Darklord Update – Knowing What You Really Want
But no matter. It is what it is. I’m finding satisfaction working on the story when I can, while not stressing when I can’t. Years ago, when I started posting online, I found myself feeling pressure to produce regularly and often. Of course, we all know that consistency and frequency are important to maintain a following.
At one time, I thought I could make a living publishing novels or stories or comics. After a decade of publishing shorts traditionally, then self publishing, I realize several things must line up for such a life to come to fruition:
- You must have a product of interest to enough people with enough money
- You must produce the product consistently enough that they don’t forget you
- You must manage the marketing aspects of the product yourself or through an agency you hire
Not going to happen for me.
My webcomic is highly niche — erotic lesbian epic fantasy has about 20 fans and none of them are will to pay for it. I’m joking! I know there are 23 of you and you even buy a book now-and-then. Also, I have so many intellectual interests and physical activities, I’m not willing to spend hours every day sitting and writing. Nor am I going to hire anyone, nor spend hours trying to understand SEO and whip up social media contests.
But realizing what I get out of this enterprise has helped me stress less. Feedback and money don’t motivate me. Not to say I don’t love both because, honey, I do! But my motivation is internal. Especially with the webcomic: I’m finally realizing a childhood dream, creating my own comicbook. The crafting of it is where the joy is, not really the product, although I’m proud to see it every time I add another page. One day, I’ll have it in print, and I’m really looking forward to that.
I have a new page at the Darklaw Saga Website. The next few pages will be erotic content.