“Self-Publishing” and Celebrity

While, sure, the singer-songwriter a.k.a. celebrity “literary” game has never been lacking (and was arguably started when Jewel put out her own immortal poetry collection in 1998, the robust–for a poetry book–160-page opus that was A Knight Without Armour), it seems as though Lana Del Rey has taken to a new level the annoyance of it to those who spend their entire lives trying to … Continue reading “Self-Publishing” and Celebrity

“I’m Not Just Doing It For the Likes”: Does Writing Mean Anything If No One Sees It?

I once had an “s/o” who used to criticize me for, among other things, constantly feeling the need to publish my work (belittled to that still demeaning term, “blogging”) ad nauseum on all social media outlets. He would taunt and lord his superiority over me, remarking of his own writing, “I’m not just doing it for the likes,” as though to emphasize precisely how frivolous … Continue reading “I’m Not Just Doing It For the Likes”: Does Writing Mean Anything If No One Sees It?

The True Revenge Story of Diary of an Oxygen Thief: Marketing, Not A Publisher is What Gets Readers Interested

In 2006, the “anonymous” author (though many a passerby has bought his book from the man himself in SoHo) responsible for Diary of an Oxygen Thief was still marooned in Europe. The city of New York had not yet truly become bombarded by the marketing schemes that social media has made a part of our everyday existence. No, that wouldn’t come in its “true modern … Continue reading The True Revenge Story of Diary of an Oxygen Thief: Marketing, Not A Publisher is What Gets Readers Interested

Zeno’s Conscience & The Vindication of Self-Publishing

Self-publishing, although increasingly easy to do with the conveniences furnished by the twenty-first century, still remains, by and large, looked down upon by the literary powers that be. And yet, so many fantastic works have been put forth into the world in this manner. From Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past to James Joyce’s Ulysses, the masterworks that have been birthedĀ thanks to the sheer tenacity … Continue reading Zeno’s Conscience & The Vindication of Self-Publishing