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!?
This weekend I sold a copy of my novel IN THE SEVENTH DAY. A woman purchased it for her 21 year old daughter, even after listening to my warning of its graphic nature.
“Oh, she loves TRUE BLOOD and things like that.”
“Well, this is realism; and it’s crime of a sexual nature.”
As she walked away, I heard her say to her friend, “If my daughter doesn’t like this…” and her voice faded into nothing.
Today, I sold a copy of IN THE SEVENTH DAY on Amazon.com. It’s been a while since I’ve had a sale of my novel, so I was excited to discover a reader had taken a chance on my book.
Every time someone reads my novel, I’m thrilled.