I have to go to this thing



Saturday I’ll be at this book festival in Dallas at the Material Media booth, signing books and networking and whatever else one does at things like this. I want to be honest about something. I don’t really want to do this. But I am trying to be more assertive about my writing and be available for promotional things. I did promise Elizabeth and Jen from Material Media that I would quit being such a hermit and be part of the publicity side of things.

They’re right of course. I need to be grown-up and realistic about the business side of writing.

So this Saturday, from sometime after 10am until sometime in the afternoon, I’ll be at this Dallas book festival thing with a little table and some books and a pen.

Here is an example of the kind of interaction I’m expecting:

Woman meanders over to the table. Picks up a copy of “Foy.” I’m trying to make eye contact and be engaging but also not stare at her so as to make her uncomfortable. I have no idea how to find that balance. So I just sort of look near her and try to be ready to engage should she seem maybe to want that.

D’you write this?

I did. Yes.


She nods and lifts the cover closer to her face. She flips the book over and reads something from the back cover. At this point I sense she is trying to show interest since the freakin author is RIGHT THERE. She slowly puts the book down.

Looks interesting. I might have to, I might come back by. I’m not buying anything right now. But I will definitely keep this in…it looks really good.

Hey, thanks.

She walks away

Doesn’t that sound like a great way to spend a Saturday?  :-/

Jen Jutz of Material Media will be there, and she’s smart and funny. So we’ll have some laughs. This is a thing I need to do and am going to do. I am. And I will try to be present and engaging and personable and winsome and whatever else I need to be. I will do and be whatever I need to be and do at this thing on Saturday. This thing I said I would go to weeks and weeks ago when it was just something in the far distant future. And now the thing is here, and it turns out I actually have to go to it – since I said I would – and for some reason that caught me by surprise.

Anyone want to buy a copy of Foy. I”ll <cringe> sign it.



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