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8 Things That Can Go Terribly Wrong at a Book Event (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Christelle Lujan on November 12, 2015 at 2:37pm 3 Comments

Is your first book launch coming up? Do you have a signing scheduled? Are you ready to go on tour?


If you are planning to do a physical book tour, you’re likely racked with nerves and excitement. Going store to store isn’t for everyone, but if you’re planning to get some face time in with your audience, don’t fall victim to these unfortunate (and common) mishaps.


You’re Not on the Schedule


Whether you’re planning your events yourself or working with your publisher, sometimes mistakes are made. Whether it be the bookstores fault or a miscommunication from your team, authors have shown up to events only to find no one expected their arrival.


Before departing for your first event, make sure you’ve checked in with the bookstore to confirm…


Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional about Getting Published)

Posted by Brooke Warner on November 19, 2015 at 1:01pm 7 Comments

Deciding you’re ready to publish is a huge deal; it’s also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.

Most writers have traditional publishing aspirations. They want an agent to fall in love with their project and champion their work; they’re looking for the external validation of being accepted by a publishing house; their fantasies about getting published involve a red carpet experience that’s increasingly elusive in this industry.

I get it. Who wouldn’t want what traditional publishing, at its best, offers its authors: an advance, a built-in team; a publicity campaign. So yes, go for it, by all means, but also be vigilant, self-advocating, and savvy during this process, and remember that publishing is…


Countdown to Publication -- THE HAPPINESS PROJECT.

Posted by Gretchen Rubin on December 20, 2009 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

Days remaining to publication date – 8.

The Happiness Project is an account of the year I spent testing the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. This is my fourth book (or my fifth book, if you include a book I did in collaboration with an artist).

My pub date grows ever closer. I’ve crossed a lot of things off my to-do list that are meant to encourage people to take the plunge and buy the book.

I did a book trailer. I posted sample chapters. I put together an offer of bonus…


Low-Pressure Goals Allow Your Writing Future To Evolve

Posted by Alonna Shaw on August 7, 2015 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Set an imperfect goal as your first step.

A strange thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago after reading a short article online. Ever have the experience of reading a health article and thinking to yourself  “but I thought everyone was like this”? I came away understanding my experience of the world is somewhat different than the norm; more like a tuning fork for sound and emotions, and and a heightened noticing of the tiny bits of life. A handy tool when doing critique reads, hypersensitivity and perfectionism undermine launching my projects. My sensitivity level makes it difficult to ignore nuance. At the same time, the voice in my head wants to pursue bigger-picture goals before allowing the building-block steps.

Maybe I could lighten up about some things. We all aren't wired exactly the same. I assumed everybody was a tuning fork…


Community Blog

.. reading three ..

there is  a need to pace about, wave the paper,

move the arms. need to pause and       counter

act. if this reading thing                      will work.


maybe moving eliminates the standing       still,

precisely that  leads to a self concious       pose.


the need to read is ready. rehearsals held each day

focus                                                     on the oak tree.


alongside reading then, is a little…

What really happened when I hired an editor

When you’ve edited and re-edited ad nauseam and you’re too close to your novel to see it objectively, it’s time to take a break or call in a professional. This summer I did both.

Sick to death of my book and discouraged by the prolonged silence that greeted me when I sent it out…

Women I have loved

This isn’t a high-brow list of classic, literary heroines. Nor is it a kitschy ranking of popular femme fatales or women warriors. So before you say, “But what about …” understand that this is MY list, pretty much off the top of MY head, of MY favorite female characters.

Most of…

Good Evening!

Do you spend time there...in your imagination, seeing your dreams take form, feeling your goals coming to fruition? Are you spending time in this magical place? Or, do you brush off your imagination as useless, a waste of time, or a place only for children?

It's from the imagination that some of the…

All Art Friday

Posted new edition of All Art Friday.

In the spotlights: painter Cayce Zavaglia, lace maker Herczeg Agnes, glass artist John Littleton, mixed media artist Kate Hunt,sculptor Susan Collett, and sculptor Gwynn Murrill.

The roundup highlights exhibitions at college and university galleries and museums: Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin), Purdue University Galleries, Kendall College of Art & Design, Pitzer Art Galleries (Pitzer College), Schick…


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