I make no secret I’m shy. Or I wouldn’t, if my tongue didn’t constantly tie together, or I wasn’t running altogether from human contact. Sometimes I mention it in my written updates.
Unfortunately, though, as C Hope Clark points out, at some point if I want to make a full-time income on my fiction writing, I will have to talk to people. And even promote myself. And answer that dreaded question: so what do you write?
What I absolutely love about this book is how she takes these incredibly scary things, like live interviews and in-person events, and then tells you how to prepare for them to limit your stress and how much you are put on the spot.
Like preparing your one-line answers for the seemingly simple but completely mind-blanking questions of who you are, what you do, and what your book is about.
Or if you’re at an in-person event, take some business swag that explains your books and why readers should read them, as passersby will read them before they engage you in conversation, and thus take care of the sell and the one-liners part of the conversation.
Or if you’ve agreed to a live interview, you can ask for the questions ahead of time AND practice. You can even suggest questions you want to cover but your interviewer may have missed. This way, you’re practiced and ready to appear your best for your interview.
I highly recommend The Shy Writer Reborn for every shy person or introvert whose job or passion includes the need to sell. Or talk to people. It is the best $2.99 you’ll ever spend.