So they say there's no such thing as bad PR. Is that true?
My publisher once said that I wasn't controversial enough, that I was too laid back and easy going for my own good (career.) That's always stuck with me. Yet I find that I despise drama and headaches, that it detracts, rather than aids, my ability to move forward in any area of my life.
Looking at what has worked for other authors, and what hasn't, leaves me confused.
Frey lied about his book "A Million Little Pieces" to Oprah, and destroyed his career/sales.
The movie version of Anne Rice's "Interview with a Vampire" disgusted Oprah, and became the Queen of horror. Becoming a born again Christian, however, seems to have reduced her popularity.
How big would Stephen King's career be if the reading public hadn't decided he had a "twisted" mind? What if they just accepted his brand of horror as par for the course?
And what about contrversial figures outside of the publishinge world?
Who knew who Paris Hilton was until she started partying it up and recording her sex life? How many heiresses aren't household names?
What about Britney Spears? There are some that think her public displays of mental instability were merely ploys to keep her career alive.
Does the child-star-gone-bad seem to be a way for adult actors to work their way back into the business?
How did Brooke Shield's battle with Tom Cruise over post-partum depression effect her career?
Even if I chose to follow my publisher's suggestion--what are the odds that I might hinder, rather than fuel, my progress? Is that worth the risk?
Or, is the more tried and true method of working hard and keeping my nose to the grindstone, the one I feel most comfortable with, the better option?
Do nice girls and boys truly finish last?
What do you think?