Sunday, April 13, 2014

On My Own

By Rich





Paradise Not Quite Lost is no longer ... well, at least in its current incarnation.

You've all followed the plight of my first novel, published by a company that will now remain nameless. I experienced utter elation when they picked up my book last March ...

Then I experienced great euphoria after they decided to release my book at the end of last November ...

I felt mild excitement when the release date got pushed back to December ...

Low enthusiasm when it moved to February ...

And tremendous disappointment when they released the Kindle version of the book without telling me and the publisher stopped responding to my calls or emails.

Thirty-eight days after the last communication I decided to give the company seven days to get back to me or I would assume they no longer wanted to publish Paradise Not Quite Lost. Forty-five days after the last communication I took all of the rights back, and since then have registered the work with the Copyright Office and requested the electronic version be removed. I'm basically starting from square one. Well, the work is already edited, so let's call it square two.

I'm watching the autobiographical documentary of Woody Allen that first aired on PBS's American Masters a year or so ago. In the film Allen discusses the way the movie studio mangled his first screenplay for 1965's What's New Pussycat. From that point on, Allen decided he would be in complete control of all of his movies. Something that continues almost 45 years later.

I'm with Woody on this one, which I may have mentioned in a previous column. Call it first-time enthusiasm, insecurity or flat-out naivete, but I got burned, and I'm not going to let it happen anymore. I'm going to publish Paradise Not Quite Lost under my Wooden Pants label and it's going to be a roaring success, right after Coffee Cup Tales gets my name out there. Any mistakes made in the promotion or sales of this or any future books I publish is going to fall on me, and I'm okay with that. Or, perhaps I should say I'm ready and willing to accept whatever comes down the pike.

Like I've said before -- stay tuned, because it's going to be an interesting trip.

More Writing Bug for your money: We have guest columnists coming up. In terms of numbers, we're talking somewhere in the area of lots. It starts tomorrow and continues until the start of May. Watch this space for interesting and thought-provoking words from your writing colleagues.


4 comments:

Dean K Miller said...

There's a lot of support around these parts to help you out...but you know that already. Best of luck on your new/old/resurrected/book journey!

Sarah Reichert said...

I still can't wait to read it. I'm sorry they put you through so much. (Like artists don't suffer enough!) But I'm happy that you've taken it back. That's a lot of hard work. Congratulations, and I wish it and you the best of luck.

Sarah Sullivan said...

Good for you Rich!!! With that attitude plus all of the effort I know it will indeed be a roaring success!!!!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I know you'll do great, Rich. You have the motivation and drive to get the job done.

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