A Facebook friend shared a link to this article by Jeff Goins on Medium:
The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed
As I was reading the article, I got thinking about my biggest failure as a creative. I am NOT a people person and I am NOT
good at making meaningful and lasting connections with other people.
I've actually burned a lot of bridges and cut off access to a number of
so-called "gatekeepers". My failure at making more than a mere handful of meaningful and lasting connections with people in the writing/publications world is one of the reasons I've decided to take a
hiatus from doing work for publications so I can concentrate on art for
my stores. That way, I can bypass many of the publication world "gatekeepers" and sell
items featuring my art through various online stores. The publications
side of things just wasn't doing enough for me, and I know some of that
was my own fault for not being able to make enough meaningful
can sell merchandise featuring my artworks and designs internationally
through Zazzle, CafePress, and Redbubble. I do so on a regular basis. I
have also seen a number of poems, stories, and articles published in a
variety of small-press publications.
I've even had some works in "best of" anthologies. And yet, I can't
seem to take my writing to the next level. I have some stories up in the
Kindle Store, but other than copies I bought for myself, I've sold all
of one copy. The reader who purchased that copy did give the story a
five-star rating and left a positive review, but I just can't seem to
sell my stories like I sell stuff featuring my art. Why is that? It
might be because I just don't have much of a network behind me,
supporting me, promoting my works. I do think there is something to this
idea that networks and connections are key to success as a creative. It certainly seems true in the realm of creative writing.