked me if there would be more in stock before Christmas. It's enough to make an author dream of snow and sugarplums....and bestsellers.
I am grateful for wonderful family, friends, and readers who support me. Last week's winner of November Reader Appreciation Month is Sherry Isaac, who blogs at Psychological Sizzle. Sherry will receive an Amazon or Starbucks $5 gift card. I have more surprises for December!
Today's post is a regular one that you see the first Wednesday of each month. It's part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group founded by Alex Cavanaugh. If you'd like to find out more about joining, click HERE to visit Alex's blog. He's the author of Cassa Star and Cassa Fire as well as being a super-nice blogger. You can inspire and support all the writers by visiting them from the linky list HERE.