I covered press at the MCM Expo London yesterday (also known as London Comic Con), which might have been one of the greatest experiences of my life but it has also left me feeling like a hung over walrus! So I’m going to write something quick, but also very important. I talked to a lot of people yesterday in my role as press and I talked to a lot of the writers on my University course before I when to the convention and a staggering number of them said something along the lines of ‘How are you covering press at comic con? I could never do that.’ To that I say ‘JUST DO IT!’.
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I got my comic con press pass because I asked, I even got my photographer a press pass by walking up to the head of press and asking, I have the writing jobs I have because I asked. The brutal truth is: If you don’t ask you don’t get. This is something no one can teach you as a writer but it’s something you can practice yourself, build up your confidence by emailing anyone you would like to interview (although I advise you start small). Eventually, someone will email you back and start to talk to you about your work, then move up to a video call or a voice call. These steps really help you to build up your confidence before moving out into physically talking to people. I have to say this isn’t only important from a journalistic standpoint but for any writer.
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If you’re hoping to be a novelist like old JK up there then I’m afraid your publisher is going to want you to do an awful lot of work with the public, that means you’re going to need to learn about how to talk to people. People can include your publisher, agents, editors and the terrifying buying public all of which respond well to confidence. This means that it really is important you try to put yourself out there, I see so many writers who hide away from the work from behind their screens. If you can learn to stand out in a crowd and be confident I guarantee you will have an amazing writing career ahead of you!
…that was this week’s Grr(aphic) Monday! Check back on Wednesday for another BearSleuth Opinion piece!