Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Adventures in Self-Publishing
Catherynne Valente is the author of the conventionally-published fantasy novel Palimpsest. It's definitely oriented for adults, since the main theme is a sexually-transmitted dream. I've heard a lot of good things about Palimpsest, and that's the good news.
The bad news is that she's broke. Freelance writers don't make a lot of cash, and her husband's been out of work for months. So, in an attempt to make ends meet, Cat has decided to turn to self-publishing. In Palimpsest, one of the characters referred to a children's book she had loved. The book was called The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Design. This was, of course, a completely non-existent book, invented for Cat's novel.
Well, now she's decided to write Fairyland, and is doing so online at the link. She's posting a chapter a week, every Monday. You can, if you so choose, read it for free, but Cat hopes you'll throw some coin into the Paypal tip jar. I encourage you to drop by for a spell.