I’m counting down to the 20 August launch party for Goodbye Newsroom.
It’s going to be a wonderful celebration, with friends, family, readers and supporters in the room.
Over the years I’ve done a lot of public speaking, but nothing like this. Usually, I am addressing a classroom of students or delivering a speech on PR or taking part in a panel on a radio show.
But for this event, I’ll be reading a short extract from Goodbye Newsroom.
I haven’t read my own creative writing aloud since primary school. I haven’t read fiction aloud since high school, when we all had to take turns reading from the mandatory texts.
So this will be a very different experience for me. It’s all very well creating the characters of Anna and Holly, and the world they live in – but now I have to read some of those sentences to a (hopefully) attentive audience?
I’m giggling at the thought of putting on different voices for Anna and Holly – if indeed I do read some dialogue. Can you imagine?
Most of all, I’m musing over what passage to read. There’s a lot of factors in play:
- what might interest or entertain the live audience?
- what might help the book sell?
- what parts of the book make sense as small stand-alones?