In 2015 I appeared at more than 30 events–a tour de force!
Writing books is hard. Getting them published is harder. The hardest part of all is getting them into the public eye. That means giving talks, appearing at book signings, and meeting readers. Most writers are introverts who find this an uncomfortable activity. I’m one of the introverts, but lucky that I learned public speaking at the age of 11, so I don’t mind addressing large groups.
A handful of the events I participated in during 2015 are pictured below.
At the Camarillo Writer’s Club, the audience was large and varied. We, the authors, all sold our own books.
When a speaker couldn’t make it to the Ventura County Professional Women’s Network, I filled in. VCPWN is a favorite organization. I served on the board of directors from 2004-2018, as president for two years, and also in several other positions.
At the Center for Spiritual Living I spoke about graphotherapy and how to work through blocks to success with handwriting exercises. Graphotherapy is something Claudia Rose taught Annabelle Giordano when they met in Written in Blood.
Then, there was the Camarillo Newcomer’s Club, and the release of Outside the Lines, which I talk about in another blog post.
My lovely author friends
I’m lucky to have such good friends with whom to share the spotlight at these events. I often co-hosted with Lena Rivkin when speaking to handwriting analysts in 2015. At writing groups or libraries, it’s fun to chat with other authors and hear their experiences.