Random Quote of the Day: “To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.” – Victor Hugo
Hello sunshines! ☀ I am here on this glorious Saturday to share yet another awesome experience this 2017!
Around mid-January, I had the opportunity of speaking at my first panel!! I was originally contacted by my local library to collect my prize for the Summer Reading Challenge, and the Young Adult Librarian found that I was also a blogger. So, she invited me to speak at this panel with two other local authors — Adelle Yueng and Jess Flower.
I must admit, I was pretty hesitant to say “yes”. I was never a big public speaker, and I don’t normally talk about my blog and books in general outside my closest friends/family. But, I also found that it was probably going to be worthwhile and a way for me to actually escape my comfort zone a little bit. With that being said, of course I eventually accepted!
The event started around 10:30 AM with Jennifer, the Young Adult Librarian, and her introductions of each of the panelists. And from there it was kind of like a Q&A and a general, scripted panel. I had my responses (mostly) practiced, so that was good thinking on my part. 🗯
I wasn’t expecting so many questions that I did get asked during the panel, so that was a little nerve-wrecking. 😶 I was like, “no ones interested in my opinion, why would they ask me questions??”. But, it was actually the opposite so that was pretty riveting. I was nervous in the beginning just because, like I said, I’m pretty shy. But once I got into it and more questions were asked, things got a little more manageable.
I won’t got into complete detail, but I will say I was extremely happy at the end because I was able to get coffee and donuts 😂 After the panel, I was able to mingle more closely with those that attended, and I even received two novels to read and review from two authors that attended. I met a ton of people, passed out my business cards, and overall had a pretty intriguing time at my first panel! 😊
You can also find a newspaper article about the event HERE.
I hope you all enjoyed me sharing this experience with you all! This event is definitely a highlight of 2017 ✨, and I hope in the near future that I get to share something even more awesome with you guys! ❤
Have you spoke at a panel before? What are your biggest accomplishments as a blogger? Chat with me in the comments!
Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…
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