“Anyone with $500 can call himself an author these days.” -Anonymous reviewer.
As you can see, not only is my friend Anonymous not a fan of self-publishing, he’s definitely not a fan of yours truly. Although he sent me this “fan letter” (okay, fan e-mail, to be technical) in response to dozens of e-mail pitches several months ago, his words have been buzzing in the back of my head ever since. Am I really so colossal a loser that my local paper won’t even cover my work?
Maybe. And now that I’ve had time to ponder it, here are a few reasons why I suck..
I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. What do I do? Points if you get this reference…
I’m 42 and I’ve never been a “bad boy”. And I’m too old and married to start.
I’m not a woman. Women pretty much rule the blogosphere – and the current literary landscape. Thanks J.K. and E.L.
Embracing the “AWESOME!”, writing fifty shades of anything or plotting the adventures of limey boy wizards is not my forte. I write about my encounters with hotel guest. That’s it. That’s not enough for everyone, it seems. Although, you’d think a reporter working in a city where tourism is the #1 industry would see the value in my work…
I can be a bit clueless at times. A girl once asked me to “feed her twelve inches!” By the time I got back from Subway, she was gone.
All right, now I’m really depressed. That’s all for now folks. But if anyone has anything to add – there may be even more reason why I suck that I haven’t covered because… I suck – just let me know, okay?
In honor of Movember, and my fellow bloggers who have taken up the fight, here are some tips to help us boys prevent prostate cancer.
Benjamin Wallace is a new friend but a true one. Like Vina Kent, – and Jo Bryant before her – he’s come through with helpful tips and contacts where others have brushed me off, in a friendly way, of course. Check his site out. He’s blazing a new trail for dumb, white husbands everywhere…
TIME FOR OTHER BUSINESS..
A shout-out to my blog buddy, Kristen Lamb and her best-selling tome, We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. Give it a try, folks. You won’t be disappointed…
CHECK IT OUT!!
ONE LAST BIT OF NEWS…
The next chapter of my first foray into fiction is up and running at Wattpad. I have a long way to go as a fiction writer, and I could use all the constructive criticism I can get, so help me out, okay?
- A Chip Off The Old Hook Block… (youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com)