I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to create, complete, and publish a work of Written Art. But now, with a diagnosis of cancer (possibly two kinds), and all that it entails (on top of other health issues), I need the strength of my Indie Author friends, so I can keep writing. Thank you for your support and prayers.
When I wrote Irish Firebrands, all I had was a set of characters who had moved house into my head, and wouldn’t stop banging on the ceiling, walls and floor, until I told their story. I didn’t choose to do it in any particular genre, and it turned out to be an unusual novel I had never imagined writing, crossing at least six genre lines. (That’s why I call it “Fusion Fiction.”)
It was published under the Romance/Contemporary BISAC, but it’s also been classified as Literary Fiction and Women’s Fiction, with absolutely no difference in sales. Would it sell better, under any label, if, as some contend, I had published as “Christian” instead of Christine? I rather doubt it: that’s not really how the marketplace for Art works.
Writing is a Fine Art, not a craft, like basketry, which, if it’s done right, following a pattern, is guaranteed to sell successfully. Writing a book is not like weaving a basket: There’s no genre, nor gender, nor formula that guarantees any book’s sales success.
My marketing efforts have been feeble (reflecting my state of health), but a few copies have been sold. Even though the book is not a financial success, it is effective imaginative literature. The readers who have reviewed and/or rated the novel (all but one of them strangers), have done so highly.
I’m thankful for all of the dear, brave souls who have invited my unruly firebrand characters to live inside their heads. They’re all ordinary reading folk, just like me: no one is who the marketing industry would call an “opinion leader,” whose positive review or rating would influence enough other readers to make the book a bestseller.
Fine Art simply communicates. Those to whom Art speaks must be broadly influential, to widely disseminate any Artist’s opus. In the Arts, it’s not what you know, but who you know, that gains patrons. That’s how the marketplace for Art works.
This has been one of my blog messages to other new writers. To those who don’t know the truth, the effort of trying to write a bestseller according to current guru and gatekeeper rules, and then not to see it happen, can discourage further writing. That is not good.
The suffering of the struggling, rejected writer must be stopped. Writing is meant to feel good. A writer who knows how to write a book that’s worth reading is entitled to enjoy the writing process, and to feel good about becoming an author. To produce a work of Fine Art is a worthy end unto itself.
For those who would like some reassurance that they are doing it right, I wrote a short series of blogs about The 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing:
Sufficient correct punctuation for signage on the path to meaning.
Understanding of literary conventions.
Love for language and loyalty to its complete lexicon.
Writing by inspiration, rather than controlling the performance of the tale.
To encourage writers to follow the 7th Reasonable Rule, most of my other blog posts have taken apart Irish Firebrands, to show how writing by inspiration happens. The most popular and latest posts are listed in sidebar widgets, and older posts are in the INDEX.
If you’re an Indie Author, please visit my DOWNLOADS page, and help yourself to blog badges and inspirational posters.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the time we’ve spent together here. Please share the messages of the Irish Firebrands blog, by using Press This, and by re-blogging. Remember: If writing doesn’t feel good, we’re not doing it right.
In Irish Firebrands, I possess an abiding literary legacy, the same as does Hemingway or Faulkner. Whatever else happens, I wish all my WordPress writing friends the joy of achieving their own literary legacies.