How many times has my agent told me, “Stop trying to write for a worldwide audience! Pick a niche. Any niche. And make me bloody rich. Why do I have to get writers who want to save the world? Why not just save my home mortgage and children’s holidays to the Swiss Alps for once?”
That’s why I love pseudonyms. I can write books that make me, and only me, “bloody rich,” while my agent is trying to scrape by on my novels, essays, screenplays and films that have no target audience in mind.
More like out of my mind when I write those for his cut off the top.
Life’s not fair but we can show a sense of fair play when being kind is acceptable and taught at a young age.
Not me and my agent, though.
We go way back to our youthful misadventures when school assignments were tediously simple and boring, leaving us the rest of our day to fill with torturing our fellow students, intent as they were on completing homework with difficulty.
If college is not for everyone, general primary/secondary education isn’t, either!
Do you know how much fun we had “borrowing” schoolbooks from student lockers, removing pages and substituting facsimiles with totally different questions, math equations and essay topics?
Why do you think I and my band of merry cohorts took a bookbinding class at a local print shop? We got easy, permanent access to bookbinding and digital lithography equipment that allowed us to create awesome reproductions of schoolbooks we randomly inserted into a pile at the end of semester for the next year’s kids to mull over and get confused about.
The assistant principal at school, who was constantly reprimanding, paddling or scolding me, told me he was surprised that a good boy like me had such a mean streak.
I didn’t see myself as mean. I saw myself as trying to enlighten students to separate themselves from the indoctrination/brainwashing they were receiving.
There are more questions about life than what you’ll answer in those books. Infinitely more!
Like the motivational speaker will often say, “If I reach out and influence only one person today, my job is done.” Not a very efficient job, mind you, but if that’s what the market will bear, so be it…
There’re ways to increase your website traffic that have nothing to do with your target audience, but do you really want to?