I was super nervous about my presentation at The Good Room on Saturday, not because I don’t like public speaking (because I do; who wouldn’t like having people forced to listen to what you say?!) but because of the whole twenty slides/twenty seconds fiasco. But it went really well. Who knows? Maybe a bit of nerves is a good thing! The best part of the day for me though was listening to everyone else’s presentations (much more relaxing!), and having a fantastic book chat afterwards with some writerly Twitterati.
A picture of all the Pecha Kucha presenters which I robbed from Irish Publishing News’s Facebook page. L-R: Alex, Zoe, moi, Eoin and David. (And kudos to Vanessa, the photographer!)
I also had a little moment in the City Hall (the main Dublin Book Festival venue) just beforehand when I walked into the Rotunda and – squeal! – there was Paul Howard, author of my beloved Ross O’Carroll-Kelly books and sadly no relation, right there. He was just finishing up and I only had a few minutes so, alas, I couldn’t have a giggling-like-a-tween-at-a-Bieber-concert meeting the famous author moment. Probably for the best.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I can upload my Pecha Kucha presentation here as a movie, with me narrating. (Oh, iMovie. Let me count the ways I love thee…) It’s called Dear Books… An Apology and it’s about my crushing guilt at being a successful e-book self-publisher and therefore contributing, in however a miniscule way, to the demise of the physical book, which I love. I should also point out that with regards to the narration, this video is what I was supposed to say. What I said on Saturday I have no idea, because I actually don’t remember. I know I left stuff out though!
One other thing: in the presentation, I mention Amanda Hocking. If you don’t know who she is, she’s probably the world’s best-selling e-book author at the moment and might make a million dollars from it this year. She’s also never been traditionally published and she’s only 26. (Twenty-six! Not that I’m jealous…) What I love about Amanda is that she is so sensible about the whole thing, frequently acknowledging that e-book success is as much down to luck as anything else, and she refuses to slam traditional publishing (which is what turns me off Konrath, who does it all the time). I love this blog post of hers. If you think e-books are a get rich quick scheme, or that anyone can just upload a book and expect it to sell, then I suggest you go read it.