This Past Week – wow!

This past week saw the launch of my debut novel, “Chocolate for Breakfast.”  (As if you didn’t already know!)  I’ve been touched by all the love and support, and genuinely moved by the positive reaction to this novel.  You can download it here.  A few people asked for the paper version – unfortunately, I’d blown my budget on editing, formatting, and the gorgeous book cover, so there’s only the digital download available.  But even without a Kindle or an iPad, you can read the book on your computer using the free Kindle app.  Meanwhile, I am keeping busy by working on my second book, which is totally unrelated to this one.  I’ve indulged in a bit of Swiss chocolate (!).  I’m also reading a manuscript for a writer pal – this is new to me, but I want to do what I can to help other writers, as so many established authors have inspired and assisted me.

Speaking of established writers, I read an interview with author Sue Grafton (“V is for Vengeance”).  You can read the interview here.  I’ll admit, I’ve never read any of her books, although I think this latest “V” book is somewhere in my house.  During the interview, she was asked if she had any advice for young writers (hey, I’m not young, but I am a new writer).  She said, “Don’t self-publish. That’s as good as admitting you’re too lazy to do the hard work.”  Excuse me??  The interviewer, to her credit, mentioned the indie success of John Locke, and Grafton back pedaled slightly, but retained her belief that self-publishing is a short cut and self-published books are often amateurish.  So, anyone interested in a never-read paperback version of “V is for Vengeance?”

Here’s another one.  The Guardian (UK) posted a story this past week claiming that “Fifty Shades of Gray” has surpassed all other book sales.  You can read that article here.  I read all three books in the trilogy, and no, not because I wanted to read “mommy porn.”  As a writer, I wanted to know what put E.L. James on the bestseller list.  And yes, I’ve voiced my own opinion that the writing was not very good.  In fact, Erika Leonard, who is E.L. James, stated in an interview on The Today Show last spring that she is not a great writer.  Does it matter?  She has ruled the bestseller lists for months.  And some writers can’t stand it.  The vitriolic rants against E.L. James are unbelievable, especially coming from writers.  They want her off – OFF! – those bestseller lists, as if she has no right to be there.  They’ve started campaigns to bring her down.  Are they offended by the genre, the writing?  Or perhaps that she has achieved a success they can only dream of?

In the words of another artist who has received her share of peer scorn and ridicule, “Why do you have to be so mean?”

11 thoughts on “This Past Week – wow!

  1. Congratulations on the release of your book! Anything with the word “Chocolate” on the cover should automatically receive 5 stars. ;0)

    Thanks for the blog visit and comment on Anne’s (Allens) post. Nice to “meet” you. 🙂

    M.

  2. check out createspace on amazon for the paper option I haven’t fully looked into it yet but it is free and have had a couple of people recommend it as cheaper than lulu for people to buy them

  3. Working in academia, I have encountered the same look-down-their-noses attitude toward self-publishing that Sue Grafton expressed. It’s a shame, because I have know, and read, a couple of writers who self-publish, both in print and online, and I think their work is very fine. I’ve also read some commercially published authors whose work isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

    I wholeheartedly agree with you; there is room in the world of writing for both commercially-published and self-published authors. Quality work will find its way to readers one way or another.

    1. Thanks, Deb. I didn’t choose this route because I’m lazy! And I never looked at it as a short cut. I may be thirty years late to the game, but I’m still able to “play.” I appreciate your comments.

  4. Belated congratulations on the publishing of your novel. Writing a novel is an incredible accomplishment all on its own but publishing a novel is yet another accomplishment. Good for you!

    I really enjoyed your insightful post on the publishing world. Writers on other writers… right? What I appreciate most about the changes in publishing is that readers have a way to read writers who for one reason or another would not be published traditionally. Traditional publishing has always acknowledged that there are books they do not publish, and the reasons vary from what is selling/what is not selling to we just don’t publish that kind of book.

    Now, traditional publishing can stay with what it does best but thanks to e-publishing, readers and writers have a closer connection than ever before. I can’t imagine anything more powerful for writers and readers than this connection.

    Again, congratulations.

    Karen

    1. Exactly! I certainly have nothing against writers who choose to continue with paper books, even if digital downloads are far more popular these days. My budget didn’t allow for me to print books – that may change.
      And while I never expected (or expect) to headline the NYT bestseller list, I was able, through self-publishing (under a small imprint press), to share my work.
      Thank you, Karen, for reading, commenting, and for your kind words.

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