I don’t attend many in-person author events. A lot of this is a personality thing. I’m a classic introvert. It takes a lot to pry me away from home and hearth. Also, I hate to drive. So events need to fit in with my husband’s work schedule. Of course, my solitary existence is aided and abetted by the World Wide Web. Thanks to email, Facebook, Twitter, and my website, I have plenty of friends I’m in contact with on a daily basis, people I haven’t seen in decades…or maybe have never met in person.
Nevertheless, real-time contact is important. It helps keep us human. And gives us a reason to do things like bathe, brush our teeth, comb our hair! Whenever an online friend visits Las Vegas, I try to at least meet for coffee and a chat. Over the past year, I’ve also made an effort to get out more in general.
This past Saturday I had the good fortune to be included in Paseo Verde Library’s Local Author Showcase. The library put on a great event. I shared a table during the morning session. Not only did I get to connect in person with some Facebook friends, I also met some new faces. We were allowed to sell our books, but I never go to one of these things expecting to make a sale. It’s more a chance to meet readers and talk books. It also helps me remember that my work has a destination past just the trip from my brain to the page. Those sales numbers emailed to me every month represent real people who’ve taken a chance on me.
I certainly hope that they finish my books feeling that they’ve come out ahead.
The Paseo Verde event is likely to be my last in-person event for a while. Being a temperate-weather person living in the desert, I go to ground from May through late September. It’s a time to enjoy the air conditioning and dig deeply into my writing and catch up on my reading. With any luck, it’ll be an early autumn…
Just in time for the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival in mid-October.