I’m not going to lie. Covid made book promotion a little more challenging on a lot of fronts. For a long time, in person events were cancelled. Life got to the point where many people weren’t comfortable getting together with others at all. Especially larger groups or those whom you didn’t know. So arranging a book reading, signing, or gathering of any sort just kind of went by the wayside. That changes today though. Tonight, I am getting together with a small book club to discuss Roughing it in Africa.
Roughing it Outside
This isn’t the first time I have had the opportunity to discuss my travel memoir with a group of people, but this book club event is slightly different. I know one of the members, but most of her group are strangers to me. While friends and family often put a nicer spin on things, these folks don’t owe me anything on a personal level. I am hoping that means I get honest feedback.
Not that I think you all have been lying to me about how much you like my book. It is just that this is slightly outside my comfort zone and I am looking forward to it. It is good to shake things up and being in the spotlight is certainly one way to do that: for me anyway. Writers are often a more solitary breed, so rattling my introverted cage is the challenge of the day. I’m ready!
So what do I expect? How will they receive my debut novel? I will soon see. So many people have shared how much they enjoyed my book, that I am not really worried. In fact, it should be fun to dive back into the tale, as it was published over a year ago. This should reignite the story for me all over again. Great timing, as there are a few other events coming up over the next month or so that might have me talking about Roughing it in Africa a little mroe.
For now though, I’m delighted to share that a book club read my book and wants to speak with me about it. Yay me!
Open to Book Clubs Events!
Are you in a book club? I would be happy to talk backpacking, adventure travel, reuniting with family, or pushing yourself and your boundaries with your group. These are all themes you come across in Roughing it in Africa and worthy of any book club discussion—in my books.
Come on. Grab your backpack. Let’s go!