I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Why, Sue, Why??
I couldn't sleep and found myself thinking about the latest Trad Pubbed Big Author to spout off about the evils of self-publishing.
In my near-sleep, dazed state, I waxed eloquently in my mind about my thoughts and feelings on the subject. I could've filled pages with witty and heart-felt prose.
In the light of sleep-deprived day, I'm finding it hard to get started. For one thing, I'm late to this party and there are other bloggers, more popular and prolific than I, who have covered the subject in depth.
I kept out of the Jodi Picoult mire. I'd only read one of her books prior to the gaffe and was only mildly impressed.
But when Sue Grafton made sweeping statements dissing all self-publishers, well, it HURT. Unlike JP, I am a fan of Sue's. I've read all of her books. I'd recently filled out an interview where I listed her as an influential author. I learned so much about writing detailed settings, creating three-dimensional characters and plotting mystery/suspense from reading her books.
Why do successful Trad writers even have to chime in? Aren't they already famous/rich/fill-in-the-blank? What can they hope to gain by tearing down other writers? All they manage to do is show that they are biased, judgemental and out of touch with the current publishing scene.
I'm happy to hear that she came back and ate a little crow. I'm not 100 percent sure it's because she realized the error of her arrogant way, or if she was doing damage control. She certainly didn't gain any new fans with her interview, and I'm afraid she lost more than a few old ones.
(For the record: the only time I've worked harder than I am right now, is when I gave birth to four kids in less than six years--referring to her lazy comment.)