A damned lie

Published October 27, 2012 by Sandee

Hey everybody wish me luck. Tonight I’m having an author reading from my home-made book, Mean-Spirited Tales.  I’ll read two regular “mean” stories and part of one horror story in honor of Halloween.  It’ll be at a local café.

My friend came by the other day.  He told me that he finished my book.  I asked him if he saw any errors in it and he said no.  I did catch two in the Kindle version, before the hard-copy was published. I fixed them though.  It would’ve sucked worse if there were errors in it after I had paid somebody two hundred and fifteen million dollars and ninety nine cents to edit it.  I’ve seen this before – books from “reputable” publishers with errors.  I saw a mistake in An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England.  I wonder if Brock Clarke saw it.  It made me not feel so bad about the errors in my home-made book.

Before I published my book I read this WSJ article about another home-made book that did really well.  So I did the same thing this author did as far as advertising, etc.  I might have missed something though, because hers sold a gazillion copies – ha!  She said she didn’t spend more than $1500 I think.  I spent less than that.  Let’s see, she bought a review from Kirkus – check – she bought an ad on Goodreads – check – but I swear I don’t remember her saying anything about an editor.  I did have friends look at some of my stories.  The one published in Calliope, Night Terrors, only needed a couple of edits for clarity so I thought I had a handle on editing, although ‘they’ say never edit your own stuff.   Ah but bunk it!   Maybe I’ll do it for my novel – hire a cute boy editor.

Of course I’m one in the legions who harbors a fantasy that my home-made book will be the next self-published success story.  Aghh!  At this point I’m just happy that people are reading the book that I wrote.  No that’s a damned lie.  I want to be the next self-published success story.

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47 comments on “A damned lie

  • Auntie Sandee,
    You should be the next self-published success story. Period. Good luck on your reading, too. If you start freaking out, think of your French Canadian nephew…
    Le Clown

    • Grippy! I sure wish I had seen this before I left. I sort of banged out the post then zoomed out.

      I read ‘I Need You’, ‘Cake Baking Bitch’, ‘Doody Lady’ and part of ‘Death Metal’ in honor of Halloween. I think people started falling asleep on Death Metal — hahaha! But I got a lot of raucous laughter and applause from the other stories.

      Thanks so much! Of course you know your support means a lot!

      I appreciate you reading the book and I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

      See you later,
      Sandee

  • Readings are fun but so nerve-wracking. My husband did one several months ago and I was probably more nervous than he was. But he did great and you will too! Also, I’m putting your book on my list. I wants ta read it!

    • Oh thank you so much for thinking of getting my book! Mucho appreciato, of course.

      Goodness, you’re right — it was nerve wracking — in fact I don’t know if I’d do one again — Jeez!

      The support I got was great however and people said they had fun. What more could a Sandee want?

      Thanks so much TW!

      Take care,
      Sandee

  • Sandee! My friend, I wish I could be there at your reading as you and I discussed through our emails. I’ve just finished another friends’ book and am starting yours and damn, you’re a great writer. I bought the paperback and I know I’m going to love it. You are a published author. Own it. I’ve asked Margarita to take pics and when you do your next reading, I will be there. Good luck my friend and I’m sending you positive vibes — I just bet people will stand up and clap. That’s what I’d do. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say afterwards. xxoo, Brigitte

    • Aw, I like the advice to own it. I think I’ll take that! Thanks so much. I could never get enough of kind words and support. Margarita was great! I got to talk to her for a while. We actually do exist, I told her — hahaha!

  • I found out my book has 2 small errors. It’s driving me crazy, because there’s nothing I can do about it now, since I don’t control the e-book. And I swear I went through that manuscript a million times. Two of my publisher’s editors went through it, too. Just shows how easy tiny mistakes are to miss. The eye can trick you. Grrrr…

  • You’ll get that break. My copy arrived, though I haven’t read it yet. And if you can show me a book that doesn’t have a single error in it somewhere, I will be good and truly stunned. As I often used to tell the students I tutored, there is no such thing as a perfect piece of writing. And no piece of writing is ever finished; it’s just due.

  • Sandee, it’s a wonderful series of ‘tales’. Tales are great and I am glad you making them back in fashion. Remember, you have that wonderful review on amazon.com.. Thanks for last night – it was fun to hear you read your work.

  • Congratulations and all the best! Errors on Kindle books drive me nuts, I feel like offering my editing services to the author. It must be maddening also for writers, to go to all that artistic effort and spot those tiny typos after reading for the millionth time 🙂

    • This is true about success — it doesn’t venture too far up in Manhattan!

      Thanks for asking Mike. Everyone said they had fun. A lot of people showed up, just about half of what I invited. There were 25 people there. It was great because I appreciated the cheers, yelling, laughing and clapping. Margarita (Serenity in the City), our fellow blogger showed up! It was wonderful to meet her. We talked for a while. She’s really cool.

      Well, I must tell you it was exhausting and I don’t think I’ll do it again. I HATE reading out loud! I sold six books. Some of the people there already had books. If I have another one it’ll be in a bookstore. There were a few people, one group in particular who didn’t come to see moi so they talked and talked. But I think I overpowered them by speaking really loudly. Plus I had a friend there who was like a ring-leader with her laughter, etc.

      If I ever do have another one, I hope you’ll come.

      I hope you enjoyed Glengarry Glen Ross!

      • Glengarry was a disappointment, actually. Pacino was far and away the weakest link. He seemed to be sleepwalking through the entire show.

        And the entire time I’m watching this I’m thinking: “I’d rather be 175 blocks north of here.”

        • Wow! I wonder what the reviews say about his performance. Sometimes these Hollywood big guys don’t fare to well on stage. Maybe this wasn’t the right show for him. That’s too bad. Hope you got discounted tickets.

          Sounds like I might’ve been a wee bit more entertaining 🙂

  • I will have to get my mom to pass me on her copy. Or maybe I should fund your book and actually buy my own? Hah I love reading other people’s collections of stories. That’s my favorite kind of book–just a bunch of moments in time. Good job Sandee, Congrats!

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