Support the Arts... One Deserving Artist at a Time

I've been mesmerized by the avalanche of publishing news this week.

Thriller writer, Barry Eisler walks away from a half-a-million deal with a major NYC publisher to fly solo. Read about it here.   

After earning a million on her own, E-book wonderkid, Amanda Hocking signs a four book deal with St. Martin's Press for two million dollars. Read about it here.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Connie Brockway, rejects major NYC deal to 'go rogue'. Another indi author (although traditionally established) is born. Read about it here.

Although these stories captivated me, influenced me in some manner, none of them effected me like the 'author' news, Joe Konrath shared today on his blog. Read about it here.

Kiana Davenport. Major NYC published author.  Winner of the O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories of 2000 (selected by E.L.Doctorow.) How, how in the world could the industry fail her so miserably. Frustrating. Yet because of her artistic spirit and passion... inspiring.

Whether you're a reader, writer, or both. Please reach out. Please treat yourself to an extremely affordable work of art. I'm not sure why I feel so deeply about this. Wait. Yes, I do. It's a chance to make a positive difference in a truly gifted artist's life. It takes so little yet we can do so much. Support the arts. Support a deserving artist. Support Kiana Davenport and feed your soul.

Artists are sensitive souls. I'm a sensitive soul. A passionate, driven soul. We all have our insecurities. Many of us have been disappointed in oh-so-many ways. I don't know about you, but for me, it took nothing for me to buy her indi-pubbed HOUSE OF SKIN.... yet meant the world.      


Jordan Summers said…
It has definitely been a very busy week in publishing. Barry also lost his agent right after he made his decision to self-publish.

As for Joe's blog, I choked when I got to the section about her swimming out into the ocean until she could swim no more. Gulp.
Cynthia Valero said…
Done! I saw she was at #246 when I purchased my copy!
Olga said…
Great post, Beth, and very thought-provoking. I'll definitely check out Joe's blog. Thanks!

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