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Writerly Advice from Margaret Atwood

"If invited to read at a festival, try not to get drunk, hit people, throw up onstage, smite the sound technician, etc. Such incidents make colourful gossip, and it’s a small world.

"If working with a publicist, remember: they are not your slaves. Smiling is work, and they put in a lot of that work during the day. Respect their tired smile muscles. Be clear in your communications with them. You both have the same goal."

(Margaret Atwood recommends the terribleminds site and blog, for which she was interviewed.)