So I went to a family reunion this weekend and guess what happened? Everyone asked about my writing.
They asked about work and the family, sure, but they wanted to know about my short stories and forthcoming novel.
What's it about? they all asked. Where can I buy it? Do you have business cards? Where is your website? When will it be released?
That's when I went Fudd on them and started stammering. I had no idea what to say!
It embarrassed me. I don't like discussing my work, because when I say it out loud, it sounds (to me) ridiculous.
God love my wife. She started talking me up, and hearing her talk relaxed me. Then I started talking easier about the story lines, and after a while I felt more like I was networking than visiting with family.
It was weird to hand out business cards to my family. But they took them, and I think they are genuinely excited about the book.
The business cards, of course, were for my business, not for my book and writing, and I looked as be-Fudd-led as I felt.
So I give you this as advice, as well as myself, regarding the arting of writing.
Get some business cards
There's a thought, eh. I will probably generate a logo for myself. Speaking of which...
Not sure on this one. For me, yes, I will create a logo. If you do it yourself, keep it simple, with as few colors as possible, and don't go changing it every few weeks. Make sure you can zoom in or out without losing resolution. You will need Photoshop if you are serious about it, or you can find free logo companies online.
Know your long and short
Be ready with a one-sentence blurb about your book. My blurb it this: It's about a redneck in a spacesuit who sits in a lawn chair and stares at the moon.
Then you can field questions after that little intro. I need to practice more.
Website and email
If you don't already, get a website and an email. I use my business email, and I own the website www.EricTrant.com and redirect it here.
Have a central location for all your work
I keep track of my work and publications right here on this blog. I try to make it easy for folks to find and purchase my work.
Be professional on your blog
Too late for that one, eh.
Anyway, enough about all that. I need to polish my marketing and conversation skills so I am better prepared in the future.
How about you? Have you been taken off-guard about your current career and dream pursuits? Do you stammer when they ask what it's about and how it's going?
Buh buh buh, buh-da, That's all, folks.