Thursday, 2 July 2009

networking - we're all at it

This evening I met a lovely group of ladies I discovered through a website promoting local enterprise. I'm not exactly a businesswoman (couldn't be less of one I'm afraid!) but they insisted their new network is for people involved in the arts as well as commercial activities.
That's two networks I've become involved with in two days: The Curzon Group and the local ladies. It's official. I'm networking.

Tomorrow I will be giving my first proper author talk and I'm very excited. Yesterday I read my notes aloud to check if I was going to fill my hour slot. I finished in about five minutes . . . since when I've not had time to work on my talk at all. I've got some ideas, that's all. So if anyone reading this is coming along to my first talk (Pinner Library 1.15pm) please ask me lots of questions! Easy ones if you don't mind. And you may add some flattery. (I wish)

14 comments:

Barbara Martin said...

You will be fine, and be certain to return here and tell us all about it.

Rick said...

I agree with Barbara, and not just because I think she's smart (which I very much do). You'll do great, and don't forget to come back and tell us all about it. Remember, you're a success and they are there to applaud it!

Debs said...

You'll probably find that once you get going, you'll think of all sorts of things to say about your book, thoughts behind the idea, research, characters etc.

I'm sure it will be fine. I'm loving reading it.

Leigh Russell said...

Thanks, Barbara. I will come back and tell you how it goes. Right now, I should be reading through my notes . . . and here I am, blogging!

Leigh Russell said...

Thank you for the encouraging comment, Rick. I have to remember that people will be coming along to hear An Author and I'm thinking but this is me... I wonder if I'll ever get used to it?

Leigh Russell said...

I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying the book, Debs. Thank you for saying that right now when I'm feeling a tiny weeny bit nervous... What's that strapline, "Stay calm, keep going" - that's what I'm going to do today. I will be brave!

Eryl Shields said...

Think calm thoughts, I would send you soothing vibes if I could. I bet the hour flies by.

Leigh Russell said...

First official author talk is done and they were all really lovely and said they'd enjoyed reading Cut Short. They raised some interesting discussion points and I'm now thinking about whether Geraldine should keep the same sergeant in Book 2. I'd written him out and was going to bring him back in Book 3 but having set up the character, I might keep him in. What to do, what to do? (maybe stop blogging and get back to writing...)

Lesley Cookman said...

Congratulations on the publication of Cut Short, Leigh. And good luck with the next one - it doesn't get any easier!

Tam said...

Glad it went well :-)

Leigh Russell said...

Oh thanks, Lesley! I suppose if the writing seems easier, it won't be so challenging and will have become tired and formulaic. But I hope Book 2 will be less problematic than my first book... Difficult to find the time for it, as I'm so busy now with my promotional tour.

Leigh Russell said...

Thanks, Tam. I'm feeling relieved right now. These events are quite draining when you're unaccustomed to them.

Aggie said...

I'm so glad the talk went well ... now you have the experience to hook your next one on to and it won't be so daunting. Have fun with it.

Leigh Russell said...

That's what I'm hoping, Aggie, and I'm doing my best to just enjoy the ride. I must come over to visit everyone's blogs soon but I'm just too busy right now.