It’s a very funny thing when members of your own family don’t know that you’ve written a book. Especially when you’re out to dinner and your mum waves a copy in their face and you watch as first blankness, then confusion, then understanding followed by embarrassment all cross their face in quick succession!
Speaking of mum, she’s one of my best salespeople, coming about neck and neck with my husband for getting my book out there. Obviously my publicity machine is not working completely as planned, if certain family members have no idea of its existence (to be fair, it was my nephew-in-law, who is contending with a new baby amongst many other things, so I’ve let him off the hook gently. He may however end up as a character in my next book if he doesn’t pay more attention in the future 😉 ).
Recently I’ve taken to Twitter, which has been a novel experience to say the least. I didn’t know a lot about it, but it has given me brief moments of amusement and even knowledge, so I’m happy so far. And it really is a lovely way to connect to someone you admire, or just to throw a comment out there into cyberspace and see who’s listening.
And as someone tweeted today, it’s a great exercise for authors to learn how to be concise – 140 characters means you have to restrict your verbosity!
Here’s my username if you want to have a look: @carolynswriting. Hop on and follow me! 🙂