I always feel a jolt of energy and inspiration when I go to a writer’s event. I’m genuinely happy for that writer, as I am for all writers. But, there’s a part of me that pictures myself up there one day, talking to a crowd of people about my book.
Tonight I got to see a friend stand up in front of a crowd to talk about his book, though Pablo Cartaya is more than a friend, he’s a mentor (I’ll speak of mentors in a future podcast). We were at Books&Books in Coral Gables. He was there to present his newest book, a middle-grade title, “Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish.”
Pablo can own a room. His acting background has trained him masterfully to command the space without having to raise his voice. When he reads a passage from his book, he performs it. And you can hear my interview with him on my radio show.
How often do you go to author events? Go, and see when it’s done right and when it’s not. You can learn a lot. In future podcasts, I’ll give you some pointers on how to best present yourself and your work. (Because even though I’m not yet published, I am a radio host, so I know a few things about the best way to perform for a crowd.