Okay, THIS is bragging
Locus has listed every one of my books in the top two-dozen for its publication year; so why am I still struggling to establish myself?
I just received the February edition of Locus magazine, and lo and behold Queen of Candesce has made their Recommended Reading list for 2007. It's one of 28, as usual--a little over two dozen science fiction books that this industry mag recommends, out of approximately 250 published last year.
Of course this is great--but here's the thing: every one of my novels has made this list.
My books regularly make various top-ten lists, but this list is important because it's some of the genre's chief reviewers and critics weighing in. I believe, since we're up to five in a row, that I can sense a trend here. And you'd think it would be a good sign--but nothing in publishing is easy to interpret. I still feel like the best-kept secret in SF; I mean, if I'm so shit-hot, why is it that not a single one of my books has gone into a second printing? If every one of my novels since the year 2000 has hit the top-ten recommendation lists, why do I still get invited to participate in convention panels for new and first-time authors? Why am I not on the top-ten sales lists?
It could be I have a face only a reviewer could love. --And mind you, I'm not complaining because, after all, I am being regularly published. My fantasies of being a science fiction writer are getting indulged by the real world.
Maybe, in the end, that's as good as it needs to get.
. . .Naaaaaaw. I still want that bestseller.