Pushy and demanding …

I spent my Saturday visiting every comic-book and bookstore in my region. I got my business cards and book fliers ready, got in my car, and went around and accosted people. Here’s my spiel:

Hi, I’m a local author. I have a book coming out in May. (Hand flier to person. Smile). I was wondering if you’d be interested in carrying a few copies or perhaps hosting a book signing. (Smile some more).

Responses varied. Some folks were really interested in what I had to say (yeah!). Others were not (meh). By the end of the day, I was exhausted — physically and mentally.

I love talking to people who read. What they like, what they don’t like. I enjoy talking about writing, creating characters, building worlds, etc. I enjoy debating the merits of various TV shows and movies and music. I don’t like to talk so much about myself, mainly because my day job as a journalist is to listen to other people speak.

But what I really don’t like is cold-calling people, which is essentially what I did Saturday. I always feel like a used car salesman, pushing stuff on people that they don’t really want. But promoting is part of being a writer, so I’ve just got to suck it up and do it anyway. Hopefully, it will get a little easier after the book comes out, and I get some name recognition going.

On the bright side, I did set up some book signings, so I’ll be posting those dates in a few weeks when I get my schedule finalized. :-)

What about you? Do you love promoting? Dread book signings? Inquiring minds want to know …

4 Responses to “Pushy and demanding …”

  1. Edie says:

    I’m an introvert, so that part will be hard for me when it comes. I know I’ll do it anyway. Like you said, you’re doing your part.

  2. Jennifer Estep says:

    I want the book to sell well, and this is all part of the show. Besides, the worst thing they can do it tell me no or chase me out of their store.

    But hey, if I’d stopped the first time someone told me no, I never would have finished my book or gotten an agent or sold. :cool:

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