How Much Control is Too Much Control?

This is a group of questions.

1) How much control does a person like when they have their book being published, marketed, pricing, etc????? What is the breaking point?  Or better question, what would the magic number be or what would be involved to make it go from Independent to one of the big 6?  My own answer to that question is up in the air, but honestly it brings about a lot of questions in general. When I first started writing forever ago, for my own pleasure, it was the days of Publishers and agents.  Without them you were useless and were basically told to do so.  Traditionalists still hold true to that for many different reasons, the most hateful one I ever hear was that it meant a person “made it” and that “they don’t matter until they make it”.  Ouch.  Then the nicest thing I heard that made it compelling, “They made it where I could focus on my writing, the one thing I love.”  See both sides?  Of course that was when marketing was done a lot better by the companies.  I’d give up a tad bit of money IF I were to be given all the freedoms to write and be able to break the contract if they didn’t uphold the bargain of helping get the book/series in front of everyone.  That’s mine maybe. Not sure yet.  I love the Indie scene no matter how poor I end up.

2) Personal life question (I can surprise you every now and then) – How much control should a person have over another person?  Married, not married, children, no children, anything of the sort.  I have seen this so many times I can’t help but shake my head at it and it seems quite prevalent with women against men in regard to children (although I know someone who has such a terrible ex that he does the same thing), and with men against women with aggression.  Then you have ALLLLLLL the blended families out there with so many different situations.  So many unanswered questions.  Married, not married, gender related….take your pick.  In all honesty I think I am probably one of the few that gets the option of doing what I love, go where I want, who I can spend time with, all of those things.  It makes for a happy J.S. We like to have no Hulk Smash. Oh and don’t forget my trusty sidekick with pitchforks (who seems to make cupcakes for everyone but me 😉 )

3) For those who listened to my radio interview or any interview, what have you learned about me that may have surprised you?  Or any questions you would like to ask?

4) on a whole totally different topic.  If you were given a million dollars what would you do with it?????? 

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