Well, the launches are done. The signings are complete and the general hubbub is due to die down. So to quote a friend of mine at the Sydney launch, ‘what’s next?’
To be honest I’ve been wondering this myself. In fact I was wondering it as the Brisbane launches were unfolding. Here’s what I’ve decided.
- Channel Ten rang again, so there should be an interview with them happening soonish.
- I’ve had a chat to a woman who runs a community radio program and was happy to book me in for the 15th of March next year (this makes me happy because it spreads the promo stuff out a bit).
- I’ve also met a woman who is a neuro-linguistic practitioner (basically this means she’s all about how the words we choose affect our psychology) and we’re looking to set up a program that goes into schools, talking about the ill-effects of constant exposure to negative texts.
- In the new year I’ll be in discussions with a local Indie film maker.
- Various bodies need to be contacted in order to bring the book to their attention.
In between times, I think I will ponder the launches, prepare for Christmas and finish editing the next book (nothing sells a back catalogue like a new release, right?).
All this really boils down to my ‘ask and you shall receive’ attitude toward these things. None of it would have happened if I were a wallflower (which I think might be my natural state). I actually believe that if I won’t stand by my work, that nobody else should either.
Generally I cringe at the thought of all this shameless self-promotion. Rationalising this though (following the cringe), when I worked in more traditional fields, I did exactly this type of thing. I planned, I organised, I worked toward goals and I stood by the end result. That’s when it dawned on me. I’m finally doing it. I’m acting like writing is my job.
Huh…what do you know? I think I might actually be a writer!