Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Memoir - An Update

Ok, so I wanted you all to know that I haven't been sitting on my ass staring at TV. I've been working on doing something with my now completed memoir.

Here's the deal. I edited, I sent it off, I queried the living shit out of it and most of the agents never even responded and many sent form rejections and some read it and said it didn't "strike a chord" or some shit and one really liked it and almost took it and her mom loved it too but she said she didn't think she could sell it. But everyone who has read it who has any sense has loved it and has been entertained by it, which was my sole purpose for it anyway. I'm not trying to win a National Book Award over here. I'm just writing about strippers.

I've decided to self publish it.

As much as I want the validation and credibility and all that of traditional publishing, I want people to actually get to read my fucking book and read it now more. So there's that. Traditional publishing just takes way too long if it ever happens at all and the whole thing feels insurmountable and overwhelming and, well, kinda sad to me right now, so I want to take back some of that power. I don't want to query and wait and get rejected and query some more and wait and then if by some miracle an agent signs me then I have to wait for the agent to hear back from publishers and this bullshit can take years already and I'm going to be motherfucking 40 in November.

Dear Publishing Industry, AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!

Not me anyway.

So right now I am working on self-publishing in as uncheesy a way as possible so you all can read my memoir. I'm getting it all nicely ebook formatted and my friend who designed my blog art is working on the cover art and I want to have this ready to go in a month or two.

What do you think about that?     

34 comments:

Travis Acreman said...

Sign me up for a first eDition.

Christian said...

I think it's great that you are taking your back your power. You may already know this but I think there is a way to self publish on Amazon, to maximize your readership.

I'll definitely read it. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! I am so excited to read this! I love your blog and I love all the books Ive read that you've recommended on here. Good for you for doing what you want and screw publishers ;)

Lis said...

Woo! I'll buy it in a heartbeat.

Diary of Why said...

I love it! Woo hoo, congratulations!

beatgrl said...

I'm looking forward to reading it!

Michele said...

I wish you had the publishing deal because I truly believe your writing power deserves it. That being said, I'm really happy to hear you're going to self-publish because I would love to be able to read whatever you write because you have mad skilz. The fact that you have such stories to tell is icing on the cake.
PS Not that you know me or care, but I'm a selective reader, and your ebook-to-be is already on my list.

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled! I have a friend who is currently using IndieGoGo to fund his second book... I contributed to the first and loved it and I just contributed to the second which will be ready in a few months. If you launch a similar campaign, I'll certainly contribute/pre order a copy.

Alison said...

I definitely want to read it, but that being said I am so against self-publishing. Not like I'm going to boycott you or anything (i'll still buy it and read it!) but be prepared for a barrage of people to tell you that you're not a "real" writer because you're self-published, and that you must not be actually any good.

There are exceptions to this rule, however, and once you're self-published it used to mean that you couldn't publish again because no one wanted to buy rights to something that had already been made available.

BUT, I mean...we all know the 50 Shades of Gray story. And she's a fucking millionaire now. (And, incidentally, her book is total shit, if you haven't read it.)

I'm rambling as you can see. My final word: I don't like self-publishing, but I like you, and you trump that. So, onward, momma. Be awesome. I can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

Hi and welcome back! I think this is interesting for your book:
http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2012/07/09/how-i-got-a-big-advance-from-a-big-publisher-and-self-published-anyway/

Missed reading your blog. Hope things get much better for you.

Melanie said...

I've been waiting for this day for a long time and I'm just glad it's here now, no matter what form it takes!

Congratulations, Wide Lawns!!!!!

kr said...

I'd buy it!

A Margarita said...

Congrats! I will most definitely purchase it. Can't wait!

Mrs. Gumby said...

Sign me up for a copy, WL! Hooray for you!

Living in Muddy Waters said...

HEY!!! If you publish it in hard copy I will personally take it to our local independent bookstores and sell the crap out of it. I will also drive to Celia R's house and make her read it too. That's a promise.

So happy you came to this decision.

Mrs. Gumby said...

Hey, Muddy! How are you?? I miss not being able to read your blog. Hope you and yours are well.
Mrs. Gumby

Slowpoke said...

Yay!! Glad you are back. Glad you're feeling better and SO anxious to read your book. Sign me up and Thanks.

Steph said...

I think that's awesome, and I will definitely be buying a copy.

Welcome back, by the way. I hope you're feeling better.

JoeinVegas said...

Sounds great - what does it take to have Amazon do a Kindle version? Several other bloggers I read have recently done that.

mcgrimus said...

Finally! I've been reading your blog for years and will definitely be buying the ebook. Anyone who's been reading your blog and enjoying it (for free) should pick up a copy!

Anonymous said...

YES!!! I don't think I've ever looked forward to reading a book as much as your memoir.

Donna said...

I have been wanting to read this ever since I heard the title!!
P.S Muddy - are you ok? I miss reading your blog!!

Little Cottage on the Pond said...

I will buy it! Cannot wait to read it :0

Katie Douglas said...

I can't wait to read your book!

kerry said...

Self publish? Yeah, go for it! Regular publishers pass on things that they should take all the time.

Living in Muddy Waters said...

Donna, I am GREAT. Thanks for asking.

Rachel said...

Beyond! Excited! Yay!

Vic said...

I'm in. I will require a signed 3x5 card or something if there is no hard copy,however.

Jtn said...

My mother sent me the bounty of a nasty assed recipe and I thought of you. Cool whip cookies. Google and gag.

Kate said...

DO IT DO IT DO IT. I'll buy it in a hot second! OMG I can't WAIT.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely be waiting for it!

Cathy B in Toronto

JTN said...

I'd love to buy your book.
I had a thought though... one of my favorite parts of your blog are the nasty assed recipes (hence the comment above)... maybe you could pitch a coffee table book called something like "Zombie meals: recipes without one natural ingredient" and take pictures of all these finished recipes in their glory and if someone picked it up, you could use that to try to use for the other writing.
Just a thought.

jmm said...

WL, I will definitely buy the book. I'm excited about ebooks now, I just downloaded my first one from Amazon, and I really think it was a self-published book.

I can't wait!

Jan said...

I cant wait either!

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