No cloud cover again so the sky is pale blue. Yesterday the temperatures reached 99 and could only be described as punishing. Well, actually there were lots of other words to describe the heat, brutal, blistering, relentless, obnoxious.
I am one of those soft-fingered curmudgeons that usually advises writers not to self publish. Now I know this goes against the common grain, and I’ve heard David Morrell (no relation) suggest that writers try this option for publication. I tend to think of self publishing as a consolation prize or an ego trip and most self-published books I’ve seen are fairly dreadful. (I know, I know, there are always exceptions) I believe self-publishing should be a last resort after you’ve spent at least a year seeking representation and/or a publishing deal, which is also after you’ve plucked, pruned, and polished your manuscript to perfection.
I’m especially suspicious of outfits such as Publish
However, once in a while, a self-published book breaks out and is picked up by a publisher. Sometimes this is a real Cinderella story and such is the case of The Lace Reader by Brunolia Barry which is on its way to becoming an international bestseller. I haven’t read it yet, but the buzz is extraordinary and her book deal was for over $2 million which includes the advance for her second book. Barry is 47 and hails from
Please note that they didn’t take the iUniverse route to self-publishing, but instead invested more that $50,000 in the process. According to a story at boston.com “They incorporated their company as Flap Jacket Press and planned to release "The Lace Reader" last September. They set up a website and hired a copy editor, jacket designer, and book publicist, Kelley & Hall of
The first printing was for 2,500 and the couple started visiting bookstores, asking them to stock the books. The first bookstore in
In her blog at http://www.lacereader.com/blog/ she writes: “For quite some time, I have been fascinated by the Hero’s Journey or the monomyth. Most stories that follow this pattern have a decidedly male orientation: a lone individual acts heroically and saves the day. I wondered if there might be an alternate form, a feminine Hero’s Journey. So I began to look at stories that featured female protagonists to see if they offered something different. What I found surprised me. Most of these women were either killed off or were ultimately rescued from their plight by male heros. Unsatisfied, I wondered if I could write a Hero’s Journey for women where the strong but wounded heroine must find a way to save herself..
With this in mind, I began to expose myself to archetypal images that resonated with female sensibilities. During this time, I had a dream that I saw something prophetic by looking through a piece of lace. This dream made such an impression on me, it seemed so vivid and real, that I felt that I must at least entertain the idea of using lace as the central image of the book. Soon after that, I found connections to other iconic feminine symbols: water, moon, tides, birth, etc.” Her fancy-schmancy website is at http://www.lacereader.com and if you’re planning on going the self-publishing route, you just might want to write her for advice.