For the A to Z Challenge, I’m posting promo and other tips for writers. Today it’s calls.
If you’re a writer or author, at some point, you’ll start making phone calls.
You’ll use calls to set up appearances and media interviews. You’ll talk to editors, publishers, and reporters. You’ll call bookstores and libraries.
For some people, calls are no big deal. For others, the phone weights a thousand pounds! I used to work at UPS and my job was to call people and say “Your package is lost, damaged, destroyed - we don’t know where it is!” Fun, huh? Let me say it took a lot of courage to pick up a phone again.
Here’s some tips that might help:
Make a list of names and numbers to call
Sketch out what you’re going to say. Practice. Don’t read it over the phone or it’ll sound scripted.
Set aside a block of time to do nothing but make phone calls.
Start with an easy one to get into the groove.
Don’t stop until you hit a yes.
Don’t end with a no.
Remember to smile when talking - it does come through!
Now, who’s ready to start dialing?