Nothing chaps my hide more than the idea that, no matter how hard I work at becoming a better storyteller, it ain’t happening.
I have, occasionally, lost sleep over this. When I hear about other authors, who didn’t do anything more than I did, who hit it big after clicking Publish for their indie books, it sets my teeth on edge.
Well, there are tons of reasons why that might happen. And some authors get downright nasty when you toss out the word “luck” in association with how it happened for them. They’re uppity ’cause, hey, they’re damned good, and luck had nothing to do with it.
Well, I’d like to offer another explanation: Bull$hit. Yes it did, too.
But before you get huffy with me, let’s define luck as the convergence of preparedness and opportunity.
And let’s not kid ourselves either. Why was your book so readily visible to customers on the massive Amazon Kindle store when mine wasn’t? Are you going to try and tell me it’s because you’re so damned awesome and I’m not?
Well, up yours too then. But maybe that’s true. So you sell and I watch your numbers climb. 12 sales the first month. Just under 900 the second. And by the end of the first quarter, you’d sold 2000 copies.
The next year you sold over 150,000 copies. And that allowed you to “retire” from whatever you were doing before and write full time.
And you had a dual income family so you could afford the cover designer, the editor (which I wouldn’t pay for anyway, because I’m that damned good), and the occasional BookBub promotion.
By the end of year three you’re selling over a million copies.
And I scratch my head and wonder what you’re doing right that I’m doing wrong.
Better blurbs? Maybe. Not my strong suit, for sure. Better covers? Maybe. Mine are done by me. You hired yours out. Maybe.
Hm. Maybe. I’m still learning this storytelling thing.
Write in a hot genre?
Oh, well, now we’re talking.
If that’s the case, then it seems the solution is to write in a hot genre. Right? What’s hot? Erotic romance. Paranormal romance. Regency romance. Fantasy.
Um…but I don’t like any of those. What now?
Well, if you read Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog – and if you’re serious about writing you should be – then check out what she had to say about it today.
I opined on my author blog about it today too, after reading her great post. Despite what temptations tickle my lusty, greed-festering little black heart, I just want to write, and I want to write what I like to read. I don’t think I’d do well trying to write something just to make sales.
I don’t think.
But the link to the post KKR led with? Yeah, that left me depressed as all get-out. *Sigh*
Tomorrow’s another day.