Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Never miss an opportunity - -by Rita
It used to bother me when people ‘insinuated’ that I talk too much. I’m an extrovert! Helllooooo!! Well, if you know exactly what I mean . . . in ways that hurts. But I’ll tell you what . . . most the time I talk … because no one else is talking! Really – don’t you find it awkward when people are all quiet . . . looking around …not really at anyone . . . and they don’t know what to say???
Okay – I’m sorry but that makes me sooooo UNCOMFORTABLE! I have to say something! Anything! Help … PLEASE! There is always something to talk about! Even with a stranger . . . like, “Do you like to read?” That is a good opener … and if they say one word, “Yes,” then I continue. “What genre or type of books do you like to read?” “What was the last book you read?”
I’m not pushy with, “Great . . . I’m a writer. Here’s one of my cards… look me up!” Although that works in grocery store lines or with the checkout girl.
“What? You don’t do that?” Boy, I sure do! I ask the, “Are you a reader?” to the waitress, the person sitting next to me at a party, or waiting in line at the bathroom, or the teacher, or the wait in line at the fast-food, etc. I just handed out two postcards with my book info on them to ladies at the post office. They were so happy – and so was I I never miss an opportunity.
Does it really help? I don’t really know – but it truly can’t hurt! When I pay my bills – guess what – it’s an opportunity to drop in a writer business card … or a slip of paper that announces my latest release, a picture of the book, short blurb and a web site to both my publisher and me!
Give your friends and family cards . . . in case they start talking about books – and they comment, oh my mother/father, or sister/brother, or friend, is a writer! Here I happen to have her/his card. J My husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and several friends have my cards; and it’s amazing how many times they comment – “Oh, I gave so & so one of your writing cards today.” It all adds up!
Never miss an opportunity to encourage people to look at your books!