Let me comment quickly about the price as this was not randomly set. The minimum price I was allowed to set by the publisher was $10.23. I decided to then add a dollar on for my own royalties. I don’t anticipate making a great deal of money because, other than this website and a short story published in Writer’s Note Magazine, I have no publishing history. I published in this manner because of too many rejections by other publishing companies that apparently did not have enough time to review my work. One such publisher mentioned this fact to me while at the same time assuring me that they took my submitted work seriously. I just do not have time to wait in line to see this novel in print.
As Sparks Fly Upward is not for everyone. I’m not saying this to be modest or because I’m a bad sales person. I feel the novel can be extremely funny in parts and it also has an important point to make. The novel is a critique concerning the self-satisfaction of the voices of moral authority in many communities. However, the fictional character that narrates the book while being unique, talented and at times extremely generous is also an extremely flawed human being. I need to make clear that the narrator’s character does not speak for me. He is contrasted by the other main character in the book: a young woman of about the same age with a similar background who, despite their similarities, has not succumbed to the cynicism of the narrator. Still, the problems that the narrator faces are not easily surmountable and so the novel ends on a somewhat unhappy note.