Hey there, kids. Sorry about last week’s post. It got lost in the shuffle. Real life.. well. It exploded a bit. I’m managed to put out the dumpster fire, though. We’re back on track! Swearsies.
So… this is what I’ve been pondering the last few weeks. It’s a question that I think we’ve all faced, or will have to face at some point. Do we write what we WANT to write, or do we write what’s selling at the moment? The allure of hopping on a bandwagon, selling tons of books and making millions is strong. There’s no shame in it. But is it the right move for you?
Rather than tell you what to do, I’m going to share my story with you.
A lifelong reader, I just randomly decided that I wanted to write a book one day. It never occurred to me to write anything other than what I wanted to read the first go-round. It was an emotional, heartfelt contemporary romance that was more about me exorcising my own personal demons than anything else.
The pragmatist in me shudders at the miniscule amount of money that book made. The writer/human being is ultimately satisfied with the final product. I put hours upon hours into this thing. My pain, my sexy thoughts, my hopes, my fears. The book was me. Isn’t that worth $4.99?
In short, to most people, not really. It’s the harsh reality of the publishing. So, for me, it’s a constant war between the two. Can I justify the sacrifice of my time, energy, and the strain on my relationships that writing gives me without any sort of real hope for financial compensation?
I’ve got some great contemporary romance ideas, but… those don’t really sell very well. The market is absolutely flooded with them. So, do I write the story I want to write, even though no one will read it? (If a tree falls in the forest, and there’s no one there, does it still make a sound?)
I’ve also got a couple of paranormal series that I’m working on, too. Those tend to sell pretty well. Like, impressively, surprisingly well. I’m not in love with them, though. They don’t speak to me in the way that my contemporary books do. I enjoy writing them, but not in the same way. So do I keep chugging along?
Ultimately, I’ve decided take a page from George Clooney’s book on this. (Yes. It’s so punny. I know) It’s his policy to do “One for me, one for them”. Basically, he takes on a pet project, then does something for the masses. I think it will be the easiest way to balance art and business.
In closing, the simple answer is.. there isn’t a simple answer. It’s a question that we all have to answer for ourselves. I can only hope that my aimless rambles helped 😉
Until next time, I bid you adieu.