Friday, 8 June 2012

A post in which I am deeply uncool and ask you to read my novel

Right. After the blinding success of your advice on my hair, (and I want you to know that I wore bright red lippy with it yesterday and it looked very cool), I have one final favour to ask you lovely readers, and then I am so going to leave you alone. Not only will I make no more demands, but I will post constructive things about knitting and take some nice pictures (not of mad cats) and be helpful. All this do I pledge. One more favour only.
Have some Waitrose Lemon Cupcake. Yum, taste of the middle classes, on offer, £2.45 for 4
This is how it is. Years ago, I used to write and it used to amuse me more than most things amuse me (obviously not as much as mad cats. I’ve met someone else who knows where the Mad Cats of Cambridge are, and now I’m stalking a particularly bold furry black one she’s told me about. I know this is an unhealthy development. I’ll let you know if we start work on a Cambridge Cat Map App). Before it stopped amusing me, I cranked out 2 1/2 novels, and I thought they were ok. I mean, Tolstoy wasn’t quivering in his grave, but there were a few bits in them that were funny and sometimes I used to drink wine, read them, and snigger, hur hur hur. Then life got silly and fiction couldn’t compete, and then I couldn’t even read, never mind write, because everything seemed Very Very Serious. Well, now I can write again, and I need to move on to the next novels or poetry (God help me) or whatever is to come, so I want these ones off the table, and I want someone else to read them who is not me. Because, they might be amused, and if not, they might think, this is rubbish and I could write something better and will do it, and then I will have something new to read myself. Who knows? It’s fine by me either way.
The pen is mightier than the sword, although, today, I am ashamed to admit, we brainstormed ways to kill a particular person with my new 2.25mm sock needles (blow them through a tube like darts), so, sock needles are probably mightiest of all
So I am going to try to self publish my novels as ebooks. I don’t know how ebooks work, I don’t know what I am doing, and I am certainly not intending to make any money out of it – it’s a clearing-the-decks exercise which will pay me back spiritually not monetarily (ha!): here is the favour I am asking. I don’t want your money: I want your souls. I know some of you nice people must read books sometimes. If I haul my reluctant arse off to the library with my laptop within the next month or so and work out what to do, would someone read my book? Please? I will do codes (if I can work out how!) so that there are free copies for blog readers. I cannot promise you much, but I can promise you it is not as bad as Fifty Shades of Grey (look, I read the blurb, it did not look good), it is a bit funny, there is a ginger cat in it, and it is not depressing. OK, that’s probably all I can say, but – not depressing! A bit funny! A ginger cat! That’s surely a start! Come on, you’ve read worse than that!

And it would be nice for me, because, when I am sitting grinding my teeth over my laptop in the library, all confused about what a Kindle is, I could think, I am fifty shades of despairing over how to upload my file, but, I will persevere. Because I, Susie, have a potential reader, and, as God is my witness, I will upload this file for them. Hell, I will even run the spellcheck. Because I care.

(OK, I’ve looked at Lulu quickly. This might be doable. OMGosh! Exciting. Off to rewrite chapter bloody 1).

18 comments:

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Would be happy to give it a read. But only if you promise more photos of mad cats. I have no cats and seeing your mad cat photos cheer me up

growingthings said...

go on then! I'm definitely game.

Stitched Together said...

Definitely game for reading. I read Ann Shayne's book (of Mason-Dixon knitting fame). She is self publishing and sent out 50 copied to those who asked first. I got in there and really enjoyed it. I've also bought a few cheap Kindle downloads only to discover they were self published
I think self publishing has done wonders for knitting design. I think it will work equally well on fiction publishing. Good luck with working it all out.

Nana Go-Go said...

Oh, ok then - since you were so persuasive!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

I'd love to, especially in the next couple months..as I will have lots of time to read!

Ness said...

Well, a ginger cat! I'm sold!

Michelle said...

Yep, I'll read it!! If it's half as entertaining as your blog posts it'll be great, and a ginger cat too? Fabulous! Promise to tell us what's involved with the self-publishing though, I've wondered about that myself...

omlair said...

I would read it! I love your writing style on your blog so if it is similar I'm sure it would hold my attention.

Although, I will warn you that I don't have discerning taste, I'll read just about anything and be satisfied. :)

Tink Edwards said...

I'm game for a read!

Rachel said...

Yes please!

Lou said...

Hurrah! Yes, of course I will read it (them). If it's half as good as your blog, I'll love it.

kristieinbc said...

I would love to read your book. You had me sold when you said it didn't have any depressing bits in it. :-)

Vivianne said...

I would read it :-) x

Sarah said...

The hair looks fab and as you promise it's a bit funny and as you generally are a bit funny I'd like to read your book - this even despite the (what turned out to be well founded) fear that has been struck in to my heart in the past when others have made such requests!

Katharine said...

Yes please! Good luck with gettingit all sorted out...

Esculent Etc said...

I would definitely like to read your books. "Not depressing" is one of my highest criteria for reading new books and I can't believe that bookshops have not cottoned on to this. I'm not sure about the ginger cat but I have no particular feline objections as long as they KEEP OUT OF MY VEGETABLE BEDS (just in case any of them read your comments).

I enjoy reading your blog so much I'd buy a book - I might even try to work out how to put it on my new electric telephone to read outside in the fresh air. If you can tell me how...

Also, I agree that sock needles have many sinister uses and even when you don't mean ill, they can be pleasingly worrying to the uninitiated observer.

Look forward to the updates :)

April said...

I'm totally in - I would LOVE to read your book. Heck, I'll even pay to read it.

Jane said...

I'll read it. Love your blog (I'm a lurker), and if your book is anything like your blog, it'll be a hoot. Any murder or mayhem? That might be nice. Not described in detail, just "in passing." hehe. And please don't re-do the "Cat Who" books. That I won't read. Best of luck with your endeavor!