Over the past weekend, I had the exciting opportunity to read my book, Becoming Mortal gods, in front of an audience. It was at Bookends And More, a small bookstore in Radcliff, KY, where I shared the honor of a book signing with fellow author, Reverend Gary Hamer.
I’ll admit I was very nervous; I hadn’t read aloud in public since probably the eighth grade. But I swallowed the lump in my throat and read through two whole chapters of my book. I only looked up once or twice at my audience, but I could tell that I had them at least a little bit interested. When I was through, I felt a great sense of pride in what I had done. In fact, I would even say that it’s something I would look forward to doing again some day.
Reading your books in public may sound nerving, but it will also give you more confidence, not only in your writing but in your ability to promote your work. If you can some how pull the courage together to get started, it’s all down hill from there, and it will improve your chances of selling you book. I’ll put it this way, I can’t speak for everyone that was there that day, but at least one person came forward after the reading and said they were buying the book only to see what was going to happen next. Reading sells books.
I do want to personally thank everyone who came out to see me that day. It was great to see you, and I hope you enjoyed. I also want to thank Gary Hamer for all of his words of encouragement, and helpful advice. This was my first book signing, and I don’t know if I’d have made it through the same way if he wasn't there.