Suited up to Sell a Book
The Right Costume to Showcase My Theme
The Day 3 prompt is:
On the day before All Hallow’s Eve, let’s examine the obvious and think Halloween today. If you were to put together a “costume” to promote your book, wear at your book signings/events, and otherwise attract attention – and, more importantly, questions – about your book, what would it look like? Are you brave enough to actually wear it?
I have always been interested in those who dress up in costume to promote their books. I have a writing colleague who writes historical romance and she dresses up in turn-of-the century dress and has a wonderful multi-tiered stand. Another colleague has done the same. She is from Kansas City and one of her genres is historical nonfiction.
Cane Confessions shares tales of me at different junctures of my life coping with mobility–some with a cane and some without. There are international travel stories that take place in Scotland, India, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. One of my central themes is confronting denial–denial that I was losing my vision, denial that it was progressing, denial that it had progressed to a point of no return. One of the stories in which denial plays a large role is in India. It would be great to dress up in my Indian sari and explain how I spent a significant portion of my life slipping through the days in denial. Or maybe instead of my sari, I will wear a green robe and slick down my hair as I used to walk around the Ayurvedic treatment center in South India. That would be fun and allow me to tell that story.
Another costume I have considered is dressing up as a traveler and wearing a monster backpack over my shoulders as I did in Scotland. Or I could wear a raincoat to protect me from the flood I caused from a leaky cup-somewhere along the likes of Niagara Falls.
It might also be fun to dress up in a college t-shirt with the Greek letters Sigma Epsilon Chi, which tells yet another story. Or maybe I can wear some kind of footie pajamas and a bib and have a baby bonnet made for me to resemble the toddler role I played in the generational college skit.
I could wear a running suit to represent the track star I envision myself to be as I circle the high school track and keep on running. that would bring out the role that persistence plays in following my passions.
Now that I think of them, the number of scenarios I could dress up to highlight are quite plentiful to draw upon throughout my life. We all have such opportunities even with vision loss. One of my more exotic costume ideas is the lightweight Luxor head scarf wrap. But of course, I’d have to wear the traditional gallabeya and not shorts and a tee. I have a promotional story that takes place on the Nile both in Cairo and Upper Egypt, not far from the temples in Luxor.
Oh, and the picture of the magician in the preview? Yes, I often feel part magician when something suddenly materializes … and again, when something disappears without precedent.
I would be brave enough to dress up. I once dressed up as Farmer Amy during one of my speaking presentations. Our topic was “Living the Abundant Life. I’ve also dressed up as a Japanese Yakisoba vendor and I’ve worn a kimono and paper crane earrings for an elementary school talk.
Which costume do you prefer best? Have you ever had to dress up as part of your work obligations? If so, what did you wear?
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