My 2015 author events included appearances at more than 30 events! A tour de force.
My philosophy is: Writing books is hard and getting them published is harder. But the hardest part of all is getting them into the public eye. Ways to do that is to give talks, appear at book signings, and meet our readers. Like me, many writers are introverts who are not always comfortable doing this. though I’m one of the introverts, I’m lucky to have begun public speaking at the age of 11, so I don’t mind addressing large groups.
My 2015 author events included speaking at several chapter meetings of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation and signing books at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. The authors, all sold their (our) own books at the Camarillo Writer’s Club, where the audience was large and varied.
One event was spontaneous when a speaker couldn’t make it to the Ventura County Professional Women’s Network. I was asked to fill in, which I happily did. I served on the board of directors of VCPWN from 2004-2018, as president for two years, and also in several other positions. It remains a favorite organization.
At the Center for Spiritual Living in Camarillo I spoke about graphotherapy and how to work through blocks to success with handwriting exercises. Graphotherapy is something Claudia Rose taught Annabelle Giordano when they met in Written in Blood.
Then, there was the Camarillo Newcomer’s Club, and the release of Outside the Lines, which I talk about in another blog post.
My lovely author friends
I’m blessed with such good friends to share the spotlight at these events. As part of my 2015 author events, I often co-hosted with Lena Rivkin when speaking to handwriting analysts. Lena is the Vice-President of the SoCal chapter of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation. Whether we are at writing groups or libraries, it’s always fun to chat with other authors and hear their experiences. And the best thing is to meet the readers who support us.