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As for me? Today, I'm experiencing a whole new level, or stage, or color of insecurity. I'm taking galleys (a.k.a. Advance Reader Copies) of my debut novel, Who R U Really?, to local bookstores.
It's a really weird feeling ... because REGARDLESS of the fact that I have been a top recruiter for big company, been a very successful salesperson, and spoken in front of thousands of people ... the idea of hand delivering a copy of my debut novel to a bookstore is FREAKING ME OUT!
I've created this story. I've written it, revised it, polished it, and repeated the process for so long ... and now I'm supposed to say to a stranger, "Here's my baby. Like it. Buy it. Sell it ... for me ... someone you've never met before and have no reason to like on the spot ... except for the fact that I showered and fixed my hair and wore a new shirt." *insert nervous smile*
So ... please ... wish me luck. I'm off to the bookstores. I've mapped out the driving route. And if I'm successful, not only will these stores stock my book, but they'll also let me come back for events ... and then the "events" tab on my website will have actual content!
Oh, and trust me, I will be eating comfort food when I've finished the route today. Daydreaming about what food I'll choose will help me get through the stress of exposing my innermost soul to complete strangers.
Enjoy a virtual treat from me:
Fingers crossed for you, but I'm sure all will be great.ReplyDelete
Good luck. I'm nervous for you too, but I bet you'll do awesome.ReplyDelete
Best wishes with taking your galleys to the bookstores.ReplyDelete
Congrats on your debut, and good luck with those nerves! The hard part is done, at least. *taking a chocolate :D*ReplyDelete
You'll do great! I can't wait to read your book!ReplyDelete
I also heard of an awesome cupcake place that's new in town called Frosting -it's on 12th above Twice Sold Tales. You might try there when you're done. :)
I survived! It was a great experience (maybe I'll blog about it on Monday), and I met some delightful people! I'll update the "events" page soon! YAY for books and bookstores!ReplyDelete
I really shouldn't, but okay they look delicious. I wish you all the best. You didn't give up on your writing, so I can't see you giving up here either. :-)ReplyDelete
Anna from Shout with Emaginette
Good luck, Margo! I imagine it's a v. thrilling and nerve-wracking experience. Let us know how it goes!ReplyDelete