Comfort zones and baby steps …

Today is a busy one for me. As soon as I post this, and get a few other things taken care of, I’ll be packing up and heading to a very small town and their local library for an author Meet and Greet. No big thing? To some, no. To me, yes, it’s a big deal. I’ve put as much thought and preparation into it as I did for my stay in Atlanta for The Novel Experience Event. I’ve even got a case of nerves for this small event, just like I did for the larger one.

A lot of it stems from the fact that I’m basically an introvert. I think the majority of authors are. That’s why we’re so comfortable writing. It’s a solo activity, there’s no pressure. Not all authors are like that, however. I know some that are outgoing, and can schmooze with the best of them. I can do it, but it’s always a stressful experience. I have to force myself to approach people. But, if you want to be successful, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Another local author told me not to expect too much in both attendance and sales. I’m good with that. I have a few friends that are going to be there to support me, and that means a lot. Either way, we’re going to make it a fun time. The whole point is to get my name, and my book, out in the public eye. It’s all baby steps at this point. If I gain a reader or two in the mix, so much the better.

Public appearances are part of being an author. I’m one of those that believe if you’re going to do something, you’re going to do it to the best of your ability. You’re also going to exhaust all avenues to be as successful as possible. So, I’m learning to step out of my comfort zone. The best part is that the people I interact with are readers. And while I’m an author now, I’m also a reader. That’s an automatic connection that gives us something in common. It makes everything easier on my end, for sure.

Next time you run into your favorite author, remember, they’re a reader too. The one thing that will always bring us out of our introverted shells is the chance to talk books.

Till next week,

~Madison

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