Thursday, February 24, 2011

Counting Down the Days

Yes, I am counting down the days until my pitch to Covenant Editor, Kirk Shaw.  But I'm not counting down as in, "three days left".  No, I'm counting down as in:

Wednesday - nervous break down day (really did completely stress out at work, because I can't stress about the pitch...that would be bad.  So I found other things to obsess and stress out over.  I'm talented that way!)
Thursday - get it together day (Yep, that's right, today I pull myself together, finish polishing my pitch package, and spend the rest of the day doing deep breathing exercises.)
Friday - calm, cool, and collected day (That's the day I'm going dress up in my favorite pair of dark jeans, blue shirt, new sweater and a cute pair of black heels.  I will be feeling just as good as I will look!)
Saturday - I'm-the-best-darn-author-you'll-ever-meet day (I will be dressed professionally, complete with gray slacks, a rose colored chiffon blouse, and again, cute high heels.  I will hold my head high and feel just as confident as I'm going to look.  I will deliver my pitch the best I can and rejoice in my accomplishment of that first pitch!)

So my question to you is this:  How do you combat your nerves?


  1. Pitches are unnerving. I did some at LDSStorymakers last year and nearly hyperventilated. But they actually went pretty smoothly after I realized the person in front of me was human. :0

    Speaking of nerves and stressful things, I co-authored an ebook with a psychologist about anxiety management for Mormons. If you're interested in doing a review on Mormon Mommy Writers, I would love to send you a coupon so you can download it for free. You can find it on Amazon. The name is Be Still: Stress & Anxiety Management for Latter-day Saints. (I'd include the link but it's really long. Email me if you'd prefer the link.)

    The digital copy would work on any e-reader (Kindle, Nook, etc) as well as a pdf to print out at home, or just in a plain old internet browser (which means you read it right on the computer.)

    Anyhow, let me know if you're interested. It comes with 3 relaxation exercises/visualizations (MP3s)that are great if you're under stress.

    Good luck with the pitch, Lois Brown

  2. If it was me, I'd probably eat a gallon of ice cream before I did my pitch. Sugar makes things interesting I'd probably go off on something totally unrelated to my book.
    So...don't take advice from me! LOL
    Have a great time and just be yourself. You'll do awesome! Let us know how it goes! :)

  3. Lois that sounds great. Send the link to one of us should be able to review it for you. It sounds right up my alley!
    Chantele thanks so much for letting me pitch to you last night via webcam. That was so awesome!

  4. Calm my nerves? Chocolate and carrots. Not at the same time. Each has great qualities though.
    •Chocolate--smooth, sweet, and phenylethylamine (like falling into love)
    •Carrots--crunchy enough to put up a fight as I eat them, then I can relax.

  5. Good luck with your pitch. As long as you are wearing cute high heels, you'll do fine :)



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