Wander through the local book store
Observe how many shelves in the local book store
Notice the many books on the shelves Many books
Pick up the hard covers, the trade, the bargain
Hate john Irving because he published at 26 and you are 56
Resent the writers who are always short listed for a Pulitzer
Detect a trend in the prize lists
Notice you are not part of that trend
Decided to distrust any book described as luminous
Promise not to buy any book described as a brilliant first foyer into the literately field.
Wish you had a better marketing team
Realize you are the marketing team
Order a dirty martini
Be pleased the olives are served on the side –
So there’s more room for the gin
Either feel grateful there are so many wonderful stories to buy
Or depressed that you are merely part of the problem
Finish the drink
Eat the olives
Send the book to your publisher anyway.
Inspired by the afternoon after I finished the third round of edits for Future Sky, the fourth in the Future Girls series.