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I should have put this here instead of on Twitter, but I got into a roll and what the hell.

Here it is, my short essay on obscurity:

I wish I could edit tweets.

Anyway, re: #18, here’s Jaime Lee Moyer talking about her series being cancelled after Tor pulled her first two books just as book 3 was coming out and here’s Patrick Swenson talking about Tor dropping him after one book. Those forgotten bestsellers I mention in tweets #6 & 7? At least they made a little money first. For too many of us, even that’s beyond our grasp.

I have also been thinking about George RR Martin, who recently announced that his next Westeros novel will be delayed. It reminded me of an article I read about JK Rowling, and the pressure she felt while trying to finish the last few Harry Potter books. Those authors have had amazing success, obviously, but they still feel Imposter Syndrome. They still worry that readers will be turned off and turned away. That readers will move on.

Anyway, that’s what I’m thinking about lately, as I watch the Bookbub sales bump fade, and wonder if those readers will move past the 99 cent promo novel to my other work.

Hey new readers, if you want to keep up with my future work, why not sign up for my newsletter? I only send it when I have something new out.

Also, it helps keep the specter of Obscurity a few paces behind.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


Jan. 4th, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC)
Always thinking about those things. Always.
Jan. 4th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
It's our curse.
Jan. 4th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
It's also a thing we not only have zero control over, but we will never know. (Whether one is a believer or non, so far I haven't seen much evidence of writers returning to check their Amazon ratings.)

So to try to hold onto sanity, I cherish stuff like the letter I got yesterday, from someone half a world away who said a book of mine was life changing. That's one person, not millions. No award or laudatory notice will ever arise out of it. But all day it made me feel like all the effort is worth it.