Over the last twelve months, I’ve noticed something that started slowly but has now unfortunately become an epidemic. The infectious disease? The rise and rise of self opinionated, demanding and quite honestly, pain in the butt self published writers, who are filling social media sites with their mindless attempts at marketing their books. Or more often, their one and only book.
Repetitive posts ordering followers to tag, like, preview, review and of course buy their beloved book, pollute Facebook and Twitter in particular. Another grating habit many of these nouveau writers-cum-book marketing gurus posses, is to deride, criticise and downright insult other writers and authors in the belief that this will enhance their credibility. Well, dream on fools.
Let’s get one thing straight here. Self publishing is not a guarrenteed yellow brick road to success and wealth. Quite honestly it’s a total pipe dream. For 99% of writers it’s a hobby and hopefully, may provide a nice little side income at some time along the way. Those who bombard social media with demands and pressure trying to flog their one and only new book and become an overnight success will of course try for a while. There are even some who are very slow learners and will persist for much longer, but in the end they learn, fall by the wayside, and fail.
Writing had never been a competitive pursuit, so these fools who are happily deriding other writers day in and day out only prove that they know nothing about what it means to be a writer, let alone an author. The expression, ‘give them enough rope and they will hang themselves’, comes to mind.
Writing is an art form , and as such is a great way to become poor. Writing is an art form, and as such you do it because you love it. Writing is an art form, and as such not everyone is going to love what you write. Writing is an art form, and as such a lot of people will hate what you write. Writing is an art form, and as such is not a business. Go into banking if you think it is.