I’m a Failed Publicist (+ New Video)

It’s been a tough month. A tough month with very little writing. A month of reading at bookstores around the west coast and doing interviews and doing a not-so-great job at publicizing the release of my novel. It is amazing how consuming even doing a bad job of publicizing a book can be. I can tell you that I’m not a natural at publicity. Follow my lame Facebook author page to get an idea. (I’m admittedly better at Twitter, but if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll learn more about my drinking and parenting problems than any book news.) Even though there have been plenty of moments this month when I want to hide in my attic and never confront humanity again, there have been some fabulous moments too, like when someone grabs me after a reading and says, “I made my husband read your book. He never reads fiction. But he loved this book… even the weird parts.” Those moments are worth a hundred hide-from-humanity moments (which gives you an idea of how many hide-from-humanity moments I’ve had lately)……

While I get my head on straight with how to proceed after this book tour, I wanted to share the video I used while on my book tour. I billed it as a “MAKING OF… VIDEO” for my book. It was my experiment at finding a fresh way to talk about a book while still keeping the audience entertained. It attempts to address one of the biggest questions I get about my book: What the hell is true and what is fiction? It also addresses another question I get a lot: How the hell did you piece this thing together? (I guess a lot of my questions have the word “hell” in them…)

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video: Notes from the (Failure) Field

This round I have a short video with a bit of an update related to what’s been going on with me as my novel approaches the official August 14 launch date (along with, of course, the emotional baggage that goes along with any of my stories). I’ll let you watch the experience for yourself… A crying, drinking anteater can more effectively express the experience than any of my words.

West coasters: check out my event schedule to find out if I’ll be fumbling my way through a presentation at a bookstore near you. (ALSO! Note a few recent time changes on the calendar…)

And don’t forget my passive-aggressive method to get other bloggers to blog about fear and failure the week of August 14th.

And in other news: As former president George W. Bush once said, “Fool Yuvi into being a guest on your podcast once, shame on Yuvi; fool Yuvi onto the podcast twice, shame on you; three times and everyone should be ashamed about being a fool.” In other words, I had a great time on the “Mikes on Mics” podcast talking about the many layers to being “done” with a book. Check it out: Are We Done Yet? with Yuvi Zalkow.

And finally, a moment of respect for the great David Rakoff who died at the young age of 47 today.

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A Crying Anteater

Sorry for the quietness on this site. A little crazed this month. I’ll have a video (about a crying anteater and a bad book review) on August 11. My book officially releases on August 14. There will be more posts during the August 14 week… Also, I’ll be hiding under my desk from August 15 to 30 (though also on a little tour). And I’ll be at my therapist’s office from September 1st onward.

Don’t forget my passive-aggressive method to get other bloggers to blog about fear and failure the week of August 14th.

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The (semi-) Great Fear & Failure Experiment of 2012

I’ve said before that I’m terrified about reading in public… especially this upcoming weekend in San Francisco where I’m reading with Cheryl Strayed to celebrate the release of her enormously beautiful new book TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS. I’ve also admitted to being scared of how people will review my book once it comes out on August 14. Even more than these two fears is my fear that I can’t tackle my next novel. Or that I won’t be able to figure out where to take my failed writer video series. I’m scared of failing on all these fronts. I’m not talking about one of those fakey failures where everything comes out just fine a week later and I’m better for it. I mean one of those big messy failures where I’m crushed by the disappointment of book #1 and I grow too disheartened to write book #2 or make any more videos. Or where I start drinking heavily instead of writing or my marriage gets really rocky due to my paralyzing self-loathing. Or something like that.

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Crowdsourcing My Anxiety

I’m terrified of reading to an audience. At a podium, I completely lose sight of who I am and I can barely even pronounce my own name. This fear has gotten better over the years — experience really does help in this area. If I’m lucky, I can use this anxiety as a source of humor on stage (and if I’m not lucky, I have to be rolled off stage while still in the fetal position). But it still scares the crap out of me.

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The Week in Neurotic Yuvi News

My next presentation will go live this Saturday. Without saying too much about the content, the presentation will incorporate my survey results when asking folks on Twitter, Facebook, and Email which writing program they use. Thank you to those who participated in the survey so that I could turn you into a meaningless piece of a pie chart.

And here’s a little bit of book news…

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Shameful Book Update: February 28, 2012

So I’ve been deep in edits on my novel (most recently titled A BRILLIANT NOVEL IN THE WORKS) the past two months. Far bigger a task than I expected. Basically I had to rewrite the last quarter of the novel and also take into consideration hundreds of other edits and comments. Ouch. But it’s been a good (even if terrifying) challenge. I was pretty arrogant beforehand, secretly thinking that my novel was totally finished when I got the publication offer. But it had more to go, and I’m thankful that my editor pushed me to go there. I’m sure, as with any project, it could be better, bigger, larger, faster, sexier, smarter, deeper, more pantsless. But still, I feel good about these changes.

Now the manuscript is with the typesetter. If I understand anything about the publication process, this is the part where a person carves out each letter from an old growth tree and then glues the letters (with Elmer’s glue) to a piece of parchment made from papyrus…

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