Monday, May 25, 2009

To Book Sign or Not to Book Sign

I believe it was Jodi Picoult who once said that while book signings benefit certain authors, there are other authors who it actually hurts. I believe I would fall into the second category. I'm extremely shy by nature (which is the reason I used to get seriously smashed at any kind of social event) and my voice has a tendency to shake when I get too nervous. Also, I'm not much to look at, so I don't like having my picture taken.

Sometime this summer I'm signed up to do a "blog tour." Even that makes me kind of nervous. I've been so tired for such a long time and under so much stress that I don't know if I can muster what it takes to sound excited about my project. I hope I can pull it from somewhere. There's nothing like having people say "well, she doesn't sound very intense about what she's doing, why should we be?"

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Tom & Icy said...

I bet you'd get used to it. Think back at the very first time you typed something on a blog, that was scary at the time.

Lily Strange said...

Actually, typing the first blog post didn't bother me a bit, and acting onstage makes me only mildly nervous but quickly becomes fun because I'm a huge ham. However, with acting, I am not myself, I am someone else, and as soon as its over I just want to hide. I don't like going to parties because I feel like everyone can see how awkward I am. Something like a book signing would put me completely under a microscope. It would be slightly better than public speaking, but only slightly. I really don't think I could do it without booze, to be honest. And even with the blog tour thing, I fear saying the wrong thing.