I actually paid for an “express review” from bookreview.com. Unlike Kirkus or Publishers Weekly, who have started up programs where self-published and indie authors can pay for a review, bookreview.com is much much cheaper and I felt I could justify the cost--$185.00. Kirkus and PB, about $500. My $185 guarantees that I will get a review and that it will be posted in 15 days. With Kirkus and PB, your $500 buys you basically nothing. You are not guaranteed a review, and even if you are reviewed, your review appears in a supplement, not in the actual magazine itself. Is it possible that I have wasted my money? Absolutely. But I can afford this. It is very possible that they would review the book through their normal process, but it would take a couple months at least, and I want the review up NOW. theNewerYork also has a we-get-back-to-you-super-fast service for a small fee. I paid the $5 and got my response in 48 hours. They also offer an editor's response/feedback for a $15 fee. I think that small magazines and journals and review outlets should charge for submissions/readings, and many do, usually around $3. If they offered what theNewerYork offers, they would create revenue and make a lot of writers very very happy. In any case, Click is a great book and it deserves all the attention I can work hard (and sometimes pay) to get it.
Much to my delight, I was interviewed yesterday for a Chattanooga magazine, Chatter. We met at Rembrandt’s and sat outside and talked for quite a while. Of course my fear is that I will end up sounding like ass on the page, but I really liked the woman who interviewed me and think she’ll do a great job. Her name is Sunny Montgomery, she is cute as a button, a yellow red headed button, and she is a writer herself. The interview will be in the December issue.
I queried a lot of places the last few days, requesting reviews. The Masters Review answered my query and I think/hope/yes, please that they are going to review it. Maggie at The Compulsive Reader, (who just answered my query), Book Slut, Big Al’s and Pals, Pod People, Writer Bee, Candy’s Raves, Georgia Review (yes, please), The LA Review of Books (you never know), and Bibliophile.
I have updated my page on Good Reads and on Poets and Writers. I sent pub info to Vermont College, which I should have done a long time ago. I have redesigned my website. I have answered all the questions on my Amazon Author Page and done all the book extra stuff. I have a new, sharp, snapshot synopsis for the book--
“What would you do if you lost everything? What if it was your fault?
Ronnie is trying to move on after the death of her husband and her twins, trying to survive. But every day Boyd whispers in her ear, every day she hears Felix and Frank laughing together in the stroller. They reach for her from their graves, winding around her thoughts, worming in and out of her dreams. Will she rebuild her life, or will she end it?”
I did a bit of research and found that it’s best to have a short, hook them in description and I think this does it. Not wild about the line at the beginning, but I think the direct address will catch more attention.
I have a new student! He got in touch with me last week and I’m eager to get started. He is my age and I think we will work well together.
After this trip, I have to get myself on some sort of weekly schedule. I am missing the structure that comes from a regular job. I can do a few things that would clear me out a bit and help me keep focused—go to Rembrandt’s to write a couple times a week, have lunch with a friend once a week, go to the pool (really, please please. what is the deal? it makes me feel so good and yet….why are we like this?) I hope that I can begin to host a weekly, or twice weekly workshop at my church, Grace Episcopal, very liberal, very open. And in the new year, I am going to try my hand at workshops I can charge for.
I have also realized that I could start giving talks about my experience with bipolar, as a writer, as a teacher. I have also thought about getting in touch with local schools and doing workshops there.
The problem is, all this work and thinking of work and brainstorming about working, has taken me away from Facebook and from Twitter. And from writing, which is the point. So I have to structure and find a way to manage all these many many balls.