I was looking forward to writing a blog post after my whirlwind blog tour/first public appearance. Some things I learned: people really like a laugh. The funnier you are, the more likely they are to like you, but that might not necessarily sell books. It’s HARD to make people part with their hard-earned cash, though a few people I spoke to were convinced to give my book a try, and I’m happy that it’s gotten some good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
The longer the blog tour, the more people lost interest, especially in the couple of weeks in which I blogged. There’s only so much people can read about one person. After five or six blogs, I think people felt like they knew me. And it was hard to come up with that much to say about myself in such a short period of time, especially when my book was all I had to talk about. I broke up some of those entries with more personal stories, not only why I wrote The Pyramid Waltz, but why I wrote at all, or things from my childhood that led me to writing. Seems people like stories they can identify with. ^_^
So what do people do if they can’t be funny? I guess they just write beautifully. Also, just because a person isn’t Lol funny doesn’t mean they can’t be friendly and approachable. In Provincetown, I was blown away by the people who wanted to come up to me and talk to me about my book, who really loved the characters and wanted to tell me that. I have felt these feelings; I have complimented authors on their characters or world-building. I told RA Salvatore that he rocks. Even after I wrote a book, though, I never dreamed it would happen to me.
When one lady found me in the bookstore in P-town and gushed about how much she loved Lord Hugo, I nearly asked her which member of my writing group had paid her to be there. Or the very small, bruised child within me expected her to end her outpouring of love with “Psych!” (She didn’t do that. I know that if she had, certain members of my writing group would have flown up there just to get in her face. Trakena, looking at you…. ^_^)
I was so blown away by this happening that I nearly cried, and all I could stammer was something like, “Thanks, glad you liked it,” and “What a sweet thing to say, thank you so much.” I’m profoundly thankful that she didn’t ask me any questions about the characters because, in that moment, I couldn’t remember a damn thing about any of them.
I think blog tours and personal appearances are still a good thing, and will probably help you sell some books, as long as you remain true to who you are. Or if you give them cookies. That should be a greeting card. Stay true to yourself…or bake.
Do the ideas of blog tours and personal appearances scare the crap out of you? I found that eating right before I was to speak helped me a lot. Without food, I can get a bit manic, and even a small bite calmed me down. Do you use any tricks before speaking to groups?
p.s. I’m going to but on my beggar hat now. If you have read the book, please help me out by leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. I know Amazon requires you to write something, but on Goodreads, you can just give the book a star-rating. And if you’ve already left a rating, thanks so very much. End begging.