This week: If, suddenly, after all your years of writing, your “ship” finally came in and your titles were receiving wide acclaim (and sales… and INCOME), what would you like to do with that “positioning” to help aspiring writers?
When my niece and I had our bakery/restaurant, we dreamed of moving it and making it into place of good , (but small), foods and pastries, where we would sell books, (used and new), plus literary magazines
and we would have authors come in,
the not-so famous,
and those who might want to write.
Even though my health, strength, finances and family has been holding me back from even trying this, enough money would allow me to get all of the help that I needed at home and in the shop.
My location is also a big problem, so I would need ENOUGH money to bring in famous, no-so-famous authors and others who want to write, and a nice, big place for them all to stay. (There are many suitable places here that would fill the bill, given enough renovation money). I could not only keep my own extensive library intact; I could add more.I would have plenty of resources for writers to do research. I would also have to have enough not to need the revenue from such a place, since, (if I had to stay where I am), I could not recoup anywhere near the funds this all would take. There is no way I would charge much, (maybe not charge some at all), even in the retail aspect of this; I know what it is like to want to do things and to seldom have the money to indulge myself.
So, any ideas on this week’s topic came easily to me.
I have had so much fun with the few book signings, forums and book festivals I have attended; I used to enjoy watching them on C-SPAN, (but alas, I have to have cable to enjoy those and I cut it long ago. They stopped showing them online otherwise).
I truly enjoy involvement with those who are in the process of writing, whether they are young people, people who are just starting out, or those who have been published and have needed a beta reader. I do love to be with creative folk, thinking people, and kind ones; I have found writers to more often than not to be encouraging to others who write.
This old adage comes to mind when it comes to most writers:
“The bigger they are, the nicer they are”.
I would like for this to be said of me.
I wish each of the Foxes and the Hound and any writers reading this, smooth sailing for your ships to come in and to be among not only the nicer, but the bigger!
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
I’d love to visit that bookstore / cafe / literary haven you describe.
When we schedule my appearance, please add some gluten-free brownies to the menu for that morning. Thanks!
Like you, I think — in many cases — the “huge” celebrities provide a lot of helping hands to the up-and-comers. Dolly Parton comes to mine as one. And I’ve heard many musical stars say that Glen Campbell provided them some performing work (on his TV show) when nobody else would touch them. Several other examples in the field of performing arts, though I can’t think of any in the literary arts at the moment.
But I also see many celebrities who become hard & brittle and selfishly build barriers between their new-found success and the struggling existence of people they interacted with (when all were more or less at the same level). It saddens me to see those kinds of celebrities use their positioning solely for personal gain rather than for helping out others.
Absolutely, Jeff! With Son#1 needing to go GF,I have learned to make a number of gluten-free and flourless goodies, and with more and more people needing them, you bet my place of business would have them.
Some singers/musicians and other performers help(I hear that magicians will, as long as their proteges swear to secrecy), but writers generally are nearly always encouraging to others. There is very little jealousy compared to other creative types.
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A literary cafe? That sounds great. The Barnes and Noble near me has a nice cafe inside, and I love to sit there while browsing and people watching. They always have great attendance whenever they bring in an author and up until this spring they had several events each month. My guest author a few months ago set much of her book in a place like that. Never stop dreaming!
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Y es, B&N does, but they are way overprices not great tasting, and not healthy at all. We were planning on something more intimate, close-up and personal.
What a lovely idea! There’s no writer in the world who wouldn’t go for this.
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