Wow. If you actually TELL your friends you’re doing a reading, some of them will come to your reading! Who’d have thought?
I don’t normally tell my friends when I’m doing a reading because I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to come. Or worse, obligated to buy a book. But my critique group gets on me for that, so…this time I told people.
I did a reading at the Museum of Natural History, of all places, this past Sunday (as part of the Celebrate Iowa Authors thing). I did it with my friend Tess Weaver, which was nice because if no one came at least we’d be alone together. But I told people and she told people, and clearly we both have very intelligent and resourceful friends because they actually FOUND US up there. They had to wind through a bunch of exhibits and find a door to go upstairs and then wind through some more exhibits. It wasn’t easy!
Anyway, we actually had people there, which was nice. I wouldn’t call it a crowd, but it was a respectable turn-out. And we didn’t even know everyone there.
It was my first reading of The Truth About Truman School and it went well except for the fact I found an error on page 8. There is a sentence that doesn’t have a period. ACK!!!!