Does integrity exist,or matter? I have always said I won't sell out for the sake of my work. Until recently, my integrity meant a lot to me, but in the last two years I have been wondering, am I killing my chance of selling my work?
Horny Devil Publishing. Two years ago, I was offered a contract, but I turned it down because it crossed lines, I wasn't willing to cross -at the time. A friend of mine joined HDP a month earlier, and is now readily selling her work. And me, I can't give mine away.
Freelancer.com. This week I turned down offers to write sex stories for Asian sex sites, it may not have made my name, but it was money.
Last week is was offered more to write one fake review, than I see on Amazon in a year ($6). I do make more in a month-- or I did -- on Draft2Digital, but even those days are coming to an end, this month I cleared $8.
Honesty & purity. I may end up being accused of writing fake reviews, but as things stand with ever falling sales; I am not worried about the scandal, in the words of the Irish poetBrendan Behan "The only bad publicity, is your obituary." And consider this, if there was a scandal, I may become more popular as an underground writer. Being honest, things can hardly get worse for me.
Do I care? I used to think my writing mattered, but having seen the way of the world; writing well gets you nothing, having the balls to do something outrageous gets you seen. I am getting to the point where I am going to say,"To hell with boundaries, morals, integrity and all things decent I once held true. If it can sell books, go for it. I never wanted to be known as an erotica writer, but that is all people want to read, so why not sell my soul?"
What price, integrity? The $6 tag for my soul, two cups of coffee, that is all I'm worth to you.