Blue notesPosted: April 9, 2013
Selling hundreds of copies – and having tens of thousands downloaded – of my experimental novel The Blue has been interesting. The reactions range from astonished to depressed/angry. Some get it, others are intrigued by it. Some are bored and depressed.
I never intended to lead with The Blue; it was supposed to be a highly personal novel that sat in the back of my catalog, waiting for my truest fans who wanted the most of what I consider uniquely my own. I wrote it out of frustration at the temptation (and effort) of writing something more commercially appropriate. The Blue is a bit of a “fuck you, I’m going to write exactly what I want to write.” Which is apparently bleak and disconcerting. I was going through a lot of personal drama, as well, which is reflected in the story. It is the novel that I was meant to write at that time.
Now I’m turning my attention back to more commercial novels. Still working hard to keep them ‘mine,’ but putting a different foot forward. What I’m most excited about is marketing [sic] like I am The Blue – methods that I know will result in hundreds of sales.
I am certain that the results with [sic] be greater than what I’ve seen with The Blue so far, as that book has its hook and broader commercial appeal. I just need to wait a few more months to see if it’s the right time to truly market [sic] – it all depends on what certain interested parties say.