Tuesday, 23 April 2013

New book release now available!

Time for a shameless advertisement from your sponsors.

There is a HOT new fantasy romance available now called Cursed, by Emma Benedict. Who happens to be me, writing under yet another pseudonym. Appealing to fans of Stardust and The Princess Bride, it's a medieval romantic comedy with fairy tale stuff thrown in. Click here for the blurb, and to request it. Although if you want to download it or purchase the paperback, I'd be even more grateful!

I got sick of waiting for publication to happen through normal channels, and frankly I'm too tired. Between full-time work at busy Auckland Libraries, studying for my library qualifications and writing a new novel, I'm just too exhausted to go chasing and marketing and pushing myself out there. My previous publishers say Cursed isn't "Kiwi enough". Tell that to Margaret Mahy. Others aren't quite sure whether it's teen or it's adult, or which genre to stuff it in.

So I cheated. I self-published on Amazon.

I am hanging my head.

Does self-publishing count as real publishing? Somehow I don't think so. If a book pops up in cyberspace, where there's no one around to read it, does it really exist? After all, to publish is to make public. Not very public if it's festering in a dark corner of the internet, is it, along with the airport pick-up schedule from the Tampa Proctology Conference 2006?

It's terribly snobbish of me, I know, but it's kind of true. When you print your own work, it's only your judgement that it's any good. And usually, I'm sorry, it isn't. Although a lot of what comes out of professional publishing houses is a load of arsebiscuits, at least they know how to punctuate. Also, nothing compares with the lottery feeling of someone thinking you're worth it. Someone making you feel Chosen.

I've been feeling pretty depressed about the whole gig lately, anyway. It'd be easier if I could just resign myself to a life of 9-5, but unfortunately the writing disease is incurable. My blood is one part ink. Someday, someday my print deal must come.

Meanwhile, for the love of God, someone buy my book.

5 comments:

Rachel said...

I have ordered it :). Libraries link is broken though (just to let you know).

Laura said...

You wrote another book? I'm very impressed.

Scriven said...

Good on you Rachel - shame the link wasn't working, but it seems OK to me. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

What are your other pseudonyms?

Scriven said...

Well, if you count Scriven, that's two. My real name, of course, is not a pseudonym.