Monthly Archives: March 2009
The thing about books and how they are perceived is–it’s all about the buzz. The idea that an author holes up somewhere and is taken over by the muse and pours out his or her heart/imagination/craft onto the keyboard and by some miracle it sells to a publisher and they take over from there is an anachronism. Indeed, if it ever really existed. The writers I know who have had success work hard at it every day. Chris Bohjalian is a god in this arena. So are Jackie Mitchard, Jennifer Weiner, and David Baldacci. You’d think they could cruise on their laurels. Not so. They reach out and give back to their readers. They contact everyone they know, send out manuscripts and galleys and, together with the publisher and PR people, go to work creating word of mouth. Today you have other portals into reader’s lives: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter. I’m guessing Dickens, Twain, and Jane Austin would be rolling their eyes or making a beeline for hard liquer.
OK, Mickey Mouse never showed but the speech went well. Emotional time as this was the anniversary of my dad’s passing so I talked about everything he taught me, family, creativity essential, reach for your dreams, make a difference. Either everyone was just tired of sitting or that was a standing ovation at the end. The truth is, this incredible organization deserves the standing ovation and then some.
Really humbling. I was blown away by the National Conference and the National Center on Family Literacy. Everyone, and I mean, e-v-e-r-y- o-n-e working on this conference was astoundingly upbeat, professional, amazingly helpful and supportive.