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November 2010

Question of the Month: Staying Positive

by Susan Henderson on November 1, 2010

Before I get to my question, just a reminder to please VOTE tomorrow (Tuesday, November 2)!

My question this month concerns your reaction to negative reviews, or negative people, for that matter.

How do you keep them from crushing your confidence or your productivity? How do you keep their hatefulness from making you hateful, too?

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October was an exciting month. UP FROM THE BLUE is now in Target and was featured in The New York Times and NPR. I participated on a panel for National Reading Group Month, my essay was run on the back page of the San Francisco Book Review, and I was interviewed on BookClubGirl On-Air.

But with more visibility comes more negativity, and I’ll be writing about this over at The Nervous Breakdown right after my hiatus (more on that in a minute). If I borrow your ideas, I will certainly credit you and provide a link to your own web page… so speak up!

In the meantime, you can catch my TNB interview with Shawn Anderson, one of the most positive people I know. He inspires me, and I hope you’ll check him out.

Oh, one last thing: I’m taking the entire month of November to work full-time on my next book. I won’t be reading anything that’s not research-related, and I am only allowing myself a half hour online each morning–that includes email. Okay, I’m hunkering down… see you in December!

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