It didn't have to happen--the smears, the hatred, the silence. Everything could have been so easily avoided by practicing some humanity and compassion.
Prepare the document with pictures, contact information, and testimonials. You can use this to send to journalists or any media, to request they interview you or to get someone's attention. If you're prepared and have one in your kit then it's ready to go at a moments notice. It is easily emailed and presents a professional image.
I started doing school visits, and I think that’s when the feeling of being an author became real. When young students come up to you, tell you they loved your book and would you sign your autograph on a scrap of paper made it seem real. Someone wanted my autograph???