I’ve been thinking about my reading on Sunday a lot this past week. I suppose that’s only natural. I’d like to make sure that the excerpt I read is interesting and  since there are shifts back and forth in the story, I didn’t want to  confuse the listener, either. I’d sort of like to read the third chapter but I find it a bit emotional and so I decided to stick with something safer.

I’m to tell a little bit about the book, set up for the excerpt and then read for 10-15 minutes. They’ve allowed time for Q&A afterward. I opted for the minimum time, since this is my first time at such an event.

I had an email from another first time author who will also be reading and she tells me she hasn’t put a whole lot of thought into it. Although I have read my work in public on a few occasions to small crowds, this will be her first time. Is this a fool hearty move on her part? For a fleeting moment I thought, it sure is.

I like to be prepared. I need to be prepared. But when I stop and think about it all my preparation, all my fretting over which chapters to read (since they are short chapters I will need to read two) isn’t going to change anything the moment I start reading on Sunday. I’ll either mess up or I won’t. This other author will likely choose her excerpt and read it over a few times the night before. Likely when it all comes down to it no one’s even going to know the difference. I mean, how many times can you read something over? Even reading it over in practice you can stumble a time or two and even if you don’t stumble while practicing that doesn’t insure you won’t when you’re reading it for real . And is it even that big a deal if you do stumble? Heck I never signed up to be perfect.

I know I never seem to mind if I’m listening to someone else and they falter. In fact, I go away without thinking about it at all. Is anyone even going to care or remember once all is said and done? I’m not under any illusions here. I’m pretty small potatoes when it comes to some of the other seasoned authors who will be reading that day. I’m reading right after Vicki Grant…an award winning author. It might have been nice had they lumped all of us first timers together but for some reason the organizers at WOTS didn’t bother to ask my opinion. Go figure!

So I’ve prepared as much as I can. I’ll wait until Saturday evening and go over it a few times. I’ll arrive early at WOTS, hopefully meet some authors whose work I admire, perhaps buy some books. My son will snap some pictures of me smiling my face off. When 1:00 comes and someone from WOTS introduces me I’ll step forward and do my thing. Will I be nervous? You bet!! But likely there will be others who are feeling the same way.  It’s all for the sake of my book and putting it out there so I guess you do what you have to do. There’s no turning back now. Hopefully, someone will be interested in my book and when it arrives on the bookshelves they’ll buy it. Wish me luck, people. What have I got to loose?

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  1. You sound as prepared as you need to be. 🙂 When it comes to reading in public the author always has the advantage of reading something very familiar — her own words. Enjoy the event and then blog all about it (with pictures!). Experiencing it vicariously will have to suffice for those of us who can’t be there in person to cheer you on.


    • Thanks so much, Carol. I appreciate your words of advise. Of course everything you say is true and one way or another Sunday will come and go.


  2. I bet you will do great!! Sounds nerve-wracking, for sure, but you’re right – no one will know the difference between what you decide to read and what you decide not to read. I told this to myself just the other day, when I performed a few songs I wrote for a fundraiser. I botched some of the lyrics in a particularly wordy song. Though tempted to get flustered, I remembered they’d never heard my song before and if I left something out or made something up, they’d never know the difference. Can’t wait to hear how it goes, what a fun opportunity!


    • Thanks Owl and Sparrow! You are right no one is going to know if I flub as long as I don’t make a big deal out of it. I’ll keep reminding myself of that.


  3. donthangupthequill

     /  September 24, 2009

    I’d be there if I lived closer… or in the same country *laugh* I’d prepare, too. I have a tendency to readveryfast so I’d have to practice.

    Let us know how it goes!



    • Slowing down while I’m reading is something I try to be mindful of even though I’ll be aching to have it over and done with as quick as possible. A lot of people tend to rush. I think it is a natural tendency.


  4. newtowritinggirl

     /  September 25, 2009

    Good luck on Sunday; Hope it goes really well.


  5. Good luck tomorrow. I can understand your anxiety. But you will do fine.


  6. I do wish you wish luck, yet I think I am few hours too late!!

    I think that we all feel the same way at a reading. When I read the first time it was for something I won and they chose my passage for me, so I did not have that stress, just tons of others! When I read a few weeks back I changed my mind about two hours before I had to leave about what I would read even though I had thought about it and prepared like crazy! I know one poet who records herself time and again before each reading, deciding where to pause, etc.

    I can’t wait to hear about your night!!


    • Thanks Jennifer. A bit late but the thought was there. I need a bit of time to process it all. I’ll be letting everyone know how it went very soon.



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