……and I learned a few things from that experience.
- I could have had more material prepared to read. 
- Given that it was a hot day, I could have brought some refreshments. 
- It was suggested I stream it live on Facebook for others who weren’t able to attend to share in the experience. 
- I now have a better sense of timing it. 
- Confidence is key.
Those five things are my immediate takeaways from the experience. I had a lovely crowd of 11 and I sold one book. Successful turnout? I’d say so. This was, as I’ve indicated, my first solo book reading. I’d been a part of a couple of book readings before, including one at a writers conference. That event involved multiple authors – in both cases, the only ones in the audience to hear me read were the other authors. 
The biggest takeaway for me was being confident in my own work. It’s easy to hide oneself in a crowd of like-minded and talented writers. But here, I was exposed to the public, vulnerable, easily seen. I couldn’t hide.
Still, I did it. And that takes a bit of courage.
So now, for the next book reading I prepare, I have a better sense of what to do.
And that, you can be sure, I’m looking forward to. 🙂
 It took a combined total of maybe 10 minutes to read the two pieces I had selected.
 Lemonade and water would have been my first choice, obviously, but the location was in the conference room at the local library, so that’s a possibility I need to check on for next time.
 I hate to admit it, but I’m not sure how to work the streaming feature on Facebook, though I’m sure someone might have been able to figure that out. Next time!
 I had created an event page and blocked out two hours. In reality, it took just under an hour. Now I know.
 The other authors read amazing excerpts from their works – the only negative was that none of us made any sales. And we should have.
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