An Author’s Lament; With Promise of an Upbeat Sequel

Thank you to Betty Jane Hegerat for these wise words that will be of interest to all writers, no matter where they are in their careers, and for her kind words about me! I wouldn’t be the author promoter I am today had it not been for Betty Jane’s support, encouragement, and fine writing!

Betty Jane Hegerat

Someone on the Writers’ Union forum posted a link to this interesting piece into a journalist’s journey into self-publishing yesterday. — from “I Was a Digital Bestseller!  by Tony Horwitz from the NY Times, June 19 2014. Not a lot of resonance for me in the piece because journalism, actually making a living from writing is a different sack of cats from my quest to write fiction that will live on in the annals of Canlit. But this small excerpt from the article lit my fire: “FIVE months ago I published a short book called “Boom.” Commercially it was a bust. No news in that: Most books lose money and are quickly forgotten by all but their wounded authors.”

Absolutely true. Most authors know that their books will not only lose money, but they themselves will subsidize their ephemeral creation. Small regional presses are often described as “not for…

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