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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Expendable my arse...





So, I got an email from someone saying they were interested in pubbing a story of mine because they were looking for someone who wrote about heroines with an expendable income. Ah, no…I don’t, not unless we’re talking about average working women whose money goes towards paying bills, eating and the odd treat here and there. You know like me – like you – that kind of expendable. I was kind of surprised by their request especially when they named Accidentally in Love as one of the expendable women stories. Ah, no…it’s not. The heroine is based on me. An Office Manager who has issues with a nitwit manager who has a bell ringing fetish. She works for a living. She pays bills and stuff. Write what you know I say.

I started to wonder what ‘expendable income’ means to people. I would think it means disposal and superfluous. It also sounds pretty damn shallow in a blonde heiress way. But then I wonder if some people see a strong, independent woman making it on her own as someone who is considered successful and ipso facto has money to burn. I gotta tell you that being single doesn’t mean you have any more money to burn because you have no dependents. It doesn’t. Don’t even go there. Single women will be reading this and thinking ‘yep, exactly.’ But maybe some people with limited vision see it like that.

Can I help you with a book about an airhead with an expendable income? No. I write about women I know. Ain’t no one I know got money, sister.   

2 comments:

anny cook said...

It sounds to me like THEY have the wrong word... I've never heard of expendable income. Maybe they meant disposable? As in enough cash on the side to buy an extra or two?

I never had any disposable income until I was retired and didn't have to spend the money on work clothes and gas. Now I spend it on meds and rent. No one has money.

Of course, from things you've told me, those folks at that pub just sound like idiots all around.

Amarinda Jones said...

Hence the reason I do not use traditional publishers any more...