Public Speaking: A Writer’s Advocate

It’s A Game Changer 


Lida Sideris Public Speaking Writers Advocate
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As a mostly introverted, newly minted author, the prospect of promoting my novel was daunting, if not terrifying. Public speaking was nowhere in my vocabulary. I was grateful that my first two book signings required only one-on-one contact. But my third book signing was different. It was a game changer.

When I sat on a panel with two other authors, one seasoned, and one promoting her second book, I watched and learned…fast.  An upcoming panel at a Writers’ Conferences I was scheduled for would have a larger audience. A crash course in public speaking was needed. Turns out watching my co-panelists was just what I needed. It made me realize giving birth to a novel is sort of like raising children. My kids changed me (for the better) because I needed to learn to be their advocate, a solid role model, and a source of inspiration. This is also true with promoting a novel. I had to be my book’s advocate while acting like a model author, while striving to inspire my audience. Once I looked at appearances in that light, public speaking didn’t seem so daunting.

Public Speaking Is A Writer’s Advocate

Fast forward nearly a year and a half later. Now I love talking up books and writing. I feel a sense of elation thinking about the possibility that perhaps an audience member actually came there to hear me speak. I find that possibility incredible! This unexpected love affair has led to podcasts, interviews, radio shows, and more writers’ conferences. Amazing what can happen when we choose to look at things a little differently.

About Lida:

Like her heroine, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she was not blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. She lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was the recipient of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship award for her debut novel,Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. To learn more, please visit:

Lida’s Best Tips for Authors:

Promo Tip: Just ask. It’s incredible how many bookstores, libraries and writers’ conferences I got into just by asking. Simple but true. And ask again. And again. Follow-up can make all the difference. Out of over a hundred applicants, one conference leader told me I was selected because I kept asking, I kept myself as a frontrunner. I sent her gentle reminders once a month.
Author Tip: Don’t fret so much. It keeps us from enjoying the moments and putting out our best work.

A Must Read by Lida Sideris 
Murder and Other Unnatural Disaster by Lida Sideris Public Speaking Writers Advocate
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Watch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.

Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.


I veered out of the parking lot and bounced onto the cavity-ridden dirt road. The mystery car appeared out of nowhere from beneath the tall pines, eclipsed by the darkness. Now it raced away somewhere ahead.

“Why didn’t we hear it start?” I asked James.

“It’s a hybrid.”

“We’re in a car chase with a Prius?” A car chase with a Porsche or Ferrari was respectable, but with a battery operated car? All bragging rights vanished.

I shifted into warp speed and surged downhill. Seconds later, we faced the hybrid’s rear bumper. The spot for the license plate sat empty.

“He’s not getting away,” I said.

The hybrid turned and launched up a hill, kicking up pebbles and a dusty haze. It fish-tailed and I nearly nipped it in the rear. I executed a sharp left and ran over something large. And lumpy.

“Stop,” James said.

I skidded to a halt, a cloud of dirt trapped in my headlights. The Prius escaped through an open gate and onto La Paz. My eyes cut to the rearview mirror. My tail-lights illuminated the road behind us in an eerie red glow. As I surveyed the scene, not a trace of saliva remained in my mouth.






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The world could benefit if everyone would take a breath and respond instead of react.

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