Saturday, March 9, 2013

Practice Practice Practice

I’m not a professional speaker, but a group representative asked me to speak before an audience of mostly business women! Over two hundred are expected to attend this annual event. Oops! Have I mentioned I’m not a professional speaker?

At least, I am passionate about the subject matter:  my first book, Where Forever Begins, A Simple Love Story. They’ve asked me to give a book review. The author doesn’t usually give their own book review! Oh my!

Every writer knows coming up with a synopsis for agents, or for the back of the book, is much more difficult to compose than the entire book was to write! Even more difficult is writing/giving the balance ~ the enough ~ to pique the interest of a potential reader/buyer without giving away too much!

My time allowed: 20 – 25 minutes.

I finally have something down on paper, now to practice practice practice so I don’t end up “reading” from my notes! But, I’m not going to fret about it if I do end up simply reading it. This book means too much to me to mess up the presentation I want to share. The information I’d like to convey outweighs the need to “perform” – does that make sense?

The way I structured the presentation:

What’s ahead
Envisioning the 1800’s
Small glimpse into the life of Jane and Thomas
  that includes two quotes from the book
Three points of inspiration to write the book
A couple of reviews received
A few comments others have shared
Writing Tips

Well, that’s it. We’ll see how it goes!


  1. You don't have to be a professional speaker to give a great presentation. You don't need to perform. You can do it by being yourself and speaking from your heart. Where Forever Begins is a wonderful story Lanetta, I love how there are these intricate stories that all tie together in the end. I adore Jane and Thomas.

    Good Luck and have Fun! :)

    1. Thank you, Erin! The fabulous review you did for your website is one of the ones I'm going to share! ;)


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