Used to be everyone wanted to be a writer because it carried with it a certain cache, a certain mystique, and it was just dang good info to start conversations at a party. Today, everyone not only wants to be a writer, but they want to be published, and heavens above, make MONEY at it. Well, what a novel idea! Wish I had known about that before I set the course and was already six books in the hole, because my idea was to find homes for my babies, and if I got some pocket change along the way, well, that was just dandy. I never thought I would and I certainly didn't plan my award party in advance.
To date, I haven't disappointed myself with too high expectations and I am certainly not crowing over the pittance I have made. It wasn't for the money, or fame. I thought it was more important to tell a good story, write an interesting book, and share them. I just wanted readers. And those, I think I managed to acquire.
So what do writers today want, expect, and need from the powers that be in charge of making their digital files into a tangible piece of something?
Fame! Fortune! and to get on an afternoon talk show (cannot say Oprah anymore as she is no longer in business, but you get the idea).
And what are they turning out in the land of books? Well, I have read two lately that made me reassess everything fiction. I really think the non-fic peeps are pulling ahead right here at the finish line for me. I am reading a book on ways to be happy, and one that talks all about parents who text. Good info, and funny as all get out.
Wonder if either of those authors have made it on a tv show yet?