I’ve only been a published author for a week, so what do I know? But I will say this: One of the great joys of writing a book is being able to share it with others. And, yesterday, I got my very first invitation to speak at a local book club. I felt very honored, and a little nervous.
It’s easy to feel a little jittery about the prospect of talking to readers. What if they didn’t like the book? What if they found a mistake, a flaw in the book? What if? What if?
But, I loved the advice I got from my writer friend Allie Larkin (author of the lovely book, Stay). She told me that the thing that helped her feel confident when speaking in front of groups–whether they were book clubs or customers in book stores—was to remember that she was the #1 expert on her book. Yes, people will have their opinions. People may even find “flaws.” But when it comes to my book, and my characters, I am the expert. I invented them for crying out loud! That little realization made me feel more at ease.
So, I’m excited about popping in to book clubs (or skyping in to national ones!) and discussing my novel.
Readers, I would love, love, love to hear from you about what you hope for/look for when an author visits your book club. Do you want to hear backstory on the writing process? What special touches make an author visit really fun at your book club?