I will be a taking part in a panel this weekend at Karibu Books, as part of their “Write NOW Inde Pen Series.” Each author will talk about writing and publishing, as well as read 10 minutes from their book. Since I was invited, I’ve been pondering what I should talk about, even though they give us guidelines, a basic instructional on the topics we will cover. Still, how do you talk about writing and publishing without rehashing the same-old-same-old, regurgitating a book that anyone can pick up for themselves?
True, there are no magical formulas, no A + B = C route to success that works the same way for everyone. And everyone has to do some research for themselves; they can’t, or shouldn’t, expect someone else to do the hard work and then give them all the answers. But a part of any speaking engagement seems to be giving some insight into what the journey can be like, helping others avoid the pitfalls that may occur along the way.
There are a number of things that I have to pull from to talk about; the road to publishing was quite eventful, some of it good and some of it bad. And I think that, with speaking engagements, the experience is what people want, need to here. The audience will most likely consist of fellow writers, unpublished and dealing with their own roadblocks, looking for some reassurance that all is not lost. There are so many things that can become a hindrance, and I feel it’s important for people to help each other in some way when they can, especially within the same profession.
So, maybe, the key to keeping the audience interested is to be interested in the audience. While we have our different beliefs and experiences, we are all human beings with basic needs, hopes, and desires. To keep the crowd awake, there has to be a balance of providing text-book information and information someone can relate to–engaging others rather than simply talking.
I’m sure there’s more to explore on this topic, but for now I will say that I have hope that this engagement will be as fun and interesting for me as it is for those that attend.
Nancy O. Greene: