Author Christine Nolfi is with us today to talk about her road to publication and her decision to self-publish. Her newest book, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, is available now. Please let’s give her a warm welcome.
Blame it on Women
With the release of my novel Treasure Me last year and my March release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, I’m often asked about the road to publication. Or roads to publication, since there’s no longer simply one route. These days the entire process is on steroids. It’s rather like the day your boss made you work late, you came home to discover the laundry room needed a snow shovel to clear a path and somewhere amidst the chaos of your screaming family and your temples pounding, you drank three cans of Red Bull.
It’s like that.
Not long ago, the path to publication was straightforward enough for a schoolgirl to understand. Write a great novel. Win a few contests. Find a literary agent. If you were proficient in all three, the odds were reasonable you’d eventually reach step four—publication by a New York publisher.
Today the process has burst apart like so much confetti drifting down on your keyboard.
Women novelists are to blame. Perhaps “blame” is the wrong word. True, women have the delectable habit of strolling into a places constructed by men and revamping the architecture. They cut through cherished structures men spend years devising and repaint the tough-guy rooms. In bold reds or snappy pastels.
We’re mean that way.
Several years ago disenchanted writers—many of whom were women—took a critical look at the genre palette. Romance. Suspense. Historical. Fantasy. They began breaking the rules and mixing colors in new and surprising ways. “Romantic Suspense” was the first obvious breakout. Others followed. Vampires in Victorian England. Zombies consorting with elves. Quirky blends of women’s fiction with laugh-out-loud dialogue and mystery elements.
In the midst of this madcap creativity, ePublishing boomed. Things got really exciting.
Like many novelists, I’ve benefited from publishing’s paradigm shift. I spent years working with agents and pitching to New York editors. The number of compliments I received on my novels could stuff a kid’s lunch bag for a month. Yet the elusive prize of a publishing contract never arrived. I didn’t fit the structured genre mold.
What do I write? The short answer is, “Great stories about women, for women.” My new release, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge combines elements from the romance, mystery and straight contemporary fiction genres. One Beta Reader commented that the book reminded her of John Irving’s Cider House Rules. It’s a fine compliment I’m glad to accept.
About the Author
Treasure Me is the first book of the Liberty, Ohio series, is available for worldwide distribution. You can find it on Amazon .
To find out more about Christine you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter and friend her on GoodReads and Facebook.
A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.
Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.
She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?
The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Christine Nolfi
Christine Nolfi. March 8, 2012.