4 People Showed Up to John Green’s First Book Event


Check out this interesting post from the Novelty Revisions blog on attendance at book events.

Meg Dowell Writes

Or 2, or 5, or something. Basically, no one showed up to the celebration of the release of Looking for Alaska. All that hard work, and seemingly nothing to show for it.

Until there was.

Now, over 10 years later, he’s traveling to sold-out tour stops all across the United States.

I was lucky enough to sit in the audience of one of these stops. In the same city where John wrote his first two books.

That’s how I heard this story. And his “return” to Chicago made it that much more special for all of us — and, I’m assuming, him included.

Four people. And that night there were over 1,000 people in the audience. And Naperville was only one of many instances of this.

Many writers start out as unknowns. As nobodies.

I don’t think we’re being fair to ourselves, when we mope around about only getting four…

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