I've finished distributing my copies of Mermother. I've read that I'm supposed to keep updating this blog but I'm going to be working on It's Personal for the next little while so the updates will be less frequent.
I was at work. One of my coworkers yelled across to another retired colleague about my novel. The retiree explained he's not into mermaids. "What's wrong with you?" was the teasing response. Very funny.
Not everyone is into mermaids. I'm not massively into them myself. I just found the characters interesting. The fact that they are mermaids takes everything to another level.
I am the first to admit that I knew nothing about self-publishing when I decided to throw Mermother online. I _really_ knew nothing about Kindle editions. I've since figured out that I shouldn't be charging such an outrageous amount. If you bought a Kindle copy at the original price and would like to be reimbursed, please let me know.
I haven't seen it yet but tomorrow I will. :) I am dying to see up close how the new cover has turned out. It does please me that it's my own photo. I hope people like it. I realized I'd prefer to update the back cover to be black. I'll wait to see it first though.
I have ordered 30 which are in Richmond. Twenty are still in production. My love is the only one with a copy that shows the colour cover. Can't wait to wrestle it out of his hands! Will be dancing like a lunatic when both sets of books arrive. I've been the grumpiest grumper (as we call it) for the past couple of days but the tide is turning.
Just asked BC Bookworld if they will look at Mermother. Who knows!
I have no idea how to promote a novel or anything else. I'm not sure I want to promote things, per se. I'd feel like I'm imposing myself on others and that's no good.
Instead, I am basically begging people to read Mermother so I can get feedback and find out what they like. It's been an interesting week. Some people are nice to beggars, others are not.
Pay it forward seems to be the best idea. Make a habit of paying it forward so you don't even think about it. Yesterday I realized that I had given quite a few gifts to different friends recently so it was fine for me to receive one. It was an odd but nice feeling.
Of all the people who have coaxed me over the finish line, Greg has arguably been the most influential.
I owed him money for tuning my 1900 Bell piano. In return he said he would like a copy of my (then unpublished) novel. At certain moments during the wee hours when I was proof reading Mermother I thought perhaps I should not be exchanging novels for musical services. But in retrospect I can see that a lot of the frustration and inefficiency was due to my lack of experience with self-publishing.
The most exciting outcome of my pact with Greg is that he's now considering publishing a book of his own. He has many hilarious and outrageous stories about his career that he'd like to share. I'm looking forward to reading the drafts and seeing his link on Amazon.
Wai-Kay has reviewed my discussion questions. Her opinions count because she's one of the few people who have read my novel. Well, she has read the draft. Only one person has read the final version, as far as I know. Anyway, discussion questions will be revised soon.
Here is a painting I brought back to my desk from the art room. I love it. Especially because it's caused such an array of responses.
I didn't have any. So I wrote some up today while waiting in the car and sitting next to the playground. (I have since revised these questions—Wai-Kay felt that I was giving away the surprise.) Mermother Discussion Questions 1. How would you describe Briony's personality? 2. In your opinion, is Briony a reliable narrator? Do you believe her story - why or why not? 3. Do you think the mermaids are predominantly animal or human? 4. What do you think of the mermaids' methods to achieve their goals? 5. How does the pursuit of wealth influence the plot? 6. Who is the most powerful character? Why? 7. Which relationships could be classified as healthy? Which ones as abusive? 8. What was your favourite part? 9. How do you think Briony feels about her experience in the sea by the end of the book? 10. What do you think Briony will do in the next book?
A bookstore in Sooke has agreed to display a couple copies of Mermother. I'm super excited!
I've realized, however, that I should have added the description to my back cover. Ay caramba. I'm going to look tomorrow to see how hard it is to update my cover image through CreateSpace. What a learning process this has been. I'm not sure why I didn't want text on the back cover? I remember feeling distinctly opposed at the time...