Ear­li­er this week, Alli­son Amend wrote about writ­ing, and not writ­ing, Jew­ish fic­tion and the Jew­ish con­nec­tion to art. She has been blog­ging here all week for Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and MyJew­ish­Learn­ing.

In 2011, I was a final­ist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jew­ish Lit­er­a­ture. Thanks to this hon­or, I was invit­ed to speak at sev­er­al Jew­ish book groups all over the coun­try. I would hate to keep the exper­tise in Jew­ish book groups all to myself, and so, forth­with, here are:

1. Jews buy books. I don’t know what the sta­tis­tics are on this, but I’d guess that Jew­ish women are sin­gle­hand­ed­ly float­ing the entire pub­lish­ing busi­ness. They even buy hardcovers.

2. The mad dash at the end of your read­ing is not to have you sign your mag­num opus for pos­ter­i­ty, but rather to par­take of the slight­ly dry cof­fee cake.

3. Mem­bers of the JBC Net­work read your book, and if they don’t like it, they will let you know.

4. Every­one claims to know some­one who they want to set you up with, but no one ever fol­lows through on it.

5. It is accept­able to order bacon-wrapped scal­lops at a pre-read­ing dinner.

6. In every group, there is always some­one who knows my mother.

7. Most peo­ple know my father too.

8. The ques­tions I get asked most often: How do you think of your ideas? Did you have to do a lot of research?

9. The two ques­tions I get asked least often: What do you like to eat for break­fast? Why are so many in your gen­er­a­tion mar­ry­ing out­side the faith?

10. If you think you’ve met some­one before, it’s prob­a­bly just that she looks like one of your cousins. 

Alli­son Amend’s most recent nov­el, A Near­ly Per­fect Copy, is now avail­able. Read more about Alli­son here.

Alli­son Amend, a grad­u­ate of the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop, is the author of the Inde­pen­dent Pub­lish­er Book Award-win­ning short sto­ry col­lec­tion Things That Pass for Love and the nov­els Sta­tions West (a final­ist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jew­ish Lit­er­a­ture and the Okla­homa Book Award) and A Near­ly Per­fect Copy. She lives in New York City.