I'm sitting here wondering whether the honeymoon for Aqua is over. It wasn't some glamorous LA affair, or set on a remote tropical isle under a blazing sun. It wasn't even a weekend in London. No, it felt like a day trip to Camber Sands if I'm honest, plus it was raining and I caught a cold.
Something has gone decidedly wrong with my distributor, unless it's something I did or didn't do. I naively assumed that once you have a contract with a distributor they would receive orders from the retailers for copies of any future publications - wrong. It seems despite having an ISBN number that system doesn't happen. At least it hasn't for me yet. I live in hope like some forgotten customer waiting for her pizza to appear.
Only a measly few copies sold - but thanks to those who did sally forth to Canterbury for the launch. Thank you also for Canterbury Library who were amazingly supportive. Thank you to those who have purchased one from me directly, though I feel perhaps my pathetic whining might have promoted the sale. May I point out, you can STOP ME AND BUY ONE. I have no shame it seems. I prostitute myself on the literary bench of obscurity. Goodness is it me, or am I getting a tad dark? Must be entering a low point in this pantomime I laughingly call my writing career.
Unless Waterstones send for the books, I know people have ordered, I'm going on the depressed train to Miseryville and I've been there before. Let me tell you it ain't no pretty place. Yep, definitely a low point - again. I haven't heard back from their buyers dept since they requested a copy. What's all this rubbish that no news is good news? What a load of hogwash! I'd settle for any kind of news.
On the audible front, I'm open to offers and auditions - course you'd need to buy a copy of the book first. See what I did? An excellent marketing strategy. Everyone who purchases a copy is in with a chance to become the narrator for the book. heh. heh.
Can you open a Book Brothel? Because a little birdie told me recently that the BMJ are supporting the decriminalisation of pimps and brothels in the UK. If so, I could run a place where tired lonely men come (not literally) to have nubile young , mainly women, read to them. Isn't that sweet?
I see in New Zealand, where they have already introduced the bill that pimps and brothel owners now have more rights than the women they employ. It seems because its legal now, the women (or men) are paid by the half hour, or hour, rather than paying for each individual act. As a result they have no say in what actual type of activity is expected, or whether protection is worn or not. Well done the UK for planning to reduce the rights of women even more. Feel free everyone, like me who is angry about this. Write a letter to your PM, the BMJ or if you belong to a professional body, those.
She jumps off her political horse. Where did that come from? Well, I know where it came from, I am a Soroptimist after all, but this is my writing page, I can hear you from here. I know, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's OK to be angry about injustice too.