Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to a high school literary group. I shared my journey as an author, passed out free bookmarks, and showed them the original manuscript.
I thought they would find the facts dull, but instead, their eyes lit up and there was a “connection.” We conversed about writing and marketing instead of me merely pitching Tears of Min Brock like a sleazy car salesman. In short, I’ve found MY way to connect with my audience and readers. And walking out to my car, I also realized that for a brief moment, I was a teacher. What a great feeling!
This shouldn’t surprise me. After all, my Dad was a college professor and had a true gift for taking complex subject matter and not only making it palatable, but enjoyable to learn.
Sure, I hope all those kids went home, looked up my book and ordered it. But even if they didn’t, I’m still going to reach out to other schools.
It’s in the blood!