The other day the song “Getting to Know You,” popped into my head. Now it’s stuck there, but I don’t mind. Songs sometimes visit me, because they relate to what’s happening in my life. For now, the words seem to suggest it’s important to let people get to know me as a published author.
In order to market my work, I need to build new relationships, but this new me doesn’t come natural. I’m an introvert. I like to sit back and observe people and situations before I give a voice to my thoughts. Writing has always been my outlet, a quiet way of speaking.
For instance, I visited a store recently—a place I go often—and I brought a flyer along about my recent book event for The Bunny Poets. Would one of the owners hang it in the window for me? I felt anxious about asking, but I’ve known the clerk for years. Her face registered surprise as she read the news about my book launch. She had no idea I was a published author.
Since there was no one else in line, I spent a few minutes talking to her about the story.
“Sure, we can hang this in the window,” she said.
On the way home, I started to hear the lyrics for “Getting to Know You” rattle around in my head. That wasn’t so bad, I thought as I hummed along.
The next time I visited the store I had to smile, because I spotted someone familiar gaze back at me. The woman in the picture was ready to meet the public. Although getting to know people is new to me, I am pleased to see the results if I’m willing to reach out.
If you attended my event on April 22nd, I’d like to thank you, but if you missed it, I left some signed books at Napa Bookmine for them to sell. Hop on over and pick one up.
Also, I will be signing books at the Jessel Gallery on Friday, May 18th. Visit the event section of her website for more information.
In the photo, special thanks to Amber Lea Starfire for helping me present my book.