Here now a few articles about
me and my books.
As with almost all things
in life, there too are positives and negatives. I start with the negative, then proceed to the
positive; that way I can continue from the positive to the press articles,
making sure the articles are not tainted, are as far removed from any negativity
as possible, aren't seen as being connected to it — which they are not, of
Every author, after years of hard work and absolute
dedication, finally gets his work finished (and very proudly so, I assume) and
will then try his best to make it public. And so did I. More then 30 books I
sent to various large German newspapers asking for a recension, a review, an
article etc. The result? Nothing! Not even a short e-mail...
In the meantime I read in a website
for self publishers that it is basic policy of the
large media not to even mention any self published work.
That looks like marginalization? I guess, it is. But ok,
well, then we self publishers have to exclusively rely
on ourselves. If this is the way it is, so be it. It
will not affect the idealist...!
I also sent three
books to a German political party and two well known German politicians. The
result was the same as with the newspapers. Not even an e-mail as an answer. One
can say, those people are busy... But so busy? So busy one cannot
possibly be, in my opinion, to not being able sending just a few words of
acknowledgement. No, what's missing here is a sense of decency and politeness.
That's what it is — just an absence of a normal sense of decency and politeness
by those newspapers and public figures (politicians).
However, there were also many positive experiences
— like German local publications or the German-Canadian (German-American)
newspapers in Canada and the US. Those were open-minded towards me and were
couragious enough to write about an unknown author and his books. I'd like to
express my most sincere thanks to those open-minded and tolerant publishers!
Just as much I would like to thank Elizabeth May,
an author herself as well as Member of Parliament in Ottawa for the Green Party
of Canada. I sent her a book too, even so it is in German language. And? Well,
yes, you may have guessed it, a sense of decency and politeness for sure was not
missing here. I received a thank you letter (not just an e-mail) on an official
(royal!) letterhead and the note that acquaintances speaking German will read it
and inform her about the content... Understandably: I was delighted! And again:
thank you very much, Elizabeth May!