Recently, I challenged the creative minds in the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Mystery Writers of America to list interesting ways for an author to know that she or he has "arrived". I didn't want the obvious ones like hitting the bestseller lists, getting a movie deal, etc. Instead, I was aiming for some laughs and maybe some head nods and "oh, yeahs". And, I'm not saying I've arrived--these are milestones I dream about attaining some day.
I came up with four to get them started:
1. A well-known blogger asks you to guest on their blog versus the other way around.
2. People STOP asking you to write their blockbuster story because they realize you're too busy.
3. A bobble-head doll for your main character exists.
4. You buy sharpies by the box versus one at a time.
Here's some that they added:
5. Someone says, "I've heard of you" instead of "Have I heard of you?" (Terry Odell)
6. When your name is larger than the title on the front of your book. (Sara Hoklotubbe)
7. When more people ask you to sign your book at a bookstore event than ask directions to the bathroom. (Laura DiSilverio)
What about you? Can you come up with a creative way for an author to know she or he has "arrived" to add to the list? Let's have some fun with this!
Mystery author Beth Groundwater writes the Claire Hanover gift basket designer series (A REAL BASKET CASE, 2007 Best First Novel Agatha Award finalist, TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, 2009, and A BASKET OF TROUBLE, 2013) and the RM Outdoor Adventures series starring river ranger Mandy Tanner (DEADLY CURRENTS, 2011, an Amazon bestseller, WICKED EDDIES, 2012, finalist for the Rocky Award, and FATAL DESCENT, 2013). Beth lives in Colorado, enjoys its outdoor activities, and loves talking to book clubs.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Just for Fun: How Do You Know You've "Arrived"?
Posted by Beth Groundwater at 7:00 AM
Labels: author, humor, Laura DiSilverio, MWA, Sara Hoklotubbe, terry odell
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Someone asks you to go to lunch with them at a conference instead of the other way around (or leaving when you sit down and join them).
When your editor's assistant doesn't say "tell me again who you are" when you call.
When (at a conference) someone actually bids more than the base price on your auction basket
Good ones, Suzanne! And I'll add one related to conference auctions:
When your "character name in my next book" item gets auctioned off in the live auction at a conference rather than the silent auction.
When someone asks you to speak at an event you really don't want to do, and they ask "How much do you charge?" so you name an outrageously high figure just to get out of it, and they come back with, "That won't be a problem."
I love it, Marcia! Then you're stuck giving the presentation, huh?
Lots of folks left ideas on Facebook:
"I think the first time you see your book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. That was a major one for me! :D"
- Maureen Mullis
"I think it is the first time you are stopped by a stranger, handed your book and asked for an autograph. Still waiting."
- Patricia Gulley
"When I got a fan letter from someone I didn't know."
- Sean Patrick Little
"When strangers want to know when's the next book"
- Nancy Pate
"When authors I admire bought my books!"
- Kate Thornton
Great signs of "arrival," all of them. Keep 'em coming, folks!
I must imagine this one. When you stopping wondering that you arrived and realized everyone is expecting your arrival.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author
Could I get one of those bobble heads for my desk...just for inspiration?
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