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July 07, 2009

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Patricia Stoltey

It's so true, we can't do everything. And I know an author in my town who churns out good books that sell, and his public appearances are minimal. Now, he's the one I really want to emulate.

How to Party with an Infant

I think I went through the same thought process after reading that article: "I need to go to more book clubs!!" and then "Oh, forget it. I need to write."

Clea Simon

Amen - I saw the link to your post on galleycat and my first thought was that stomach-churning, "oh, lord, I have to do that now, too?" Thanks for the note of sanity.

For the record, I like guest blogging because it showcases my writing. If people like my guestblogs, they might actually like my books.

Paul Elwork

Great post, M.J.! These are words to recall when we let ourselves think it's more about sales angles than writing great books.

Patricia Wood

aloha!
I average one book club every week or so. Most are via speaker phone but I've also done them on skype and ichat. I rarely do them in person as that is a huge time commitment. I think it only works if you enjoy it and it doesn't impact your daily writing. I'm very careful not to schedule too many. I've had some clubs that go out of their way to reschedule to fit my timeline but generally they meet anyway and often ask questions via email later. I agree with the that there's no reason for every author to do this and certain books may not necessarily be book club choices. My view is whatever gets people to read and talk about literature is a good thing!

Jessica Keener

Great post, MJ. Straight forward as always! You're right: When another writer makes something work, the Sirens' song pulls on us to make that very same thing work, too, when in fact, something else might work even better.

Jessica

Alia Yunis

Funny, MJ, I'm in this stage now as my novel, The Night Counter, comes out next week, and I was just speaking with another writer, Mona Simpson, about this yesterday. And she told me, breath and go write something. When you get to the marketing stage of a book, it's so hard to remember that it's all about something you WROTE and the writing part was the when you were at peace. In the marketing phase, you start to feel your peddling olives and trying to hock them at any street corner the cops will let you. (which is what my relatives who couldn't write or read would have done two generations ago)

Susan Wiggs

Ahhh, thank you for that. You are ever the voice of reason. Whenever I read about how committed and savvy other authors are, I feel so inadequate. I needed the reminder that for some of us, finishing the $$%%!book is the key.

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