The Friendly Librarians and the public eye
Posted by Caleb A. Mertz
Days come and days go as we work out our daily lives at the professional establishments we call “work”. Being a restaurant manager some may say that it is a bit easier for me to be able to talk to people and get to know them on a closer and more personal level. I can attest to this, but only as long as the restaurant isn’t crashing and burning before your very eyes. In the process of table touching (talking to each table to ensure that the food is great, and the service fast, efficient, and friendly) it is very easy to get wrapped up in conversation with the guests about food, their favorite chef, the weather, or sometimes your book!
It all started out when I saw these three ladies come into one of my previous restaurants. I was working as a server and I waited on the table. I made mention to all of my co-workers that Bam Margera’s mom was at my table. Though it wasn’t actually her people found it funny at how much she really looked like Bam’s mom. Two of the three ladies had since returned to my newest restaurant where I manage. We began talking about their favorite server and soon got onto a poster for my book signing. Then the ladies let me know that they work for the Bethlehem Library, are presidents of boards, and entrepreneurs themselves.
I paused for a moment at the disbelief. I had been talking to these ladies for the longest of time. They had been frequenting my restaurants and now all of the sudden I come to find out that they could hold a key to the furtherance of my writing career.
“dress the part”
The ladies are always working on new things and have the utmost anticipation for the best from all that they support. It comes down to never giving up an opportunity to make a new connection whether at work or walking down the street. If you are trying to become a public figure, act and dress like one. There are many sayings that refer back to this such as “dress for the job you want”, “dress the part”, and my personal favorite (sprouting from a break up) “fake it, till you make it”.
All authors and writers have their own distinct methods. Some go to cafe’s and write out their little stories in hopes that they will be the next success story like J.K. Rowling. While others write whenever they can and whatever they can. I don’t currently have an agent or public relations manager so I have to go out and do everything for myself. All of the marketing, the talking, the phone calls, the ads, and even the website up keep is all up to me. I realize, from talking with other local authors, that this is actually a common practice and very few people ever really see that agent that works just as hard for them as the author did coming up with the story or article. These are, however, the sorts of things that give us all our own additional goals.
These ladies just so happened to pop up, but I wonder. What if we all asked everyone we ran into about their reading? How far could we get if absolutely everyone we knew realized that we were writers?
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Posted on July 7, 2010, in Public Relations and tagged Allentown, author, Bethlehem, bethlehem public library, blog, Caleb A. Mertz, Easton, english, grammar, Lehigh Valley, library, local author, marketing, public relations, The Silhouetted Leaves, With Thoughts of Jason, writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.