Which brings me to the world of the independent writer. More specifically, it brings me to the world of the independent writer who is:
- Still working to help keep the roof over our heads
- Working anti-s0cial and sleep-unfriendly shift 'patterns'
- Writing because he enjoys it
- Writing because it's personally therapeutic
- Writing because he always had a dream to do it
- Very unskilled at self-promotion
- Even less skilled at dealing with money
It seems that this is a less than ideal combination when it comes to - having finished a book and published the darned thing - getting the book to fly (as if thrown by money-paying poltergeists) from the shelves. I'm on my own with this, and I increasingly feel as if I always shall be. Clearly, promoting a book - like any product, I suppose - is an almost full time job, but frankly I have a life to live in the meantime.
Part of the issue right now is that my wife and I (pause: if I don't stop hitting the back-slash key instead of the 'shift' key, I am going to go friggin' insane in a minute - I suppose it serves me right for trying to type before seven in the morning...and breathe...) have already begun to pursue a lifestyle that is less and less money-oriented. Yes, we have bills to pay and a mortgage to keep up with - we even have offspring (large ones) to feed - but we no longer chase money. Several years ago I gave up flying around the country and earning pretty darned good money in order to be around more for my family. I now work in what can only be described as a menial role, but I'm happier because I am no longer absent.
(I'm still doing the shift key thing every time I try to capitalize something - excuse me while I go on a rampage through the neighbourhood with a chainsaw...)
I'm back (the street is now littered with woodchips, heh, heh, heh...)...
What all this actually means is that the writing experience could easily become soured for me by the apparent need to be a clinical capitalist once the book is written. I need to separate the two elements of the process - and one day, when I have the time to devote to promoting a book properly, I shall do so. In the meantime I'll continue to take baby steps, hide from things like book signings (I do NOT wish to sit in the corner of an empty bookstore, being ignored by the occasional bewildered customer) and wait for Tolkein-like fame to seek me out like a cruise missile (*sound of a cricket chirping*) in just the same way that I have been waiting for the last fifty years...oh well...
Oh - and if you haven't bought the book (it's a tiny sum to buy the e-book, for goodness' sake), please do so. I don't believe you will be sorry that you did...