I Am Nervous!

On Saturday, I am going to display three of my poetry books on a table for people to come and peruse them, ask me questions, and hopefully purchase. And, I am scared.
Because people are lost when it comes to poetry, I am assuming that most people do not purchase poetry books, and if they do, why?
I am not a salesperson, but after talking with a couple of friends, who were gracious to ask if I wanted to join them in the exhibition at the Tucson Festival of Books, I’ve learned that I need this “exposure.”
Tucson Festival of Books, I’ve learned that I need this “exposure.”
I believe I am nervous because the poetry I’ve published was from years ago; these poems spoke of young love, naivete, and not much experience, but they came from my heart. I write with passion.
I won’t make a lot of money on this two-day event, but I am hoping that some people will feel excited to read the “mature” writings of L.S. Watson. I am trying to write daily, and I have this great book titled “Write The Story” to help me write little snippets each day. I’ve had it for a long time, but I never used it until I felt crappy about my teaching profession (well, that’s a blog for another day).
I have prepared for these two days as best as I know how to for a book festival. Everything is rudimentary. I’ve created a brochure, and I am stealing an idea from my tent-mate to make bookmarks. I have to invest in myself because I want to be a published writer. I’ve had articles published since I was a journalist almost 30 years ago, but writing creatively has always been something I’ve held close to my heart.
Usually, I am an open book (no pun intended) and very transparent when it comes to teaching, but close examination of my books, I crawl into my shell.
I am trying to do some outreach, and what makes me look bad on my record is that I do not do enough research on how well poetry books are doing in the public sector.
So, I have to look at the brighter side of life: I will have people look at me or look at my books on a table as they pass by to listen to published authors on a panel. I will hand out my brochures or bookmarks, or both, and if I don’t sell anything, I will keep writing. I can’t stop now.
Therefore, if you’re in Tucson and come by one of the two days, don’t ask me questions; take one look at one of the books, and if you like what you see…thank you for your purchase (plus I will even sign the darn thing!)
See you at the Festival!

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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