My aim is never to be dazzling to anyone, but simply to post interesting content that provokes comment and gets people thinking.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the rush of comments I got, and I want to thank you all, though what PaulB meant about supposed lesser writing mortals being dazzled by me I really do not know, as my aim is never to be dazzling to anyone, but simply to post interesting content that provokes comment and gets people thinking.
What you all need to remember is that unlike many of the contributors to triond, I am retired through ill-health – severe rheumatoid Arthritis that is kept in check only by medication ( believe me, without I am in constant pain ) so I have all the time I need to trawl the net daily for interesting content to write up. I manage to do that thanks to some brilliant voice recognition software – my hands will not let me do too much keyboard work – and a helpful spouse, whose support is invaluable.
John Suarez commented that he makes more in one sell of a book than he ever makes on the site, and that may be possible, but my own experience – having written THREE e-books of short stories, which all got rave reviews yet have stopped selling at all now, and in total have earned me less than $100 to date. I may not be marketing them properly, but if any of you fancy some fabulously cheap and entertaining coffee-break tales, you can find some at these places -
We Aim To Please March 2nd 2012 – http://www.amazon.com/WE-AIM-TO-PLEASE-ebook/dp/B007GMNVRE 56p
Eternity and more Dec 11 2011 – http://www.amazon.com/Eternity-and-more-ebook/dp/B006KXE4O4 69p
Dancing with the devil and other twisted tales Sept 13 2011 – http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Devil-other-twisted-ebook/dp/B005MXAZX2 – ASIN: B005MXAZX2
Many of you do pay me lots of complimentary comments, and I do spend hours every day working on new writings, but as I said, this is my main way of keeping myself occupied, so it little wonder that I can be so prolific. That my fans and followers feel that I am a talented writer is obviously good to hear, and I want to keep those people entertained, which is what drives me to carry on with this almost full-time hobby.
Naturally, I am grateful for the money that I get from the site, and can happily supplement this with earnings at wikinut – where one can re-post triond content for extra views and cash – as well as writing on articleGate ( new writing arm of social site matesgate ) and both these sites are worth looking up and contributing to. Just go to either of the following URLs for more details -http://www.wikinut.com/in/ughfl/
Of course, for those of you reading my work that are not yet writing for triond, why not? This is a really great place to post your work, and earnings are always paid promptly – on time – every month. Just go to this URL to check it out for yourself – http://www.triond.com/rw/450639
There is no magic formula for triond success, other than the willingness to put in a lot of time and effort, and I am lucky enough to be in a position to do that – even if it is via the previously mentioned software – but that should not put you off from giving it your best efforts. If you have the ability to write well, and have interesting things to say, you will find an audience.
My beloved wife tells me – as John Suarez intimated – that I should write a book, but this prospect scares me silly, daft as that might sound. I have, in the past twenty years achieved a lot of writing success, but the idea of writing a novel gives me the shakes. At 62, I really should be old enough to know that I have it in me, but that inner voice keeps protesting that I am really a short-story writer!
Oh well, perhaps one day, but in the meantime I would like to heartily thank all of those fellow writers who give me feedback, and hope they always will? Any helpful feedback regarding this book fixation thing would be much appreciated. If I can get past thr first hurdle, I know I can get there, but it seems I need a leg-up for once. Take a look at the aforementioned short stories and judge for yourselves.