We've talked before about how many unpaid readings to do. When one has a new book out, doing a few out of town readings may seem wise and desirable. Necessary.
I had a call recently from a guy who heard me perform poetry at the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. He liked the show and asked me if I would do a program for his writers' group in a neighboring town.
"If your group will order my book, I'll be happy to," I said. Sevierville is only 20 minutes away and sales of The Love That Moves Me might improve with a group sale.
"Yes, we'll do that," he said.
A week later someone else from the group called asked me what I was planning to do for the workshop. And said, "And you can promote your book."
Oy vey. That wasn't the understanding.
There's slippage here, and I'm feeling like what's the point? I need encouragement to stay firm in my own plan not to wear myself out for nothing.
And I hate to share gender bias, but these are men who expect a lot for nothing. Tell me I'm wrong!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.