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THE FIRST READING

THE FIRST READING   Date:  May 2 Location:  Acton Public Library Time: 7 p.m.   But we (author Maggie Petru and friend, Sun Dragon Press publisher Marilyn Kleiber and I) arrived in good time to set up our visual aids and, of...

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The Reading

 It's tomorrow. May 2! My first reading. Before the event, quite a while before, actually, one contemplates with awe, trepidation and smugness the prospect of standing before (hopefully) a group of more than 3 people and giving a reading. From one's very own book.

 

But then the day approaches. How many pages comprise 15 minutes? Timed at home, read with conviction, delivered with elan, and at a measured pace, all is well. Then panic raises its ugly head. When I'm nervous my rate of speech approaches a speed that rivals a NASCAR winner.

 

I know that my good friend and fellow author, Maggie Petru, will wave a metaphorical chequered flag if I exceed my alloted time by an embarrassing margin. She will also give me a "slow down" hand signal. All wonderful in theory, but along with the babblespeak, nervousness also inhibits my ability to see and hear.

 

And what should I take in terms of visual aids? There is a fine line between one or two objects of interest and a suitcase of goodies.

 

You will notice that we've yet to mention selecting the passage to be read. If it's too far into the book, it might not make sense. I would have to reveal too much of the plot in order to give the audience context.

 

And just how many books should one have on hand? Too many would be presumptuous. Too few, an undervaluing of the work. Needless to say the carton of books rests in the car: the quandary is how many to bring into the room.

 

Check this site for a report on yet another new experience for a first-time novelist!

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The Craft Sale

"I sell quite a few books at craft sales," quoth an author I met. So, Maggie Petru and Marilyn Kleiber, fellow authors from sundragonpress.com, and I set off to sell our books at a craft sale. How could we possibly fail? With three books of outstanding...

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March 18, 2013

March 29 and 30 will see three authors selling their books at the Ancaster Craft & Gift Show. This is sponsored by the Ancaster Lions Club (Lions provide service dogs: seeing eye, hearing ear, special needs). The authors are Marilyn Kleiber,...

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February 18, 2013

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 My first signing! Chapters!! I shop in Chapters. I probably make a significant contribution to their bottom line. I definitely know that purchases made there affect my bottom line! The signing was on February 14. When I arrived, my...

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February 7, 2013

February 7, 2013

My publisher assured me that a blog was essential to the well-rounded website...

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Blind Spot

Amanda and her sister, Faith, are faced with the task of establishing Wentworth Optometry Services...

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