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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Right before the holidays, I got invited to be part of a promotion Simon & Schuster is doing for their first time authors. I was really excited about it, and it seemed like fun--I had to write up a little something about my book, and then read it over the phone to be recorded (isn't technology great?)

Anyway, I wrote up my blurb and practiced it until everyone I knew was thoroughly sick of listening to it. But I felt good about it! Or at least pretty sure I wouldn't make a total fool of myself!

The day I was supposed to do the recording was yesterday, and the time was 12 PM (high noon!) I felt fine in the morning, but around 11 AM, every time I looked at the phone my palms started to sweat.

"What in the world is going on?" I wondered and then realized...I had phone fright!

So, every time the phone rang, I jumped about ten feet and answered with something that sounded like "gtryyerr. I mean, um, you know, that word. Hello!"

Thankfully, I only spoke to a telemarketer, and the recorded message that kicked in when I picked up the phone was *very* understanding about my nervousness.

And then my editor called, and since she's fabulous and super nice, she calmed me down considerably, and then bam! I was off to the recording studio. While on the phone!

The guy who did the recording was also amazingly nice, and the process was simple enough. All I had to do was go "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" and then start my little spiel. So I did, though I had a very strong urge to yell "Blastoff!" after I did the countdown (I didn't, though. In case you were worried I might have.)

And then I was done! My little recording session was over, and I had managed to:

a. remember my name
b. remember the title of my book
c. talk at a normal rate and notlikeIusuallydowhichislikethisonlyfaster

YAY!

If I get a copy of the recording, I'll be sure to post it on the site, because there's even a little bit from bloom in it.


Interesting links:

Tess Gerritsen on how writing one book is just the start of a writing career

Sales Tracking: New Ways to Drive Yourself Absolutely Crazy by Karyn Langhorne, and the title sums up the article very nicely. I'm looking forward to her next piece, on how publishers track sales.

Want to see where Ann Brashares lives? Now you can. And okay, WOW. My whole house could fit in her hallway!

4 Comments:

Blogger Little Willow said...

Congrats, and happy new year.

January 07, 2007 6:43 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Thank you, and happy new year to you too! :-)

January 08, 2007 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How awesome! Gives a whole new meaning to "phoning it in". :) I can't wait to hear the interview!

Clara

January 10, 2007 1:26 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

I do hope I'm able to get a copy of it, if only to double check and make sure I got my name right. ;-)

January 10, 2007 7:20 AM  

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