Reblogging this because this is advice I need to follow. Some good points I SHOULD remember.
A week ago, I mentioned to my friend Annie that my latest novel would be out soon. She asked if I meant to give her a copy. Now, it’s not the first time I’ve been asked that question. Not hardly. But this time, my patience faltered.
I said, “Come on, I have to spend a couple years writing the book, deal with the publisher and all, and spend countless hours marketing, and then I’m supposed to give the book away?”
She said, “Well . . . ”
Had I felt slightly ornerier, I would’ve asked, “Should I read it for you too?”
After she left, I wondered, if I were rich, would I give copies to all my friends? Maybe not. I mean, when author friends of mine have new books, I prefer to buy them, in honor of their accomplishment.
Then, yesterday, an email arrived: “Congratulations on your new…
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