Tina-Sue wanted me to spice things up and let the beast out, so I thought I'd start off attacking the Occupy Wallstreet morons.
Yeah I'm sure that just lost us a ton of followers. But hear me out. I can relate this movement to writing and why it's important to embrace writing as a business. If you've been reading my posts for any length of time, you know I'm not just a hobbyist, this is my career and one I'm damn good at. I don't really bother with people who are writing for the pure pleasure of it, real writers need to tell stories, to produce and realistically, we need to sell them. If you write erotica, your road ahead is even harder than the traditional road due to the stereotypes, the lacking acceptance outside of the erotic circles, making it harder to sell a book or story. Yes, there are plenty of markets, especially since the e-book revolution is in full swing with reading devices that make it so much easier to buy and read your favorite perverted stories and authors than ever.
When you get that first paycheck, no matter how small it may be, as an erotica author, it's gratifying. It's validation. People will buy and read your work, and even though it's one check, it's one in a hopefully long line of paychecks, royalty checks and more that perpetuate, motivate and drive you to write more, to your heart's content without having to worry so much about the bills.
Yes there is competition. But that should drive you to write better, write tighter. In most cases, it will make you a better author. Editors will tear your work to pieces and expose plot holes (that's just funny in the erotic sense!) and butcher your babies until you've fixed the mistakes and made the story the best it can be. If it's longer than a short story and is actual e-book length (let's stop messing around with stories under 10k, they don't sell as well) then it gets a decent cover and an artist who has a vision that's oftentimes not entirely close to the book (another post will cover why and cover art in erotica) but will help the book reach the largest possible audience it can!
Now let's take the Occupy Wallstreet people and throw their beliefs into the mix. We're going with facts, not speculation. At their root, they want to tear down the American system as we know it and rebuild it so it's a fairer system. They want to destroy capitalism.
Will you still write? Will you still strive to put out the best product you can, knowing it's not going to matter because your incentive to write is gone? If they were to get their way and force income redistribution, would you still bother to read and if so, how would you show your favorite authors you support them? After all, they're not going to stand out anymore, they'll be in the pool just like everyone else.
Capitalism encourages competition. It encourages us as writers to strive for betterment. It pushes us to learn from our mistakes and strive to try again? Sure it's not always fair. And yeah some of us are going to get ahead faster than others, others will stand out more than some and we're all ultimately vying for the dollar from our readers.
We know internally that the system is a mess. In NY this is plain as day as many M/m authors will not see book deals due to the stigma against the sub genre of erotic romance. But that isn't stopping those authors from writing and making money in e-books. I have a BDSM background, yet I've got two agents, both of whom represent me and know they can sell my work if I spin it a little bit.
In the business, this is what's mislabeled as "selling out."
All the protests in the world won't change what America is, they won't change the reader's mind, only you the author will.