Tomorrow is officially my first book signing. Hopefully, it will be a galloping head start for many to follow. I have to admit I'm a bit scared out of my mind right now though. I have never done anything like this and my imaginative mind is creating all sorts of scenarios; you know like no one shows up. I'm not sure if that's the worst case or not, because the idea of speaking in front of a large group is far beyond intimidating. AAAGH
Don't get me wrong, I am excited even with my hyped up nerves, and I do hope there is a good turn out. If you're reading this and plan on attending, I promise to not bore you to death. I am bringing two great stories with me after all. If you have a copy already bring it in and I will sign it. Otherwise, I will have copies available.
Can't wait to see everyone tomorrow.
I made a post in a writer's group praising authors for taking a chance. It is hard to put something in words for the whole world to see ... especially knowing that those words will be dissected and mutilated by the "critics". And lord knows everyone's a critic. Since my post, I have had multiple comments about my appraisal and most of them, again, criticizing.
I won't disagree that some of the books I have read from Indie authors could have had some more editing, or maybe they should have not been published at all. However, I probably fit into that category myself. I got up one day and decided to write a book. Are my works magnificent? I would say, "I'd like them to be," but in reality, I have room to grow. Maybe not everyone is a writer or has a writer in them, but for me ... I love the story. I can not even say how many story ideas come into my head daily. I have plots and scenes forming constantly. Why not try to put them on paper? The hard part for me is getting them from my head to the paper. I am at the top of the pile for procrastinators. It won't deter me from what I enjoy doing though. Eventually, I will have multiple books published. I will just work on them until I feel they are ready. And when they are ready ... I will throw them out into the world for everyone's critical eye. I will be verbally lashed and dashed about what I could have done better, and how I did this wrong and that wrong, but I stood up and did something. I didn't sit by saying, "hmph I should have done this or that." I am not wasting a day of my life, and when my life comes to an end I will be able to say, "I at least tried"
Don't just sit by and worry about what if you fail or succeed ... just do.
Want to meet? Next week is your chance. I will be in Helena, MT next Thursday at 7PM. Come see me at the Lewis and Clark Library. Bring any of your questions you might want to ask. I'll try my best to answer as much as I can. I am excited to see everyone there.
Author RJ Heaton
Writing leads to so many endless possibilities. Let's see what worlds we can build today.