…are not always related.
I have been thinking about this lately, I guess ever since I came back from GRL. I learned a lot there, not really about publishing or writing, but about the more social aspects of this industry and the m/m romance niche.
What I observed was this: there are authors who are talented. Really talented. They write great stories and they write them well. There are authors who are popular. They cultivate interesting personas and everyone wants to be their friend. And there are authors who have great sales numbers. They please readers and sell more books in their sleep than most of us do during a promo-blast.
But… these three traits do not always overlap!
In fact, there are hardly any authors who manage all three at once. I’m not saying this to be judge-y. I spent a lot of time thinking about all my favorite authors, my author friends, and the top selling authors in this genre overall. I really can’t think of any who hit that trifecta regularly.
I know I will never be popular, that just isn’t something I can be. I probably will never have great sales numbers and I know I’m not the most talented writer, either. But if I could pick one thing to be, I guess it would be talented. Because I know my stories will outlive me, and I’d like them to be the kinds of things my kids could be proud of. Sales would be my second choice, because money is always good. Popularity I don’t really care about, though it would be great if people didn’t hate me.
My point? I need to focus on what is important to me. If I really want to be better at this, then spending hours on social media is a waste of time (still fun, though!) So I will try to keep my goal in sight, and keep working to become a better writer and storyteller. And I will try not to get discouraged about sales and popularity in the process ❤