Is it not okay when her publisher/editor wants a major plot
adjustment because, “it just doesn’t feel right”. Nor when said publishing
house can’t get their work done on time and make payments when promised.
Absolutely not when a reviewer starts a review with the
information that they are in a bad mood and this might get snarky. Um, NO,
Author is absolutely not permitted to respond to that.
I start with all of the above because it is so easy to see
things from the poor me perspective as an author. The author ALWAYS has to take
the high road or be bashed.
However, the fact is, Author, YOU SIGNED UP FOR THAT.
Writing a book and getting published can’t be done by
accident. So unlike
Royal babies who are born into the public eye and have a right to get pissed at
unfair/snarky/ignorant public comment on their activities, not one published author
tripped and accidently fell into the public eye.
Speaking from experience, being a new author is traumatic.
The best advice I can give a new author is write what moves you. Do that the
best you can on every level. When your book is published, enjoy the positive,
limit your exposure to the negative (way hard to do). Move on.
By moving on I mean write the next book. Or don’t. Whatever
you do, do not make that one book the measure of your world. If your book does
become the measure of someone’s world, that is their problem. Do not let it
An explanation first:Writing an intense book is, intense.
Sending an intense manuscript away is a moment that comes with what I’m going
to call, writer letdown. It’s feeling loss
and high anxiety. The writer knows it’s going to be a long wait to hear what
the editor thinks, if they even choose to accept it. To handle this anxious, unbearably
long wait to discover the fate of my emotional baby, I sometimes write myself
happy. That means writing a story that
just makes me happy. That is how my book Romeo came to be. I wasn’t even going
to submit that one but a friend brow beat me into doing so.
So I’ve done it again. Submitted an intense Unit book and
then wrote a story that just makes me happy. It is so not my usual thing that I
realized it can easily be considered young adult. (Think Twilight book One
level of romance) To test this theory I asked a young person to read it this
weekend. Her response was overwhelmingly positive, convincing me to publish.
My question is, should I publish it under a different name? Here
are the two reasons that cause my struggle.
1. Not to confuse Faithful fans
expecting very explicit content.
2. Not to confuse New readers who
enjoy a lighter level of content who might choose to read my other works.
What do you think?
New Name? ORPublish under Gail Faulkner and let folks take thier chances?
Would love to know why you made one choice or the other, too.