I’m currently reading this:
Slowly. The first short story is all about marriage…
It comes with a 5* rating. She’s fab.
Work to do. Today.
I can hardly take all the bad news as the country tanks. And the big banks? And the pensions.
This is our country you know? So…..
Small business — I have stumbled around in the short story biz since 2001 — always for free, so far. My things have been published in books that made money for others and that was okay, by me. At the time.
What I could never understand, though, was how little the writer got out of the deal — and so — during the time I was in that writer’s group I set up a web page and sent some money to Random House’s X-Libris to self-pub — just to do it.
On all of this, I have been “the great procrastinator!” — finally — after three years of my Writers Conference, three years of agents, three years of? I put about 150 pages together of my own short stories — and the time is nigh to send that. I just can’t make a bigger book right now — I don’t feel like it. That first book was difficult to choose the stories for, as it was.
The last I heard from my editor, she was an obot –which was very difficult for me…especially given what is happening now in this country. I already have this established nom de plume, and I don’t want to change it. She didn’t like that I had McC up on here — or Hillary. Well? Either of them would have been a lot better than this, no? They would have.
So, today, that book is going to go on a keydrive thing and get taken to a place here in town where these cool types I know, know how to translate my stuff into a form that can be read in the right format to upload. I don’t care if this is a Vanity/Kindle deal at this point. I just don’t. I’ve sort of had it, actually — with the whole deal. I have.
It’s funny but, I haven’t even really been writing much this last year — just the blog, and the political things. I have gotten literally thousands of readers on the pieces I wrote on Ecopsychology — all over the world. Gee, maybe I ought to write a different book? Next! — Hmmm….
Anyway — my favorite bookstore doesn’t look like it is doing very well, and it really makes me sad. I went by there the other day — no one was in there. When I was working I used to buy several books a week. I stopped there every weekend — I really did. I don’t want to see them be another casualty of this economy.
Anyway — solo. This read is from NYT on “The New Austerity” — in the biz.
Solo. I wonder if the chubby literary agent I met the first go-round still has a job? She knew all about the original Ms. Snark — who has reappeared — I see…
Anyway, good links off the above for friends who read here — that want to learn about the lit world.
In the meantime — setting up for Kindle. I have a whole lot of books in me to write, so?
Political news today — this was interesting….
It’s just all work and no play, at the mo. I could use the other machine and get fancy with the photoshop for a cover?
One thing about publishing yourself, ala Vanity?
Total creative control. I like that. Art Direction, it was my life — long ago and far away.
And ummm, advertising will be a cinch.
The first piece I’m going to give to the K is called Red Leatherette…once I donated it to a place for a good cause — I used to be all about charity, all the time. This year is different.
ps: my house is in a shambles…like most writer’s houses usually are…
When, I was first married my grandmother said to me: “Well, I always had help.”
She did. She never worked a day in her life. Not once.