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Fiction focus: Get out there

Social media posts are useful training ground to hone your sales pitch, says Margaret James

Do you love to meet your readers?

Or does the thought of interacting with readers bring on a panic attack?

Whereas the Victorian novelist Emily Brontë was notoriously shy, her gregarious counterpart Charles Dickens always enjoyed meeting his fans, happily giving dramatised lectures and readings from his novels to enraptured audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and becoming one of the world’s first A-list celebrities.

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