Communion Of Dreams


Paying dues.
April 2, 2007, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Art, Feedback, General Musings, Promotion, Writing stuff

Well, sometime over the weekend, we finally passed 2,000 downloads of the novel.  Things had slowed down some in the last couple of weeks, but that’s still a thousand downloads last month.  But that wasn’t what I wanted to talk about.

I wanted to talk about something else which happened over the weekend, which has happened to me many times.  I was contacted by a young artist, who needed some help with the basics of marketing and professional behaviour.

When I was writing my columns for the newspaper on the art scene locally (some collected here), I would regularly be asked for this kind of help.  I always try and respond, though sometimes this just consists of pointing someone at another resource they need to tackle first before I can help them, because I felt that it was a matter of ‘paying my dues’ to the art world.  It was likewise my attitude about speaking at college classes and whatnot.  And sometimes I even got a good column out of it, such as this one.

How does this relate to Communion?   Doesn’t directly.  I just feel like how I imagine most agents and publishers feel (the working ones, who still actually work with authors to promote their work, not the ones at the top of the food chain who mostly manage large firms) in terms of helping ‘young’ authors – you want to help, you wish that there were better resources out there for people, you wish that people would available themselves of the resources which are available,  and you sometimes feel like you’re the only one paddling.  But you do it nonetheless, even when the people who ask you for help (directly or indirectly) don’t seem to value your advice.  Because it is either help them or become prematurely cynical and hard-hearted.

Oh, and I wish I was able to transfer the ‘dues paid’ in the art world to the writing world.  But unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.

Jim Downey


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[…] are tight for people. Et cetera. But by about this point in time, my novel had been downloaded over 2,000 times (currently the total is well over 30,000 downloads). And that launched with less of a promotional […]

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