Note to self:
“Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize for literature is likely to make the Canadian writer a lot wealthier.” – the Toronto Star
I’ve been reflecting on this issue in the past week. The only way I know of to win the Nobel Prize for literature is to write the best you can, and to keep publishing what you write… for decades. Even though attempting to win the Nobel seems like the slowest route imaginable to major book sales, and offers little satisfaction to the “I want it now” mentality from which most of us increasingly suffer, it may be the only route that offers any real satisfaction to those of us who are truly called to be writers.
In the past few months I have had absolutely no time to work on my own stuff (hence my absence from here. And the good news is that it has all been positive work that has kept me away from my creative-writing work – and that I see hope for a strong return on the horizon now). During these past few months I have noticed that I have not found myself longing to be a best-selling writer (i.e., to be rich and famous), I have found myself longing to write. Just write. That’s all. Whether it sells or not has been immaterial in the longing … I’ve just longed to write.
However, I have also had some interesting book promotion ideas during my hiatus, and I’ll be back to share them soon. Along with a wind-up column on the subject that summarizes what I have learned so far about book promotion.
In the meantime…
Thanks to Alice Munro’s win, it is not only interest in her writing, but interest in short stories in general that has picked up of late. (Maybe even short stories by women writers who live in Canada? One can hope. Or at least I can.)
I should therefore point out that I too have a traditionally published short-story collection, and that copies are available. It is entitled Cool (River Books 2001). It is out of print and I have not yet re-released it for sale online, but you can send me an email and tell me you want it and I will send you a copy. It is $10 plus postage and handling. Here are the covers, front and back:
I also have several stories written towards my next collection, which will be entitled Machisma.
Awesome Mary–Short stories are a good way for those of us who have time constraints to get to the good stuff quickly. I’ve been writing more short-stories and submitting them to various places. As a writer it is keeping my creative-writing muscles active while I am working on revisions for my current WIP. I love all your work I have read so far, and am looking forward to reading whatever comes next! Glad you are back to blogging again!
Thank you, Connie. What a lovely note.
Any writer who says they don’t want to be rich and famous is probably lying, but any writer who expects to become rich and famous is definitely delusional.
True. And please note that I did not say I didn’t want to be rich and famous!
Several of Alice Munro’s stories are available for free perusal on the Net.
As I write this comment, 17 of her works are featured. The post started with 12.
Thank you. She is a fine writer! I’ve been reading her books since the 1970s.