The world is crazier than most people know. But I know. I was a clinical social worker for forty years. I am a witness. I retired from social work to write about the sad, the mad, and the savage; with whom I have spent most of my life. I have decided to translate these stories into fiction, because, as a co-worker once said, "You couldn't make this sh*t up. No one would believe you."

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's Been a While, Let's Catch Up....

Okay, I haven't blogged in a month. All the usual excuses.

I have been going through changes: (remember that expression? gotta love it)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I have not lost any weight.
  4. But I don't care.
  5. 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:
  1. Holy crap.
  2. Holy crap.
  3. 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.


3 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday - and congratulations on your review.

    Here's to a wonderful 2011.

    Helen
    (I'm visiting from She Writes)

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  2. Happy birthday sweet sister! I cannot be considered an independent reviewer but I also have the same opinion about your book. When I am down or bored or any of the moods from the dark side I pull up your excerpts and read. And always come back feeling stupendously better. And remember I was the Lang.and Lit. major in college !! Talent will show. Lian

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  3. ha, ha! - End of the road, dearie - happy birthday!

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