Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Some Days You're the Bird...Others, The Windshield...
Now as someone who has many contracts and has re-released several books, I wrongly assumed that a simple email and friendly demeanor might be the answer. Nope! A novella that made absolutely no money during the time it's been featured, and one I can only assume lacked sales because of bad publicity surrounding the house, is being held hostage out of pettiness. My assumption is based on the fact that everything else I've written is realizing sales.
As if the extra hoop through which I have to jump isn't enough, I've also been informed that should the rights revert to me, I own only the pre-edited copy of the work. I'm not sure how one goes about determining which words are owned by the house and which are mine. Basically, I had very few changes to make, most re-wording or omitting words such as "she, so I consider all the words to be my own. How do I prove this? My original copy became the working copy for the editor, and I have three copies that we exchanged to reach the final copy which came to me in PDF.
Today has been a red letter day for being disappointed in people. I discovered a review on Amazon written by someone who evidently based her opinion of my book on how she expected my characters to act, react, and even how the story should progress. I suppose she hasn't ever met a naive person in her life, as she saw that as an unrealistic flaw in my heroine. Gee...life must suck for people who have to drag everyone down in their miserable mire in order to be happy. She even took issue with how many releases I announced in a year, suggesting that perhaps instead of cranking out so many books, I should spend more time fleshing out my stories and bringing them up to her standards. Good luck with that since the majority of people who saw fit to comment liked what they read. When you research all your facts, drop me a line. Oh, and hey, Ms. Unhappy reader, I suggest you might want to write your own book, then you can make it exactly as you want. Before you start, you might want to look up the word "fiction" while you're at it, and please don't read anything in the fantasy category because you'll be so disappointed to find out those stories feature werewolves, shapeshifters and fairies. Gasp! *whispering* They aren't real you know?
Okay...I feel better for venting a little. Just wanted to share that being an author isn't a career without challenges. Like my title says...some day you're the bird and other days you're the windshield. Guess which I was today. *lol*
Tomorrow is bound to be better.