It’s that time again. Alex J. Cavanaugh's group. Where writer’s blot each other’s tears and kiss each others’ boo-boos….I think. It’s time to express what bothers us and/or to help encourage other writers.
I’m hoping my posts in this group don’t get too depressing, but I just had to share this bit of info.
Two weeks ago I attended a mini conference. A real book editor from a a local newspaper was the speaker. While I learned some excellent things, I also learned that her paper will not do Indie book reviews. The excuse:
“There are over 750,000 self-published books for one. The other, our attorneys feel that we are unable to prove Indies do their research for their non-fiction, and fear libel when it comes to the fiction books. We fear a lawsuit.”
And last week, I thought, jee, wouldn’t it be nice to exploit my book and be a part of a local reading festival until I read the following:
PLEASE NOTE that only published works/authors are eligible to be featured at the festival. Authors of self-published works are invited and encouraged to participate in OUR book market. A self-published book is one that has not gone through the vetting process at a publishing house and has been issued at the expense of the author rather than a publisher.
Basically, I’m a MORON for being an Indie author and not one of the CHOSEN from the elite publishing houses. Well, just swipe my forehead with poop then. Make sure I’m set apart from THE CHOSEN GROUP then.
This totally infuriated me. But then I remembered James Frey and his book, “A Million Little Pieces.” Click HERE to read all about it. He was interviewed by Oprah more than once and made a lot of headlines. He’s an author who went through the PROPER VETTING PROCEDURE but in the end they found him not to be so truthful. WHATEVER!
My mantra today is, DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY. I’m trying really hard not to.
How about any of you?
Hugs and chocolate,
P.S. I’ll be around later this afternoon since the SALON called me in to work the morning shift.
And also, I’ve started something new. What’s Your Nosh Tuesdays? To help promote new and Indie authors’ works. So if you’re interested leave me your e-mail.