Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Book Signing

No, not mine, but one for two friends from Pikes Peak Writers.

It was great to see how many people turned out for Giles Carwyn and Todd Fahnestock. They were signing Mistress of Winter, the second book in their fantasy trilogy. The two of them seem like very practiced hands at speaking to the readers, reading excerpts and answering questions. They must have been nervous, but didn't look it at all.

One more skill to learn. Some writers I've known seem to think that grammar and punctuation rules are all that's required. I don't think they even include the ability to tell a story. But those are just the beginning. A critical eye and the ability to edit, ruthlessly, are next. Then there's marketing yourself and your manuscript to agents. The ability to work with a lot of different personalities must be a big plus once you are dealing with the publishing house.

Now public speaking. Great. I realize that's probably a very long way off, but it doesn't mean I won't obsess about it in the meantime.

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