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Writing romance and competing with others in trends and on the market and making that work - that's what kills the artist in the writer. Giving up that BS gets you back to the art side.

And screw money. Screw sales. Screw 5 star reviews. I'm serious.

If I'm going to make it at this long term, then there's one person's opinion that comes before all that garbage. AKA MINE

And my opinion is that most of what's dominating the charts atm is crap. Yeah, sure, there's brilliance there as well of course. But I'm not going to find my own brilliance if I start copy and pasting what I see and try to replicate. That time is over. As Senaca keeps saying, the market is SATURATED. Want to stand out? Be an ARTIST. Be AWESOME. Don't settle for second best. I've already done that for 3 years and where did it get me? Short term success followed by me having to throw everything out because I couldn't stand by those books. They weren't good. Not in my opinion. Time to write what I believe is good.

Reading the OPs original post, it's like - Really? That's all you got? That's all you've got in the tank? That's the extent you're willing to suffer for this?

Because I and many others like me are willing to suffer much worse and longer than you're willing to incorporate into your long term plan.

At the end of the day, if I write the best books I can write in my opinion and people still hate me, and I'm poor and broke, so what. I gave my best and I still have a smile on my face.

This is what I'm meant to do.
The Book Bazaar / Re: Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« Last post by David Brian on Today at 05:08:55 AM »
Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is available in paperback and on Kindle, and is *free* to read with Kindle Unlimited. There is also a chance to win a signed copy in this Goodreads Giveaway:

Karl Bohm was a broken man, and so would readily accept whatever fate may have in store for him. Even if he was to suffer the horror of being torn apart and devoured, he could accept his lot, for he had failed in his duty as a parent. He had failed to protect his beautiful Katharina. No, he deserved to die. At least, these were the thoughts filling his head, utterly mistaken as he was in thinking any of this madness was his doing.  However, these musings did not long weigh heavy on his mind.
   Indeed, all contemplation of his own untimely demise vanished the moment he looked up, and stared in disbelief beyond the creatures surrounding him.

When fate draws together the lives of two young women, their mutual attraction quickly flourishes into a bond which threatens the boundaries of social etiquette in 1860�s Styria.
As their relationship continues to develop further, they remain oblivious to the growing terror which surrounds them, as throughout the province other young women begin dying in mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, others are falling victim to the apparently random attacks of a rampaging pack of wolves. When, finally the truth is revealed, the scene is set for a confrontation between two ancient evils.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« Last post by Karen Wojcik Berner on Today at 05:08:25 AM »
It's Wednesday and that means Editing for Grammarphobes. Today, we tackle who vs. that. Please join me as I answer a fellow writer's grammar question.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Psychological Thrillers All Women Protagonists?
« Last post by ShaneJeffery on Today at 05:00:25 AM »
Valid point. I just wish the top 40 wasn't so heavily skewed in favor of female protagonists and there was a balance to allow authors who want to write a male protag a better chance in that genre. Maybe some authors don't want to write about female protagonists but want to write in that market.

Dude, you need to stop watching the charts and start writing where creative inspiration takes you. I don't even accept that readers are that shallow that they won't allow male protags, and for anyone who skips over a book because of that you can have my middle finger right here. Advice = grow some balls and don't be afraid of the market.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Rant: Stop telling me you like my book!
« Last post by kathrynoh on Today at 04:57:31 AM »
Do people really ask friends and family to read and review books? Ick.
Writers' Cafe / Re: First ever Bookbub Tue 20th Feb
« Last post by PaulineMRoss on Today at 04:57:18 AM »
Great job!
How are the head and tummy feeling this morning? ::)

LOL! Fine, thank you. I find that a whisky last thing makes for a hangover-free morning. And if that doesn't work, a whisky first thing... ;)
Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Last post by loonlover on Today at 04:53:41 AM »
Good morning.

Rain, rain, and more. So far around 2 inches have fallen. We shouldn't be behind on rainfall for the year any longer.

Heading to the arena to fold napkins and other prep for tomorrow night's banquet. II gets tired of being home while I am at work so he volunteered to come help this time.

Hope everyone has a good day.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Rant: Stop telling me you like my book!
« Last post by Steve Vernon on Today at 04:52:57 AM »

A poem, by Henry Gibson.

Waiting for reviews
rainclouds ache over dead grass
I exude the blues

Yup, I am on cold meds today. But, hey, it rhymed and everything.

Remember, your very best reviews come once a month when the Amazon paycheck rolls in. Everything else is nothing but gravy. Fine and fattening, but it just isn't a necessary food group.

I've got a friend who bought one book of mine nearly twenty years ago.

She kept promising to come to a reading or a signing and buy another book.

Just last month, darned near twenty years later, she surprised the heck out of me and bought another book.

There is nothing in the friendship book that says that they have to deliver on time.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« Last post by loonlover on Today at 04:48:38 AM »
Not Quite Kindle / Re: 5 Letter Fun Game
« Last post by loonlover on Today at 04:48:15 AM »
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