I finally accepted that authors aren’t gods when I went to the Fashion Show. It was so cute! They strutted on stage in their costumes and struck silly poses that made us all bust out laughing. I felt much more comfortable and less star-struck afterwards.
Add this to my list of goals: I so very much want to participate in next year’s fashion show dressed as a Vestal Virgin from my book, Sacred Fire. What do you think? Could I pull off this look?
On the other hand, if you talk about history or writing in general, they light up and you can talk all day. What surprised me the most was how most of them were more interested in my book than they were in talking about theirs.
I spent a long time wondering why this would be the case. I have a few guesses:
Writers undoubtedly appreciate compliments, but there’s nothing they can add to the conversation. All they can say is “thank you.” Also, they’ve heard all these things before. If you want to keep a writer talking, you have to bring something new to the table – something that will open up a conversation.
As for talking about my own book, I can see how it would be exciting to hear about potential future authors. Do not mention your book unless they ask.
What’s your take on my advice? Do you agree? Disagree?