If you’re about to self-publish your first book or have already done so and found out that you can make good money with the right stuff, you may wonder exactly what you have to write in order to optimize sales. Earning money for your blood, sweat, and tears is a wonderful benefit, but it shouldn’t be your primary motivation.
When you write with money as your goal, your work inevitably becomes more commercialized. Creativity’s shoved into the passenger’s seat while greed takes the wheel. Eventually, your books lose the distinct flavor that ties to you and become nothing more than manufactured products that are as easy to replace as if they were made on an assembly line.
This sounds harsh, I know, and it definitely doesn’t apply to all authors. Out of all the self-published writers I’ve seen and spoken to on Twitter over the past year and a half, I’ve only met one or two who were admittedly in it only for the attention and money it would garner them. As I embark in a new direction with my own work, and see others on the fence and struggling on the road to publication, I wanted to write a post that would help put things into perspective. Continue reading “Creativity vs. Profitability in Writing”