With all of the book buzz lately, I’ve been asked several times if I’ve pre-ordered, GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee. I haven’t yet. I read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in high school and I’m almost ashamed to say it, the book really didn’t stick with me. But neither did CATCHER IN THE RYE, THE GREAT GATSBY, or any other of the books I had to read for school. I just read them and got it done.
I’ve gone against the self-publishing grain, removed all of my books from other outlets and went completely with Amazon. Three reasons, 1) I’ve always had more sales with Amazon 2) Formatting eBooks in different formats is a pain in the butt, and 3) within days of my books going on other outlets, they showed up on “free book” websites. It was pirated within days and there’s not a lot one can do about it. They are sites outside of U.S. jurisdiction. Pirating sites aren’t a big deal to authors who are already a name, but to someone like me where every sale counts, it is bothersome. Who knows how many sales have been lost because of these assholes stealing someone’s work. Not just mine, but collectively. I’m sure the number is staggering. I think that’s the way of the world these days. I read something once, “What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.” It rings so true today.
Having three kids in college this fall is certainly a financial and logistical challenge. Tuition, books, insurance waivers, on-campus housing, off-campus housing, countless online forms to fill out, food, gas, the list goes on and on and on. I’m thankful most of the work is done online or I’d have hella writer’s cramp. When I tell people I will have three kids in college at one time, they ask me how hubby and I can handle it. I can’t answer clearly. We don’t know. Just like most things in life that have to be done, we just get it done. Do we sacrifice? Not as much as we probably should. Are we in debt. Heck yes, but we get by. Could we do it without each other? Nope. It’s a twenty-six year partnership, a life promise made a long time ago. Has it been smooth? Nope. Would I change anything about it? Nope.
I guess I’m writing this because in December, Joey, our oldest graduates and although the city he grew up in offers many opportunities in his field of study, he may choose not to stay here. I’m sure he’ll do well wherever he ends up, but I’d like for it to be in the south. It’s not my decision though. Dammit!
Hubby and Lizzy are in Raleigh at the ASA State Softball Tournament. Her first game is at 12:30. I printed off the bracket yesterday and hope to follow along as they win their way to another State Championship. Jimmy and I are at home, where I hope to whiz, bing, bang my way through cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping. Just get it done. Oh, and there are at least twenty red-inked pages in my computer bag that need to be typed up and spit shined.
Someone is setting of firecrackers as I type. I just heard them. I know the neighbor we affectionately call “Psycho Skippy” is on the case and soon the cops will show up. :). Goodness know he’s sent them to my house enough.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.