Thursday, September 30, 2010

Never thought I'd be one of THOSE artists

You know.  THOSE artists.  The ones that shun anything commercial, vaguely selling out, or mainstream.

Sure, I dislike a lot of the trends, and things that are just plain stupid.  Because there is a lot of art/cinema/books that are aimed for the lowest common denominator.

But I really never disliked an industry for being what it was.  I don't bad mouth all Hollywood films for being mainstream.  There are some good ones out there.  I don't hate all commercial art, don't hate all books, don't hate all trends.

Until tonight.  I read a post at Pimp My Novel that asked what you would change about the publishing industry.  I've slowly been growing fed up with the Big 6, and a lot of publishing policies.  Today's post, and some of the supporting comments, just really turned me off.

Everything is a business.  All about the bottom line, and getting the most profit.  Not about the art, or the quality of the product, or about telling a good story.

Because I don't write to be rich.  I don't write to be famous.  Well, any more famous than it takes to get people to read my work.

I just want to be a storyteller.  I want people to be entertained, and enjoy the twisted delights I bring.

I want to be the next Stephen King, or Danielle Steele, or Anne McCaffrey.  Not for big paychecks, but for the fans.  For the readers.

Because I write for the people.  Not cash.

2 comments:

  1. My husband once told me to hurry up and finish my novel so we can pay off the house... My reply was that you don't write to make money, you write because you have something to share with the world.
    He still supports me in my writing endeavors but he still doesn't get the idea of writing for the love of it hehe

    Anyway, just stopped by from one of the blog hops, will follow along and hope you come visit me blog and do the same :)

    Chazz
    http://chazzhart.blogspot.com

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  2. Had to follow you after that stunning background.

    My fiance understands you don't get rich overnight, and that not everyone is going to be the next Danielle Steele or someone. He even is the one to remind me that I'm being impatient, and that fame takes time. He says it's going well so long as I'm happy.

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