Golden Parsons here, sitting on my patio on a lovely spring day in Central Texas, after a large speaking event this week.So many writers, when asked to speak, get all "twitter-pated" about having to talk in front of a group.
The good news is that all of us share the same feelings, more or less.However, the type of speaking that writers encounter is really the easiest speaking assignments I have ever been invited to do. I have preached, taught Bible studies, been a keynote speaker for conferences and/or retreats, led marriage seminars, taught various workshops from wardrobing to writing proposals, and speaking to an audience as an author is the easiest assignment ever.
Why do I say that? The reason is that all the author is doing is sharing a passion that we engage in everyday. Audiences who attend an event where an author is speaking basically want to know the same things:
- How did you get started writing?
- What is your latest release?
- How does one get published?
- What are you working on now?
Really, the author can have a speech covering those topics ready to go at all times, then move on to some stories about one's latest WIP ... and voila! You're done!
Be sure to include some personal interest stories, like how you had a dream about your hero, and he told you what his name should be (not the one you had given him) ... and how you got up the next morning, went to the computer and changed all the "Roberts" to "Kents." True story :)
Or how you were typing away during a particularly emotional scene wiping the tears off the computer because you were crying so hard.
Add humor to your stories.
Tell them that writing is a job, not a hobby, if they are serious about it. And share with them your daily schedule.
Share with them the bugaboo of marketing. Most are not aware that we have to market our own books, or that we have to pay for our own books after the author copies upon publication.
Share some emails you've gotten from readers.
And on it goes. Honestly, speaking to audiences who come to hear an author speak is a piece of cake!!
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