Beyond Blogging to Speaking—Book Buzz, Part 7

By the way, happy Appreciate a Dragon Day! 😀

I don’t want to give the impression that the internet is the only way to generate book buzz. It certainly is not.

And before we go any further in this discussion, I think it’s important to make something clear.

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD. – Proverbs 21:31

In connection to the book business, I apply that in the writing and in the promotion of my work. I am to prepare the book for readers as best I can, but the last part of the verse is the key. The results belong to the Lord.

I can’t imagine going to battle without first praying about every aspect of what I know to lie ahead, and I see no reason to think a writer should do less. For me, ultimate success would be for God to be glorified in my writing. That is more vital than surviving a life-threatening circumstance. Why wouldn’t I want God’s council, instruction, wisdom, blessing?

My point is, I think prayer is the ultimate and necessary ingredient for book buzz. Not that I think praying will insure my book will become a best seller or any such thing. Rather, if I focus on praying that God will bring the readers He knows are ripe to hear what I’m saying in my story, and that He will show me the means to reach them, then I can be confident in the book buzz steps I take, not looking back and second guessing myself at every turn.

But about those book buzz steps, blogging is only one tool. The most effective other tool I’ve seen is speaking. Of course some people get shivers just reading that word. I understand. Though God called me to be a teacher for thirty years, when I first began the process I had such fear, I couldn’t imagine how I was to get through.

Others think, Well, who in their right mind would want to listen to me, for surely I’m no Liz Curtis Higgs or Beth Moore or John Eldridge.

Both these concerns can be addressed together. The key to overcoming the fear of speaking in public is to speak in public. The doing, and doing often, makes the act seem normal, much like driving (steering a vehicle weighing hundreds of pounds and burning fuel at sixty-five miles an hour beside hundreds of other such vehicles, some with insane eighteen year olds behind the wheel! And this is NORMAL? 😮 Well, yes, it has become so, but that first time? Not so much!)

The key is not to overreach. In other words, the audience doesn’t have to be 50,000 people filling the LA Coliseum or even 200 filling the Mount Hermon auditorium. Rather, why not become available at the local level as a speaker for the Mother’s Day tea? (I know a writer who has done this). Or at the local writers’ group breakfast?

Small groups usually have small budgets and would be thrilled to have a local author, especially if the only cost is that you make your books available for sale. And speaking in front of small groups isn’t really as big a deal as it seemed, especially the third or fourth time through. Trust me! It’s true.

There’s a speaking secret, however, that I am aching to try, that I think will create ready book buzz, at least for a certain audience. But I’ve gone on longer than I should already, so I’ll save that one for tomorrow.

Published in: on January 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. I’m one of those who loves to speak in front of a crowd–it’s the drama queen in me. I’m energized by the hope and possibility of touching souls somehow, of transmitting the passion I feel for the Lord, for writing . . . Alas, not so many opportunities available.

    You are so right, Becky. The Lord is first. I wonder how many truly keep Him there, invest in prayer, seek to follow His direction . . . It’s not all about us, you know?

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  2. Nicole, I think you are one of the rare ones. I’m in that group now, but not when I was younger.

    I think I have to continue talking about the place of prayer in this process as a personal reminder. It is so easy for me to start thinking of the strategies of the marketplace. Some, of course, are good, but some suck time and misdirect me from my main focus.

    Life! What a way to go! 😀

    Becky

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