Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fame. Fortune. Glory. PERFORMANCE!

“If you can’t be famous, be infamous.” – Chicago

 
Authors spend a lot of time trying to make themselves and their book the next Big Story.


The truth is, even if you rise to glory, stardom is impossible to sustain. You only have to look at the musical Chicago to see how the story goes. Roxie Hart went from the It Story to last week’s news when the latest scandal walked in.

It’s easy to get sucked into the fervor of stardom. Besides the universal truth that it’s a temporary phantasm, there are two good reasons to keep your focus on your audience and craft:

1) To do otherwise is shallow and 2) You got into this business to tell stories--stories about other people, not about you.

It’s okay to celebrate our successes (we should celebrate our successes!), but it all comes back to craft.

I hear more and more readers expressing burn-out over how all the books being released sound the same lately.

This is what we writers should be concerned with. Not what lists we’re on, not our names spelled out in big bold letters.

Performance.

Delivery.

Giving our audience a damn good show!

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