Surviving an Author Reading by Tina LeCount Myers


Check out this great post on the topic of surviving an author reading from the No Wasted Ink blog

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When I received the programming schedule for this year’s World Fantasy Con, I was surprised and honored to discover I had a 30 minute Reading slot on Friday at 2 pm. It would be my first public reading of my debut novel, THE SONG OF ALL.
And with that, I began to panic. 30 minutes? I couldn’t imagine reading aloud for that long. I emailed my editor and my agent. They reassured me:

“It’s a great opportunity.”

“You’ll make introductory remarks about you and the book, read for 15 minutes, then take questions at the end.”

Immediately, I began to obsess over what I should read, which meant I didn’t decide until just before the conference. Then I practiced reading aloud to get the timing and inflections just right. The first afternoon of World Fantasy, I attended three readings to see how other authors handled their 30 minutes. Just as…

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