These days, when you hear authors talking about the dream-come-true scenario of getting an agent, or a publishing deal, the dream isn’t always what they expected. Times have changed significantly.
Advances, for instance, I was told earlier this week by a knowledgable industry professional, are now intended to be invested in additional book publicity. Things aren’t how they used to be and they won’t ever go back, so we need to update our author dreams.
I hope, in opening Forest Avenue Press for submissions, that I’ll be able to make some authors’ dreams come true in 2013 and beyond.
Today, though, I want to tell you all that my personal author dream is coming true on Monday. We’re having a Brave on the Page event at Powell’s City of Books, which is the downtown legendary flagship store. The Pearl Room, where I’ll be introducing my authors and reading my flash essay, is where all the literary luminaries read when they visit Portland.
I’ll be there with nine Brave on the Page contributors at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, for readings and a panel discussion on the creative process. Kate Gray, Gina Ochsner, Gigi Little Robert Hill and I will read our essays from the book. Joanna Rose will moderate the panel, which will feature Kristy Athens, Jon Bell, Scott Sparling and Yuvi Zalkow. You can RSVP here on the Powell’s Facebook event page.
If you don’t live in Portland and want a copy of Brave on the Page, you can order a signed edition through Powell’s as long as you do so before our event! It’s a great deal–for $14, you get the book, as usual, but it’ll be signed by all ten authors. (And I should add that last week Brave on the Page made it to #2 on the Powell’s small press bestseller list recently, and if we get some more copies sold, maybe we can make it all the way to #1, which would be another dream come true!)
A number of years ago, my friend Tamara’s mom Diane painted a picture of the front of Powell’s. The marquee advertises a Laura Stanfill book signing. I have that picture at my desk where it inspires me to keep writing and keep working toward the dream of reading at Powell’s someday.
That dream will come true on Monday night. I’ll report back and share photos next week.
Have you had any writing dreams come true?