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.