The Confusing World of Meby Cypher Lx on 04/27/12
27 April 2012
It's been a long while since I've posted. With so much going on, it's been hard to keep up with everything. Recently, I've read some things about being an author that related to my crazy busy life. I've read similar things written about being a model, an artist, etc. So what is this mystic piece of information? Apparently, according to these various sources, if you don't spend all of your time promoting yourself and your work on every single channel available, you are obviously not serious about what you do and shouldn't be doing it. Huh. Really?
This got me to thinking about a couple different things. The first is, do people not take me seriously as a model, artist, or author because I don't bombard them with daily posts about me? That seems rather counterintuitive. For one thing, do people really want to be accosted by constant promotion? I certainly don't. The second thought I had involved the time it takes to do all of that. I have a full-time job, a husband, and many other priorities. I write in my spare time, which is limited. I design my own book covers, because I like it and because hiring a professional is out of my budget. I don't get to model very often because my schedule typically does not coincide with those who do the photography.
For people to consider me serious about any of my work, am I supposed to take my other obligations less seriously? The truth is, I am very serious about all of my creative endeavors. But like so many other people out there trying to do the same things as me, I can't give up my full-time job and I refuse to neglect what little social life I have. There are so many others that face the same obstacles as me when it comes to being thought of as serious about what we do.
So, if you are like me and feel like you aren't being taken seriously, don't give up. Eventually, someone will notice all the hard work you do while trying to put food on the table with a full-time occupation. And to those of you who wonder how serious an artist of any form could possibly be if they aren't constantly trying to get their name out there, consider this...unless that person gets some sort of lightning strike lucky break, chances are they have to deal with the same obligations as everyone else.
On a writing related note, keep in mind that self-published authors do not equal bad writing. People who self-publish do so for many different reasons. I have read some very good self-published books that would never have been picked up by major publishing companies because it's not the current trend. And that's the key to who gets published mainstream and who doesn't. If you aren't already contracted with a publishing company and no one knows your name from the thousands of other potential authors out there, they don't want to take the chance with writers if they have a unique idea. In the mainstream market, it could be an instant hit or not receive any notice at all. Big publishers only bet on sure things.
Take a chance. There are a ton of self-published authors who offer their ebooks from $.99 to $2.99. Sure, there may be some real stinkers out there, but there are also some gems. It just takes a little digging.