Relentless Thoughts on New Deal with G-Unit/Pocket Books
I think this is amazing for a popular artist to drive the concept straight into the belly of pop culture. I'm an author of 32 novels, all of them written over the past ten years, and I've made some headway in the local, regional, and mainstream press. I've sold over 200,000 copies since November 2003 (when I came home from that 7-pack they put on me), Been on the cover of the A&L section on the New York Times, TIME magazine, as well as the The New York Daily News, The Hollywood Reporter, Publisher's Weekly, The Library Journal, NPR and ABC World News. There are more relevant and positive remarks about my books on the web than negative and sensational. And, overall, the critics who are substantial, with substantial backgrounds and real jobs have accepted and praised my work. I did all of this (mostly) myself by being out there in the streets, selling these novels like my life depended on it. I've even hired an army of young women to go out there with and without me to do the same. I've wrapped trucks, hoisted moving billboards, hired street teams, and marched outside of sold out concerts. However, nothing makes reading popular like this, and nothing will quite match the mob of followers that 50 Cent can call upon at any time or place. Regardless of all the work I've done to create and grow a brand, NEVER have I enjoyed the fanfare, book sales and press that 50 Cent received in ONE DAY, on January 4th at Borders. It sort of makes my climb feel like a waste of time! But, there's a catch 22; because I don't think I would have been recognized by this partnership if I didn't do all I've done.
It's great that 50 & his partnered agents and publishers at Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster and MTV have acknowledged my craft, and that I can now enjoy some of that popularity that has been missing from my archive of accomplishments. At the end of the day, this man has mined the very best writer and he's coupled it with his own power and money. Now, all those who have never heard of me ultimately WILL hear of me, but in a loud and relevant, and even important way. Can anyone hate on a man who's encouraging young people to read? And do you think for a minute that any of the stuff he publishes will be redundant or without some ethics and moral grounds embedded in the stories? People, if you look at a good story (or, even a good rap song) there is a beginning, a middle and an end. Nobody (50 Cent, included) is gonna waver from a concept that has been working for generations.
And, it's not just books folks. I already have two and three movie projects in the works, before the 50 Cent deal. And yet, the work I do with him will also be made into movies; likely more powerful budgets, and marketing. So, I'm working at the top and the bottom of the literary book and movie chains. Wow.
So, when it comes to feeding the kids, putting them through school, and putting clothes on their backs, I gotta do the smartest thing possible with my time. Thanks to 50 Cent, I will not only have my previous books read, but, I'll be able to write WAY into the future, so that my GREAT grandchildren (as well as the world of literature) can enjoy the fruit of my labors.
Now, that I've said that, how about reading a little of my new work (copywritten, but unpublished, except for here, of course. :-)
Venus and I were supposed to enjoy a safe evening at home this New Years Eve. We popped open a bottle of Alize', she slipped into some hot, striped booty shorts and a tight tank top, while I sat there amazed at my computer, working on my report for my college journalism class. The writing is supposed to be an in-depth look at the phenomenon of 'certain' urban fiction books that behold stories of incest, as well as how much these books are endeared within the inner city. But my report took a detour now that my girlfriend walked in the room. READ MORE OF THIS EXCERPT
And stay tuned for this forthcoming novel, 'Single With Benefits' by your favorite author, Relentless Aaron
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