Today, we are going to discuss some additional tips you might find helpful in talking about your book both during your appointments and throughout the conference.
Here to serve as our non-expert is Russell from the movie Up.
5 Tips For Talking About Your Book:
1. Bring something to help you remember, but don’t read it like a script. Editors and agents want to make a personal connection with you, not the top of your head. Use the pitch sheet as a prompt not a script.
2. Look the Part. Russell is believable because he looks like a wilderness explorer. He takes his quest for badges seriously. You should look like you take your writing profession seriously.
3. Make Eye Contact. You notice part way through Russell’s spiel he looks up and interacts naturally with Carl. At that moment we enjoy his animation. Others will enjoy your animation and smile if you remember to step out of the memorized script to be yourself.
4. Take “No” for an answer. Russell is persistent and in this case it serves him well. At conference, this type of persistence is annoying. Respect is being able to listen and respond to others around you. If they aren’t interested, or just want to visit, respect that response.
5. Let your passion shine through. Russell’s passion is what gets Carl’s interest. The same is true for you. It will be your passion for your story that will draw the attention and interest of others.
What other tips or questions do you have for talking about your book?