Ladies, as always, please feel free to comment below. Believe it or not, I am rather curious about your answers.
About nine months ago I was goaded into putting up an actual profile picture that has the potential to induce nightmares. But, up it went. Shortly after this, one of my long-time followers (which at that time meant four months) contacted me about the picture, saying I didn’t look how she expected me to…
Fast forward a few months and it came time to meet a reader for the first time.
At first, this didn’t faze me. In fact, I was totally “okay” with it—-right up until about three hours before we were scheduled to meet. Then, my darling sister-in-law, freaked me out!
“Are you nervous?”
She shrugged. “Well, what if you’re not what she’s expecting?”
Huh. I hadn’t really thought of that before. I thought I’d made it pretty darn clear that I’m a nerd. Seriously. I’ve even announced that fact here a few times. I’ve given myself the title of “unusually unusual writer” on my website. This lady has done beta reads for me in the past so we’ve emailed a little. Surely she knows what to expect.
I turned to my sister-in-law. “I don’t think that’s a problem.” That’s a lie if I’ve ever told one.
She shrugs again and goes back to reading her book. Meanwhile, my head is racing. What if I’m NOT what she’s expecting… Not so long ago someone commented that they were surprised I wasn’t the most popular girl in school. So..so… Deep breaths! What’s the worst that can happen?
Uh, do I even need to answer that question?
Well, you’ll all breath a sigh of relief with me when I tell you, it all worked out okay–at least I think so. She hasn’t unsubscribed to anything (that I know of) and didn’t run in terror upon meeting a bespectacled, self-proclaimed geek.
But then today, the strangest thing happened. I got an email from an
excited overly enthusiastic fan who lives in the Chicago area who is making a special trip to the RT Expo just to see me! I could tell she was excited, and so was I. At first. Then, the more I read, the more nervous I became. This woman has me built up nearly to sainthood in her mind, and I am anything but.
Boy is she going to be disappointed when she finds a slightly overweight, vertically challenged, brunette, who has a tendency to listen more than she talks.
But like I tell my boys, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” So either, she’ll still love me when we leave or she won’t… Not much I can do about that.
But now, I must ask, and this does not need to be about me specifically, however:
Have you ever met someone in person who’d “gotten to know” via another medium: book blogger, author, local TV or radio personality, etc and been totally disappointed? If so, what disappointed you?
If you haven’t, then feel free to share what WOULD disappoint you–other than spinach in their teeth!