Seems the name of the game these days for every product – including authors and their stories – is how to get that rush of exposure. How to have readers flock to buy that book…no matter what.
This week an author blogged about one of the “big six” cancelling her contract because she’d recently published a short story collection on Amazon. $20,000 was mentioned, as was an editor shouting and disbelief at such rotten treatment after landing this fabulous deal.
Only there is no mention of receiving “the call” in previous posts, or negotiating any deal. When some comments asked for more detail, for example, wording in the option clause, the writer came back to announce that her lawyer had advised her not to continue the discussion.
This morning another writer reportedly walked away from her publisher, Harper Collins, at her latest book’s launch because she didn’t agree with the chic-lit marketing strategy. She is an advocate of women’s rights in the workplace and elsewhere and I applaud her for that. She wanted her book taken seriously. I respect that too.
My question is…why did she wait until the media launch to ditch her publisher? Fair call or publicity stunt to boost her profile before returning to self-publishing? Perhaps both?
I was impressed when co-writers of a post-apocolyptic novel turned down an offer of representation from a well-connected agent who requested/suggested they change one of the main character’s sexual orientation. Read the story here.
I love young adult books. Many of them address hard-knock issues that affect teenagers (peer group pressure, the agonies of first love), and, hey, we’ve all been there! Whether you like it or not, some folk are gay. If a story tackles the problems facing such a character, or the writer/s simply want/need to portray that character that way…well, how is that a bad thing?
Of course, if you choose not to buy the book or allow your teen to read it, that’s certainly an individual choice. Me? My ten-year-old daughter doesn’t know about the birds and the bees yet but she does know (thanks to Buffy initially) that some women love women and some guys love guys. She doesn’t give it a second thought. Twenty years ago, my grandmother had no idea homosexuality existed. Thank heaven times have changed. Or, at least, are changing.