Shredding the Past

There’s something … cathartic, about shredding books.

Words, words, and more words

Not the kind of books fascist/religious extremists get all hot and bothered over, but the kind that’s been gathering dust under my desk since I realized there was no way I was ever going to inflict them on anyone else.

For those of you who don’t know the saga of Mortal Instinct, here it is in 23 words … signed a contract, publisher sucked, finished product sucked, publisher sold company, new publisher sucked, contract ran out, didn’t renew, all rights are mine.

I did however buy a bunch of hard copies in the misguided belief that my original publisher would stick to our mutually agreed timetable and I’d be able to go forward with my plan to launch at Vancouver Pride. Lesbians save the universe,+ Pride festival = perfect partners!  … Oopsie.

This winter, secure in the knowledge my ‘author preferred edition’ (and self-published) of Mortal Instinct would bear only a passing resemblance to the original, I hauled out our trusty shredder and reduced the remaining copies to this …

They took up so much less space in book form

Also in December I came across this little gem of a post at Writer Beware (the only blog devoted specifically to writer focused evildoers now that Preditors and Editors appears to have had the biscuit)

I may not have dodged a bullet with my first publisher but I certainly did with the second.

Dodgin’ yer bulletz

P.S. I did keep one copy for historical purposes.

25 comments on “Shredding the Past

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    I doubt I’d have the courage to feed a book to the shredder… for any reason!

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  2. A.S. Akkalon says:

    Whheeee! What’s going to happen to all the shredded pieces? I like to think they’ll become part of a beautiful garden, and will one day turn back into a tree.

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  3. We can’t recycle shredded paper, so it goes on the compost – at least that’s more constructive than toilet paper

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  4. Was this a book you wrote?

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  5. Time to create something new. Good luck with your next project!

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  6. At least you saved one copy for when you’re famous. You never know – you just increased the value of the copy by a whole lot. Don’t forget to become famous.

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  7. Lara/Trace says:

    I remember throwing a book in the trash once – that was hard but necessary. Proud of YOU!

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  8. Oh, ouch. Brave you for taking the step!

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  9. Did you feel a lightness gather inside you the more you shredded? A bittersweet feeling, no doubt. Big hugs to you, Widders. Onward and upward we go!

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    • Widdershins says:

      I did get a bit teary here and there. I remember being out-of-my-skin-excited when I heard that my MS had been accepted … and how heartbreaking it was when it all fell apart so quickly after that.
      Onwards and upwards indeed! 😀

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  12. This was so distressing to read! Ack! But I’m glad you saved a copy. (And you’ve reinforced by leeriness regarding traditional publishers).

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