My Top Five Most Poorly Attended Book Readings

Nice to know I’m not the only, lonely one!

Thought Catalog

Author readings offer a good opportunity for writers to meet new people, drum up some local publicity, and hopefully sell a few books. I like doing readings, but I’ve also learned to go into them without any set expectations for turnout. I’d rather be surprised by a well-attended reading than disappointed by a poorly-attended one like those listed below:

University of New Hampshire

I did this reading with Adam Mansbach, when both of our first novels had just come out in hardcover. (Adam would go on to gain fame as the author of Go The F*ck To Sleep.) It was on the campus of the University of New Hampshire, and because it was the middle of the summer, few students were around. The school bookstore, like most college bookstores, was really a Barnes & Noble with more discreet signage, and for some reason the organizers had placed us at a…

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About chimerapoet

I write. I write a lot. A. LOT. There are times I am half blind with a sentence ricocheting off the walls of my stupid, cant be shut off to save my life, brain. I am miserable until I get it down on paper. Punch it up a bit. Usually cross out half of it. And then breathe. Relax. Only to do it all again..... But I just thought that was me. How I am. Not a writer....noooo...not me. Writers are.....writing people. People Who Write. REALLY write. Write things that matter. All grown up very important things. I am just a scribbler of sorts. And I was/am content with that....if it's true, well then....a scribbler am I. Until the thought wormed its way in to my brain (the furtive sneaky bitch) that maybe...just maybe...that is writing. My style. My strange way. But....still writing. So here I am at the dance. Not sure I know any of the moves and the music is entirely mine. But.....only one way to find out. Would you care to join me?
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