It is interesting to note that authors are expected to sell themselves to the general public.
It seems that this is no longer the role of the agents, or the publishers. So what do they get paid for?
Authors are actively encouraged to represent themselves as the “main product” with their books as the auxiliary products. The main products develop an ego and tell the whole world the minutia of their daily lives – which quite frankly makes my tedium seem quite exhilarating.
Authors these days are like politicians and they spend as much time promoting themselves as they do their stories. Sadly like politicians they fail to deliver too, yet they remain on a permanent campaign trail.
What a load of bull that is. Populism is the global trend and whoops, let’s have a look at where that has led us all – up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
Maybe I am exceptional in that I don’t give a shit about being popular, or famous. Yes, I’d like to sell some books – based on the merit of the stories, but these days it’s the loudest voice that seems to sell the most copies of anything.
*** I am NOT a product. ***
My products are my stories, no matter their size, style or genre.
If I were to consider myself to be a product at all, it would be as an auxiliary product to the stories and characters that I create and write about. The stories themselves are what are important. To entertain is the primary goal, but aspiring to perhaps educate people by stretching their abilities with the introduction of new vocabulary and good, clear grammar is not such a bad thing either.
There may come a time, in the not too distant future when I remove myself from “social media” – why? Well, it’s not really social media after all, is it? With so many people promoting themselves and their products it’s more commercial than social. Hell, even Presidents tweet! I thought they would be too busy to be messing around like children, but then who knows – it may be essential to maintain their popularity.
Many will laugh at me for having this attitude, but I would rather NOT have sold my soul to the media for the silver pieces that I may, or may not glean as earnings.
My books may, or may not sell – in any case they will sell far better than my story and my soul.