Allegra Huston and James Navé have a long history of collaborating in Taos - beginning 18 years ago with Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" creativity camps. Now they're …
Allegra Huston and James Navé have a long history of collaborating in Taos - beginning 18 years ago with Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" creativity camps. Now they're sharing their wisdom and best practices via two how-to books that consist of "the stuff nobody teaches you."
"How to Read for an Audience" is targeted toward anyone -- published or unpublished -- who wants to read their work in public.
"There is nothing out there that explains how to go on book tour and how to really get it right when you are out in the field. Or just how to take your work beyond the local open mic," Navé said.
Friends, colleagues and clients have encouraged the pair over the years to write down what they know. Which in the case of Navé, is quite a lot. He is the inimitable emcee and organizer of the Taos Storytelling Festival and formerly of the Taos Poetry Festival.
Not only has he brought national talent to Taos, but he has a captivating prowess in his own story and poetry performances.
In the "How to Read" book, readers are reminded of common sense techniques that are often overlooked (such as, rehearse). The "pro tips," however, set this book apart from a generic public speaking text. Without giving too much of the content away, Huston and Navé introduce points of emotional connection and intellectual engagement that form the fabric of good readings.
Alexandra Pringle is the editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury Publishing. Of the book, she wrote: "Performing in public rarely comes naturally and this clear and sympathetic guide will swiftly become an indispensable tool for anyone faced with the challenge of standing in front of an audience."
"I wanted to give the public something simple and easy-to-understand, not intimidating. Strunk and White's 'Elements of Style' came to mind. I'm not comparing the two books. I'm just saying this 'How to Read' is less than 100 pages. It's very small and well-designed by Lesley Cox," Navé said.
The second book is "How to Work with a Writer." Huston, who is an editor, observed that many writers get thrown off-track when they receive editorial comments and feedback on their manuscripts.
Therefore, "How to Work with a Writer" is targeted to editors -- and it's worthwhile for writers who want to work with editors. The flow of pro tips can illuminate the hard work that's required to take a manuscript from draft to published.
Together and individually, the two friends have long fostered talent and creativity in Taos. They collaborated on authoring these two books and creating the self-publishing company, Twice 5 Miles Guides.
Visit twice5miles.com to purchase the paperback ($11.99), audiobook ($9.99), and/or e-book ($5.99). The site also has free excerpts available for sampling.
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