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09-19-2009, 12:30 AM
Perhaps some are curious about the nature of a book tour, the task of moving around a region, state, country or more, talking about your book, now a fast fading marketing strategy as publishers cut costs, with only the most famous authors doing such tours. We non-famous may imagine tours might be wonderfully interactive as an appreciative or curious audience absorbs your words and keenly asks questions. Or perhaps the tour is more often grueling and dull, or a mix of all these things. But who would imagine a highpoint of the tour can be the escort who sets the stage for an author and ferries him or her around. Joe Queenan shows us who the escorts are and how they work, and reminds us, if we needed reminding, there is more to book life than the book:



09-19-2009, 02:15 AM
I never knew about book tours and what an informative article. Thanks for posting it.

09-19-2009, 04:28 AM
Very true, what he says about escorts/minders.

They were almost always the highlights of any tours.

09-19-2009, 05:19 AM
Escorts are definitely the best part of book touring. It seems a strange thing to talk about, thought.

Wait. Maybe I should read the article...

ETA -- Umm, nevermind.

09-19-2009, 05:13 PM
I never knew about Literary Escort, but what a wonderful concept, and great article. Thanks for posting it.

09-19-2009, 05:25 PM
Wow, I had no idea these people even existed, what a great article. Also gives me an idea for a novel. :)

09-20-2009, 08:36 AM
I always learn something new on AW

09-22-2009, 06:59 AM
Wow, I had no idea these people even existed, what a great article. Also gives me an idea for a novel. :)

Me too, as the relationship described is tantalizing unfamiliar and yet brimming with potential for love or intrigue or, best, something on writing itself in the power imbalance between successful author (or is he?) and, perhaps, aspiring writer/escort.

09-22-2009, 07:21 AM
I actually know a woman who is an author escort. It is most definitely a part time job. Some authors she has liked very much, others she has refused to escort a second time. Can you say DIVA?