I was so nervous about book week that I was even terrified of preparing for it. My books are TODDLER BOOKS! I was terrified that I would have nothing to say, especially to kids in yrs 3-6. I regretted agreeing to it at all.
But of course, I had no option other than to sit down and start writing and see what I could come up with. And I surprised myself. I had interesting things to say and I found fun ways to present it. Once I was prepared, all my nerves were gone.
I was surprised to be booked for a whole bunch of author talks recently. I've visited preschools before, but none of these visits were for 3-5 year olds. They were all way out of my comfort zone!
I spoke to primary school students in book week, the kids at a church conference, adults doing children's ministry at Inspire Conference and writers at the Christian Writers Conference.
I woke in the morning to find I still wasn't nervous. I was sure I would be when I arrived.
I was nervous when I was stuck in a traffic jam on the way, but when I arrived, I didn't think of Deb Abela once. (Sorry Deb!) I was having too much fun.
The kids enjoyed my presentations and workshops and seemed genuinely interested in everything I had to say. Unbelievable.
I went through the whole stupidly-nervous-until-I-was-prepared thing again for Inspire Conference. I had to write a talk and 2 workshops. Again, all my jitters disappeared once I was prepared and I loved speaking at the conference.
I will be more relaxed about future bookings. You know, the kids were very impressed by me. It had nothing to do with my books or my workshops though. They thought I was great because I ... you won't believe this ... I've actually MET Andy Griffiths. He signed my book. Wowww!