One dark and stormy night, a few years back, an editor called me. “So we are going to publish your story but we want you to read at some events.”
Rah-rah to being published but ‘okay’ is not a good negotiation tactic. A vague ‘okay’ can lead to all kinds of shenanigans. And it did.
“Do you want to read in New York?”
Again, not so good a response. My writing group said I should have asked for more information. A phone call was placed.
“Uh, excited about reading in New York. But where exactly will I be reading?” I had dreams of exciting but small literary salons or at least an independent bookstore.
“At Madame X. The place holds ongoing book readings. We are so excited to get in there.”
Somewhere alarm bells went off. Madame X did not sound like an independent bookstore or a salon…
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