I paid the high price for not following the trends.
Ten years ago, I said I'd rather fail for being myself than succeed by following the trends in writing.
I have failed, but at the same time, I stayed true to my beliefs and never followed the trends. Never did I consider following a pattern, not even now when I think of writing trashy romances as the final straw, for I will still be my voice.
I have had plenty of time to second guess my actions, but the bottom line is that as an unknown writer I had no chance of success without the money for promotion, and being in the UK is also a major drawback to success.
Years ago when was starting out as a writer, I was told by a tutor from Writers Bureau that my stories would not sell, I thought he should know as he'd been pushing his story for over 20 years and getting nowhere.
He also told me that the US science fiction market was the hardest to sell in; I have to admit I did agree with him when I checked the Barnes & Noble site. I thought with them selling to universities and higher education establishments that it would be almost impossible to sell my e-books; I could not have been more wrong as the US science fiction market is the only place my books have sold in quantity.
The hardest place to sell?
For me, that is Canada.