Well, money would be nice, too.
I’ve been semi-serious about promoting my writing for only two years now. A younger person with less knowledge of how the universe works would have probably chewed their bit in two by now. A younger person, though, has more energy and a greater understanding of the online world than I do, having grown up on the WWW. They know what all those acronyms mean. I frequently have to look up the definition of publishing terms that are quite common now.
In short, I’m lazy. I need to quit hammering the keyboard and get with the times. You won’t make jack if you can’t paddle your own boat.
One thing I have done right is join writer’s groups and network with writers of different genres. I got asked to write a serial for a dark fiction ezine called Mandatory Midnight that has turned out marvelously well. David Paul Harris is dedicated to helping unknown and little-known authors and artists get their work noticed so it can attract attention and possibly lead to a book contract or other monetary gain. It’s not a paying gig but money isn’t everything in the publishing world. Getting your name out there is.
David Paul does the art work on each chapter in digital format. The picture above is for Chapter Nine. If the work were ever optioned by a paying publisher, he agrees that the art goes with the story. See how it works? I scratch his back, he scratches mine and we both get recognized for what we’ve created. That’s what Manadatory Midnight is all about, getting art and short stories seen and read. My story The Changed has attracted over three thousand readers and I am thrilled about that!
Go to davidpaulharris.com to check out Mandatory Midnight. He also has reviews on well-known authors like Ray Bradbury and interviews with writers and film makers. Stay and browse the art. Or, better yet, go to the submissions page https://www.davidpaulharris.com/search?q=submissions and send in something of your own.