I love it when I hear people sneer down their nose and say, ‘If you are selling your work, you are selling out!’
Selling out? What does that mean? I want to sell my work.
When your writing ceases to be commercial you’ve just shot yourself in the foot – at least if your goal is to turn pro – perhaps in the name of art.
The concept of selling out isn’t about writing commercially, it’s about writing at a level that’s beneath you, which is a completely different thing. When you disrespect the principles of craft, you are already in that free-fall.
So many ‘literary’ authors feel that they MUST starve in a garret, suffering in the cold with only crusts of bread to eat for their Aaarrrrrt.
Writing for me is a joyful, invigorating experience. Yes, there is work involved. When my muse is playing hard to get, I do get cranky. VERY cranky.
I need to be good at what I do. I have to put time in to learn my craft. This is a process that should never end.
The act of telling a compelling story is fulfilling and satisfying. I want that story to appeal to as many people as possible. I don’t want it to be so obscure that only I get thematic wisdom of the tale.
The only way I will sell out is if I don’t stay true to myself and my standards. And my standards are high.