I Am Mortal, therefore I Self Publish!

Salon des Refusés

 

In 1860s Paris, the early Impressionist painters were denied the privilege to show their works in the popular and prestigious art galleries. So they held their own shows and called them the Salon des Refusés.

Father Time Chews my Heels

My writing has not been refused by editors and publishers, all of my short stories have been published or have bee accepted for publication, but I have always been independent and have admired people who have done things successfully on their own. I also feel very pressed by Time, the old Harvester who stands over my shoulder with a scythe reminding me that time moves on, even if nothing else does. Since that old Grim Reaper is a frequent character in my tales, I suppose we have a kind of pact.

Friends who have had publishing deals, with advances, have taught me a lot about this as well. By the time they find an agent who finds a buyer a year may pass. maybe more. By the time they get the deal and see their book in print, at least 18 months have gone by.

I have been writing seriously, with career in mind, for 12 years solid and have a huge backlog of novels waiting for polish. They are Dark Fantasies written before the Harry Potter craze and the vampire craze and a the faerie craze and in the years it has taken me to hone my craft, what were once rarities have become relentless – so does Time work its ways upon us.

Then, about 2 months ago, as I was seeing Kindle readers proliferate on the bus, I was turned on to Amanda Hocking and her success with ebooks. I studied up and realized I did not have to wait more years upon years to get my stories out there. Every writer must know that stories that stay buried in the cupboard for too long rankle in the soul, they clank their chains and cry “Let me out!” and you get tired of shushing them and saying “We have to be patient.” We understand why the often refused EA Poe wrote The Tomb of Ligeia about a woman buried alive. Stories are alive and they can’t stay buried while the wheels of the publishing world slowly grind you down.

I also have a few novellas, difficult beasts to publish because of their length. But i love them and read the ones I have over and over because they are short and satisfying. I figured these would be ideal for e-readers because the pages are so small, a novella becomes a short novel almost.

Therefore I say: I am mortal, therefore I self publish!

The Success of Les Refuses

For those who don’t know about it, I re-print this from Wikipedia about the impact of  Salon des Refuses, of how artists took matters into their own hands and changed the art world forever.

Many critics and the public ridiculed the refusés, which included such now-famous paintings as Édouard Manet‘s Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) [1] and James McNeill Whistler‘s Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl. But the critical attention also legitimized the emerging avant-garde in painting. The Impressionists successfully exhibited their works outside the Salon beginning in 1874. Subsequent Salons des Refusés were mounted in Paris in 1874, 1875, and 1886, by which time the popularity of the Paris Salon had declined for those who were more interested in Impressionism…

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