Stretching Our Comfort Zones

NQ Promo Pic 2018The FWA 2018 Conference offered some neat “extras” this year including an affordable, professional author headshot studio and a recorded video interview session for the Meet the Authors Show with Dr. Philip Levin. Since I’d just had the headshot done at JC Penny not long ago, I decided to invest the small requested fee in doing the interview. (Fees benefited the Florida Writers Foundation to combat illiteracy in Florida.) Dr. Levin made the interview fun and easy, but I was sweating it for two days beforehand. I’m not particularly comfortable in front of a camera lens but I thought I’ve got to stretch this comfort zone some! Take a look at the results of a mobile studio interview with a rookie interviewee and a pro interviewer: NL Quatrano on Meet the Author with Philip Levin

On September 28, I was interviewed on the syndicated radio talk show, BIRDSONG, and I had a blast – but no cameras were involved, so aside from fearing that I’d sound like Minnie Mouse, I wasn’t as nervous. The nice thing about radio is that you can have it playing in the background while doing other things, so listen to the show! https://www.talkzone.com/episodes/LegalChannel/BIRD092818.html) Be prepared to laugh, to ponder, and to be engaged with this show.

What’s the value of all this out-of-the-box activity, you may ask? Well, Leonard and Philip and I are all authors and spending time with one another in these formats helps spread the word for us all. And, media like video and audio help spread the word exponentially compared to print and static web presence, so they are powerful tools for all of our social media like websites, FB pages, Twitter, etc. AND, I learned things, had fun, and grew as a person and an author!

Moral of this story: If it’s not immoral, illegal, or dangerous to you or others, don’t let discomfort keep you from trying new things! Be willing to learn something new every week – it’ll keep your body, mind, and spirit in good shape!

Keep writing and reading!

I WISH TO EXTEND A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO THIS NATION AND OUR FREEDOMS. THE PRICE YOU ALL PAY IS TOO HIGH AND YET IF YOU DID NOT – WERE NOT WILLING TO – THEN WHO WOULD BE GUARDIANS OF THIS UNIQUE AND INCREDIBLE COUNTRY? May God Bless you all today and always. 

Nancy Q. 

About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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