Marketing and popularity. Yikes.

Don’t get me started.

We writers often suffer under the delusion that our best art and best efforts will be rewarded so long as they are very good.


I’ve read so many awesome novels that have never been published and never will be published. Nobody will read them, well excepting a few other interested writers like me.

Publishers look for writers with a base, for writers who can help sell copies and make a real impact doing it.

Publishers are looking to sell books, not nurture artists and help create great art.

Oh, they may have those goals on their list somewhere, but selling copies is the name of the game.

My own publisher is desperately unhappy with me right now for getting banned from Quora. To say that I’m in the doghouse with them is an extreme understatement.

Ah, well. This to shall …


Anyway. As far as Medium goes, I’m not altogether displeased. I do find the interface clunky, and I do wish that community building and networking were easier and more organic here.

The lack of private messaging is a loss, but so is the clunky public messaging system. It’s hard to follow threads, and it’s hard to build community. I say hard. I guess what I mean is that it’s harder than on Quora.

It’s still possible.

So, I’m chugging away at it.

Desperate to keep my publisher happy with me.

By the way, did you know that if you clicked on the “latest” tab in your profile or someone else’s that you’ll mostly see their major stories rather than their comments?

That’s helpful.

I don’t know how series work. Eric Griggs just started one, but I can’t figure out how to applaud. The button doesn’t show up for me.

Maybe I need to be on my laptop. I don’t know.

I always print with my pencils, by the way. No strokes involved. I once took notes for the better part of a year for several hours a day in Cyrillic cursive. I totally lost the ability to write Roman cursive after that, and I never made the effort to reacquire the skill.

So when I’m drafting, it’s all block print for this kid!

Anyway, thanks for the musings. Back to marketing and publicity for this would-be published novelist.


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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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