I’ve been feeling…

I've been feeling depressed about my writing lately. Like, wake up, thinking about writing, feel queasy and a little bitter, go do something else.

I think I'm really feeling the difference between a big publisher release (of Bodies in Motion, from HarperCollins) and a small press release (The Stars Change, from Circlet Press). I love Circlet and love my editor there. But even though they're the little press that could, they don't have the resources to send me a multi-city book tour, or arrange radio interviews, or buy ads in major magazines, or send hardcovers to major print outlets for review (and get them to actually review them).

There are advantages to small press, I know, and Circlet will do what they can re: publicity; they've done some things already and have more planned. And they're certainly doing more than I would have done on my own, with the original Kickstarter-planned publication. But right now, I'm feeling quite wistful for the big splashy expensive release. Maybe I should've thrown myself a launch party for this book; it just seemed sort of silly, given that it was so close to the Jaggery release.

Right now, I sort of feel like I went through all this work to write this book, and we've now tossed it out into the publishing waters, where it will sink, unnoticed, like a very small stone.

5 thoughts on “I’ve been feeling…”

  1. “I sort of feel like I went through all this work to write this book, and we’ve now tossed it out into the publishing waters, where it will sink, unnoticed, like a very small stone.”

    I hope not. It’s damn good!

  2. David, if you liked it, can you PLEASE review it? Ideally posting on both Amazon and GoodReads? Even a sentence or two would be really appreciated.

  3. I have never done an Amazon review. Do I need to register there? Do I need to prove I bought the book there?

    I have never heard of GoodReads. I will look for it.

  4. David, you don’t need to have bought the book at Amazon, or register with them to write a review. (If you’re registered, and linked to your credit card, then there’s the option of having it verified with your True Name, but don’t worry about that. Most reviewers aren’t.) Oddly enough, it looks like you can rate the ebook, but not review it yet — not sure why. But you can post a review on the paperback edition here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Stars-Change-Mary-Anne-Mohanraj/dp/1613900848/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1384725923&sr=1-7

    I’m less familiar with GoodReads — you may have to be a member there to rate / list / recommend books. But here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18754952-the-stars-change?from_search=true

  5. OK. I will do it this week. I am too tired tonight.

    Meanwhile, I wrote a review of three other books I recently read which you can find on my blog linked above. I will probably write a review of The Stars Change there also, although my blog does not have many readers.

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