Now that I’m past the buzz of my second novel being released, I get to start putting everything together to get ready for my first few appearances. In some ways, that’s even more exciting than getting ready for the release, but it’s also nerve-wracking.
Can we say “stage fright”?
In my immediate future, I have three events I’m getting ready for: an elementary school author visit (talking to 7-9 year-olds), a middle school author visit (talking to 11-13 year olds), and a signing at a book store. The book store doesn’t have me nervous at all. I’ve been there before, they’re wonderful people, and I’m really looking forward to going back.
The school visits? I’m terrified.
Is there a tougher audience than a room full of kids? Yeah, a room full of pre-teens. Yikes! Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to it. I’m just so nervous! Even though I’m going to be talking about the same topic, I’m going to have to present it two very different ways. What interests a seven-year-old probably won’t matter much to a teenager, and vice-versa.
Not only that, but I’m just barely getting accustomed to the fact that I’m the parent when I go my girls’ schools. Part of me still wants to refer to all the teachers as Miss or Mister, and I’m still a little floored when I get to call them by their first names. Now I’m going to go to two schools to be a presenter? Pardon me while I get my head to stop spinning.
I’ll get over it, and I’m sure it will go well. Thanks for letting me release a few nerves. 🙂
In other news, there is something that I wanted to share with all of you: there’s a way you can get a signed copy of my books!
The book store I’m visiting later this month will take orders for either of my novels, I’ll sign them while I’m there, and then they’ll ship them to you. Here’s the link to order. You can order much more than just my books, so take a little look around while you’re there!
Ten days and counting until I start this merry-go-round! This is going to be fun! (Yes, I’m still convincing myself.) 😉