Monday, November 3, 2008
I have been to the mountaintop. I have had books published by a large press. I have been in People Magazine. I have been in USA Today numerous times. I have been in the New York Times, had features in the New York Times, had reviews in the New York Times. I have been on television, all three networks, cable shows--no, not Oprah--but on enough television to have someone pick me out of a crowd. I have been in all the major newspapers. I have been on All Things Considered with Robert Siegel. I have been on other radio programs. I've seen my book in the stores. I've seen my books remaindered. I've written so many novels I lost count. I have published four novels. I have written in Ernest Hemingways Attic. I blog. I write essays. Short stories. I have had movie rights sold. I have had foreign rights sold. I have been picked for a Book of the Month Club selection. I have had bad reviews and good reviews. But, none of that matters. Not really. You are yesterdays news until you become todays news. With my new novel I am starting all over again. The world moves so quickly we are all yesterdays news. You are as good as your last press and if that is on a website then you are very disposable. So what makes a book successful? Is it all that press? Not really. You can do it all and still not have a successful book. It is really you the reader. If you like it, then it is a success. I have to remind myself of this as I do the media and talk the talk. When it is all said and done, it is still just someone saying to someone else, did you read this book? It's really good! As a writer, I find that very comforting.