Thursday, March 12, 2009

Florence L. Barclay

Ever heard of Florence L. Barclay? Probably not.

She was a relatively famous romance author at the turn of the 20th century and has a shortish Wikipedia entry. You can still buy some of her stories on Amazon.

I came across her books in a second hand bookshop many years ago and bought four of them. They were purple hardbacks which, I thought, would look good on the book shelf. I eventually read one, I forget which, and it was a pleasant, if unchallenging read. It made Mills & Boon novels look like literary fiction.

Why do I mention this?

Despite being a small time author, her books are still available and she has a measure of fame via the internet. As struggling authors, we may not be famous in our lifetimes, or even well paid, but it may be that in a century's time, our books and stories will still be available for future generations to enjoy. Even if, like Florence Barclay's books, they aren't challenging or 'great' literature.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

That's a nice encouragement. Sometimes it's hard for me to see the bigger picture but in our lives, it's like we're in a little box, and we really don't know all of what goes on outside of that. We also don't know how many lives our stories will touch. It would be kind of nice if we did but it's also comforting that even though we may not, as you said, reach some sort of celebrity status, there are still people out there that will see and hopefully read what we've written.