Monday, July 25, 2011
Don't Talk to Me About My Book...
Standing around at a party...conversation begins as new person joins our group. Introductions are made.
Friend A: "And incase you didn't know, Cathy is a famous author!"
Friend B: "Yes, she's PUBLISHED, you know!!"
Me: "Well, erm. Yes, I'm published. Not famous."
New Person eyes me quite quizzically. "Oh. So. You like, put your book on Kindle?"
Me: "Yes. I mean no. I mean, yes, it's available on Kindle. But I'm published traditionally."
New Person: "Good for you. Who's your publisher?"
NP: "Never heard of them. What's your book about?"
At this point friends jump in and tell New Person, who happens to be a man, all about Luke and Kristin. His eyes begin to glaze over. He's slightly intrigued by the Vietnam War angle, but on the whole, he's pretty bored.
NP: "Cool. I'll have to download it. I don't read romance but hey..."
Me: "Yeah. Okay. Cya."
Well, maybe I didn't say "Cya", but, you know? Painful. It's a good thing I never applied to work at Avon or Mary Kay. I am the WORST salesperson in the world!!
So what should I have done differently with Mr. Skeptical? Should I have challenged him to read my novel and offer to reimburse him if he hated it? Should I have responded with, "Why, yes. My friends are perfectly correct. I AM famous. I am in fact the ONLY Bermudian author to ever get a book published and I have no doubt that my book will be appearing on the NYT bestseller list by the end of the year." That might have been slightly worse than my stumbling over my words and wishing I was anywhere but there...however I'm not really into lying.
I'm definitely not into patting myself on the back, puffing out my chest and telling the world how great I am.
So where's the happy medium?
How do you promote yourself with self-confidence without coming off as a totally self-absorbed idiot?
Posted by Catherine West at 4:18 AM