Friday, January 17, 2014

Things you won't see me do

There's a couple things you probably won't see me do as an author. Both have to do with promoting myself and my work. Book signings and chats. I've tried both. In 2009 I spent a week at a Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention because it took place in Orlando, Florida, down the street from where I lived at the time. It was a good experience, but it just wasn't me. I have a hard time selling myself. I think it's because I have always considered writing a hobby and not a job. Writing is my passion and it's something I would do, even if I didn't publish my stories. 

I tried a chat once. It was hard keeping up with everyone and trying to respond to comments. I was so afraid of missing someone. After a while I got lost, and it got very frustrating to me. Again, because writing is a hobby and something I do for fun, I had to remind myself that doing chats was another way of selling myself. I enjoyed meeting new people but I steered away from talking about my books.

As an author, and I think I can speak for my fellow author friends, you have to decide what works best for you, and where you want your writing to take you. I will never be a Nora Roberts, and I'm okay with that. I write for me. It's a kind of therapy I've used since I was a teenager. It gives me confidence, makes me feel accomplished, and I get great satisfaction sharing it with people. 

Do I like the royalty checks? Absolutely! I'm not crazy. But royalty checks are not what drive me to write. At the same time I'd like to thank all of you who enjoy my stories, have helped support my craft and me, and continue to look forward to future publications. As long as I have fingers, and an imagination, I will continue writing.


miriamsmith said...

I love your article. :) It sounds like me.

I've never been good at pushing my talents/products onto others. I play the piano, have since I was a little girl. I've played for three churches and each one found out about my ability to play by accident. Never once did I say, "Hey, I can play. Is it okay if I play one Sunday?"

Same goes for writing. People know. Those who don't but ask find out I do. I tell 'em where to find me online and they go from there.

I love bringing my characters to life, love telling their stories. I know there's an audience out there for what I write. Without self-promotion, they've seemed to find me on their own and they've liked what they read.

And you know what? I kinda like it that way. :)

Tory Richards said...

Couldn't agree more! Writing is a hobby for me, not a job. And I bet you love seeing your characters come to life on your book covers, too.

Have a great week!

Brenda Hyde said...

I know I'm late on chiming in here-- chats are really hard to follow, and the in person thing I can SO relate to, but have you been to any of the facebook events? I've been to a few now and they are SO much easier to keep up with then chats plus there are groups/people that run them for you- I'm not sure what the cost is, but it might be an option. Maybe you could go to one for another author and see what you think.

Tory Richards said...

Yes, Brenda, and I couldn't agree more! In face there's a big Valentine's Day Love your Author Bash coming up that I'll be participating in. I invite you to pop in.

Brenda Hyde said...

Cool-- I'll check it out. The only problem I've had in the facebook events is if my internet acts up then it stops loading. We live out in the country and don't have the greatest connection. Other than that I love the events:)

Tory Richards said...

LOL, I'd give up a good connection to live in the country. Hope to see you there!