was watching an interview on TV, I think it was the ruler of Time Warner Book Group (Kirshbaum? I can't remember.) He was rattling about how he loved authors who go out and sell their own stuff. He said they put all their authors through some kind of media training so they'll be better interviewees and be charming on TV. I was wondering how you feel about this. How would you react to an author who was more introverted, reclusive, who refused to do readings and make appearances?I
Well, I think you'll be very happy at AuthorHouse cause that's about the only "publisher" who'll be interested in your work.
If you write non-fiction, you have to be willing to do the dog and pony show. You may not have to leave your house; radio interviews can be done by phone, as can newspaper interviews. To refuse to do those is a deal-breaker. Besides, the likelihood of a publisher signing a non fiction book for an author without established platform is very low.
If you write fiction and you refuse to give readings, I won't sign you. Most publishers expect, and indeed include in their contract with you, that you'll be part of the promotion process.
Yes there are authors who don't do this: Anne Tyler, Thomas Pynchon, JD Salinger, JT Leroy. I can probably think of ten others if you give me an hour. They are the exception, the very very RARE exception. And most of them were writing long before the huge media maw opened in the 90's.
If you want to be a recluse, write poems.