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literati_rain66 Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Today's Armchair BEA writing topic is: Share a "real life" book experience. The theme is connecting with bloggers and your community, and what kind of things you've done in real life as a result of book blogging.

Er, well, the thing is... I really have no good thing to write about! I'm an introvert! A hermit! A cave-dwelling fish with white eyes! I mean, sure, I go out. I have to. And I'm capable of small talk and polite talk and smiling and being friendly to passersby and the nice folks in line at the grocery store. But beyond that? PANIC. HEART PALPITATIONS. SWEATY PALMS. We're talking a seventh-grade-crush kind of reaction. The OMG I CAN'T EVEN SPEAK IN HIS PRESENCE OR I WILL SURELY DIE kind of deal. I am truly grateful for the people in real life that have gotten through to me and are in my life. They've worked hard to get there and I am ever grateful for their perseverance. Because I really, honestly suck at reaching out. Which brings me to the point- I've gone in to local bookstores on many occasions with a wonderful plan to chat them up and see what they might think of a scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours kind of arrangement, but I just end up buying a book or two, smiling, and leaving. The really pathetic part is that some of the lads and lasses behind the counter are chatty and we discuss books and I have many perfecto openings that I am too chicken to take. I admit it. I'm a chicken. Bwaaakkk.

How do YOU do it? Do you have any kind of partnerships? Do you have any advice for a socially awkward chicken? I think part of my problem is I'm terrible at self-promotion. So many times other peoples' self-promo has turned me off from their blog/book/etc. I guess there's a classy way and an un-classy way and I typically see the latter. I really kind of hate it.

Another problem I have is that I don't even know what a partnership would do to help me or them. I have a very vague idea, but it's not enough to take to a bookstore owner or a publisher or even my cat to present. I know my cat would yawn and lick her paws, and I'm pretty sure the bookstore owners and publishers would do the same.

Any and all help is appreciated!

I have met some bloggers, yes, but not because of my book blog. I've met them through fansites. And they are fantastic people who also happen to be book bloggers. But I'd really love to expand and meet new bloggers and form  partnerships.

Hope you are having a fantastic ABEA!!


Anonymous said...

Funny post! I'm the same way and don't talk much about my blog to anyone in real life. I don't plan on ever making money from it and I can barely keep it current as is, much less try to expand it right now.
Sorry, just realized you were asking for commenters to give you advice! Oops, no advice here, but I enjoyed checking out your blog.

literati_rain66 said...

Haha, advice not required! :) It's nice to know I'm not the only one like this. My life currently hasn't been ideal for blogging, as is quite apparent with my posts. I totally get it. I'm looking forward to when my life settles down a bit and I can get back into it, but the thought of expanding right now... yeah. Not something that's in the cards just yet. Thanks for stopping by, reading my post, and commenting!

Laura Ashlee said...

I find it difficult too. I'm really shy. I've been to two author events. I made my boyfriend go to one with me so I never had to talk to anyone. I felt really out of place at the other. Hopefully, this next one won't be so awkward.

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