• Sofiya Pasternack

The Coolest Thing About Being an Author

Uhhh meeting other authors!!

Authors are readers first. Right? Yeah, we're a bunch of book nerds who went so hard into the nerdiness that we just decided to write out these nerd stories ourselves.

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When you cross the line from unpublished to published writer, a lot of stuff changes. But for me, the absolute coolest part was the shift from meeting authors I admired as a reader fan, and meeting them as a colleague.

Definitely not an equal colleague. But a colleague nonetheless. Junior for now. Maybe one day we'll be able to sip a classy mixed drink while sitting in front of a big fireplace, discussing the nuances of... something... smart.

In this post, we'll go through these things:

A Paradigm Shift


Wait... Both?

A Paradigm Shift

Like I said above, there's a shift from meeting authors as a reader versus meeting them as another author. Especially if you write in their same genre and age category. Especially if your work and theirs touch on the same themes. Especially if you live in the same area. Or if you have the same agent or editor or publisher.

At first, you're still in that headspace of being just a fan. You're someone who read their work and liked or loved it, and now you get to talk to them about that work! Right?


Y'ALL. It's time to talk to them about your work too. Because... you're colleagues. You're contemporaries. Act like it!

You're going to feel awkward for a long time bringing up your book(s). It takes a lot of practice to figure out how to insert that bit of information into a conversation without sounding weird. So just own the weirdness for a while. All established authors were the awkward debut at some point, and many will have empathy for that awkwardness.

How can you leave a good impression on these established authors and make them want to talk to you until the wee hours of the conference? Well friend, you schmooze!


So you're at a conference (in person, eventually, sob) and you're surrounded by authors you admire and want to talk to. You want to make a good impression. You want to sound impressive. You wrote a 5-book series and when the first one came out it hit some kind of list! Cool! You lead with that information, right? You let everyone know that you wrote a good book, or a good series, and you received accolades, and you totally deserve to be here among the giants of your industry. Right???