You act like I’ve just suddenly given up on being indie published, @MichaelJSullivan. Did you give up the first week or in the first month when people weren’t reading your books and decided to throw in the towel?
I know you’re too much of an elite author to pay any attention to us lowly writers and authors, but you underestimate me. I may have had a rocky start with my debut novel, but it’s a big book.
I’m not concerned with whether or not people are reading it. I’ve got more pressing issues and worries to deal with other than just one book. But since everyone here is determined to keep me from talking about it, speaking about it, or even using it as a teaching tool for all the younger kids…?
You of all people should learn something about patience and self-respect. The world isn’t going to end for me if I don’t plug my book 24-7. In fact, just today I managed to throw out a modified mini-ad on my Facebook and Twitter page with the following meme:
Don’t forget also: 90% of most inexperienced indie authors tend to give up after only a few days of nothing to show for it. People these days are too impatient and lack understanding about the writing and publishing process.
You and everyone here still believe you’re dealing with an amateur! I’ve been writiing for 31 years. And in that time frame I have learned a lifetime’s worth about the writing and publishing process…
By watching everyone else. Including you, including @AlecHutson, @AWExley, everyone. And while I may not have agreed with most of your positions, ideas, and everything else, I’m not concentrating my efforts on making a big splash with the world.
Because the world as I have been finding out on my own isn’t quite ready or able to grasp the finer points or concepts of fiction. Right now, everyone is striving for realism. They want what we write to mimic society as a whole. They want diversity in all things, representation in all things, and they don’t care who they have to go through just to get it.
While that is going on, I have been watching other writers and indie authors either succeed or fail. And I’ve been taking notes along the way on what actually works versus what the industry at large peddles as a panacea to every problem or challenge that us writers and indie authors face every day with a new book.
It doesn’t work that way. As I’ve been saying in the past to a tone deaf audience…? What works for you and everyone else doesn’t work for me. The logistics just doesn’t support my agenda or my intended goals. You believe like everyone else that being a writer and author means nothing more than making money and that’s it.
In the time I’ve known you and everyone else here who claim to be experts on the subject, you never once stressed on the importance of the story. All your focus is on the commercial and financial value of said works. Not the story itself.
That’s why I’m not into the same gimmicks and tricks that everyone else uses to pitch and peddle their novels. I’m trying something a little different than what is commonly known or accepted by the mainstream body as a whole.
So right now–on my day off–I’m not worried about book sales or people reading my stuff. I’m just going through life’s little routines and trying to keep things from going too crazy.
I can’t spend all day worrying about being an indie author and shit like that. In fact, since my book launched, I’ve been more consumed with work than writing or advertising. Or marketing.
Working full time has given me more appreciation for the little things in life. But I’m just as happy as being an indie author.
That’s why I’m not rushing the process. But in the meantime, I get to try out a few things and press on.