I have been reborn! At least I feel like something basic has changed, deep inside my writer’s mind. I just read "Say No to Your Publishers Advance!" which is located in the Publishing Section of this site. It is the most compelling, well-thought out presentation on why fiction writers don’t need any publisher but themselves. No kidding.
I’m not unusual, I found out, in thinking that if I push the boulder uphill far enough, I’ll get a big, fat advance check. Now I’ve learned why that isn’t such a good thing to hope for — if it comes true, the mathematics may well destroy your career as an author.
The change is simple. Now I want to sell books. Lots of books. That’s a concept I can understand. Marketing 101.
Make the best product you can, find a need, and sell it!