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.

Finally, for those who haven’t tried The Sister Queens yet — I believe that Amazon still has the book on sale for $6 a copy (limit 2).  Wouldn’t now be an excellent time to add it to your TBR pile?

2 Responses to “What La Traviata and The Sister Queens Have in Common”

  1. March 6th is an especially good day for debuts in my opinion!

    There was open laughter in the opera house the night La Traviata premiered. Apparently, the soprano in the role of Violetta was a rather immense woman and I guess the audience had a difficult time believing that the poor thing was wasting away from consumption as she lay dying in the final act. Verdi was beside himself. Nothing at all like the premier of The Sister Queens!

  2. Congrats on your year anniversary!

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