Chasing the Best Seller
A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.
Why is everyone chasing the erotica writing train? The E.L. James trilogy has sparked a flood of ‘real life‘ and fictional versions. Tittered about in book clubs, discussed ad nauseum in publishing forums, several of this ‘literary’ persuasion populates the bestseller’s lists.
I understand that everyone needs to be titillated, I prefer to let my imagination fill in the frame work provided by the author. For me, it’s much more satisfying.
The pattern seems to be the same, one author strikes it big and we have a flood of similar material. I sound as though I begrudge these authors their 5 minutes in the sun and, in the case of some, boat loads of shekels. I don’t. Chasing someone else’s success by replicating their topics, genres and styles only hurts you as a writer. If you want to write an erotic romp, go ahead. Just be sure you are writing it for the correct reasons. Don’t do it because it’s selling, do it because you are passionate about it.
I write fantasy, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic fiction. Those markets happens to have a wide following. If I were to write niche fiction about the exotic fungus found at the base of a volcano in the Himalayas, my market would be very limited. A niche market is not a bad place to be, the limits involved need to be understood.
Do I hope to have my name on the best seller‘s list? Absolutely, but I won’t imitate another author. I will be inspired by them and I will learn from their techniques, but I won’t become them. It’s creepy.
The solid truth is that I am not the other author. I am me. My voice is unique and waiting to be heard/read by others.
While I won’ t be writing the next erotic best seller (ew), I will be chasing my own success by telling my stories and staying true to myself.