Welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’ll be discussing vices, as in your vices and how they can affect how your readers see you.
One thing we always, as authors, need to be wary of is projecting a persona that will turn off our readers. When in public or online, we have to be upbeat, smiling, apparently without a care in the world. Despite the fact that we’re human and given to faults, those who enjoy our books believe we are different. We must never display any kind of behavior they consider as less than perfect.
Trying to change their minds by continuing on with our habits will only cause these people to talk about how awful we are. They’ll tell everyone we can that we’re awful authors no one decent will want to associate with. They might even take to social media and plaster what they see as our imperfections for the public to acknowledge and decry. This will have a domino effect and could end up not just causing us sales of our current book but all future books.
The best advice an author can get from those who have traveled this rocky path is that you need to be perfect when you do a public appearance. If someone approaches you with an obvious chip on their shoulder while clutching your latest book, smile and ask if they’d like an autograph. Make animated but non-explosive conversation with this individual. Ask them if they can relate to the book or what have they heard. Engage them in a conversation that doesn’t touch on areas where they might rant. Above all, when speaking to this person, keep your tone light, do not acknowledge that you’ve noticed how they’re looking to pick a fight.
To our fans, we are not humans. We are far above being human. We are perfection. We don’t have bad days. We are always happy and upbeat. We can’t possibly need a break during a six hour long appearance to use the bathroom, or to grab a bite to eat, or even to take a walk and clear our minds. We are in public for one reason and one reason only—to give our fans a brief moment to sit among stars and be touched by “royalty.”
Therefore, if you smoke, lock up the lighter and pack until you’re far from the venue. If you drink, ignore the urge to have your favorite libation. If you are in a bad mood because of traffic, a fight with your significant other, or because you just found out that you lost someone close to you, clamp down on those feelings. For this brief moment, your only job is to be a bright spot in someone else’s life.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.