A young artist in town who I talked to yesterday, giving advice, though who am I to give advice?
But the main thing I said to her is really something I should be doing myself.
I told her that she should quit worrying about promotion or trying to make money off her art and just concentrate on her art. Of course, she is really young. 21 years old. Hell, I didn't even start writing until I was 22 or 23. Couldn't figure out how to get started. Then flailed around for 5 years writing the same 50 pages over and over again.
Anyway, what's true for her is true for me.
Writing the book is one thing. Everything that comes after is a completely different thing. It's all very distracting. It is frustrating and dispiriting. And has absolutely nothing to do with creativity. The actual writing is inspiring and fun and fulfilling.
Sure, I want people to read me. But I don't seem to have any control over that. And the more I try to assert control--by promoting, finding agents and publishers, the less creative it is.
Next year is pretty much taken care of. I have two books that have recently (still waiting for the physical copy of "The Darkness You Fear") or are currently coming out ("Tuskers III" is going to be "In Stock" at Amazon on the 23rd, and the ebook should follow soon.)
I have two books coming out through publishers: "Tuskers IV" and "Snaked" sometime around the middle of 2017.
I plan to self-publish "Gargoyle Dreams" myself early next year. A love story with a gargoyle doesn't seem to fit anywhere, but I still really like it.
So I'm going to turn a blind eye to the "selling" part and return to what I really like: the actual writing of the books. Just ignore everything else.
Really, it's the art that counts.
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