Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Writing Wednesday: Speaking Up to Self Promote
I had a fairly successful book signing on Friday where everyone paid cash. What better way to spend it than on yoga class, right?
Afterward I spoke with the teacher, and she said, no problem, don't worry, and I said "I had a good book signing, so you should take the money while I have it."
The teacher - and the entire class - did a double take. Silence filled the room for a split second or two before they all began asking questions at once, and I realized NONE OF THEM KNEW I WROTE BOOKS.
This is an affluent group of women, mostly older than myself, who do yoga once or twice a week, drink wine, travel, and of course read... and I'd never thought to mention to any of them that I write romance and romantic suspense.
Granted, it's not like we go out for cocktails after class or anything. But I've seen many of them once a week for the last six or eight months.
Do you have groups of friends like that or does everyone know you're an author?
Am I the only one who "keeps secrets" as one of the ladies accused?
Maybe it's because I'm not sure how to open that conversation. How do you work it into a conversation when you meet new people? Or with a group of people you know or work with?
If you have told people, how did they react? Were they interested in buying and reading your books?
Now I need to decide if I'm going to take some books with me next Monday to class. The teacher already said she thought it would be a good idea. So maybe....
In the meantime, Happy Writing to All!