There’s things going on right now I just don’t want to blog about because it’s just so negative, so instead, I’m reflecting on how to make 2019 into something better than 2018 (which was pretty great as it was) and build a new movement from the ashes of the old one I started in early 2017.
The truth is, nothing matters on Twitter. There’s a short-sighted look at things that appears like a little mob on Twitter will matter for a career, or what that mob goes after will have an impact, and it definitely takes an emotional toll on the target when it happens, but the truth is, maybe 1-2% of the audience is on there, and everyone else doesn’t know what’s going on at all.
I’ve shifted a lot of my business these last couple of months working on Amazon and Facebook advertising, and it’s done wonders. People buy the books, they don’t know who I am, they enjoy them, and they don’t care about comic book politics. It’s pretty interesting. I believe this is the case with most creators out there who are seeing some success in the business.
All the readers care about is production. As long as you put out product, do it in a timely fashion, and have quality, they’ll keep coming back. That’s why I get messages from folk left and right who love my work even though I do a lot for the political cause in the culture war. It’s what differentiates me from a lot of other folk, and I’m going to continue with that in 2019.
I saw the other day that writer Donny Cates penned 80 comic scripts last year – EIGHTY! With that kind of output it’s inspiring and daunting at the same time. I do novels as well, which are a bit more time consuming than comics, but I want to double my output this year, and that’s what I’ll aim to do. The inspiring stories of people who work as hard as Cates only should serve as examples to us as writers.
Anyway, back to work. I hope you’re having a great 2019 so far and please check out my recent release, Guard Training, some of my best work to date. It’s standalone even though it takes place well into my steampunk world.