The Author Presentation…for Newbies

For several years, I’ve been blathering on about building a local readership via Meet the Author events and local shows. If you’ve been hesitant to try this, you definitely need to read Mae Clair’s post on her first solo speaking engagement. A great success story, with some super tips! Check it out!

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Hello, SEers! Mae here, sending out a thank you for hanging with me today as I take a look at author presentations. I’ve done several book signings, all with other authors, but recently did my first speaking presentation. A Federated Women’s Club tracked me down through my local library and invited me to be a guest speaker.

I was flattered.

I was jazzed.

I was gulp nervous.

Actually, the event went extremely well and I managed to gain exposure as a result. Since I’d never done a solo presentation before, it was pretty much a guessing game on how to prepare. I was slated to speak the end of October on the topic of my choice. The woman who contacted me hoped I might slant my speech toward the paranormal given the time of year.

I had little problem with that.  🙂

I’m not an expert, but learned a few…

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    • It was a great post, Mae, full of helpful tips for first-timers, and I got some new ideas and perspectives, too. Hope everyone checks it out! And I’m super glad you had fun, and are ready to do some more. Keep us posted, too, so we can share in your successes! 😀 ❤

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    • Glad you enjoyed it, Deb. You know how much I love doing Meet & Greets, and building that local readership. It’s been one of the very best things about writing, to me. 🙂 My last event of this year is a luncheon and tea at the DeBary Mansion, December 9. The catered luncheon (tea sandwiches, scones, cookies, etc) is delish, and everyone seems to enjoy the custom tea blends I bring. Rabbit’s Hazelnut Cocoa is one of the favorites, along with Willow’s Potpourri Garden, and Sarah’s Favorite Earl Grey. And we have a really good time visiting with each other, and doing a Q&A session at the end. I can’t wait to see some old friends there, and meet some new ones! A great way to start off the Christmas season. 🙂 ❤

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        • Wish you could join us, too, Deb. It’s always so much fun. And delicious, as well. 🙂 I do these several times a year, at two different venues. I’m already scheduled 2 to 3 events a month for next year, through June, and slowly filling in the rest. My first tea for next year will probably be May at DeBary Hall, and I’ve booked a Fall Luncheon and Tea at Enterprise Heritage Museum, too, which is another place I love to visit. For that one, I’ll be setting the stage for Halloween, with a talk and short slide show on spooky Appalachian legends, followed by lunch, tea, and fun conversation. Of everything I do, I love the teas the most. Okay, maybe they are tied with the Meet the Author Eco Tours on board the Naiad. Those are always great! Can you tell I love doing these events? 😀 ❤

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