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Re: From 2019: The Nitrate Diva (currently MIA) gets a bit giddy with THE DEVIL (THUMBS A RIDE)...
Edited by Wisconsin Mark on 2/16/2023, 3:35 pm
I donít know how it is in this case, but hereís how I think it is in general. A budding author has now got to be their own publisher, editor, promoter, public relations specialist, social media guru, etc. It is just too much - enough to make one long for the bygone era of ďgatekeepersĒ. And even if you are more successful than 95% of the ambitious, the pay-off in recognition and, yes, money, is apt to be rather slight. It doesnít surprise me in the least that people give up.
Personal aside: Something I just love about my retirement on a smallish Social Security benefit deep in the Mexican hinterland is the complete freedom from trying to instrumentalize my interests and passions. I donít need to make a buck from them by teaching, or writing, or doing anything at all. I donít have to concentrate on whatever subjects might provide a return (likely a small one!). Screw it all, Iím beholden to no one but me. What do I want to read, look at, listen to, think about today? Itís delightful. 🙂