A link to this NY Times article popped up on Goodreads: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/opinion/i-was-a-digital-best-seller.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140619&nlid=18034168&tntemail0=y&_r=1
It’s apparent that the digital age is fraught with something or other, but smooth sailing isn’t in the picture for most writers. It’s still a long, dreary slog before your name becomes known and you have a group of ‘fans’ who are willing to buy your books as soon as you put them out for sale.
I’m not there yet. Like most, I may never achieve that level of reader acceptance. A few do, most of us don’t, many never will. Even if you work hard to eliminate that last typo, that last subject-verb disagreement, that last bit of triteness, people might simply prefer reading about vampires and werewolves and zombies. And that’s now; next week, it might be something entirely different as public tastes veer into a new direction.
Still, I’ve got a series based on the paranormal (the Wizards series), an action-adventure survival series with a smidgen of science fiction that’s two thirds complete (the Darwin’s World series), and my next series will be a swords/sand/sandals fantasy in the Robert E Howard mold (but different! My lead character is no Conan, he’s a bit of a bumbler); maybe I’ll have enough product to be waiting when the public changes its tastes again!
I hope. But if not, maybe expand Ants to be a novelette or even full-length hard-science-fiction genre novel? Hmmm….