This song is an oldie (1997), but a goody.
My youngest, who wasn’t even born yet when Semi-Charmed Life hit the airwaves, likes to listen to it on the way to soccer practice. I think it’s probably the catchy doo, doo, doo that hooked him. It’s another perfect example of how when music went digital songs got a new life. Or an extended life.
It’s happening to books, too.
An author friend of mine who has been around publishing for a while told me that she had some “zombie” books. I wasn’t familiar with the term and asked what she meant, because these books aren’t stories about brain-eating monsters. No, no, they’re not. Basically, these are books that died years ago, and then recently got up and started walking around again. The term made me laugh, but I’m happy for her and for the readers who are finding old stories that are new to them.
And, while all of the above is a great reason for featuring Semi-Charmed Life on this Monday, that’s not why I picked it. No, no it’s not.
This is why–
There’s a line in the chorus: I want something else to get me through this life.
Something Else Publishing is the name I’ve been using as my imprint, and I’m now offering whatever expertise I’ve gained in the last two-plus years to people who want to try something else when it comes to publishing. In a nut shell (or in this case a seashell), I thought about what I would’ve wanted as an author in a publishing partner, and that’s the concept behind what I’m calling partnership publishing. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve coined the term, or if someone else has been using this, but to me it means sharing everything: work load, risks, and rewards. If you’re an author who “just wants to write”, well, good luck, and keep pursuing a trade pub deal. If you want to control every aspect behind the creation of your book, you should go indie. Like now. Just do it and you’ll learn as you go.
But if you’d like some control and some assistance, Something Else Publishing might be for you. Here’s a link to the site that includes more information about the new venture: http://somethingelsepublishing.com/
Hope you’ll stop by.