I’ll Have Some Cheese with My Whine, Please

There are a lot of joys that come with being a published author but frustrations too. Sometimes I get asked what is the most frustrating thing about being an author. I usually don’t have to hesitate to answer. Here’s a few:

(WARNING! Elevated whine alert. By reading the rest of this post you will be subjected to whining of the worst kind which may be detrimental to your emotional health)

  1. I have no say about which stores stock my book or where in said store they get shelved. Case in point. I have this new 2-in1 edition of The Hunted and Scream sold exclusively in Walmart. They’re not in every Walmart (they’re available in about 1300 stores across the country) and surprisingly not even in my three hometown stores. I get asked all the time “Where can I get your books?” by folk I come in contact with. Everyone shops at Walmart. How easy would it be to say, “The next time you’re in Walmart for cereal and light bulbs, pick up a copy. It’s only $12 for two books.” Easy sale.
  2. Critics who make comments like “Oh, (insert character’s name) wouldn’t say that or act that way. That was totally implausible.” Okay, here’s the deal, how do we really know how anyone will act or react in any given situation? We all do weird things when under pressure or stressed or scared or mourning. As long as the action/reaction is not completely out of character it’s plausible. For example, I’m a pretty upstanding guy, walk the straight and narrow and all that. Now, if I suddenly whip out a knife and stab my co-worker 142 times . . . that would be implausible. Not impossible, but implausible. But if I get angry and let a cuss word fly, that may seem implausible but wouldn’t be. Under stress we all do and say things we later regret. (By the way, I very rarely get that angry.)
  3. Critics who act like their opinion is the holy gospel. Look, writing is an art and since it’s an art it’s highly subjective. I’m all for someone reading one of my books and commenting on it, giving his/her opinion. Maybe she liked it, maybe she hated it. That’s fine. But please oh please don’t start nit-picking details and style and don’t take cheap shots at the author. Know where the line is between being a critic and being a blowhard and don’t cross it.
  4. The pace at which things operate in the publishing world. Okay, so I get a manuscript done, it goes through the editing phase, then it’s ready to get on shelves, right? Wrong, it won’t hit the shelves for another five months or so. Ack! Now, before all the publishing gurus start commenting let me just say I totally understand why. There’s a lot that goes into the pre-release of a book by way of marketing and promoting and positioning  in the market and it all takes time. I get that. But still, it’s frustrating. Please, let me frustrated.
  5. Not enough time to do all I want to do. Like blogging, book signings, speaking events, writing more books, etc. There’s only so much time in a day and only so much of that time I can devote to writing. And writing my current project must take precedence. There are other things I’d like to do, sure, other books I’d like to write under a pseudonym (different genre), but there simply isn’t the time. Maybe someday . . .

That’s it for now. I hope I didn’t lose anyone or cause any irreparable harm. Seriously, though, despite some frustrations I know I am wondrously blessed to be able to write these books and get them published. I take no credit for it; I can’t. And if I have to put up with a few minor frustrations along the journey, I can handle that. They’re nothing compared to magnitude of the blessings.


About mikedellosso

Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on January 31, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Even though I’m unpublished, I can definitely relate to #5. There simply IS NOT enough time in the day.


  2. Elizabeth Fisher

    Very well written, Mike. You are so funny!!! So glad I could be there for you to vent to!! HA-HA!! Oh yeah, I, too, am appalled that your hometown Walmarts don’t carry your books. WHAT IS THAT???? Somebody needs to get with the program… Thanks for letting me vent!


  3. Good post, Mike. I feel your pain. I have experienced #4 and #5. I’m still waiting for someone to review my book. Hopefully, it won’t involve too much criticism, but I’m sure it will be more than I feel it deserves. And no stores carry my book, except a few local ones. Bottom line, things could be worse. Congratulations on getting your books in Wal-Mart.


  4. Susan, thanks for the reminder. I know I’m blessed, believe me. But still, we all need a reality check from time to time.


  5. Mike, a great post…I love it! Nuff said.


  6. Hi Mike,
    Please pass the cheese. Is that Havarti? Oh and I’ll have some Brie too. Thanks Mike.:) I’ll supply my own whine. Not looking forward to numbers 2-3 and if I don’t kick into overdrive here soon . . . okay. I won’t whine anymore, back to work.


  7. I hate Wal Mart. I’d rather buy your books anywhere but there, but I already checked at my local one, and they’re not there. Beverly Lewis, yes, and all kinds of weird vampire tales, plus genre romance of the worst kind. Why do I hate Wal Mart? Let me count the ways . . . the most recent being that they made a deal with the devil, oops, I mean Department of Homeland Security, headed by Janet Napoleano to promote US citizens spying on each other. No thanks, I can buy my food (and books) elsewhere.

    I know what you mean about the “I don’t believe a character would . . .” I find that a frustrating result of having written from the perspective of a teenage girl. A teenage girl would, apparently, never think intelligently or read poetry or say anything more in-depth than “like whatever, you know?” according to some people.

    So go some cheese already. Venting frustration is not exactly whining, you know.


    • Wow, Jill, tell us how you really feel about Walmart 🙂 Hey, you’re free to hate them and not shop there, that’s the beauty of it. Thanks for your comment. Your honesty is refreshing!


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