March 6th is a good day for debuts. One hundred and sixty years ago today (March 6, 1853) La Traviata premiered at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. One year ago today (March 6, 2012) my debut novel, The Sister Queens, hit shelves. Auspicious. And while I never expect to be as popular as Verdi, I’ve been overwhelmed by the generous responses of critics and the kind and often moving responses of readers. Thanks all!
Readers—Visit my Sister Queens Facebook page for instructions on how to get one of twenty signed bookplates (there are still a few left) for your copy of The Sister Queens.
Writer friends — The day after its premiere Giuseppe Verdi worried that La Traviata was a failure so EVERYBODY has artistic angst. Have faith in your work and its ability to find an audience.