How not to make a difference.

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As I watch the sun rise on yet another day, I’m filled with a very unpleasant feeling of melancholy. What’s the point? I ask myself. What difference does my being a writer make? The answer is, I suspect, very little, or even none at all.

Now while I’m wallowing in self-pity, at the same time I do realise I’m not the only author struggling to make my voice heard and to try and interest the reading public in my work. I knew, when I embarked on my writing journey, that it wouldn’t be easy. And I accept that. My books are a microscopic dot on the horizon, when compared to other, more worthy tomes and that’s fine.

However, that said, I read a Goodreads review yesterday on a certain “mommy porn” book that’s been hugely successful, even to the point that a film is on the horizon. The review was far from favourable, which leads me to question why this book’s so damn successful. Now I’ve nothing against the erotica genre, each to their own taste, but what really galls me is that such a badly written piece of work should enjoy such monumental success. Good luck to the author, and all that, but I’ve said time and again, why, when most writers put such effort into their work, do the reading public seem content to settle for second best, just for the sake of a bit of titillation? Yes, sex sells, but that’s no excuse for shoddy writing.

My only comfort from this scenario is, that shortly after said work was released, I saw several copies in various charity shops I patronise, on sale for 99 pence. A very small measure of comfort, I grant you, but better than nothing at all.

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8 Responses to “How not to make a difference.”

  1. They do say the good stuff will float to the top eventually. In the case of above mentioned mommy pron book it’s more a case of the chaff settling on the top. You just have to keep doing what you can to get your book talked about. There’s a great element of luck involved, and fashion. Like everything else, people ‘like’ what they’re told to like.

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  2. I saw it in an Op Shop the other day as well. Probably around 50c. But there’s no good taking comfort from that – great books by tremendous authors also find their way into Op Shops.
    Instead, take comfort in the knowledge that you really do write good books, and people really have taken pleasure from them.

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    • That’s true, Marj. Seen all kinds of great authors in charity shops, much to my advantage, since they’re a lot cheaper than in the main shops. However my comfort was taken from the fact the book in question appeared in my local Oxfam, just over a week after it’d been launched.

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  3. I think Jane’s right that luck and fashion play a huge part. I know this is little consolation when you’re beating your head against the wall trying to figure out how to get attention for your book, but at least you can say you’ve stuck with your own high standards. You’ve studied your craft. You continue to learn and grow as a writer. While some fads will fade away, talent never fades and hard work never goes out of style.

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    • Thanks Tricia. It’s hard not to feel discouraged sometimes, as you know. Especially when someone with no talent, other than a propensity for smut. climbs the ladder so quickly. There’s nothing wrong with well written erotica, just not my cup of tea, but when the genre is brought into disrepute by bad writing, it’s so damn frustrating.

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  4. I emphasize, Kate. Some written stuff is not fit to be handed on to Oxfam. It needs to go into the blue recycling bin, for shredding, to find its use.

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