Wednesday, August 31, 2011

If I Self Pub My Book, Do I Get To Keep Sam Shepard And The House In Vermont?


I was watching the movie Baby Boom recently....remember the one from 1987? Diane Keaton plays a Manhattan yuppie who "inherits" a long-lost baby, loses her high-powered job in NY, moves to Vermont and buys a dilapidated old house, meets Sam Shepard, starts her own baby food business, and then becomes a great success. Her old company in Manhattan offers to buy her out. There is a kick-ass scene where she returns, victorious, to New York and meets with her colleagues who are trying to convince her to turn over the baby food business to them. 

As I watched this scene, I saw parallels between little self-pubbers who are "making it work" and the big publishing houses who are offering them contracts after the fact. Some of the little self-pubbers are saying yes and selling their book rights to the big guns. And some of the little self-pubbers are not. 

Here's the line that clicked with me from the movie.....

"To be quite frank, if the Food Chain can put Country Baby on every supermarket shelf in America, so can I."

If the big kahuna publishing companies can do it, so can I. I'm every bit as smart and determined as JC Wiatt in this movie. I only wish I could get that apple orchard in Vermont and Sam Shepard thrown into the self-pubbing deal. Sigh.

Dreaming of shoulder pads and adorable Vermont country doctors,
Penelope




11 comments:

KB/KT Grant said...

Why not try and self publish? Many are doing it to great success, so why not you?

I would like to as well. Perhaps in 2012?

Christi Snow said...

I adore that movie and haven't thought about it in so long...hmmm, need to go find a place to watch it. But you make a very valid point...LOVE it! And I think that we all need Sam Shepherd and a gorgeous farmhouse in VT... smiles!

Penelope said...

Hi KB! I'm doing it! Lumberjack In Love will be self-pubbed in 2012! Get ready for some beardy lovin'!

Penelope said...

Christi.....I love this movie, too! Sam Shepard is so freakin' adorable. I also love Diane Keaton...she is the original quirky actress.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love that movie and see exactly what you mean! :)

Good luck with which ever way you choose to go :)

Penelope said...

Thanks, Juju! I miss those old 1980's movies....The Breakfast Club, Footloose, etc etc....I think I need to order a bunch of stuff from Netflix!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

My dear sweet Penelope...I love that movie and the exact same line occurred to me. I've even watched the movie recently for inspiration and reassurance. Might watch it again tonight so I can feel encouraged.

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! I love this movie for so many reasons....I love how she chucks her old life for a new adventure, falls in love with her new baby, falls for a sweet Vermonty guy (after being surrounded by a bunch of sharks in Manhattan), and decides to embrace a home-based business instead of selling out to the big kahuna. Also, I just want to eat Sam Shepard up with a spoon.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Penny - what you said!

Isabel Roman said...

Ooh, I like it! I could do without those record setting snows, but if I had Sam Shepard warming my bed, I might learn to live with it.

Plus you hear all the time about self-publishing successes. Go for it! What have you to lose?

Penelope said...

Hi Isabel! I lived in Vermont for 5 years....the worst part is not the amount of snow, but how freakin' cold it gets....20 below zero for months. Yikes! You would def. need Sam to stay toasty warm!