Got a candle on the altar for you, Carrie.
Thanks to The Passive Voice, which is an indie writer site very well worth checking out, I discovered that Amazon is showcasing a whole bunch of indie books in all sorts of categories for the month of October.
Go here to check it out … Powered by Indie
So, I checked it out and decided to do a little digging. I opened up the Romance category, which is a genre I only have a vague familiarity with, but much to my surprise, the majority of the cover art features beefcake, all by himself. (scroll down past the ‘featured’ sections to the actual listings and you’ll see what I mean)
Well, colour me gobsmacked, I thought to myself. One would think there’d be a female form divine somewhere in the picture, but no.
I then checked out the standard Romance category and it appears there’s a whole bunch of covers with NO bodies, beefcake-y or otherwise on the covers, and loads more with just a woman (I assume the female half of the ‘romance’) with her back to the fourth wall, or at best looking coyly over her shoulder at us. Odd, I thought to myself.
Have any Romance readers noticed this as well?
P.S. I could only find it at Amazon (dot) com
I am now officially an ‘unpublished author’!
The contract was about as good as I could make it, so I sent it off to the publisher and waited for feedback … or an email saying they got it … or something …
I was busy with the re-write (Author Preferred Edition) so I didn’t pay too much attention to the fact that nothing was happening.
Six months later … You know how sometimes you just ‘know’ something? The other day I just ‘knew, this window the Universe had been holding open for me, had closed. I wasn’t going to wait any more, so I contacted them and said, ‘thanks, but no thanks’.
Emails were exchanged dotting the ‘T’s’ and crossing the ‘I’s’, and as soon as I have confirmation my book has been pulled from the distributors, I’ll be a free agent.
Unless I get an offer of a gazillion dollar contract I won’t be going with a traditional publisher again. It might be the bee’s knees for some people, but not for me.
So, what’s next? … edit the re-write, edit, and edit, etc, get some decent cover art, and then publish.
… and the serialised story I started here on my blog, ‘Identical’ is waiting in the winds, as is my ‘Lesbians in Spaaaace’ series … there’s also …
I’m going to go into my bedroom now and have a quiet little FREAK OUT!!!, and then get back to writing.
The finalists for the 30th Annual Readers Awards are free to read on their website until May. There’s five stories in each category, Novelettes, Novellas, Short Stories, and Poetry … something for everyone 🙂
It’s my Birth Day today.
Mrs Widds made me an angel food cake. She makes the best Birth Day cakes evah!
We hung out and had pizza for dinner.
Life is good.
I am a cancer destroyer.
I am a cancer obliterator.
I am the Cancer-nator!!!
I am Cancer-free!