Last week my picture book “Grandma’s Pear Tree” was released. This was a huge moment and the end of a two year process. After waiting for nearly two weeks for the books to arrive, I was thrilled to come home and find the big box, exacto knife and my husband waiting with a camera. It was a beautiful moment. I would share the pictures but they didn’t come out, so you’ll have to take my word for it, it was beautiful.
Now that my book is out it was time to make sure that I had everything mentioned in the marketing articles to promote my book:
- Twitter account…check
- book signings…not quite (three out of four isn’t so bad).
It was time to get busy and try to arrange some book signings. Armed with my newly printed business cards, fresh of the press book and wearing my most business-like (and least Mom-like) outfit, I headed to my local Barnes and Noble. I walked into the store, headed toward the children’s book department and panicked. Yup, I wimped out. I grabbed a few picture books (which I will review later this week) and sat and read them waiting for my nerve to return. Unfortunately it didn’t so I walked back to my car with my tail between my legs and headed home.
That night at dinner I shared my experience with my family and after some good natured ribbing about me being a “weenie”, they convinced me to wait a few days and try again. My Mother-in-Law, who is much braver than I am, decided to take matters into her own hands and by the next day I had a book signing scheduled at the book store close to her home (details are in the “Upcoming” section of the blog) with the possibility of another.
So today I dressed up in my second best business-like looking outfit and headed to Barnes and Noble again. This time I spoke with the clerk who suggested that I email the person in charge of promotions (which I did as soon as I got home). I am still waiting to hear, but I am proud that I was able to face my fear and I wasn’t a “weenie” this time.
This is a great time to recommend the Shrinking Violets website. This site is full of information for those writers who are a little more introverted and need a little help.
Here is a quote from the site:
Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realise that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are being taught to be ashamed of not being ‘outgoing’. But a writer’s job is ingoing.
–Ursula K. LeGuin
I will keep you posted on any book signings or events in the “Upcoming” section of the blog.
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