May 6, 2015

What If Nobody Shows : #IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group (or IWSG) is a wonderful group put together by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh (which now has an equally cool Facebook group). 

The first Wednesday of each month is the perfect opportunity to share my insecurities on the #IWSG therapy couch, get encouragement and support about such insecurities, and to read how other writers are faring.

I am attending a book conference, where I will have an exhibitor table for two days and a signing table for one, and a strictly author signing event this summer.

My biggest fear... what if nobody stops by to talk to me? What if they walk by, and as soon as I smile, they look down and run away?

Even more daunting... they stop to talk, but veer away from any attempts to talk about the book?

I love people and interacting with them. I can talk all day and enjoy it. But, in all honesty, my job there is to get the word out about my book. I've thought about swag, but I notice a lot of people pick it up and keep going. Swag often is treated like McDonalds toys -- Moms, you know what I mean here -- it's a new, shiny object for a day, and then it gets tossed.

Any advice?


Doreen McGettigan said...

I used to be terrified that no one would show up and then it happened. It was pretty awful until the one person that showed up offered me a teaching job.
After that I decided everything happens for a reason and if I do my best to promote and only a few show up they are the people I am supposed to meet.
I always bring candy and bookmarks. I also bring 10 tiny giftbags with candy, pens and small notebooks for the first 10 that purchase a book. The bags on the tsble raise peoples curiosity. Its wierd.
I am sure you will do well, good luck!

emilia.m said...

And why wouldn't they come? :)
I know I would. :)

ShaunaKelleyWrites said...

They will be there because they love books. And. Yours is very worth loving! I'm sure you will have traffic!

Diane Burton said...

Give them a reason to stop. Candy works. :) Ask them what they like to read. If it isn't what you write, suggest an author who writes that. You're engaging the person without hawking your own book.

Jo Michaels said...

You'll be fine :) Deep breath.

We're gonna have so much fun! Whoop!