of One Writer’s Revenge. Authors today live in a brave, new, and highly
schizophrenic literary world. We have accepted this magnificent electronic age
with open arms and trysted with social media as if it were the hottest of wet
dreams. In doing so, however, new age authors have allowed certain principles
and elements—principles and elements that should be held inviolate—to fall by
the wayside. Authors have changed the face of the profession in the span of a
few years and in no small way. In this writer’s little world of authorship,
however, I have endeavored to preserve all facets of the traditional literary
world and have developed a plan, indeed, a fierce strategy for revenge to
protect and defend the profession.
has allowed excellent authors to surface who, otherwise might never have been discovered.
But one drawback of the breadth (and oft lack of depth) of this new world is
the lucre made readily available to rather incompetent writers. There is a
large group of authors who, for the sole purpose of earning money, generate
works that aren’t worth the memory they occupy on an eReader. Quality be damned. These writers also
manage their body of work (properly referred to as a library) to their own primary
advantage and far less to the advantage of their readership and publishers.
not only manage my own library, but also manage a library created and written
by my grandfather. His award-winning authorship spanned nearly fifty years and
he wrote virtually every imaginable form of work during his lifetime. Of
greatest import, however, is that he was a perfectionist in his craft. While he
may not have been pleased with everything he wrote, he always strived for
quality. He would sooner delay the delivery of a manuscript and write fewer
novels, than produce schlock (and this was none-too-lightly drilled into me).
reaching for quality, my grandfather was loyal to his readership, editors, and
publishers. He took reader criticism to heart, always responded to reader mail
(whether fan or not), and personally thanked those readers who wrote or said
something positive about him or his works. He didn’t abuse editors by submitting
indolently crafted work thus effectively treating them as if they were
uncredited co-authors. Moreover, he would never have conceived of demanding
that an editor be replaced.
publishers, he was always consistently respectful. He did not submit the same
manuscript to three publishers at once, did not demand the return of rights or
move a novel to another publisher if he was dissatisfied with earnings, and
never criticized a book cover. You may not know that, in the days of elde,
authors were permitted zip, zero, zilch, nil, and a big fat nada, input into
his toil is that his library remains incredibly valuable to this day. Two
generations later, his works remain viable for publishers and studios alike,
still adaptable to the silver screen, and I have the pleasure of responding to
my grandfather’s readers and fans in his stead.
your own literary masterpieces, look to the future and to the future value of
your library, and look to leave a quality legacy in your wake.
This author will
continue to scribe slowly, endeavoring for quality, spend inordinate time
addressing editors’ requests, and respond to readers, fans, and critics alike.
While not so vain as to believe that I’ll win awards by doing these things, I
will be satisfied with my authorship and have, if not great, a good body (of
back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t
conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward and lives to perfect a deep-seated
oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the
trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are
curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling
can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of
sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from
stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
excerpts of upcoming novels at www.AislingMancy.com.
You can also find Aisling Mancy on Facebook and Goodreads, and after years of
resistance, introverted Aisling has capitulated and now blogs. Follow features
and events at www.AislingMancy.blogspot.com.
You can also read excerpts of Aisling’s gay YA works at www.C-Kennedy.com and find Cody Kennedy
and C. Kennedy on Facebook and Goodreads, respectively. Right now, Aisling
doesn’t tumble, pint, yah, goog, or twit (yes, that was intentional), but
Aisling does respond to emails and blog postings because, after all, it is all
about you, the reader.