Pin 2K Shares Costco, is it worth it? So I decided to do a little experiment to see if shopping at Costco was cheaper when compared to my local grocery chain, Superstore. Now comparing Costco Wholesale Club prices to those at a regular grocery chain is akin to associating apples with oranges, and the variables are many.
By Graydon Most of the pitches for self-publishing as an activity are about how you can make money. If you want to make money, you need to publish rapidly and you need to have a consistent brand in terms of what the writing is like, what kind of reading effort is involved, and where it gets the reader in the feels.
All of these things create the engaged fan base that results in sales volume, and you absolutely need sales volume if you're trying to make money. Oh, and you need to publicize, which its own set of skills.
My publicist skills are plausibly negative. I write slowly; the books are different; readers report feels variously, and after five books, total sales via all channels is under two thousand copies. If I've got commercial objectives, they're failing miserably; not quite "died in a pit of desultory rat-gnawing", but certainly somewhere around "succumbed to exposure after the seventh hour of hard cold rain".
So why am I doing this? My suspicion is that just as being able to make lots of money off of recorded music was a temporary aberration brought on by a particular tech level, so was being able to make money off of writing novels. That period hasn't quite expired, but it's gone from "skill and persistence and some luck" as the career criteria--this is the activity as keeps you fed and housed, career--to "skill and persistence are necessary, but not sufficient".
You can't plan on a career doing it, even if it's something at which you are skilled. Story was mostly a performance, for most of history. Written story was something a professional writer--meaning scribe--did in their spare time. I don't want to say hobby but it wasn't what kept you fed or housed.
Novel-scale story is going back to being a kind of performance with the increasing market share of audio books; a distinct market, for which the written text version of the novel is not regarded as substitutable.
Rather like how any camera that isn't a phone camera is niche, the written novel is an increasingly niche form of story.
That's the gloomy view; we had this thing, and now it's gone. But maybe you will get very lucky, if only you buy a ticket. It's not a cheap ticket. I think there's a cheerful view. If you're trying to make a commercial success of writing, the commercial objective is a constraint.
Success requires consistent novelty, modest demands on attention, and, above all, appropriate emotional responses. It becomes a kind of iron triangle; a narrative can produce novelty, immersion, and feels but only in a relatively small portion of the possible space.
At least for any specific reader. Lots of choice encourages particularity. Get too far toward the novelty, immersion, or feels points of the triangle and you don't so much risk breaking the story as you make reading too much work for the story to have commercially sufficient numbers of friends.
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