2015: An Interesting year of revival for my writing dreams

January 1, 2016 Leave a comment

Forget your dreams at your soul’s peril…

This is from a poem I have written and posted on Twitter often. It really struck home for me this past year.

2015 proved a revelatory year in my writing life in more ways than I can describe. It was as significant to my evolution as a novelist as 2010 and 2011 had been when I finally launched my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS, DEAR HEF and published a cool short story as part of the INDULGENCE anthology.

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Earlier this year, I realized that I could no longer put off my writing dreams and edited and finalized my sequel to novel MONOGAMY SUCKS, entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, to send to my publisher Blushing Books, which has purchased my previous publisher Lazy Day Publishing.

I felt like someone who had awoken from a long three-year slumber.  During that time, I had successfully re-established my public relations career, which consumed most or all of my focus. Still, I never forgot my love of writing and my novels, but I foolishly put it aside for a while.

For someone as ambitious as myself, who has 20-25 novel ideas I want to pursue in the coming years, that seemed a ridiculous and scared notion all of a sudden.

At the same time, I decided that my future books after the MONOGAMY SUCKS sequel were going to be self-published. I craved complete control over my writing vision and content. No more publishers.

Self-publishing has changed a lot since I put out  my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE with iUniverse. You can produce quality work via many new publishing platforms now. Going indie in the book world is not looked down upon as much as it was 15 years ago.

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Fortunately, Blushing Books made it easy for me as they rejected RELATIONSHIPS SUCK and gave me back the publishing rights to my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF. They kept the rights to my short story as part of the INDULGENCE anthology, “Swinging with the Supernatural,” as they are planning to re-release the collection in the next year or so.

Admittedly, it was somewhat of a shock when Blushing Books took down MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF off Amazon a couple of days after giving me back the rights. All those years of building up reviews and support for those books were now gone overnight.  It was a sad feeling initially to think that the version of MONOGAMY SUCKS that I launched five years ago with Lazy Day Publishing after they reached out to me on my blog, was history.

However, you haven’t heard the last from me, dear reader.

I’m determined to release a new version of the novel MONOGAMY SUCKS that is closer to my original draft in the next year. I am quite enjoying putting back in all the background and scenes that my publisher had edited out. I feel as liberated as I ever have as a writer.

After the re-release of MONOGAMY SUCKS, I will also launch the sequel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK in early 2017. I happy with how it came out and I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime, you can still check out my writing in the INDULGENCE anthology, novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE and follow me on Twitter — @gpwriter — where I share my poetry and thoughts about writing and life.

I will be back as an author in 2016, challenging the status quo of our romantic lives with my wicked humor and naughty prose, but this time on my own terms.

Life can be tough enough, but putting off your dreams, as I learned again this year, can be a form of early death.

Howl to the heavens with your words. Dream big. What do you have to lose?

Happy New Year from a writer renewed….

GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Full Circle in my Author’s Journey: Re-exploring the Promise of Self-Publishing

December 13, 2015 Leave a comment

I am feeling quite liberated these days as an author. This past week I received some interesting and promising news.

Blushing Books (that now owns my previous publisher Lazy Day Publishing) took a pass at publishing my sequel to my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS, which I have entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. Now that should seem like it would be crushing news, but it wasn’t. Even better yet, Blushing Books gave me back the rights to my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF. Please note that the books have been removed from Amazon and are no longer available for sale.

This has proved a fortuitous turn of events as I was already planning to return to self-publishing with my next book following the launch of RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. It will be a science fiction novella based on a short story I had written when I was 18. More on that later.

Honestly, Blushing Books’ reason for returning to the rights my novels makes sense as my books don’t exactly appeal to their romance/BDSM audience. They kept the rights to the short story I contributed to the INDULGENCE anthology titled, “Swinging with the Supernatural” as it does include some erotic BDSM elements. You should be pick up this anthology, and not only for my funny and sexy story.  By the way, Blushing Books is also planning to re-release INDULGENCE in the next year. I will keep you posted about the release date.

I feel as if I have come full circle as an author as I self-published my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE via iUniverse in 2001. Self-publishing has a come a long way since then, and I no longer see the benefits of having a publisher. I am looking forward to being in complete control of all aspects of my writing from content and editing to cover and promotion.

So I plan to bring out a new revised version of MONOGAMY SUCKS in late 2016 incorporating more background and detail about Jake and the swinger world that he explores, which was edited out of the final copy of the novel. Shortly after the re-release of MONOGAMY SUCKS, I will self-publish my sequel, RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. I believe it as funny as the first novel and may be even sexier as it explores the ups and downs of an open relationship.

I have no immediate plans to re-release DEAR HEF, but that could always change. I am generally happy with how the novel came out, but it never caught fire with readers as MONOGAMY SUCKS has.  Still, I would like to see it back out there again, but this time on my terms.

You don’t get many do-overs in life, but I feel grateful for having the opportunity to relaunch MONOGAMY SUCKS with a new and expanded version that still retains the frank humor and eroticism that my readers embraced.

No more publishers for me. I only want to put novels out that truly represent my vision as an author. I am intrigued to embark once again on an adventure into the brave new world of self-publishing. Stay tuned.

GP