Divorce Diet on sale

The Divorce Diet ebook is on sale for $4.99  “at all major ebook retailers” until April 3.

How major is major? I have no idea–the information comes from my publisher and I didn’t ask. If it costs more at the first outlet you find, it’s minor: Try another.

And if you have no idea what I’m on about? Follow the link above for a description, the cover (I know–you can’t tell a book by, but it’s a nice cover anyway), and everything else I can think to tell you.

Me, elsewhere: a link

To help you through those long, long days between my Friday post and next Tuesday’s (oh, how you miss me; it must be awful), here are two things in one place: a guest post I wrote on Barb Taub’s Tales from Null City and Barb’s review of The Divorce Diet. For her take alone on what the central character would have done if it had been set in various other decades it’s worth a click or two.

The Divorce Diet ebook is on sale–again

For reasons that I won’t even try to fathom, The Divorce Diet (ebook only) is on sale again: $4.99 starting on August 29 and ending on October 4.

Somewhere in the depths of my contract, the small print says that I get paid in scrip and good wishes when the book’s discounted, but at this point I’d just as soon get the thing out there so people read it. So if you want a copy and read ebooks, but the beast. I’m happy to see it (or in this case, imagine it) in people’s hands.

And if you happen to follow my Facebook page (something I don’t recommend; it’s so boring I don’t even read it, which is why it almost never gets updated) you will have been notified that it was on sale for an entirely different set of dates. Ignore it. I can’t be trusted with a calendar. I think I have it right this time. But if you see me messing around with numbers, run.

Divorce Diet ebook now on sale

The Divorce Diet ebook is on sale from today until August 7 “at all major retailers,” the publisher tells me. Cost? $2.99. Apologies for posting the information twice. The first time was well before it actually went on sale and as soon as I hit Publish it occurred to me that I should have waited. Clever me. So here’s the news again.

What’s The Divorce Diet? A novel dedicated to every woman who ever walked away from a relationship. Or a diet. And it happens to be mine, so I’m doing a little shameless promotion here. Chapter one is online if you want to give it a taste test.

Waiting for the publication fairy

The Divorce Diet is available today, and having promo’d it shamelessly up to now, I’m not doing that today. This is about waiting for some publisher or award committee to wave the magic feather of approval over your work.

A.L. Kennedy, speaking at an awards ceremony, said, “It’s a hard and a lonely life to be a writer—it’s not hard in the manner of being a nurse or a coal miner, but as a writer you have to believe in yourself a lot before anyone else does.”

the divorce dietSome days it’s harder to believe in yourself than to think, Maybe I should just pack it in, which is probably why so many of us look to an outside source for proof that what we’re doing is worth the bother.

Before my first short story was published, I believed publication would transform me into—although I didn’t use these words, even in the privacy of my own head—a real writer. I still believed that before my first book was published, and my second book, and I’ve kept on believing it as The Divorce Diet, my third, worked its way toward publication. Somehow, we never stop believing in the good fairy, even after she morphs into the publication fairy. We still think that as soon as we’ve proved our worth she’ll wave that magic feather. The problem is that the way we have to prove our worth keeps getting harder. There’s always one more test. I’ve read about famous writers who felt slighted because they hadn’t won the Pulitzer, the Nobel, the Massive Damn Whaddayacallit Award. They were still waiting for the publication fairy and her fancy feather.

But before writing can be about publishing, it’s about the act of writing: putting one word after another; and even before that, it’s about finding the place inside you that needs to speak, and charting a path from that place into the world. And then—once, twice, and a thousand times—it’s about believing that the act is worth the effort.

And after you get published? It’s still about the act of writing. We keep going back to that or we’re lost.

I’m writing this in advance of the TDD’s actual release date, so I can’t report on how I feel moment by moment, but I can predict pretty safely: At some point I’ll remember that what day it is and I’ll look around for a big feeling to match it, and it won’t be there. I’ll be the same me that I’ve always been. And when I next sit down to write, I’ll be the same writer I was before, not some magic-feathered genius.

Let me go back to A.L. Kennedy. She’s worked, as a writer, with “people in care homes and hospitals: psychiatric outpatients, people in prisons, people trapped in their own homes, people with all kinds of degenerative diseases or learning difficulties.” And writing could be life-changing for them not “necessarily …because they will end up being writers professionally,… [but] because they get practice to find the words to say who they are and what they want and how their world is and—in short—they will find their voices. And having a voice and knowing you can use it is a very beautiful thing.”

If you blog or write for other reasons, you know this, but it’s easy to lose track of in the scramble to transform ourselves into whatever we think real writers are.

I’m not saying that recognition doesn’t matter. I want it as badly as the next fool. But never think that it’s all that matters. Write because you must. Write because you love it. Write because it gives you strength. If you reach only yourself, you’ve done something of value. If you write well and purely and reach other people, you can give them strength. Or make them laugh. Or let them see the world in a new way. If you reach one other person, that’s a gift to you both. Take joy in it. For its own sake.

Link to an Interview

I keep promising myself that I won’t post any more links to me-related posts on other sites, and I keep making a liar out of myself. Partly because I’m at least as vain as the next person, partly because I want to promote The Divorce Diet–I really do love the book and I’m doing any number of absurd things in the name of promotion, so why draw the line here? But also because other bloggers have been generous in giving me space on their blogs, and I want to offer them some visibility in exchange. So whatever I may have told you about not posting more links? I lied.

Here’s a new link: Rachel Carrera runs a generous series of author interviews, and mine’s only one of many. Her blog is varied and interesting, ranging from writing to cats to autism and far beyond. Hope you’ll check it out.