And So It's Devolved to This
Thanks for the confirmation -- very sad state of affairs: relationship building is prerequisite to arts appreciation. I suspected that such was a predominate youthful value. Not that long ago, pre-cyberspace, it was opposite, but not necessarily better.
While perhaps good advice to young artists bent toward the longshot of commercial success, thanks anyway. If I have to get you to like me, produce what's popular at the time...well, that's not art anyway. It's craft, and I don't mean to diminish the worth of imitation. It's not my thing.
My rejection of contemporary marketing approaches is essential to what I write. I'm not a kid who wants to be a star and willing to kiss a__ along the way. I don't give a crap if you like me or not. I don't want to know you, or about you. In my opinion, if any site for written word doesn't have an opportunity to present materials by unknowns, including sites maintained by capitalistic authors, the owners, admins, and mods deserve to get cancer only curable by cultural correction. Further, I believe they will. (I'm an old hippie.)
Plus, if my novel doesn't make money (it's currently rated five star by mobipocket readers), it's no skin off my head. My attitude is for you to suck it up while I'm alive, which may not be that long, and that's okay too. I've tons of accomplishment to go down with, including lots of nonfiction published, and hundreds of kids I've helped. I have no ego investment in my first fiction novel, and if I get too much of a hassle, I don't feel compelled to finish the sequel. Being banned by a ridiculous site that applies standards for the purpose of consistent reader programming is as much or more fun than posting comments on another when I really feel like I should be finishing a story or poem in the works -- lots pending. Actually, if I hurry up and get banned from everyplace possible, I'll have no excuse not to concentrate and produce.
Kat (or whomever), since you chose not to even read my essay, free online (but the print version does cost), subsequent comments to me are misdirected. Art is not equivalent to the artist's personality or other qualities. It stands or dies on its own, even contemporary readers don't check it out. We would not have real rock and roll now if the top forty had dominated at the time. Generally speaking, popular sucks.