Website and Philosophy Changes

Another bad writing day so I decided to spend a little time seeing what I should update on the website.

So, I’m in the editor and it occurred to me that the Patreon button that I put in months ago hasn’t really done anything for me and since I was already feeling a bit skeeved out by the idea of crowdfunding something that doesn’t cost me much more than time, that it should go. So, one click of the Delete Key and poof! Gone forever.

I’m not saying that using Patreon for funding creative efforts is a bad thing. Far from it, actually. What I AM saying is that it just wasn’t a good fit for ME. Too much subscription to (supposedly) well-meaning sites that boast of the magic bullet to writing success has threatened to turn something that was working quite well into the Monster That Ate Cleveland.

My Philosophy with regard to Writing is a very simple one: Write and Submit or in terms of self-publishing, Write and Publish. Put the content out there and then put the word out that it’s available. I’ve tried very hard to adopt the mindset of wanting to make a living with my work, but I simply can’t do it. I don’t write to make money. I write to tell stories that amuse me and entertain others. I don’t care about sales ranks, book reviews, mailing lists or any of that jazz. I simply love to write and nothing will ever change that.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge anyone for having dollar signs in their eyes and dreams of fame and fortune. Hell, I have them too. But, I prefer to do things my way and if my way has a few flaws in it, then I’ll adapt and change. I don’t have the mindset to sell books. I have the mindset to write books and as long as I’m able to write and publish, I’ve already achieved more success now than ever before.

Oh, still working on Lights and Shadows… 😉


4 thoughts on “Website and Philosophy Changes

  1. Speaking of great minds… I feel the same way. It’s not about the money, it can’t be. Ever. Even if you are successful. I don’t want to be the next James Patterson: a brand, not a writer. I want to write something that I’d want to read and hopefully someone else will, too. Would I love to make my living as a writer? Absolutely! But if I don’t, I won’t stop writing!

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    • Considering that Patterson doesn’t write all his own books these days, it’s safe to assume that he’s become a brand. I put out four last year and it was arduous enough, but his output has me beat by several orders of magnitude. Nah, I want to enjoy what I do, not feel compelled by some nebulous “community” that rarely bothers to express the reality of the lifestyle. I’m not saying be a Debby Downer, but nobody has perfect days every day…hehe.

      As for the money aspect, hell who wouldn’t want a few extra paycheck or two every month doing what they love? 😉

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