Monday, December 8, 2008

Something else you can do...

If you're a writer, you write, right? Or if you can get past your shyness, maybe arrange some booksignings, too.

Lately, I've been finding myself doing something totally different ... something that some writers might actually enjoy.

And yeah, I'm one of them... I enjoy it.

No, not that.

Anyway, it's speaking.

I like speaking.

Put a microphone in my hand and it's like, well... no, not that ... but not too far off.

I gave a presentation in September for a credit group, and a few of them enjoyed it so much they asked me to do an encore for another group they were in. Then in January, I will do a half day presentation to another large organization.

Then the best one ... in April I will be the keynote speaker for a nine-high school writing contest, plus I get to hold two humor workshops.

Yeah, about the only thing better than speaking is speaking to a bunch of high school kids.

And with my first YA humor/vampire book coming out next year, I'm going to try to arrange as many school events as possible.

Can't wait!

On another front, I finally succeeded in setting up PayPal so that I can sell AUTOGRAPHED books on my website! Just in time for Christmas!!


So if you're looking for fun sci-fi fantasy that reviewers have been comparing to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, come check 'em out at

See ya,


The Adventures of Guy
The Next Adventures of Guy
The Heat of the Moment
Fang Face (coming August 2009)
Missing (coming February 2009)


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Norm, I found out rather quickly that the speaking gigs were the BEST part of being an author! I prefer speaking to an organization or teaching a seminar to doing a book signing. (And I like book signings!)

I'd always heard that's the REAL way authors make money, too - and now I know it's true!

Happy speaking and many more!

Morgan Mandel said...

Now that I've gotten used to it, I've found it easier to do speaking engagements now than at first.

If I'm asked whether or not I want a microphone, I always say yes. I know that my voice carries if I choose to speak loudly, but I also know that sometimes I end up with a sore throat afterwards.

So microphones are the way to go.

Morgan Mandel