So I was on the KBoards yesterday and I stumbled upon a very interesting post, entitled “Why Isn’t My Book Selling?” by ‘BlakeBooks.’ I read it thinking I was going to get some great tips on how to market and that kind of thing, only to find that it was one of the most depressing things I have read since the start of my writing journey. It was basically an outline of why your books aren’t selling, why they probably will never sell, and don’t ever expect them to sell because you suck at life. *cringe*
Yes, I know my covers aren’t GREAT by any means, and I know I might have some grammatical errors in my books, and I know that maybe the stories aren’t the best thing since sliced bread, but I don’t need someone trying to bring me down for all those reasons.
The truth is, most authors know they will never hit it big and don’t go into writing with those kinds of expectations. You would have to be an insane person to put that much time and effort into something and expect a reward in an industry as cruel and slice and dice as publishing/the book business.
This week, so far, I have sold two books. Woop woop! And I’m happy about that. Sure I’d like to knock that up to twenty some day down the pipe, but I need to dedicate some serious time and effort before that happens.
Then I read in there that this guy apparently writes dozens of books a year (9-10 in 7 months he claims). Full length novels at that. Amanda Hocking apparently wrote up to 18 books in a year. And I wonder, where the hell do these people get the ‘Writing Ninja’ gene? I can’t sit at a computer for twelve hours and hack away at something. For one thing, I don’t have the time. Two, I don’t have the attention span. And three, after the four hour mark of writing, I find that most of what I write is complete garbage. I can’t force creativity after hacking away at it for hours at a time. It just starts to dwindle.
How do these writing ninjas do it? And why did this BlakeBooks guy have to put such a damper on my day? I feel like he posted that on the KBoards just to be negative and put everyone on the boards/all writers in the ‘right’ perspective of ‘don’t ever write for any kind of reward.’
I get the message, but I don’t need my presumed failure displayed in front of me like I shouldn’t expect ANY kind of success…EVER. For. As. Long. As. I. Live.