Occasionally I take a peek at the Amazon Forum where disgruntled so-called authors spend most of their time complaining instead of writing. In fact, I would bet that many of those whiners have only “published” some short piece of nothing so that they will have the opening to do all of their writing on The Forum. And you can always spot the liars: “Oh, yeah, I made $5,000 last month.” Sure you did, bunky. If you made five grand from your writing you wouldn’t be bragging about it, you would be writing some more “top sellers.” As you can probably determine, because you are a writer and not a phony, I don’t give much credibility to the Amazon, or any other writer’s forum.
I was once invited to a local “Writer’s Group.” I went to one and found that the format was for each participant to read out loud something they had written. I only went to one of those. It was just as big a waste of time as the Forums.
Let me state my opinion on these subjects. I have had the opportunity to know a few successful writers. I can promise you that they don’t spend time on Forums. In every case my interactions with them was on a casual conversational basis. That is: they had no interest in “chatting” about writing. And that makes sense. Their livelihood depended on their work, and they chose not to talk about work, they sought some escape from that and appreciated a chance to discuss their other interests – hobbies, travel, commonalities. In every case I found them great questioners and listeners who showed genuine interest in MY hobbies, activities, and travels.
So if you wish to be a successful writer, you must first write good stuff. Sorry, but there is not a short cut to that conclusion. You have to do your homework and you have to write and re-write. And after you do that and publish you would be happy if some people purchased and read and liked your work. And that brings up the speed-bump of promoting your work. I’ll discuss that in my next blog. Stay tuned.