Hi there! Since I’m a bit
gimpy busy, I’ll get straight to the point. Whether or not you’re successful depends upon one’s definition of the word, doesn’t it?
To be honest, last year when IDENTITY CRISIS hit the New York Times bestseller list — twice! — it all happened so fast. The whole thing seemed almost too fast. However, clearly, readers bought my book (through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, because you have to make great sales through more than one retailer to qualify for the list), so there you have it. Whatever.
However, my philosophy then and now, hasn’t changed one whit. Write the best book you can, create the best product you’re capable of making, and market and sell it.
Given that, I know I have my limitations. I have a life and physical ailments. Plus none of us work non-stop, right? I think I make that clear in this post.
So … just getting up in the morning and being able to write at all is my idea of a successful writing day, frankly.
BTW, have you seen this article? Ha ha ha … I don’t think so.
Here are 50 principles that famous writers want us to know about writing. I think there are some real gems in here. Seriously.
Now, this bookstore is adapting to changing times. Awesome! Even so, it’s relying on Amazon, which disquiets me.
But here’s an example of what’s possible using crowdsourcing.
PS: Here are two links. One is to Joe Konrath’s post where he rants about publishing
for the millionth time, and the other is to Lee Goldberg’s post with videos of Tony Randall, including the opening of The Odd Couple!
I’ll let you choose which one to click on. #iamfoolish
Have I mentioned that Sam McRae has a cat named Oscar?
PPS: Thanks, Paul Downie, for posting this song on your blog. I had to search YouTube, because
YouTube is an asshole yours was copyright blocked or whatever. Anyhow, the song was a reminder to me that we choose our own path to success.
And thanks for telling me about this cool Aussie slang: bonzer. That sounds like Australian for awesome to me!
PPPS: I’m still reviewing the proof copy of my novel RIPTIDE. Carefully.
If you’d like to read a review of an oddly-similar book, click here.
UPDATE: Sorry. I nearly forgot to mention John Locke’s interview about the “big problem” indie authors have. Frankly, all I want to do is make a living. I don’t want to be famous.