So you want to be a famous author?

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, July 11, 2011
I've done my share of book signings, with modest success, which is to say, I've sold some books and met some readers.  I've had events when I sat alone at a table, wondering if I had inadvertently swallowed an invisibility potion, but I've also had lively events, at venues like Book Expo America and the American Library Association, with long lines of appreciative readers. 

But I've never had a book signing where "nervous bookstore employees pleaded with eager female fans not to lift their shirts... when they reached the signing table."  And I've never "started sipping tequila as soon as the event began."  Then again, I'm not Sammy Hagar. 

Rock stars are the new stars of the book world.  "In a squirrely market for books, the rock memoir has taken off, spurring publishers to pursue more book deals with musicians willing to tell their stories."  (all quotes are from the New York Times, July 9, 2011, Rock Stars of Books).

So, if you want to be a famous author, but you're not sure how to make that happen, the path is clear.  Learn to play guitar.  Form a band.  Become a rock star.  Live hard.  And then, as your career begins to wind down, pen your memoirs.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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