On promotion

“The sympathetic audience for complaints about the terrible problems associated with having your book published turns out to be small.

So I will just say that this is not a part of the process that most kids who sat at typewriters dreaming of growing up to be Authors ever fantasized about.

Most writers are closet exhibitionists, shameless only on paper, and having to perform and promote themselves is a kind of mild custom-designed torture, like forcing the theoretical mathematics faculty to come up with something for skit night.

But in any vocation there will unavoidably be a certain percentage of your job that is soul-wearying tedium — paperwork, meetings, office politics — and you should probably count yourself lucky if it’s under 50 percent.”

≈≈≈Tim Kreider


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