On Friday March 6th, I gave a reading at the Look Show in Victoria. The whole evening seemed magical and rushed by in a whirl-wind minute. I’ll describe it bit by bit.
Our Evening Started with Dinner at Koto’s
Dining with six authors is a blast. I think we laughed more than we talked and the food was magnificent. A great start to the evening.
Just so you know, we all look better than this, but the bright light in the middle distorted our beauty.
To the wonderful group of women writers who came to support us (in the picture above, from left to right: Jacqui Nelson, Sharon Gunn, Pat Amsden, me, Jodie Esch, Shereen Vedam and Lee McKenzie). Thanks also to the rest of the VIRA gang who sent us love and good wishes.
An enormous thank you to Jodie Esch for being my partner in this event, and putting up with me for the weekend in her beautiful home in Cobble Hill.
The “Look” Event
The event took place in an empty store on the third floor of the Hudson Bay Center in downtown Victoria. Art was displayed on all the walls and on a few partitions set up in between. A microphone and a stand were placed in one corner for readings.
Jodie and I arrived half an hour before our designated time to get organized and found the event in full swing. About fifteen people sat in the audience and a writer stood at the microphone reading from his work. When he finished, the coordinator looked our way and we started. Jodie went first, because we had planned it that way and then I followed. Both readings went well, if I do say so myself.
Unfortunately, because we started early, our VIRA group didn’t arrive until near the end of my reading.
We stayed and listened to the rest of the readers and then left as a group.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly…
The Good – (1) I shared my work. (2)I had wonderful time with other writers. (3) One of the board members from the Victoria Writers Society followed us into the hallway and a connection was made between their group and ours. (4) I bought a new hat.
The Bad – There was no opportunity to interact with the audience. Jodie displayed her books, The Girlfriend Series, and I displayed promotional postcards and pens. But no one, to be honest, looked interested. The audience in general seemed stiff and unresponsive.
The Ugly – It was all over so fast.
What Would I do Differently Next Time?
1) I’ll ask questions beforehand about the writer’s opportunity to interact with the audience. They had said we could sell books, but they really weren’t set up for it.
2) I`ll work at promoting the event more and ask that they do as well.
Definitely a night to remember. My first reading as an author.