Thank you so much to everyone who came and I hope you all enjoyed the cookies (and some people thought I was joking about them) and liked the talk. Love you so much for showing up.
And thank you Maitland Library. The librarians there were so helpful (especially when pointing out there was a pub next door).
15 guests (4 I didn’t know)
1 newsletter subscriber
6 books sold
Overall, I would claim it a success. People laughed during the speech, I avoided saying “um” and I didn’t speed speak (a specialty skill for when nervous), and there were cookies. I probably could’ve read a shorter passage from the book. And probably should’ve given answers that didn’t include “the voices in my head”. And learn to smile a little less like a troll plotting to kill everyone and drink jaeger bombs from their skulls. But still, it was a success.
It was two weeks ago now that I stood up in front of a small group and spoke about my writing.
Using notes stopped me from just reading the whole thing. It kept it a lot livelier and entertaining and able to wander off onto tangents naturally. I wish I trusted this technique more back in school, wouldn’t had failed most of my public speaking stuff.
I had worried that I would have too much time up my sleeve, that’s why I chose such a chunky bit of writing to read out. That was a miscalculation on my part. Should’ve had two bits ready depending upon time; a long piece if there was too much time left and a short piece if there was time left to head to the pub.
Questions were asked. I don’t think I answered them very well, but people asked questions! That was cool.
The Smiling Troll Effect
Going back and looking at the photographs… well, let’s just say I am not in the business of selling my flesh thank God. What was I doing smiling like that? Ugh. And people trusted me enough to buy my book? Are you insane? No way in hell would I trust a person who grins like that. But to those who do… thank you.
It worked. The library advertisement worked and got four strangers there to listen. The rest were friends from all over the place.