Today, I signed a copy of IN THE SEVENTH DAY and gave it to a reader. In return, my reader gave me a check for $14.50.
Well I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I sold a copy of IN THE SEVENTH DAY! A long time has passed, but today was a good day for me both as writer and as salesperson. ( I hate selling! )
I sold a book, will deliver it next week.
So, in like two seconds of my last post, I know the answer. Of course crime novels written by women sell less than ones written by men. Why? Because plenty of research shows women are dismissed by men and by women. Women are less serious, less talented, more inclined to sentimentality, more likely to be bitchy and irritable and manipulative.
A woman’s chances of being read by anyone — whether male or female — are smaller than the chances of a man being read.
So, GANI & SEAN is now written by me, and my name is Jack Winter.
I continue my debate with myself — do crime novels written by women sell? Should I change my name on my second novel from Jane Cooper Easton to Jack Winter. I thought of this male author name this morning almost as I opened my eyes to the day. ( I think Jack Winter or is it Winter Jack is an alcohol of some kind, perhaps in Great Britain? )
Will men be more interested in a crime novel written by Jack Winter than they are in one written by Jane Easton?
And what — if any! — are the differences between a novel written for women and a novel written for men!?
My rough draft of GANI & SEAN is done. I just finished it. Now for the hard work — the editing. Reading and re-reading. To make this process easier, I usually order a proof copy of the book, use pencil to mark the whole manuscript.
I’ve been having a debate with myself — if I changed my name to Jack would more people buy my novel IN THE SEVENTH DAY which is about the evil preacher who ingratiates himself into a small town in Indiana where he does such wicked deeds no woman could have written it — perhaps? Or would a male name make no difference?
I ask because the other day someone said that I write like a guy and that I write for guys — whatever that means.
My tendency is to write shorter novels rather than longer, but GANI & SEAN has grown quite complicated and I have many — what are they called — loose ends to tie up and threads to weave together. Oh fun…