Poets & Writers Video of Me Talking About Failure

This is part of the Bittersweet Book Launch case study, where Dan Blank and Miranda Beverly-Whittemore share the yearlong process of launching her novel. You can view all posts here.

By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

This week marks the publication of a Poets & Writers article Emily Raboteau wrote about me and fellow novelists Jennifer Clement and Nina Siegal, called “If At First You Don’t Succeed.” Although all of us had seemingly early “success” in our careers, we’ve had to relaunch ourselves for our latest books. I love how honest the article is about the ups and downs of a writing career.

Anyway, when the magazine came to my apartment for their photo shoot, they also interviewed me on camera for a bit (they also made me keep my shoes off for the photo shoot because they liked my socks. I’m glad they did). I had no idea they were going to do a live interview, and was so grateful I didn’t know, because it meant I didn’t have a chance to panic about it. Sometimes being surprised is a good thing.

You can watch the accompanying video here. And you can buy the March/April issue of Poets & Writers wherever magazines are sold (Barnes & Noble is a good bet if you don’t have a favorite local newsstand).