Ego and the Writer

It was a good ego stroke to get home and find people talking about me. If people aren’t talking about your books, people aren’t buying them. Not that I have any to sell right now… Maybe I should revise that: if people aren’t talking about your books, publishers have no reason to print them.

I almost never hear from readers directly, so it’s good to see things like this from time to time. Whether a writer is a hobbyist or is a dedicated professional, we all have one thing in common: we’re storytellers, and storytellers want their stories to be heard. Writing for pride, writing for money, and writing for validation all point to a necessity to be read.

No happy readers = no happy writers.

I should add, too, that if you’re waiting on publishers to print some Oliveri work, you should feel free to write publishers directly and ask them why they aren’t coughing up the Oliveri goodness. Brian claims at least two publishers read this blog, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to up and publish me just because I bitch about not getting published.

I write best with a deadline. Why is Powerless a priority? Because Otherworld Verlag wants more work from me. It’s that simple. I don’t expect publishers to come beating down my door; that’s just not how this business works. But if you pester some of these guys, maybe they’ll give a manuscript more than a passing glance when I drop it on their desk.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Rex DuBois says:

    I did end up picking up a copy of The Phantom Chronicles at the con. Dug your story (the suspense was built up perfectly and the whole scene on the cliff was awesome) but man was it a bit darker than I was expecting for The Phantom. Whole lots of people died.

    Thanks for the tidbit on Wounded Gods, hope it comes to pass as I dug what you’ve already posted about the planned story of it

  2. Mike says:

    Thanks, Rex! Glad you dug the story. Moonstone was hoping I’d write it darker given I’m a horror writer, and they were very pleased with what I turned in. Honestly, I’m kind of surprised it made it passed the Phantom license holders, who had final approval over all of the stories.

    As for Wounded Gods, stay tuned! Received another email from the publisher today so things are moving forward.