The usual reasons apply, modesty, shame etc.
However I read an article today in the South Shields gazette that told the story of care home abuses in South Shields; this may or may not be connected to my own short novel The Care Home (I can neither confirm or deny for legal reasons). Of course all of the people, the care home and the anecdotes are fictional and any resemblance to any person is a coincidence.
The Care Home was born at a writing competition I was invited to in London ran by Harper Collins. I didn't win the competition nor did I expect to, my genre of writing isn't for everyone.
However it was for McStorytellers and Brendan agreed to publish it through the website a few months ago.
The book hasn't sold 1.2 million copies and thus far I have not been featured on the cover of Time Magazine but I would consider the book a relative success. It's my first book, I have 15 great reviews on Amazon UK and 2 on Amazon USA including a wonderful review by McDroll herself, Cally Phillips took the time to critique the book and it inspired her to write a second article based on the original review, I've sold roughly 250 copies (Brendan would have to be asked for the exact number), the book has sold copies in America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand It's now available in all of the libraries in South Tyneside thanks to the persistent work of my mother who shoved it down the administrators throats (cheers ma), I was featured in the local press and despite the graphic content even my nana bought a copy.
More importantly all of the above have made me very happy and have inspired me to continue writing.
So if you haven' t read it yet please do, it's priced the Mcstorytellers way so it isn't going to empty anyone's bank accounts. It might not be Shakespeare but Shakespeare didn't work in a care home in South Shields in the early naughties if he did Romeo and Juliet would have been a very different story.
Here is the link to the news article that proceeded this blog.