However, I have to let loose with a minor ketch...
At almost every event, there is an aspiring writer who has lots of questions. Now, I am more than happy to share my experiences and to give whatever bits of advice I have, but...
I remember reading a great book on writing ,publishing and editing called:
78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published
and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might
- By Pat Walsh
It was a great book and I learned a lot from it. In it, he (I assume Pat is a he) describes a meeting with a wannabe writer - a friend of a friend situation. He agreed to meet with the aspiring author. Turns out, the person only had ideas for a book, but had not actually written anything.
Now, I get it!
Some girl at the signing I did this weekend monopolized my time for a good 20 minutes. I am not an expert on how to write or how to get published, but she decided to pick my brain. (I'm not sure there's much there to pick, but that's another story...)
I was a bit irked - I was in the store to sell books, after all (sold 15, so I guess that's okay). I am still trying to build a reputation, develop an audience and all that. I am happy to share my own experiences, but of course every situation and story is different. Anyhow, this girl kept pushing and badgering me and seemed angry that I wouldn't tell her THE SECRET to getting published.
Finally, I asked her about her writing. Turned out (drum roll please) that she had not written anything yet, she just had an idea for a book.
Now I totally get the Pat Walsh anecdote.
And - I have to say this even if it is cranky - I think it was kind of schmucky of her to gab with me for so long and then not to even buy my book. Kind of rude, IMO.