It's Been a While, Let's Catch Up....
I have been going through changes: (remember that expression? gotta love it)
- Yesterday I turned 65. This means I have officially entered into Life 2.0. Time to see if I put my money where my - large - mouth is.
- I shelled out another pile of money to iUniverse, this time for editing and proofreading. I had no idea these were separate costs, but when I compared average editing costs for what they were charging, I jumped at the deal.
- I have not lost any weight.
- But I don't care.
- And here's the big one: an independent reader loved my book.
Success, me? Success, me!
The book has been nominated for a special category they call "Editor's Choice" which gets it into a
bunch of other categories, all fees waived, all of which means it will be highly promoted and might just sell. Who knew? When you write a book it's like re-digesting your food; you are a self-contained system without a single clue whether what you're doing has merit or not. When it's done you come out of your stupor and say, "Hey. What year is it?"
Well, the reader loved the book and his only criticisms were a couple of typos. I cried. I thought:
- Holy crap.
- Holy crap.
- Holy, holy crap.
My dark side says, Oh they're just setting you up to get more money. Oh it's just self publishing. But my dark side is struggling this time. All books have to be edited and only the big houses do it for free. And in today's publishing world, the only new writers the big houses pick up are major criminals. Self publishing has become the newbies' avenue to notice.
So here goes. By the way, I'm back. I know I lie a lot, but...check it out: every Friday night, I will post. Good stuff, crap, whatever. I have made a deal with God, and you don't want to f*ck with God.