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When Being an Artist doesn’t Pay

9365641519_ab84697e21_nWhen it comes to technology, I am a bit behind. No, I’m not living in the Stone Age, but when it comes to e-books, I’m lost in the sauce.

I’ve always been a traditional reader and have never experienced reading a book on an e-book reader. I like to feel the pages, and actually turn a page. I am a huge fan of typography, and I noticed that the typeface used in e-books are pretty basic (it reminds me of a boring-looking Word document).

However, I want to call myself an entrepreneur, and one of the rules for business is to give the people what they want. By not having my book, Street Magic, available in an e-book, I am not tapping into the e-book market.

Some folks will never pick up my book if it isn’t in an e-book format. For that reason (drum roll, please), I am biting the bullet. I’m turning Street Magic into an e-book (gasp!)

Speaking about e-books, I’m not going to lie. At times, I have toyed with the idea of writing romance, science fiction, or paranormal (not because I love it, but because there is more money to be made).

I read one article that made my head explode. It said that these two self-published authors were receiving monthly Amazon royalty checks that ranged from $20,000 to $70,000. One author wrote romance while the other wrote about individuals preparing for the Apocalypse.

Shucks, with that kind of money, I might give genre writing a whirl. I am working on a gloom and doom piece with a religious bent, but I’m not writing it for monetary reasons.

With that being said, I can only be true to myself as an artist. I can’t sell out my craft for money. But one of my friends made an interesting point:

How many people go to work everyday and don’t really love what they do? They go there for a paycheck. So why can’t an artist bring that same mentality to his art?

Do you think it’s wrong for an artist to create a certain style of art just for the money? Or is it being business savvy? I want to hear from you.

 

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