Let's Talk with Maggie Toussaint
You Don’t Get What You Don’t Pay For
In the course of real life, a saying I haven’t heard in a while cropped up: “You don’t get what you don’t pay for.” The context for this was in regard to a purchased item. Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought a knockoff brand of something and been dissatisfied. I have, but I’ve also had the good fortune to buy a lookalike purse and been just as satisfied.
If you’re like me, there are some foods, goods, and services you want to be top drawer. Take aluminum foil. Over the years, if I was out of foil and the store only had the store brand of foil, I would grudgingly take it, but I always had problems. Usually it ripped too easily or the end was banged up and it wouldn’t unroll properly. During the pandemic and curbside pickup, I occasionally had order substitutions, and one week I got the store brand foil. And it turned out great. The same quality as the name brand I preferred. I was ecstatic.
I feel that way about certain name authors too. I have my favs that I auto buy. In general, I stay too busy to venture out to try many newbies, but there are certain exceptions, and when I “find” a new author that I love, I’m over the moon.
Last year a friend mentioned an author she enjoyed that was new to me. On a whim, I purchased the recommended book, and then greedily went back for more. So far I’ve read five series Lindsay Buroker wrote, and I eagerly look forward to her new releases. Even better, recently I reread two of her series and heartily enjoyed them. The funny parts seemed funnier and the suspenseful parts kept me in the story even though I knew what came next. I savored every moment. Again. That’s a rare treat.
I’m reminded that often in the arts there are twenty-year “overnight successes.” As in, it takes someone a long time to achieve recognition and/or fame from their efforts, though the quality of work is evident all along. The difference seems to be that a certain project is more marketable, for whatever reason. Author examples of this are Steve Berry, Charlaine Harris, J.K. Rowling, and lots more.
You don’t get what you don’t pay for. For a mystery author like me, this saying also means that it’s one thing to play it safe and stay in your comfort zone, but it’s another altogether to step out of that box into the wide world. For me, this directly applies to a new career as author Valona Jones. It’s a departure, sure, but that means the adventure is just beginning.
SNUFFED OUT, the first in Valona Jones’ A Magic Candle Shop Mystery, is available for preorder now. Check it out at https://valonajones.com
For a chance to win GONE AND DONE IT, book one of my Dreamwalker Mystery series, share something you auto buy. This book is in digital format and print, though a print copy is only available for those with a US mailing address.
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