Want to know one of the secrets to becoming successful as an author?
In this business, one HAS to possess people skills. The anguished, introverted, lonely writer might be a great image, but it's a faulty image. Dealing with people becomes impossible to avoid when one becomes an author, as there are fans, the media, bookstore employees, book clubs, etc. with which to deal. People skills are required to connect with your fans and give a good, personable interview.
Invest in YOU before that book comes out and brush up on your people skills.
Or at book signings, you WILL be that lonely writer!