Many things are not what they appear to be.
There is a lot being said about fake news in the media, so I thought I'd add my share.
Item 1 -
I am a bestselling science fiction writer - that is not so, it is true that my series (Forgestriker) has sold over 850 e-books since I launched it almost five years, but I had to keep the price to the minimum to get the sales.
Item 2 - Being an award-winning writer gets you noticed - does it?
Not according to several writers I chatted to over the years, the only award that matters is the Booker prize - I won an award several years ago but it did nothing to help me sell the book (Chronicles of Mark Johnson).
Item 3 - I am rewriting my award winning book and reediting for sale with the updates.
Item 4 - Writing for an anthology brings sales - wrong.
I have work in several anthologies and the only thing that has happened is the non-sale of the books has destroyed what little rep I earned on Amazon as a writer.
Item 5 - Being a bestseller means I am rich and noted - wrong again.
I may have sold 850 e-books over five years, but I had to charge so little to sell the books that I never made more than $1 a week, in fact, this year (2018) is so bad I have not even earned $1 a month.
Item 6 - Writer's Block - I am fortunate not to have suffered from writer's block, I usually have many stories to write. I have read reports from writers who say that WB is an excuse for being lazy; that is such a lie. It is easy to write when you have been paid in advance and sure you will sell your work, but to those of us who are not so fortunate, the concerns over is it worth it are endless.
Item 7 - Books out in 2019
I said that I planned to bring out two books next year, that won't be happening - I hope you are enjoying this blog as this month will probably be the last you can keep up with my news; I am losing interest in writing and life in general.
This sentiment is nothing new; I have felt like giving up for the last four years after the success of Forgestriker everything has gone downhill faster than a train with no brakes.
I kept hoping for an upturn in my fortunes, but it never came, so in the end, I got forced to admit that I wasted the last ten years trying to earn a rep for myself as a writer.
The one thing that kept me back - other than not pushing how good I thought I was at writing - is that without money you get nowhere in life.
After this month, I will not be writing, so my last two e-books will never see the light of day; most likely they'll end up in the trash pile like the rest of the writing I did this decade.