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How Not to Hold an Author Event

Insight from a bookseller who has seen these things go very badly.

Congrats on Your Book

So you’ve written a novel, better yet you’ve found a modest publisher who can get it into stores. Sure it might not have priority placement on the front table, but it’s available to customers who think to order it.

Seems like life is on the upswing, but before you forget your humble roots you might want to do something to bring yourself back down to earth, something to let the air out of your ego before it gets too inflated. Why not host an author event? Why that’s just the kind of degrading experience you need to kick your heart in the balls, but how to prepare for one in a way that guarantees maximum humiliation?

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Keep Telling Yourself: 9

On story similarities

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Franco

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Life will be easy when…

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A story worth…

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Write's block

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14 year old self

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On youth

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Introversion and writing

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Writing is better than…

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How Pan Got His Flute

I coasted down the mountainside with dew beneath my feet and air kissing my cheeks. All the wolves howled, all the crickets chirped, and the all owls hooted as I passed. All the night creatures offered their greetings for I was their guardian.

I was Syrinx, the nymph charged with protecting the wilderness from the axes of man.

This was Arcadia a hidden place untouched by seasons, where flowers were always in bloom and rocks were evergreen.

My sisters’ laughter carried down the mountainside. They were frolicking on the highest peak, perfecting their dance routines. Most Nymphs used dance to sway the hearts of men from committing violence on the woodlands. I wanted to influence men’s hearts with my mind, with my writing.

I rode down the slope until I was certain I was alone. I reached into my tunic and produced the instruments of my craft: a sheet of papyrus, a quill, and a bottle of vegetable juice. Continue reading How Pan Got His Flute

Words Of Discouragement: 48

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Confident
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Words Of Discouragement: 47

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Write's Block
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Words Of Discouragement: 46

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Word Count
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Words Of Discouragement: 45

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Novel is Easy

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Words Of Discouragement: 44

For when you’re tired of platitudes and want a little attitude.

Wolves
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