Just have to say – because I learned at the conference that self-promotion is not only acceptable, it’s necessary for us starving artists – that I brought three books to the conference and sold them all, will hope to sell more in future.
I was leaving a workshop when a woman came up to me and said, “Are you Beth Kaplan? I bought True to Life yesterday and couldn’t put it down, sat up late reading it. What an inspiring book.”
Let me tell you, if there’s anything that brings joy to a writer’s heart, it’s “I couldn’t put it down.” She emailed later:
I found the book so helpful that I sped through it and will undoubtedly refer to it often as I continue to work on my memoir. Thank you for offering such a helpful reference for those of us venturing for the first time into memoir writing.
Thank you! I will carry your words around for awhile, like the sunlight that’s missing right now.
Wanted to go to the Met at Cineplex this afternoon to see Philip Glass’s apparently unforgettable opera Akhnaten, but just could not justify an afternoon of passive pleasure so soon after re-entry. Got to get myself in gear and hope the opera will come back sometime when I’m less swamped.
What joy it was last week to be out of the loop, not constantly checking up on the discouraging news. But now I’m back, and here we go.