The last thing this writer ever thinks about when she’s writing is a press release.
Some writers – the new breed of writers, are much more commercial than I’ve ever been. The reason is simple: Every time I sit down and write I’m never sure anything is going to come out. That really doesn’t matter when you’re not getting paid, or you don’t have a deadline, but when your mortgage is depending on it, well, let’s just say I’ve spent my share of sleepless nights.
I wish I could tell you that as a professional writer I plan out every little moment, every bit of action, dialogue, or character nuance, but that’s not how it works with me. When the words flow, it’s like some hidden natural spring that I’ve traveled miles to find. There’s no other way of putting it: Writing is just a miracle. I don’t try to understand it. I just sit down at my desk and hope that it happens.
When it does happen, and I end up with a finished product, I feel I owe it to the fates (and especially to the story) to sing its praises. If it’s a blog post, I tweet, I Facebook, I LinkedIn, I email, I practically stop people in the street just to announce this beautiful new birth. In the case of a book, the announcement often happens with an official press release. I’m proud to share this press release that came out yesterday for An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House.
Some of you have already read the book, and I thank you for that. If you haven’t, you can take a look up above in the menu under the title of the book where I’ve put the opening pages, the website, and the press release. If you like it, there’s a link to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or even iTunes where it’s for sale. I don’t much like promoting my own words. But as I said, I don’t think they really belong to me. I’m just pointing out the way to the story.
It’s the least I can do.
- The Story Behind Michael Jackson’s Infectious, Newly Released Song (theatlantic.com)