Scary Stuff!!!! :)

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I’m telling you guys–this being an author stuff is scary.

*deep breath*

I have officially made my first public appearance as an author.

And the worst thing was, it was a LOCAL event, so people knew who I was.

*cringe*

To my delight, I only met a few people with whom I was aquatinted.

*sigh*

 

Anyway, onto things of more substance…

The event was a kind of bizarre/fair sort of thing. I’m not really sure what it was…to be honest, I’m kinda shocked our little redneck community even did something like this. ;-) However, despite the blistering heat and general redneckedness of the event, I was surprised at the reaction to my book. I sold 15 copies in just a few hours! Is that not completely awesome or what?!?!

At the booth (okay, tent)  :)

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Something else super awesome (and quite frightening) is that my book was featured in a local news publication. I got the entire center spread of the paper!

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In the next few weeks, I’m going to send out a few more press releases in hopes of getting more attention in my local area. Hopefully, the lure of the book being about my area will be enough to find new readers!

25 comments

  1. Jesseca Wheaton says:

    Wow, that sounds both terrifying and awesome! I agree, it’s so much harder to do it in a place where you actually know people!
    I’d much rather talk to strangers about my writing. ;P
    But it looks like fun!! And that so awesome you were able to sell that many books!! :D

    • Ivy says:

      Oh yeah, strangers are much more friendly (in theory) when it comes to talking about my writing. It was rather fun, though. And yes, I’m so pleased that so many books sold!!

  2. Hannah E says:

    Ivy!!!! This is SO cool! (and scary;) Like you got to be in the newspaper??? That is extremely neat!!!

    Congratulations, girl! I’m so glad I got to read your book!!! <3

    • Ivy says:

      YES!!!!! The newspaper is a every-other-week publication, and it is distributed pretty widely (about 150 miles all around). I’m pretty excited. :)

  3. Abigayle Ellison says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for you!!! Why is it so terrifying to talk to people you know about your writing? WHY?! It’s so awesome that you sold that many copies and that your newspaper featured you so prominently! You’re off to the fantastic start that you (and your book) deserve!

    • Ivy says:

      I don’t know why it is so hard for me to talk to people I know about writing. It’s HORRIBLE!!! I can get up on stage and entertain for hours, but talk to someone I am hardly acquainted with for five minutes about my book… *shudders* I don’t know why–perhaps that’s the 20% introvert in me coming to the front.

      Awww, you’re so sweet!! I’m super proud that YOU were a part of my book. :)

  4. Rebekah A. Morris says:

    Wow! That’s so exciting! Good job, Ivy! :D I love talking about my books with people I know or don’t know. :) I love talking about writing. Hmm, I guess I just love talking. ;)
    That newspaper article is so neat!

  5. Jessica says:

    That’s exciting! It would’ve been hard doing that in your own town, and recognizing people – I’ve down some outreach in my home town, and it’s the same.

    And I just read the excerpt in that newspaper article, and yes, I’d definitely like to keep reading! I’ll have to get a copy when I can. Good work! :)

  6. Katja L. says:

    Congratulations! That’s great! I’m hoping to finish Volume I of my (currently!) four-volume series, but I won’t go local because I write mostly in English but I live in Québec. :) I’m hoping to buy the eBook soon and read it on our vacation. ;) I’ll talk to my grandmother of it too! :)

    • Ivy says:

      Thank you!!!

      Oh yeah, I hadn’t even thought about that. That would make it difficult to do local events! :)

      I hope you enjoy the book!

    • Ivy says:

      I KNOW!!!! I can’t believe it. It doesn’t even feel real yet. I kinda wonder if it ever will. :)

      Thank you!! Yes, familiar people… *shudders* … they can be so scary. ;)

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