Most authors are thrilled to make appearances at bookstores and and elsewhere, because they know it is one of the best ways to promote their book. Still, it’s a bit daunting. You end up giving what is basically an extended elevator-speech, touting the virtues of your story, hoping you’re not saying too much or too little.
Now, compare that with a conversation you might have with a group of people who have already read your book. Having just done that with two different book groups in the East Bay, I can sum it up in one word: exhilarating! It’s like sitting around with some new friends having a conversation about some old friends you have in common—in this case, those old friends are the characters in your book. If a book group asks you to one of its meetings, accept the invitation immediately!
Nov. 3 , 2018
“No one wants to hear the author’s voice”
This is the speech that I gave to the National Kidney Foundation in San Francisco at their annual Author’s Luncheon. The point I was trying to make? Write the novel in such a way that the characters tell the story — not you, the author.
May 23 – Ever been to a Literary Death Match? Adrian Todd Zuniga has been leading them for years in cities all over the county, and they sound hilarious. I got a chance to talk to him about that and more in a recent podcast that was sponsored by our mutual publisher Rare Bird Books. I’m ready to head to the next “Literary Death Match” when it comes back to town!
May 22- I will be on the faculty for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference which runs from Thurs., Sept. 27, through Sun., Sept. 30. This is the 25th year of this annual Conference, and it has produced some great mystery writers. You get to work with lots of editors, writers, agents, publishers, but you also have a chance to hang out with cops, D.A.s, and coroners and find out how they do their jobs.
May 21- will be one of the speakers at the National Kidney Foundation Lunch in San Francisco on November 3 at the S.F. Marriott Marquis. I’ll be talking about what goes into writing a novel like Through the Bookstore Window. This is a very prestigious event and the biggest of its kind in San Francisco. Am I excited? You betcha!
May 20 – I will be at Laurel Book Store at 14th & Broadway in downtown Oakland for Through the Bookstore Window on Thursday, May 24, 6:30 pm. This is exciting! I was born in Oakland, and my first job was about two blocks away.