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Reflections on the Decatur Book Festival

Like any mostly-full-time writer, I get discouraged at times. As a profession, writing is solitary and often frustrating, which is probably why I enjoyed the Decatur Book Festival, September 2-3. Connecting with readers, face-to-face was invigorating. I loved being able to talk about my book, rather than just writing about it.

Reflecting on the festival brought up another issue for me: I really don’t like social media. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I love being able to keep up with friends and family whom I don’t see often. I even enjoy their cute kitten videos and recipes. I also enjoy seeing what my newly acquired friends are doing, as it helps me get to know them better.

What I don’t like is trying to connect with potential readers who are total strangers via social media. Unfortunately, I’ve got to learn to embrace it if I want to “make it” as an author. And then there’s this whole Amazon monolith thing. I haven’t learned a tenth of what I need to know about marketing with them. It’s pretty overwhelming at times.

And then, I reflect on events like the Decatur Book Festival and am reminded why I write. So, I am doing what I can to put my story out in the universe and trust that somehow I’ll figure out how to do the right things to connect with you, my readers.

So, if you bought Murder in Madden at the festival, THANK YOU! I am honored that you have read/will read my story. Please let me know if you like it (or if you didn’t). And, if you have any thoughts on social media, let me know.

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