Want to know my tricks?
Before going up I went outside (away from the curious looks) and in an over exaggerated way spoke my ABC's, to loosen my lips and remind me to speak slowly (thanks Ms West, old drama teacher). Finally, for the nerves, well I'm ex-admin, when you have to call people up asking for invoices or money you lose all embarrassment. So it was practice.
I was very impressed with the variety of stories and the talent (though I do wished they had a microphone, projecting your voice is hard on the throat muscles) and everyone was really nice. It was lovely to meet so many amazing people.
I even sold four books. Two went to members of my writer's group (I think you might be able to purchase the signed copies on ebay when I'm famous) and two to a gentleman named Zane Hacker, another writer who made the suggestion of book bartering. I swapped two of my books (totalling $26 for this event) for one of his hardcover travel cook books (worth about $40) so I think I may have done well with that (though I have yet to find a biscuit recipe in his book between pictures of ice and penguins. If not then I got stooged).