My Guest Today on the Mystery We WriteTour
My name is Susan Claridge and I write under the name, S.R.Claridge. I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a niece, an in-law and friend; but no matter what hat I wear, I’m always the same simply, complicated woman beneath. I love autumn, moonlight and Grey Goose Vodka martinis with bleu cheese olives. I believe
Friday nights were made for Mexican food and margaritas and Sunday mornings warrant an extra-spicy Bloody Mary. I love Jesus and know that any good in me comes from God. I believe in the power of prayer, in the freedom of forgiveness and that people can change. I have a terrible temper and a tender heart, and somehow they balance. At times I may appear teetering on the edge, but I’d rather walk dangerously where there’s a view than let life pass me by. Relationships intrigue me and so does the loyalty of Mafia families, which is why I chose these topics for my novels.
Welcome, Susan. What do you think the publishing industry will be like in five years?
I’m certainly no prophetic wizard, but I’ll take a stab at what the publishing industry will look like five years from now.
I have yet to make the switch from holding a “real” book in my hands to reading ebooks. I think maybe it’s because I spend so much time on the computer writing that when I want to relax and read, I don’t want it to be on a screen. As much as I love holding a book, statistically I am becoming the minority. Ereaders are growing at an exponential rate and the younger generations are quite comfortable with downloaded books. Within the next five to ten years I think the days of printed books will sadly and even-more-steeply decline.
The upside of the Ebook phenomenon is that it’s fast, it’s easy, and it brings instant gratification. It’s the McDonalds equivalent. But, what happens when you want a nice steak?
Amazon, Smashwords and various other sites have taken the Ebook phenomenon to a new level, allowing anyone to self-publish their work. This isn’t necessarily a “good” thing. It means that publishing industry standards are being ignored. Editors and Literary Agents are becoming obsolete. The Big Six are being belittled as un-necessary. I think this is a tragic downfall. Industry standards are there because of the quality those big houses, and even some smaller, independent houses demand of their authors. If they become obsolete, what happens to the quality of the writing that is put into circulation? Without those standards, more and more books of lower quality will continue to flood the market. It will be like having all McDonalds and no filet mignon.
It behooves all authors to protect and hold high the standards of the publishing houses, whether they are big or small. I believe we all need to be held to a higher standard in our work, regardless of whether that work is in the literary field, education or the medical field. Just because I can make an incision doesn’t mean I am suddenly qualified to be a doctor. Likewise, just because someone can write a sentence doesn’t mean they are an author.
I’d like to encourage readers to enter my giveaway contest. I will be giving away an ebook copy of TETTERBAUM’S TRUTH, book one in the Just Call Me Angel series; or if you’ve already read TETTERBAUM’S TRUTH, you may select another novel of your choice and receive that e-copy instead. Leave a comment below and you’re automatically entered. Include your email address in your comment so I can get in touch with
you should your name be selected at random. The winner will be announced on my blog (http://www.FeelingTheFiction.blogspot.com ) on December 12, 2012. Good luck!
No Easy Way (debut novel; nominated for The Molly Award from the HODRW 2010)
Tetterbaum’s Truth (book 1 in the Just Call Me Angel series)
Traitors Among Us (book 2 in the Just Call Me Angel series)
Russian Uprising (book 3 in the Just Call Me Angel series)
Death Trap (book 4 in the Just Call Me Angel series)
Petals of Blood (short story; Pushcart Prize Nomination 2013)
House of Lies (political/cult suspense, to be released October 2012)