A few weeks ago, an artist I know declared, via social media, that they were thinking of giving up art for public consumption. They felt tired, drained and that they were giving too much into the world without it being a fair exchange. Their comment section became a flood of comments such as “don’t give up,” “hang in there,” and my all-time favorite, “keep working; you’ll make it someday!” I’m sure the comments from family, friends and associates of the artist were meant to be encouraging. I didn’t say anything. Although I think the artist’s work is good, I hadn’t been invested in it enough to warrant leaving a response. Besides, I’m okay with artists taking a break from art for public consumption; I’ve been in that place before.
This past Saturday I was at the Richmond Zine Fest. It was my first time ever visiting Richmond, VA. I had a fantastic time and met some great people, and some old friends from other zine fests I’ve attended. All this despite the day not starting off well for me.
In June I did something that will shock some of you. I removed my paperbacks and eBooks from Amazon. After nine years of using Amazon to create, publish and distribute my books, I called it quits. Our partnership was no longer serving me.
Words = Life
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