I Must Now Try and Stir Some Controversy

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So I have a new marketing team helping me to make the most of my meager advertising budget. One of them told me I should be as controversial as possible in my press releases because that would attract more free publicity. So I'm thinking - geez, I'm just a gay HIV+ athiest Republican who writes gay books marketed at teenagers. What is there about me that could possibly be controversial? I'll work on it.

I'm sitting and waiting for my galleys of the new edition of Orphan's Quest to come in. These times where I have to wait for stuff remind me how much work I still have to do on being patient. I'm pretty low key and easy-going most of the time, but once I get involved in a project, the type A in me emerges. I want everything done yesterday. Of course, in publishing, absolutely nothing happens quickly. Even owning my own publishing house, I have to depend on my cover artist, my distributors, reviewers, marketers and, of course, customers, all of whom have schedules of their own. I really need to just chill out and do what I said I was going to do during these down times: catch up on my reading. I finished one book and have started two others. There's no excuse for me not to finish them. And yet I find myself climbing the walls instead waiting for galleys to be printed and for June to come so that I can move on to the next phase of the publication and publicity process (good alliteration, huh?). I should just stop it (and stop bitching about it) and open one of those books back up. Once I start Numen's Trust (book three of my trilogy) in earnest, I won't be able to read anything until it's finished, so I really have to make the most of this time.

Why should any of you care about any of this? Well, unless you're interested in the writing and publishing process, you probably don't. However, as I haven't posted a real journal entry here in some time, I thought I'd catch you up on what's going through my fevered brain.

At least the weather has been beautiful these last few days. In Maine, you have to appreciate what little moderate weather you get. Most of the year sucks. I can't wait to move to Chicago later this summer (see, there I go being impatient again).

Hope everyone has a nice spring and summer.

Ciao for now!

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jeff's picture

Eh...

But as the book isn't controversial, misdirection only gets you so far. If someone found you controversial, then sure, run with it. But seeking controversy is never the answer.

I mean, I'm currently listening to the audiobook of Christopher Hitchens' new book "god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" (while at night reading a spiritual book, heh), and the book is by its very nature polarizing, but Hitchens just goes into every interview situation with the same take, calmly explaining his book and why he thinks religion is a horrible man-made thing. So, his book gets to be controversial, and he gets to ride the wave of that controversy to engage rationally with interviewers, etc. If you try and be controversial, though, and the book doesn't back it up, it seems like more of a bait and switch that way, no?

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I see your point. As far as

I see your point. As far as the books go, there's plenty of controversy in them, especially if you look at it from a more conservative viewpoint. In book one, it's pretty much confined to the fact that homosexuality is viewed by everyone as perfectly normal and okay. In book two, though, I take some pretty serious shots at organized religion. But it's not necessary to invent controversy in my books, I just have to talk about some of the things I believe in. There's plenty of controversy in my politics to piss off liberals, the religious right and just about anyone in between.

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Duncan's picture

Well, nomatter what happens,

Well, nomatter what happens, I'm rooting for you!
Courage is contagious... be strong, and soon you won't be standing alone.

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Thank you ,

Thank you , sweetie.

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andyouwillknowmebythesoundofmyname's picture

had no idea

I didn't know you were Republican!
I had a friend who was a gay Republican, and he got no end of trouble for it.
1) Republicans didn't like him because he was gay.
2) Gay friends didn't like him because he was Republican.

Tough spot to be in.

at least it's a good angle to stir up controversy...

I decided to take a peek in the closet.
What a suprise to find myself hiding inside!

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Yes, it is a difficult spot

Yes, it is a difficult spot to be in. Most of my friends are liberals, but they are open-minded enough to respect the opinions of others. Frankly, anyone who doesn't is not going to be my friend anyway. I try and approach the whole thing the same way as I approach being out and gay. I try to be an ambassador - to show people that not all Republicans are far right nut jobs. There's a whole other side to the party that is fighting very hard to steer it toward the center. We're the ones trying to get Giuliani as our nominee. To me, he's the perfect Republican - tough on defense, fiscally responsible, a preponent of small government, but also moderate and fair on social issues. To me, he's a hero, and if he gets the nomination, it will be a great victory for my side of the Republican party.

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msquared's picture

Ditto on being impatient on

Ditto on being impatient on publishing issues. It's teh sukzorz.

I have to disagree with what you wrote about Rudy Giulliani in the above comment. Particularly the "moderate and fair on social issues" part. Not only is he against gay marriage, but he's a big fan of censorship, too. Two things that are close to both of our hearts. I have zie proof!

(You might want to press control + f and type in gay to find the part about gay marriage.)
Gay Marriage.
Censorship.

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patnelsonchilds's picture

None of the candidates

None of the candidates support gay marriage, nor does any other mainstream politician. Rudy supports civil unions, which is as much support as you're going to get out of any candidate. Frankly I don't care all that much about the gay marriage issue. As I have said in previous posts, I think it was dumb to push for it now anyway.

As to censorship, I would take anything posted on the ACLU website with a big grain of salt.

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