It Was Easier to Write the Book

OK, maybe not!

Writing the book actually took about 10 years (or rather, took place over a period of 10 years), and there wasn’t anything easy about it at the time.  But writing a novel is a terrible compulsion, so most of the time you’re acting compulsively.  You’re not relying on discipline to get you to the next step; it’s more like hurling yourself off a bridge.

Marketing is a more rational commitment.  Setting up web sites, setting up meetings, setting up a marketing campaign, all require objectivity and a certain calculation that’s not part of my relationship with the fiction I write.  For instance: Tomorrow, or very soon, I need to get some permissions for the lyrics Gracie sings in the book.

Arghhh.  Maybe I’ll write another novel to distract myself.


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