I was going to create another thread, but this one fits well in my discussion, so I will bump it.
Anons WRITERS, how do you view the process of people "de-reading" books in front of your own production?
I write my stories and don't have its publication in mind yet, but sometimes I get discouraged because I'm just writing to keep in my notebook. I think any artist would feel like is creating for the walls, but anyway… When I looking for an audience, I come across basically 4 groups:
>old people, students
and cults, who only read old and consagred things, usually in physical books
>Generation Z teens, who only read what the media spews out for them
>"writers' social networks", that work the same way as other social networks, where fame and followers define who gets read and gets attention, regardless the quality
>the other 21st century people, who don't read even a page
Publishers are a market where, like any other, advertising and money dominate in distribution and consumption. It doesn't matter if you are good, what matters is that you have a known name and money to put it in the bookstore's windows. In my country, for example, the national literature of Terror is "monopolized" by some specific authors. If you release a book that does not bring notes from these authors in the book's cover, it will not even be placed on the shelf, let alone opened.
Already on the Internet, where there's more freedom and autonomy, online platforms are basically social networks, as I said before; Wattpad is for writing just as Instagram/Facebook is for life. Amid millions of other names, you need a differential to capture the reader's attention, and what would that differential be but fame on the platform? Even Deviantart itself - where you just have to be seen for a few seconds to gain audience - is hard to grow in the face of too much and mastery of the well-known stickers. And I'm just talking about free publication (beucause, obviously, NOBODY would to pay for a ebook from an unknown author).
Anyway… What do you intend to do with your writings?