From 50 Shades of Gray to the Man in Black

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(Blog Title by Patrick Hubbell – It was too good not to use, with permission of course!)

Today was a good meeting. After a week of dreary, rainy, chilly weather here in South Texas, it was warm and sunny with a beautiful clear sky. We sat outsideat the Hardback Cafe and enjoyed the day. Mary Pat Johns brought her ARC copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul containing the story she submitted (Congrats!!) and Patrick brought one of his witty articles to read.

I know you’re curious about the title. Well, it started with a mention of the trailer for the movie based on the book by E.L. James. There has been much discussion about the book during the meetings these last three years. As per our usual, we meandered from 50 Shades (FSOG as the fans call it) to Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe to how important it is for readers to understand the context and history of the time a story was written. Which then segued into Crime and Punishment and the effect of government regulations on the general population.

We also talked about the anatomy of a book signing. What an author needs to bring and how to make it successful. From my own personal experience, know your location. It is very true that people will ask you either where the restrooms are or where a certain book would be in the store. It’s happened. Sometimes, those people will swing back by and ask you about your book. If you’re lucky, they’ll even purchase a copy.

All in all, it was a good meeting. Though I haven’t written many new words lately and felt bad because I didn’t have anything to share, talking with the members today, I realized just how much I have accomplished since the beginning of the year.

Next meeting is exactly 4 weeks from now. Would love to see you there!

Melanie

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