Despite the fact that I was nervous as all get-out I had a blast at Peg Alford Pursell's WHY THERE ARE WORDS salon.
I made new friends, and saw the faces of many pals (authors Wendy Tokanuga and Kate Perry, to name a few). It's always cool to be in a room where 80+ literati are hanging on your every word (albeit those words come out shaken and stirred — and not necessarily because of the glass of wine you've gulped down ahead of time, for some liquid courage).*
For the most part, writers aren't natural readers (except for Joshilyn Jackson — who is also an actress. She is AWESOME, so if you get a chance to hear her read, take it). Through the years, I've grimaced through readings that sounded worse than a fifth grade book reports. The authors read too fast, too low, too embarrassed about their words.
If you write and get the opportunity to read out loud, you shouldn't be. You worked hard on your book, so read it loud, read it proud.
Your audience will be listening with bated breath.
T*Thanks, Ed the Hook, for the correction!
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