It's not about the money, it really isn't.
I want readers, millions of them. I don't care if they read my books without paying for them, I don't care if they purchase a secondhand copy for which I will receive not one thin dime.
As long as people are reading my novels and stories.
That feeling...that somewhere on this planet, someone right this second might be poring over something I've written, smiling or frowning at a certain passage. I love that. I've always believed that I'm communicating through my narratives, expressing my take on what it's like to be alive and sentient in the early 21st century. A unique vision of the world, filtered and distorted by my senses and experiences. We live in surreal and ghastly times and my work reflects that. I think readers who encounter my writing are quick to discover that aspect and appreciate it.
You see, we share similar fears and preoccupations.
I'm not tangibly richer for raising my profile but that is not important to me.
People around the world are reading and loving my work. I'm publishing it myself, bypassing the traditional process and the demeaning treatment it accords authors. I am in full control of my writing and my career. Never more productive...
...and never happier.
Causes Cliff Burns Supports
The Stephen Lewis Foundation, Community Radio