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Buzz, Balls & Hype



Because there are over 750,000 self-pubbed and 250,000 books published a year and they won't all get reviews in the NYTBR. Authored by M.J. Rose



Updated: 2014-04-06T12:28:44-04:00

 



BUY ONE GET 2 FREE!

2014-04-06T12:27:32-04:00

Buy my new hardcover and get two ebooks free! Really? Really! If you buy The Collector of Dying Breaths (hardcover only!) between today & Thursday & email the receipt to MJRoseWriter at gmail.com - I will send you two free...



My Strawberry Soufflé

2013-09-24T09:02:56-04:00

Shouldn’t success and happiness be the achievement of what we love to its own end, knowing that end might be private and personal? - Felicia Sullivan from Love,Life,Eat This morning I came upon Felicia’s blog. Having been at the Bouchercon... Shouldn’t success and happiness be the achievement of what we love to its own end, knowing that end might be private and personal?  - Felicia Sullivan from Love,Life,Eat  This morning I came upon Felicia’s blog. Having been at the Bouchercon mystery convention this weekend, her column really hit home—I’ve just spent the last three days with hundreds of authors and was struck over and over by how many of us expressed unhappiness about our careers.  So many talked about not feeling like a “success”.  Why? I asked again and again. There were authors who complained they get nominated for awards but never win. Others who said they often win awards, but don’t have sales. Or they get sales but no reviews. Or were upset they get reviews but no nominations for awards. Or are frustrated they are published in trade paperback instead of hardcover, or in mass market and not trade… you get the idea. The Dali Lama said if you compare yourself to people who have more than you, you will always be unhappy.  But if you compare yourself to people who have less that you, you will always be happy. I think that’s amazing advice but I’d even go further and ask do we have to compare ourselves to anyone? Can every writer really be “big”? Does every book honestly have that potential? Is it easier for some topics and kinds of books to take off? Or win awards? Or get reviews?  And what if you don’t write those kind of books? The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it. — Julia Child I think the most important thing we as writers can do is figure out how we define what success will mean to us and focus on that. This weekend one writer was complimenting me on AuthorBuzz.com, my marketing company. She told me how much we’d helped her then followed up with a question. She wanted to know why, since we do such great work, I’m not a mega-name author and asked how I feel about not being a “real success.” I was honestly surprised. I’m realistic about my career as a novelist. I’m certainly not a superstar and far far from a house hold name, but I feel successful. From the very beginning I envisioned success as selling enough books so I could keep getting published and continue to write what I wanted to without compromising. Did I want to be a bestseller, make millions and get amazing reviews? If you’d asked I’m sure I would have said yes, but that just wasn’t what I thought about. I was focused about having the kind of long term career that would allow me to keep writing, because writing is what saves my life each and every day. So here I am 14 years later with my 14th novel to be published in 2014. Im published in 28 countries and I’ve sold enough copies of all those books to feel it wouldn’t be ladylike to mention the number and I’ve never comprised what I wanted to write. Am I a success?   Are you? Clearly it all depends on who you ask. Or maybe if you’re smart you’ll stop asking anyone and not look beyond yourself to figure it out. Because is it what anyone else thinks, or is it what you think? As Felicia asks in her blog, do you want to be big? Or bold? Be popular or remarkable? Or all of them? One of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, wrote: Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?

 I am pretty sure no author at Bouchercon, or author reading this blog would think that worrying about meeting some arbitrary measure of success is worth spending that one life on.   [...]



Hand Yelling Constance by Patrick McGrath

2013-05-26T09:06:40-04:00

I devoured Constance by Patrick McGrath yesterday. I unabashedly think he is one of the masters of gothic writing now. (I bought at R.J. Julia in Madison CT while on tour- what a great bookstore!) Constance is a gothic tale...



Hand Yelling The Age of Desire

2013-05-30T06:35:14-04:00

I read this evoacative, atomospheric and compelling book - a novel about a novelist - last week while on my own book tour which was an M.C. Escherish experience. I really enjoyed this intimate exploration of Edith Warton's sexual awaking...



Hand Yelling The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

2013-05-14T06:13:00-04:00

I picked up this book with trepidation. I've been writing books about perfume for the last four years and am seeped in it. I expected to be either disappointed or jealous. I wasn't disappointed and I can't be jealous because...






Hand Yelling Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

2013-05-07T06:23:00-04:00

I've been reading David Morrell for years. Amazed most I think by how masterful every book is. How intelligent but at the same time fast paces. How smart he is but how he never makes you stop to notice it....



Writing By Hand

2013-05-05T09:20:50-04:00

When Seduction comes out on Tuesday, readers who buy the hardcover and open it will find, what I hope, will be a surprise. The endpapers (see below) show my hand written manuscript of the book along with the pen and...



A New AuthorBuzz Indie Love Award

2013-04-30T09:42:00-04:00

A special award—from authors to booksellers—to say thank you this spring and summer. We're celebrating booksellers because you make discoveries, shine light on titles that you love, and welcome readers to your stores. Every Indie who sells a combined 25...



The Spring/Summer Indie Love Award

2013-04-22T19:50:48-04:00

A special award—from authors to booksellers—to say thank you this Spring/Summer season. We're celebrating booksellers because you make discoveries, shine light on titles that you love, and welcome readers to your stores. Every Indie who sells a combined 25 copies...