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The care and feeding of writers

My poor husband did not know he had married a writer until it was too late.  That's because the disease was in remission until I was in my 40's.  Poor thing! He's coping pretty well.  Writers are, I have decided, not entirely normal. We take a lot of attention, for one thing.

If you know someone who turns out to be a writer, here is how you can help them. 

Do not ask how the latest book is going. If it's going well, they'll mention it, and if it isn't, they won't want to be reminded.
If they publish a book, buy it! 
If you read the book and hate it, either be prepared to lie and say you haven't read it yet or have a vague or diplomatic answer ready if you're asked for your opinion, like "It's not really my kind of book," or "Gosh, I was amazed at the way you ended it." 
If you read the book and like it, POST A REVIEW on Amazon or elsewhere on the web.
If they have a reading or signing that is local, try to go. It's really sad if no one shows up.
 
To illustrate, I'll close with the ever popular music video by mystery writer Parnell Hall:




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jennyblackford
Jul. 1st, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
That's such a sad song, Karen ;)
karen_w_newton
Jul. 1st, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
It is sad. The upside is, it brought him and his book one heck of a lot of attention. That can't hurt! Maybe he can sing it at his next reading?
jongibbs
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
I'm not saying the world would be a better place if everybody followed your advice, but there'd be a lot more happy writers out there :)
karen_w_newton
Jul. 1st, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think it would be a better place!
bogwitch64
Jul. 1st, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I've only done three signings so far, because I'm a HUGE coward about such things! The WFC one was grand, and so were my two launch party/signings so far. I'll quit while I'm ahead!
karen_w_newton
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
According to a lot of editors, signings/reading don't do that much for sales anyway. And having a signing at WFC is stacking the deck. I'm sure that's why they do it!
peadarog
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
This is a post I can endorse fully :)
karen_w_newton
Jul. 3rd, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Me, too, obviously!
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Jul. 4th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
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