Friday, December 14, 2012

Marketing Fail?

Okay, last night I went to the really fun "Favorite Things" party. There were about 30-35 women, lots of food, and gifts. Each of us brought 6 things that we love to get or give in our stockings. 6 of the same things. You put one of them in a big bag for a drawing at the end (meaning 1 person gets 1 of everything brought to the party) and then you draw 5 names to give the other 5 items to. Simple and fun.

At the start of the party we all went around and introduced ourselves. The only person I knew out of that crowd was the host and one woman I met at the dog park. So all I said was my name and "I know Kathie from North Carolina. Her nephew's family were some of my best friends." End of story, right?

Well, as I was saying goodnight and thanking my host she said she was surprised I didn't introduce myself as an author.

I forgot I could do that now! I really did. Part of it is this ingrained "don't sell your business at church" idea that somehow got planted in my head. {hubby begged me never to do this} And since 95% of these women were from my church it never entered my head.

That was a missed opportunity. This group of women could have been instrumental in building my reputation here in Arkansas.

One of the things I lament about moving is now I can't have the awesome release party I had planned in Charlotte. Well, I can, but I don't want to because I don't know anyone here. It just wouldn't be the same you know? However, I'm a social person. Why can't I make lots of new friends before February gets here to invite to a party?

Hopefully I'll do better next time.

Do you ever have trouble telling people you're a writer, or about your book?