|Author J.A. Konrath|
I happened across this writing article by J.A. Konrath recently at Backspace, The Writer’s Place. I remember reading it years ago, probably in Writer’s Digest somewhere. Joe really knows his stuff when it comes to literary agents, publishers and how to write a book. So check this out; it’s a great piece from a guy who is no stranger to the slings and arrows of self-promotion. And whether you already have a book out or you’re just learning how to write a novel, this article has some excellent tips for any kind of meet-the-customer situation. Read Joe Konrath’s article here.
I especially like the part about bringing pizza and donuts for the bookstore staff. Which reminds me, when Joe came to my store, he didn’t bring pizza — but he did give me an autographed bottle of Jack Daniels, so I’d say that makes up for it.
Wow! I went to that link expecting a pretty blah list of things I would assume anyone would be told to do. It is actually incredibly helpful. I never would have thought to avoid sitting down (such a passive position) and the importance of shaking hands.
I'm terribly shy by nature, so I'm sure book signings will be a tough one, but Mr Konrath really helped establish a great outline of what a newbie should attempt!
You'll find only the best advice here! Unless it comes from me, of course; then it's obviously suspect.