Indie Author Day is coming up this Saturday. When J.C. Jackson mentioned it, I got stoked and contacted the main Boise library to see how I could participate. There’s going to be panels, book selling, signing, reading…I had several options to choose from.
In my email exchange, I happened to mention the only topic I could speak on with any confidence was starting and running a successful local critique group.
Guess who’s on the panel for local resources now?
I’m not scared of talking in front of people. I was in drama some 16 years ago. Plus, I’m a ham and adore attention. (I have bright green hair and have no issue heading to the supermarket decked out in full steampunk attire.)
What I’m terribly insecure about right now, is forgetting what it is I plan to say. I’m to deliver 10 minutes worth of content about local critique groups. TEN MINUTES! I jotted down some stuff and it took me 2 1/2 to run through it all. Egads. Plus I’m trying to memorize it so I’m not reading directly from notecards or a sheet of paper. Back in high school, I had months to prepare.
Now? I have until Saturday morning.
Wish me luck!
I’ll be up on the panel discussion from 10:30 – 11:30. I encourage you to view the schedule of events and pop by if you’re in the Boise area.
IWSG Question of the month: When do you know your story is ready?
If I answer that question in the context of the last short story I wrote, I knew it was ready when my husband smiled and said nothing else bugged him about it. My husband is a critical guy. In fact, when I first started writing, he refused to read any of my work because he didn’t want to make me feel bad. So having him sign off on my short story was the thumbs up that it was good to go.
He must have been right. I got an acceptance email yesterday. ^_^
Do you have any suggestions for public speaking? Have you ever been on a discussion panel? Will I see you at the Library on Saturday? Do you have any critical readers in your life?