Friday, March 03, 2006

For the Shy Best-selling Author

I know a number of bestselling authors who internally groan at the necessity of attending another book signing session.  If you’ve never had people pursue you or line up for your autograph on a book, it’s hard to understand why anyone would be reluctant to sign a book.

Many writers are introverts. We’d rather sit in a corner and read a book than stir a room into a game and become the life of the party.  I hope you noticed that I put myself into that last sentence as an introvert. It’s true but I often rise to the occasion at conferences or conventions or other such gatherings.

Best-selling novelist Margaret Atwood has created a new invention which will be used at the London Book Fair on Sunday. It’s called the LongPen and allows Atwood to sign books in London from her home in Canada. She avoids getting on an airplane and traveling to the event yet still has a personal touch with her readers. Using technology, she can interact with her readers and sign a personal note into their book—long distance.  It’s a different use of technology and if you want to learn more, follow this link.

It will be interesting in the days ahead to see how much LongPen will be used in the publishing community. I can see clear advantages for the author but also from the publisher standpoint where they have to purchase airline tickets and hotel rooms. If they want the author present, maybe they will use LongPen.

5 Comment:

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Sam Pakan Left a note...

You think it would be possible to give my Pulitzer acceptance speech over the conference phone? Maybe from a DVD?

More to the point, is it possible to be plagued by hubris and lack self confidence at the same time? Never mind. I think I know the answer.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Cathy West Left a note...

That's amazing! What will they think of next?
Pretty soon we'll be able to press a button that says "Write Me A Bestseller" and we'll all be famous!
Okay...maybe not.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Ken G Left a note...

I've gained a reputation in an area other than writing. I do not feel I'm introverted but I just don't like the effort I have to put in to get along with people. If I get near someone who only recognizes me for what I've accomplished I don't feel it's the same as being near somebody that sees me as a person. I think it's a artist's personality that would rather express more than impress that has writers dreading book signings.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger ~Mark Left a note...

I can passionately identify with the necessary discomfort of being in front of a crowd that has gathered for your sake. Can't let it show though, because they propel us forward! :)

At 3:32 AM, Blogger Camy Tang Left a note...

Personally, I shudder at the thought of a booksigning (if I ever get published) because I'd be afraid NO ONE WOULD COME, not at the thought of crowds of people I'd have to talk to. Most people are happy to just chat, and I don't say much at all. People love a good listener.



Post a Comment

That's the writing life...

Back to the home page...