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There were so many wonderful debut authors in 2013, so I asked a few of them this:
Here’s what they had to say…
- Use discretion when telling people you’re a writer. There is a 95 percent chance you will end up in a Fifty Shades of Grey conversation.
- Being an author means people will assume you’re rich and that you drink all the time. No matter what. They just will.
- “April Genevieve Tucholke” is far, far too long a name. It’s cocky, almost arrogant. What was I thinking?
- People will try to sell you their ideas for your next book. Try not to kill them.
- People will ask you how your sales are, and you will be too stunned every damn time to think of a good comeback.*
- If you leave your book lying around your parents will read it when they stay for the holidays. And you will regret those steamy scenes.
- Getting to meet (and occasionally hang out) with other authors never gets old.
- Readers rule.
* Such as: “I don’t know. How’s your salary?” or “Here’s my bank info. Why don’t you log on and check things out for